Red Hat on the River


I have wanted to try Red Hat on the River for some time now so I decided Hudson Valley Restaurant week would be a great time to do so. The cozy and romantic restaurant sits along the Hudson River in the quaint town of Irvington, NY. Although it was a chilly night, it didn’t stop me from admiring the stunning view of the Manhattan skyline from outside of the restaurant. My husband and I started off with cocktails at the intimate U-shaped bar. The bartender was excellent, and I enjoyed the most delectable pear cocktail along with the tasty sweet potato chips they have at the bar.

When it was time for our reservation, they seated us upstairs, where we enjoyed our dinner in the restaurant’s serene atmosphere. The mini baguettes they serve with dinner added to the authenticity of this French-inspired restaurant. I chose to order from the Restaurant Week menu and my husband ordered from their traditional menu.

We both had the French onion soup to start, which was savory and delightful. I rarely have the pleasure of enjoying french onion soup at restaurants because most places make it using beef broth, and I don’t eat red meat. Red Hat On The River, however, created a delicious vegetarian soup which could satiate the palettes of carnivores, vegetarians, and all others in between.

For the main course, I enjoyed the Pan-Roasted Free Range chicken. The portions were generous and the food was cooked to perfection. My husband ordered the ‘Banh Mi’ Style Beef Sandwich, and enjoyed every bite!

Last, but certainly not least, we both ordered delicious desserts. My husband ordered the key lime pie, which was made in house and fresh as can be. The combination of its light texture with the right amount of tartness made for a pleasant dessert experience. I had the Lemon Tea Cake, which was from By The Way Bakery in Hastings-On-Hudson. The cake, which was also gluten-free, was moist in texture and rich in flavor. I think it’s especially wonderful that Red Hat supports local businesses…what a great way to promote buying local in the Hudson Valley! I hope to visit the By The Way Bakery and taste their other delicacies soon.

We left the restaurant feeling very full and satisfied. I hope to return soon and try more of this wonderful restaurant’s specialties.

Restaurant Week ends on 11/17/13. I highly recommend trying one of the many amazing participating restaurants! Here is a link to them:

Here is a link to Red Hat On the River’s website:

Here is a link to Red Hat On the River’s Restaurant Week Menu:

By The Way Bakery Website:

xoxo, Jessi

My Antique Shop Find

Hi everyone, it’s been awhile since I posted on here. Sorry about that! I am hoping to get back into posting soon. I wanted to share a link to another blog I have started,               Cumin & Going, a cooking related blog. In my most recent post, I share a recipe from a vintage cookbook I found at Antiques Barn in New Paltz, NY. The link is below. I hope you enjoy!

My Vintage Find: All About Home Baking



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Reminiscing and the Rosendale Cafe


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             I am out of town this week so I haven’t had the chance to check out any new places in the Hudson Valley area. However, while away I had the chance to meet up with an old friend, Jessica, from NY and I got inspired while talking and reminiscing with her. As we sat over lunch at a Chipotle in West Palm Beach, Florida, we discussed the differences between the surrounding area and the Hudson Valley. One of the things that came up was the distinct difference in food choices. As much as I love sunny Florida, it is filled with a lot of chain restaurants and lacks some of the quaint eateries that the Hudson Valley is filled with. One in particular we discussed was the Rosendale Café, which was just minutes from SUNY Ulster, where we both attended college. Located on beautiful Main Street in Rosendale, NY, this vegetarian restaurant can be enjoyed by anyone. I vividly remember the last time I went in there, I was overcome by a feeling of warmth and comfort. It was a winter evening, the cafe was crowded, but not overwhelming, a live band was playing and everyone looked cozy and content as they chatted with friends and enjoyed their food.  It reminded me of why I love upstate NY so much.

        The menu at the cafe contains an array of savory dishes, and almost everything can be enhanced with some of their homemade Japanese dressing, which you can also purchase by the bottle. It makes a great asset to your kitchen as well as a great gift for someone else if you are looking for an easy and unique gift for someone in the area. (A great way to give the dressing is to purchase a gift certificate to the café along with a bottle of dressing, place the gift card in an envelope, punch two holes in the envelope, loop string through the holes, and tie the envelope around the bottle of dressing, place it in a gift bag and voila!)

        After you dine at the Rosendale Café, take a stroll down Main Street and enjoy the eclectic shops, art galleries, and the unique Rosendale Theatre.

Find out more about the café here:

See what awesome dishes they have to offer:

*In addition to what is listed on the menu, they also offer nightly specials

Learn more about their homemade Japanese Salad Dressing:


Take a look at what other patrons have to say about The Rosendale Café:

“I like their healthy food and I think it’s a good variety for vegetarians and even for non-vegetarians. People who aren’t vegetarians can still enjoy the food because it’s good quality and fresh. I also like the atmosphere there…It’s a place where you can sit down even for hours after you eat and just relax and talk with whomever you’re with. I like how they support local artists and have their art featured on the walls. It’s an overall relaxing and calm atmosphere. They also have live music and salsa dancing which I’ve attended and enjoyed especially for being a beginner.”


“[I like] the calm scene, the music, the food…the reuben is unreal”.


“The food is great and they usually can accommodate food allergies… …the décor is eclectic and [has] cool art on the walls…yummy food for vegetarians vegans… they have live music some nights. When it’s nice out, you can sit outside”.


“I’d have to say I absolutely love the one of a kind dressing, and overall vibe of the whole place. Nice and cozy, great place to relax and enjoy your food without a rush. And you don’t leave feeling full of greasy food, you feel satisfied and it’s good for you!”


“What I like the most is their involvement in the community. They always host art shows & have art work of local artists displayed on their walls”.


“I love the Rosendale Cafe. The vibrant sounds from local artists, the colorful food & excellent vegan menu. You would never know it was healthy, it tastes that good!”

-Jessi R.

As always, comments and suggestions are encouraged. Thank you!


Happy Valentine’s Day from theeleganthudson!


Happy Valentine’s Day everyone! Here are some links to some Hudson Valley Events…Know of any more? Please share below on the “Comments Section”. Thank you!

xoxo, Jessi

Romantic Restaurants:

Valentine’s Day Events for Singles:

Additional Events:

Check out this really awesome, detailed Valentine’s Day guide from

Hudson Valley Magazine!


Wallkill Valley Rail Trail

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With the recent unpleasant winter weather, it has been difficult to explore any new areas in the Hudson Valley so instead I will think warm thoughts and talk about enjoying the Wallkill Valley Rail Trail on a sunny, warm day. Formerly an old railroad track, The Wallkill Valley Rail Trail is now a 12.2 mile trail located in Ulster County, NY that goes from Gardiner to the end of New Paltz.  It is one of those places that no matter how many times you visit, you always find yourself discovering something new. The trail has many parking lots and can be easily accessed from several convenient locations. It is enjoyed by bikers, walkers, sightseers, and nature lovers to name a few. If you are looking for an activity on a hot summer day, the trail is shaded beneath a blanket of trees providing a cooler option for enjoying the outdoors. Below are images from one of my hikes along the trail in the New Paltz section of it.

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One of my favorite discoveries on the trail; this group of turtles relax along the moss and water.


The ducks enjoying the stream alongside the trail add to the serene rail trail experience.

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Birdwatchers can enjoy the many beautiful birds that frequent the area.

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The beautiful blue sky peaks behind the trees where one of the birds has built a home.


Whether you gaze up or down while hiking, there is always something interesting to be seen. Here, an over-sized mushroom is growing alongside the trail.

For more information about the Wallkill Valley Rail Trail, check out the maps below, as well as the site where the maps came from:

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