Kiki & Lala

We Stand on a Blue Hill (at Stone Barns)

Posted on: June 8, 2009

 

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To celebrate my birthday (which is not for a few days), we took a scenic drive along the  Hudson River to Upstate New York for an amazing dinner in a farm called Stone Barns.  

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It is a non-profit community based farm.  Its also an education center for food and agriculture. This farm boasts of 80 hectares of sprawling fertile land.  And the pictures below will tell you why it is named such. 

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They have various tours and events for visitors.  They even have a farm gift shop which carries an assortment of farming and barn merchandise.  

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The main attraction for us and our hungry bellies was the Blue Hill restaurant located inside Stone Barns. 

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The original Blue Hill restaurant is located off Washington Square Park (near my school) in NYC.   The genius behind this gastronomic feast was that we had no menus!  We were given a long list of ingredients that the chef would use (all from the farm) and were asked to specify if there was anything in the list that we didn’t want in our meal.  Everything thing else would be left up to the creative design of our dear old chef.  

Where's the food???

Where's the food???

The interiors of the restaurant were simple – clean lines, accented by flowers and the picturesque scenery outside. 

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We were asked to choose between a 6 course meal with 2 courses of dessert or a 5 course meal with one dessert course.  We chose the latter.  So this is what the chef whipped up for us. For starters:

Incredibly fresh carrots and sweet peas

Incredibly fresh carrots and sweet peas

 

An assortment of chips along with the fresh vegetable sticks

An assortment of chips along with the fresh vegetable sticks

Asparagus wrapped in Pancetta and sesame seeds

Asparagus wrapped in Pancetta and sesame seeds

 

Pea burgers

Pea burgers

Of course we were served fresh baked bread which came with butter, ricotta cheese and two types of flavored salts: finely ground parsnips and carrots mixed with sea salt.  I mixed the salts with the butter and cheese and it was just heavenly!

 

Farm churned butter, farm made ricotta cheese, parsinip salt, carrot salt

Farm churned butter, farm made ricotta cheese, parsnip salt, carrot salt

The next course was simple yet incredibly tasty: mixed green salad with yogurt. The greens were so fresh and so tasty!

so simple yet so delicious!

so simple yet so delicious!

And then we were served rainbow trout on mint peas and pistachio.  It just melted in my mouth – which is now watering as I write this!

Those little bits you see on the trout are onion bits which burst in your mouth!

Those little bits you see on the trout are onion bits which burst in your mouth!

After the fish, we were served ravioli stuffed with mixed cheese from the farm and seasoned by assorted greens.  Again, very simple dish yet very very tasty. 

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Finally we had pork on a bed of vegetable risotto and pine nuts. 

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We were rather disappointed by this last dish.  It was delicious but we expected a little more “production” for the last course, especially when we were riding on such a build up from the previous courses.  

Dessert was good but given that I am such a sweets addict I was expecting to get blown away.  

 

Flourless chocolate cake topped with Vanilla Bean Ice Cream

Flourless chocolate cake topped with Vanilla Bean Ice Cream

 

Cheesecake topped with Rasberry Sherbet

Cheesecake topped with Rasberry Sherbet

 

Yogurt meringue sticks, rose flavored marshmallows, chocolate macaroons and dark chocolate

Yogurt meringue sticks, rose flavored marshmallows, chocolate macaroons and dark chocolate

As a whole, this was an awesome experience and I highly recommend it to anyone who is up for an adventure.  We had a lot of fun trying to guess what the next customized dish would be.  We also enjoyed spying on our neighbors to see what the chef whipped up for them.  The long but lovely drive, the picturesque landscape, the excellent service and ambience and the fresh ingredients makes it all worth it – ok ok I should have also said the irreplaceable company.  So thanks to Little Twinboy for agreeing to take me on this brief jaunt.  I’m posting more pictures below taken on our way out. 

 

"But oz didn't do nothing to the tin man, that he didn't didn't already have..."

"But oz didn't do nothing to the tin man, that he didn't didn't already have..."

 

Milk...

Milk...

 

....And Honey!

....And Honey!

 

Pretty scenery on our way out

Pretty scenery on our way out

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2 Responses to "We Stand on a Blue Hill (at Stone Barns)"

what gorgeous architecture. how old are those buildings? they somehow remind me of the tower of london… weird…!

oh my the mixed green salad and ravioli look awesome!
the fish sounds interesting too. i love rainbow trout but i think the photo lost something in translation – it looks raw and i thought the white onion bits where the feathery parts of a fishing hook hahaha!

advanced happy birthday, kiki!

Yes the stone barns are very pretty. I think it reminds you of the Tower of London because of the towers. Haha!

The rainbow trout did look rather pink and sushi-like but it yummy! I should invest in an SLR to avoid lost in translation pics – WHATEVER!

There is so much more to do in the farm like feed animals, visit museums and see how this and that is made…WHEN you come to visit, I’ll take you there : D

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