Hudson me your Ooh-La-La!

Updated: Apr 9, 2021

By guest blogger "JoJo Wanders Official"

Oh, how I long for the days of crowded city cafes, unconventional chats over stemless glasses of dry pale pinky rosé or giant goblets of tangerine hued slightly bitter aperitifs, dreamy artsy-inspired walks through Montmartre, crazy midnight Eiffel Tower-view Vespa rides up and down the Champs-Élysées and let me not forget…my once true o-b-s-e-s-s-i-o-n …cutesy couture fashion gazing through the back alleys of my beloved…City of Lights. If I just close my big brown eyes super tight and focus really hard…I can almost feel it…a gurl can dream, can’t she? It’s no secret that global exploration has been…nonexistent for most. Or has it? What if I told you, right here in the Hudson Valley you can have your over-the-ocean travel cake and eat it too? Really? Oui…si…yes…absolutely monsieurs and madames! The region is brimming with internationally toned delights, and in my case, as a bona fide Francophile, I think this valley has a whole lotta’ ooh-la-la goin’ on!

Ooh-la-la? What is that exactly? Here? …here in the Valley? It’s not as simple as adding the preverbal “la” or “le” in front of a restaurant or hotel name. It’s more about what I characterize as… carefully curated…attention to details…a bit imperfect…handmade…that something special… a dash of “je ne sais quoi” …unique touches that make me…you…think or say out loud…yup…you got it…” ooh-la-la”!

I think one of the most obvious examples of Hudson Valley’s faraway flair (full-on Frenchieness at times) is its food scene.

Now, I’m not suggesting that it’s French-centric nor am I a notable foodie critique franchise offering yet another app type review (seriously not!) …but from my experience what exists up and down the river valley is a culinary culture bursting with a true worldwide taste that can virtually “transport” you…Italian, Greek, Thai, and yes…you guessed it…French cuisine too! My take is that the region has manifested itself into a place reminiscent of what I’ve seen and experienced in some of my…our… favorite overseas places…voila!