Farm to table in upstate New York

The city of New York is home to some of the finest restaurants in the world. But if you want to experience real food that is served directly from the farms, head north within the state to Lake Placid, NY. Located near USA/ Canada border, Lake Placid is nestled in the heart of the Adirondack Mountains and home to several cattle, dairy and maple farms.

Many of the restaurants in Lake Placid incorporate locally produced ingredients in their menu. Visit the Lake Placid Farmers’ Market to get an idea of what’s in season and who’s producing it. Even the chefs and restauranteurs pick up fresh produce daily from the farmers market.

Chef David Hunt at the Generations Restaurant which is adjacent to the Golden Arrow Lakeside Resort is a strong believer of serving fresh and local. He pick up gallons of maple syrup from Uihlein and blueberries from local farms to create his signature pancakes for breakfast. Chef Hunt is also known for cooking the best cuts of steaks directly on a Himalayan pink rock salt stone, that is delivered sizzling to your table.

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Cheese plates serving award winning chèvre, feta and soft cheese from Asgaard Farms can be found on menus all over the city. Certified organic fresh vegetables are sourced from Juniper Hill Farm and  Fledgling Crow. Farmers in Lake Placid take great pride in producing good quality food without the use of artificial treatments or pesticides.

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Another good place to enjoy a delicious light lunch is at KANU located at The Whiteface Lodge.  Typical spa meals are bento-box style and include salads, fruits and grains. Its the perfect ending to any massage or facial at The Whiteface Lodge.

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The fried Brussels sprouts at Liquids and Solids are to die for! The quintessential neighborhood hangout place serves a wide selection of local Ale’s, one of a kind cocktails and international inspired small plates.

liquids & solidePerhaps, the best places to eat in Lake Placid is the Artisan’s restaurant, located inside Lake Placid Lodge. The restaurant’s patio overlooks the lake and makes for a fine romantic sunset dinner. On a chilly night, you can bundle up with complimentary blankets and sit next to the burning fireplace and enjoy great views through the high windows. Here you can sample Chef Nathan Rich’s seasonally inspired dishes where local flavors blend perfectly leaving you wanting for another bite. 

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Secrets of Lake Placid

The Lake Placid I am going to tell you about has nothing to do with the giant, 30-foot-long man-eating crocodile that terrorizes people as depicted in the movies Lake Placid, Lake Placid 2, Lake Placid 3 or Lake Placid: The Final Chapter. This Lake Placid is a beautiful vacation village located in the Adirondack mountains in upstate New York.

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Yummiest goat milk caramels

I’m having a caramel withdrawal. I brought back a box of fresh caramels from Asgaard Farm and Dairy in upstate New York, and am upset that I didn’t buy more! These caramels are hand made with goats’ milk (cajeta) and sea salt. They are soft, chewy and they melt as soon as you put them in your mouth. The only thing I don’t like about the Asgaard Farm caramels is that once you eat one, you cannot stop. Continue reading “Yummiest goat milk caramels”