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8 Holiday Beers To Sip This Season

Spreading the beer: craft brewers toast the holidays with heartier brews

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4 Local Ethnic Markets

Global groceries are on the map. Explore these international food purveyors, whether you’re whipping up your own international meal or just picking something up in your travels

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Can You Find “Harry” the Mastodon?

This now-extinct mammal made the Valley its stomping ground

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18 Great Gifts For the Holidays

Have you finished your holiday shopping yet? We have more than a dozen great ideas for gifts you can pick up right around the corner

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Meat: Finding the Right Cut (and Butcher)

Everybody’s doing it, from nose-to-tail to unique cuts. Lamb kidneys, anyone?

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4 Can’t-Miss Holiday Light Displays

Spectacular light shows delight Valley residents — and help local charities, to boot

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Bonefish Grill Debuts Winter White Cosmo; Here’s How to Make It

Make your own festive cocktail this winter

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Year in Review: The Hudson Valley’s Most Unforgettable Moments in 2015

From tragic deaths to Hudson Valley firsts, we take a look back at the year’s most memorable moments

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For the Love of Food: The Scoop on Our Food Lover’s Guide

A word from Hudson Valley Magazine’s Executive Editor, Olivia J. Abel

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Fish: What to Look For and How to Cook It

Tips from local fishmongers on how to hook the best catch (so to speak)

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Cheese: Blue Cheeses, Stinky Cheeses, and Rare Cheeses

From pairings to the perfect party cheeses

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Bread: Local Bakeries, Brick Ovens, and Grains

Despite the gluten-free trend (or maybe because of it), good bread is enjoying a heyday

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5 Local Farm-to-Table Marketplaces

Farm-to-table has found another venue in a burgeoning number of small, mom-and-pop-style grocery stores throughout the region. Many of the shops also provide a limited number of tables

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Food Lover’s Guide

Where to get the good stuff

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10 Local Products We Love (and Where to Find Them)

Locally made favorites you might find in the kitchens of our editors

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Desperate for Votes: Is Pataki Pulling a Trump With “Kill Radical Islamists” Tweet?

The Republican Presidential candidate — and former New York State governor — declares “war on radical Islam” with violent tweet

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Marisa LaScala

Marisa LaScala
Elmsford, NY


Associate Editor Marisa LaScala joined Westchester magazine in 2003, and ever since she's blown every paycheck at the Greenburgh Multiplex. She also staunchly defends Richard Kelly, doesn't mind spoiling the endings of trashy movies you're curious about but don't want to pay to see, wishes the Hold Steady would come back and rock out Westchester, misses Arrested Development more than anyone can imagine, and still watches cartoons and Saturday Night Live. You can find more of her cultural criticism at www.popmatters.com, where she is a staff writer.

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