Escape from NYC, part 376293

Now that I have mere weeks left in New York, I am discovering all the gems (of course)! This most recent gem was so sparkly that it inspired me to shake the blog awake from its deep sleep.

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Erik and I took a day trip to Cold Spring, NY during Memorial Day weekend. We chose Cold Spring because Erik has recently developed a fascination with all things river-valley-related (Cold Spring is right on the Hudson River), and the NY Times called it “magical, yet practical” since no car is necessary. What could be more perfect?

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Our first order of business (following a chat with the helpful gentleman at the information booth and a stop into Drug World for emergency sunblock) was to hunt down the Farm Market for some lunch.

While Erik was busy communing with the donkeys in the petting zoo, I followed my nose to the jackpot: Block Factory Tamales.

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Fresh tamales are one of my top 5 favorite foods (I’m 98% sure of this, though I don’t have an actual list), and tamales that feature local, organic farm-sourced ingredients are QUITE rare, unless you are in, say, rural Mexico. With this in mind, lunch was an obvious no-brainer. Block Factory only had one type of tamale left by the time we arrived. Lucky me, it was sweet potato! What a GENIUS creation.

We ordered two sweet potato tamales and a Buffalo chicken sandwich. OMG.

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We ate lunch on a cement stoop with an unobstructed view of the petting zoo:

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After lunch #1 at the market, we strolled back toward downtown (or should I say “downvillage”?), admiring the scenery and architecture along the way:

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We were sweaty, full, and over-heated and decided it was time to cool down with an easy hike along the Hudson River Greenway Water Trail:

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I was very pleased that Erik decided to use my sweatshirt as a sweat rag. Ummmmmmmmm …

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I love anything waterfront, and Cold Spring delivered!

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Erik explored abandoned caves.

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Nature:

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Excited by nature:

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I took a nap on the sand by the river because sleeping next to water is right up at the top of my list with eating farm-fresh tamales. When I woke up, I was soooooo thirsty, and we had of course embarked on our hike without water. Back to town it was!

We made the very wise decision to stop in at Go-Go Pops:

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I had noticed the Go-Go Pops stand at the Farm Market, but it was sold out by the time we got there. I was thrilled to see that the store in the village was well-stocked.

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Pretty incredible menu, no?

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In addition to a mammoth cup of ice water, I ordered a Green Faerie Go-Go Pop and Strawberry Rooibos Bubble Tea:

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(The Hudson Valley Poached Pear was Erik’s choice and, wowwwwww, it was amazing.)

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I loved my creamy avocado pop and was pleasantly surprised by the real strawberries blended into my rooibos bubble tea!

After the pops, we stopped for lunch #2 (or was it dinner #1?) at the Foundry Cafe. We shared a perfectly crispy quesadilla and yummy herby lentil-wild rice cakes:

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Bellies full yet again, we went out in search of this:

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(Proud conservationist/farmer-to-be)

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We spent a few hours strolling around this former industrial mecca that is now a wildlife and nature preserve.

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Cute boy with binoculars:

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I ruins.

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Forest coated with cottonwood droppings (not snow!):

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Our final meal of the day took place at Le Bouchon, an obviously charming French restaurant:

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We had fun with the decor:

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All I wanted was some sort of salad with feta, so the watermelon-arugula-feta salad listed on the specials board pulled me in! This was the most perfect, refreshing, jaw-achingly delicious salad I could have imagined.

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We decided to go specials crazy and ordered the chilled gazpacho soup of the day:

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And the soft-shell crab special entree of the day.

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So much perfect food at one sitting should be illegal … but I am glad it’s not.

For dessert, we ordered crème brûlée

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… which we enjoyed while observing a drunken arrest take place at the police station across the street.

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After dinner, we had time for a relaxing sunset stroll before hopping on the 9pm train back to NYC.

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Perfect day!