First up was Tarrytown, New York, about a 45-minute drive out of the city. We stopped at Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture, home of the famous Blue Hill at Stone Barns. We didn't get to eat there, reservations were booked until the end of November, but we did stop by their tiny Blue Hill Cafe for their chorizo scones and apple muffins.
Kingston, New York. We booked through airbnb, which is a really cool site to find cheaper, more personal places to stay. We ended up staying at an old church that was renovated into a house and studio space by a couple name Peter and Julie. I would totally recommend staying there for the weekend. It was close to everything, and they made a great breakfast! Click here for their listings.
Osaka. The wait staff was so sweet! I even learned something new - you are suppose to eat mochi with your hands. In Kansas, it was always served with a spoon.
Keegan Ales, the local brewery in Kingston. The place was actually a little dead, by the time we got there (late on a Sunday night and after the NY Jets had lost), but the bartender was super cool, and the beers were awesome. I loved the Mother's Milk (a stout), and the Jo Mamma's Milk (a seasonal coffee stout). Another cool part about the brewery - free peanuts that you can you can eat and throw the shells on the floor.