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The Relocators: In Search of Asian Groceries

The past few weeks, Mark and I have had some experience trying to find grocery stores in the area that specialize in or carry Asian ingredients. We are particularly interested in Indian food since we don’t cook Chinese, Japanese or Korean. Occasionally we will cook something with a Thai flair, but those ingredients can usually be found at Adams Fairacre farms or the local health food store.

Indian food ingredients are a whole other story. And because of that, you usually need to find a grocery story that either specializes in these ingredients or carries them along with foods from other Asian cultures. Here’s what we found…

Welcome Oriental Grocery - This is a small store located in the outskirts of Poughkeepsie. Honestly I wouldn’t have even known it was Poughkeepsie except that’s what Google says. Upon entering the store, we were greeted with a hostile glare from the teenager working behind the register. I tried not to take it too personally; for all I know she was just angry at the world. An adult, perhaps the mother, came out to greet us after seeing the exchange and asked if there was anything she could help us find. She was very nice and tried to help us find the few Indian food ingredients they carried. But there were very few. If you’re looking for Chinese food ingredients, then this is the place for you. The shelves are stocked full. But since this wasn’t the cuisine we were after, it was a bust for us.

Hopewell Farms
Hopewell Farms – Hopewell Farms is a large-ish grocery store in Hopewell Junction. It carries an odd mix of Japanese, Korean and other Asian ingredients, as well as Latin and Italian, with a little ‘health store food’ mixed in for good measure. In the freezer, you can find Portugese food right alongside Korean, next to Latin and Mexican, on top of Japanese. There is a deli case selling salami next to a sushi bar. They have fresh fish and seafood in the back that seems reasonably priced. Down the aisle from that, are butchered whole goats or sheep. Honestly I have no idea what they were because it freaked me out so much. I told Mark to go take a picture as I stood back…way back. LOL.

They sell a lot of fresh fruits and vegetables, and seemed to have a few of the Asian variety. But honestly I wasn’t all that impressed with the selection. But they do have a lot of canned, packaged and frozen food from various cuisines and cultures. Alas, Indian food ingredients were not present. So we bought some fresh wild-caught salmon, and called it a day.

Krishna Indian Groceries


Krishna Indian Groceries – Pay dirt! Okay…that should have been obvious. Right? We should have been searching for INDIAN grocery stores and not ASIAN grocery stores. But it gave us something to write about. Krishna Indian Groceries is a little store on Route 9. It is filled to the brim with ingredients for making just about any kind of Indian food you desire. They even have both fresh and dried curry (tree) leaves. They aren’t big on the fresh ingredients aside from the curry leaves. From what I could see, they have a few sad looking vegetables in the cooler and boxes of hot peppers on a table. But that was about it.

What they do have is aisles of packaged goods and spices for making your Indian food at home. We were in heaven. They even rent Bollywood tapes behind the counter and sell a few religious items as well. But wait! Don’t leave without trying at least one of their samosas. OMG! These were the kind of samosas I’m sure my grandmother would have made had she been Indian. They were so much better than anything eaten in even the yummiest of Indian restaurants in three states.

We went on the weekend, but it looks like they sell a full meal Monday through Friday. We WILL be eating lunch or dinner there one day soon. I really need another samosa. Another bonus?? They are actually opened later than most grocery stores around these parts. So if I’m hankering for something hot and spicy but need some besan flour or cardamon seeds before 9:00pm, I know where to go.

Saraswati Grocery – Down the street and on the other side of Route 9 is Saraswati Grocery store. Honestly…we never made it there. But we will be going very soon. From their Yelp reviews, it looks like they might have some fresh ingredients. So it’s worth checking out. Uncertain if they sell prepared food. I’ll report back when we visit.

Category: Food, Hopewell Junction, Poughkeepsie, Relocators, Shopping, Top Stories, Wappingers Falls

By: Kary | 27 March 2013 12:14 AM | 10 Comments

The Relocators: Two Months in Beacon

So our two-month anniversary of moving to Beacon has come and gone. We are still trying to settle in and figure out what goes where. I am still trying to figure out how to work from home, set boundaries and a schedule.

The weather’s been cold and snowy for the most part, which we love. But it means we haven’t really done that much in terms of exploring the area. Which is probably a good thing. Moving in the winter means you have more time to unpack, decorate and build your nest. Spring will be here soon enough and it’s my goal to have the last photo hung on the wall!

So how are we doing as we create a new life, new schedules, new systems of living in a new place and home? I thought I’d talk a little about that here…

Commuting to Manhattan

I’ve commuted a few times into Manhattan as I get settled in to my new job. Not every day or even once a week. But at least 5 or 6 times since I’ve started. The commute is pretty easy. Trains come every 15 minutes or so during peak hours. I don’t buy a monthly pass since I go into Manhattan so infrequently. We live about a 10 minute drive to the train station and its another 20 minute subway ride from Grand Central to my office in downtown. So all in all, it takes roughly 2 hours. That seems like a lot…and it is. But since I do it so infrequently I can’t complain. I found a helpful little iPhone app called onTime that I highly recommend you get if you move up here and use the train to commute. It provides all the upcoming train schedules and even provides a count down, letting you know how many minutes you have until you’ve missed your train. The only thing that would make it better is if it provided track information on the Grand Central to Beacon side of the commute.

Driving in a Strange Land

Getting around in a new area can be daunting. Particularly when you’re dealing with mountains and farms that make getting from point “A” to point “B” rarely a straight shot. Since Apple has allowed Google Maps to be installed on the iPhone, the world is a much easier place to drive to. Using the turn-by-turn VERBAL directions make it really easy to drive to a place you’ve never been to before…even if you’re driving alone. Again…if you move to a new area ANYWHERE and have to drive…get this app and use it. It’s FREE! I would suspect that Garmin and other GPS devices will go to the technology graveyard very soon.

Who Shovels All that Snow?

Yeah….this is one of those things that make living in a NYC apartment with a Super in the building a wonderful thing. The snow falls? He shovels the sidewalk and spreads the salt. When you rent or own your own home? You do it. Luckily, our landlord plows our driveway which is  a very good thing since it is a very looooooong driveway. But the sidewalks here are long and so is the area getting to the car…so we have done our fair share of shoveling and spreading salt. Unfortunately they do NOT have an app for that. But it is surprisingly addictive to do. My suggestion is that when it snows, no matter what time it is….go out there and shovel it off the path and spread some salt as soon as possible. We made the mistake once of thinking we’d wait until it completely stopped snowing. Bad idea. Snow turned to rain then quickly froze over again. What would have been nice fluffy snow to move turned into solid sheets of ice. So we bought an ice chipper and really had an excuse to get our aggressions out. Again….addictive but it gets old when you have such a large area to maintain.

Where Do We Shop?

For the most part, we do most of our grocery shopping at Adam’s Fairacre Farms over in Wappinger Fall. It’s a great store and has most of the things we need. We’ve also been going to the Beacon Farmer’s Market at least every other week. The local Key Food on Main Street fills in when we need something in a hurry.

We’ve also discovered that some places are actually easier to get to in Newburgh on 300 rather than traveling up Highway 9 to Poughkeepsie. The only downside is you have to pay a $1.50 toll to get back into Beacon. So get an E-Z Pass if you move up here and drive. It will make your traveling around much easier and you don’t have to remember to bring cash with you.

There is so much more to write about and I hope to get back to writing on a regular basis soon. But in a nutshell….we still like living here. We are happy we made the move. We are excited about the Spring so we can explore more of the area. And we love living in a house, even if we do have to plow our own snow.

Ciao for now!

Category: Beacon, Commuting, Newburgh, Relocators, Transportation, Wappingers Falls

By: Kary | 5 February 2013 12:27 PM | 1 Comment

Fixer-Upper of the Week: Wappingers Falls Farmhouse, $165,000

Here’s what we like about this Wappingers Falls farmhouse, built in 1800: the eyebrow windows; the solarium off the living room; the land (about 1.6 acres, abutting a stream); the windows; and the fireplace, even though we’d retile it. On the cosmetic side, it’s in need of some upgrades: tearing out the wall-to-wall, doing something about that knotty pine paneling, putting in a new kitchen.

They’re not joking about the fixer-upper part, though. It currently has no heat, and is not inhabitable. Also, it’s mighty close to the Dutchess County airport, but we’re not sure how much traffic it gets. The price is set at $165,000, but all reasonable offers will be considered, so says the listing. What do you all think is reasonable?

1521 Route 376, Wappingers Falls. $165,000. GMAP.

Category: $100000 to $199000, Dutchess County, Fixer-Uppers, Rural, Wappingers Falls

By: lisa | 6 June 2012 03:02 PM | 1 Comment