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The Hudson Room in Peekskill: Dining Scene

lohud.com — By Amy Sowder Opened in August in northern Westchester, The Hudson Room is a chef's restaurant, using organic ingredients with gluten-free options. "Globally inspired, locally farmed," says partner Daniel Steinberger, one of the four individuals who run The Hudson Hospitality Group, which owns the restaurant and plans to open four more in the Peekskill area, including a taco and tequila bar.

The Hudson Room in Peekskill: Dining Scene

lohud.com — By Amy Sowder Opened in August in northern Westchester, The Hudson Room is a chef's restaurant, using organic ingredients with gluten-free options. "Globally inspired, locally farmed," says partner Daniel Steinberger, one of the four individuals who run The Hudson Hospitality Group, which owns the restaurant and plans to open four more in the Peekskill area, including a taco and tequila bar.

Are you tough enough?

lohud.com — Every good personal trainer has one of these in the car, says Marvin Seward as he points to a blue half-ball, moments after excusing his boot camp class at I TRAIN WITH JUAN, a gym in Tuckahoe. Seward pointed to the Bosu ball, which looks like half a plastic exercise ball, 2 feet in diameter, mounted on a black platform with hand grips.

Fat Sal's, Buchanan | Dining Scene

lohud.com — Fat Sal's started as a steak sauce. Really! Opened by the team behind the elegant Augie's Prime Cut Restaurant & Bar in Mohegan Lake, Fat Sal's is a casual beef-centric eatery with a mascot of a happy cartoon cow on it - with the Autism Speaks logo on his apron.

How to get six-pack abs. Do the Sliding Mountain Climber Series

lohud.com — Planks are all the rage. But Frank Daniels of Max Impact Training in White Plains has another plan: The Sliding Mountain Climber Series, his three-pronged approach to ab enlightenment. "Each move is more difficult," Daniels says. "If you really do it right, you really feel it target the lower abdominals."

Brother Jimmy's White Plains

lohud.com — First, you'll spot the corrugated metal roofing that wraps around Mamaroneck Avenue and East Post Road. Meander inside, and find reclaimed wood, a wall of Jack Daniels whiskey barrels stacked to the ceiling, vintage glass bottles, a 30-seat square bar smothered with North Carolina license plates, funky neon signs such as "Honey Badger" and "Put Some South in Yo' Mouth" and Southern antique advertisements for gasoline, John Deere tractors and tobacco.

Pulverize ab flab! Do the reverse plank

lohud.com — Planks are already a great exercise for rock-hard abs, but this move also works your shoulders, chest and quadriceps. What is a plank, you say? It's a position in which you rest your forearms on the ground, face down, and hold the rest of your body in a rigid, straight line, like a plank of wood, for as long as possible.

Social 162, Nyack: Dining Scene

lohud.com — It's just before service at the newly opened Social 162 in Nyack. With a pastry bag, executive chef Steve Permaul pipes creamy goat cheese into an ice-cream-like swirl next to glistening, marinated and roasted beet cubes plucked from the Nyack Farmers Market. Orange wedges, candied walnuts and micro-arugula deepen the plate's earthy-sweet plot.

Workout of the Week from Nyack Pilates

lohud.com — Sore, knotty muscles have another solution: Body rolling, the best massage you can give yourself, fans say. This technique relieves stress, tightness, aches and pains. It's simple, affordable and easy to do at home. Jennifer Kent Attebery, a Pilates instructor in Nyack, recommends a body rolling move she calls "Freeing the Ribcage."

Brother Jimmy's BBQ in White Plains: New on the Dining Scene

lohud.com — By Amy Sowder The "Put some South in yo' mouth" slogan shows you the casual, raucous kind of atmosphere to expect at a small barbecue chain that opened a location in White Plains this fall. Brother Jimmy's BBQ, which opened Sept. 22, replaces the more upscale Butterfield 8 on Mamaroneck Avenue.
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