Theresa J. Marquez, Poughkeepsie Journal

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Past articles by Theresa J.:

9 most talked about stories on Facebook: 2017

In many ways, Facebook chatter reflects what is important to you. Restaurants opening and closings, undocumented immigrants, sharks, car problems and lives lost topped the list of what everyone wanted to talk about on Facebook. Here's the countdown: 9. Price is Right Live comes to Poughkeepsie When the live event version of the longest-running game show in TV history came to town, it created… → Read More

El Azteca delivers big flavors and great service

Don’t let the name fool you. El Azteca Mexican Deli on Main Street in Poughkeepsie is not a deli. Not in the traditional sense anyway It’s even more than a corner taqueria; it's a full service restaurant. Now, don’t get me wrong. El Azteca does serve up some delicious tacos, both Mexican style (two soft corn tortillas) as well Texas style (crispy shell). These are also filled with a myriad of… → Read More

'Ole Savannah' restaurant lauds the South

A trip to the south is not necessary to enjoy some fine southern cuisine. Ole Savannah Southern Table & Bar, located on Kingston’s waterfront, will fit the bill nicely. → Read More

YOLO Bistro, serving up thoughtful and innovative delights

“YOLO.” What does this mean? A quick perusal of the YOLO Bistro’s website explained, “You only live once.” What a great motto to live and dine by. This charming eatery on North Road in Poughkeepsie was almost stuffed to the brim. The bar didn’t have an empty seat. Drinks, appetizers and entrees were flowing. Even though neither acoustics nor ventilation had been addressed in this reinvented… → Read More

Suzie's Starlight, a slice of comfort and home

Dining review: Suzie's Starlight in Marlboro offers a homey ambience of comfort and bountiful food. → Read More

Porco Fresh Cafe offers thoughtful dining

Porco Café is tucked on a small road in the heart of the City of Poughkeepsie. Not hard to find, which is great because you really want to find your way there. → Read More

An eclectic menu proves to be a great thing

Café East touts itself as a tapas restaurant, a bar and grill and a breakfast and brunch restaurant, almost like it can’t decide what it wants to be. And that is a good thing. Sometimes it is just too much to have to decide to be one thing. Café East is small — just over 20 seats. The menu is also small and controllable; easy enough for one person to handle if need be. It also offers the… → Read More

Dining review: A colorful palette teases the palate

Dining review: A colorful palette teases the palate → Read More


People in the know are not going to be happy because Boitson’s cover is about to be blown. This little Kingston restaurant is a hidden jewel. Located in the Stockade District, nestled unobtrusively among other unassuming businesses. It is small but it delivers in a big way. The small, very dark dining room quickly filled up the evening we were there. Seating is tight and reservations are highly… → Read More

Kingston's Casa Villa serves up traditional fare and more

At first glance, Casa Villa in Kingston appears to be a traditional Mexican eatery, bB ut it offers a bit of a surprise when viewing the menu. → Read More

Chef Spotlight: Giuseppe Napoli

Chef Giuseppe Napoli started his culinary training long before stepping foot onto the campus of the Culinary Institute of America. Like many chefs, his training started in the home kitchen with his mother. Helping to prepare family meals, he absorbed her passion for cooking with care. He also learned how to utilize freshly picked produce from the family's garden. Homemade sauces and bread from… → Read More

Make your own cranberry sauce

My fiancé wants cranberry sauce for Thanksgiving dinner, but I refuse to buy the canned stuff. Is this hard to make from scratch? → Read More

Food Fix: The Would Restaurant

Join Poughkeepsie Journal's restaurant review in a tour of valley restaurants during Restaurant Week. → Read More

Food fix: The Mill Restaurant & Bar

Join Poughkeepsie Journal's restaurant reviewer in a tour of valley restaurants during Restaurant Week. → Read More

Food Fix: Le Express Bistro & Bar

Restaurant Week going strong in the Hudson Valley. → Read More

Dining review: New Paltz's Bacchus an eclectic mix of food and drink

At first glance inside, or even a first glance at the appetizer menu, Bacchus may seem like "just another beer joint." Yes, you can get some fine beers here, but it also offers a nicely rounded and somewhat eclectic menu. → Read More


In case you didn't know, Poughkeepsie has a bier (beer) garden. Yes, an actual sit-outside-and-enjoy-a-beer-and-some-good-food garden. Schatzi's offers a pretty authentic experience on Main Street. The interior dining area is on the small side and also gives the option of dining at the bar. While the open kitchen concept also provided a good view of dinner being prepared, the real draw is the… → Read More

Recipe Rx: Prolong tomato season by freezing fruit

Recipe Rx: Prolong tomato season by freezing fruit → Read More

'The Art of Simple Food': Alice Waters visits Hudson Valley, backs victory garden

Alice Waters is famed not only for her restaurant, Chez Panisse, in Berkeley, California, but she is also known as the mother of the farm-to-table movement. → Read More

Pastry chef crafts edible works of art

Amber Spiegel bakes cookies. She also decorates cookies. But there is much more to her than simply being a pastry chef — she is an artist in her craft. Spiegel grew up baking with both her father, who is a Culinary Institute of America graduate, and her grandmother. After earning a bachelor’s degree from Ithaca College, she still felt a strong pull to baking, and studied baking and pastry at the… → Read More