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Murray’s Fools

Murray’s Fools A Distilled Family History By Gina Agnano Tucked amidst the pines along a pristine brook sits a small white building. From the outside, it is difficult to imagine just how much is going on beyond the front door. But to those who know, the hanging white sign emblazoned with black letters announcing “Murray’s Fools Distilling Co.” evokes visions of finely crafted small-batch liquors steeped in a juicy family history. W.H.H. Murray’s 1869 book, “Adventures in the Wilderness,” excited a rush of “fools” to travel north and experience the untamed Adirondack wilderness. Now, 150 years later, people are drawn…

For the Love of Wine

It all started with a simple wine kit Dan Vesco received as a gift from his sister-in-law in 2004. After experimenting in their basement for five  years, Dan and his wife, Nancy, decided to go pro and opened Vesco Ridge Vineyards in 2010. A stop in West Chazy along the popular 33-mile Adirondack Coast Wine Trail, Vesco Ridge Vineyards is known for its welcoming owners, its rustic and contemporary mood and quality of its wines. Floral and citrus aromas meet visitors at the entrance of the winery. A large wooden rack stocked with bottles fills one wall. Other walls have…

Tight-Knit and Twisted

Story by Sage Lewandowski Photos by Andrew Villalobos A jungle’s worth of potted palm plants enshrouds the entrance to Plattsburgh’s newest eco-friendly eatery: Twisted Carrot. A crystal quartz the size of a watermelon lies cozily in a nook cut high in the brick wall beyond this foyer forest. Patrons’ rosy faces reflect off the black walnut bar which glistens in the warm lighting. Here, food and ambience are happily married. Owners Chris Winkler and Bevan and Laura Cochran have known each other for years. In fact, Chris and Bevan grew up as neighbors in South Plattsburgh. They share a passion…

Culture Clash

By Russia Boles   The North Country and the Canadian province of Québec have shared a border for more than two centuries, and for just as long, Québecers have had their poutine and New Yorkers their michigans. The Michigan The michigan (yes, this is the formal spelling), a North Country staple, was introduced to the area by a woman named Eula Otis. Originally from Detroit, she and her husband discovered their customers couldn’t get enough of the meat sauce-slathered dog at the couple’s food stand. She shared her recipe with Clare Warne who ran the now famous Clare and Carl’s…

Dine Across the Line

Dine Across the Line By Annika Campbell Five minutes on the U.S. side of the border or five minutes on the Canadian side of the border, if you’re near the 45th Parallel when your stomach rumbles, diners and cafes are always just a short cruise away to curb your cravings.   Burger Bob 613 219 Route N, Hemmingford, QC J0L 1H0 This restaurant is a comfort-food lover’s dream. Located seven minutes into Québec, Burger Bob is the place to go to satisfy a hankering for a hamburger. Take the food to go, eat inside or at one of the red picnic…

Committed to Comida

Locally Sourced Latin Food Josue Chanduvi wants to teach his customers that food is a powerful thing. Grandma’s Spanish Kitchen, a Peruvian-Cuban restaurant, sits at 5143 U.S. Ave. in Plattsburgh, in a small building set back from the road. A colorful interior resembles the furnishings of a home with strong Latin roots as the sounds of Celia Cruz and Marc Anthony play from a small TV perched in front of the kitchen. Owner Josue Chanduvi glides from table to table taking orders, serving customers and striking up conversations. “We are the only Peruvian-Cuban restaurant from here to Schenectady,” he says…

Mediteranean on Margaret Street

Fusing Family & Flavor For Peter Kritziotis, Greek and Italian food under one roof make a home. His restaurant, Aleka’s, serves Mediterranean classics like seafood fra diavolo, gyros and horiatiki. Kritziotis, 49, comes from a Mediterranean family. His mother immigrated from Sicily to Canada in the late ‘50s at the age of 5. His father made the trip from Greece at 16 in the ‘60s. Later that decade, the two met in Montreal. In his younger years, family get-togethers for Kritziotis were filled with both cuisines. This inspired him to open Aleka’s and cook what he knows. To him, food…

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