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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.

Workout of the Week

lohud.com — Frank Valbiro likes to keep fitness simple and natural. This Port Chester fitness trainer's Park Bench Leg Circuit works your glutes, quadriceps, hamstrings and calves while engaging your core. And you can do it in the beauty of your local park or any bench (as long as no one is sitting on it!)

The Filling Station, West Haverstraw

lohud.com — Rockland County has a new place to fuel up - not on gas, but on organic burgers, 100-percent beef hot dogs, hand-cut fries, ice cream and craft beer. Almost all the ingredients are local. The Filling Station opened Aug. 25 in front of the Samsondale Plaza and near the Department of Motor Vehicles office in West Haverstraw.

Workout of the Week

lohud.com — The Burpee may sound like a childish prank, but this exercise is no joke. "If you had to pick one exercise to do the rest of your life, there's a good chance you'd pick this one," said John Nannariello, co-owner of the gym CrossFit Immortal in Pleasantville.

Muscle Up: Workout of the Week

lohud.com — The Muscle Up is an advanced move. You must be able to do a pull-up and then a dip, taking you from below a set of rings to above the rings. There are modifications, though, says CrossFit trainer Tommy Carter.

P.F. Chang's, Nanuet: Dining Scene

lohud.com — You might think you know P.F. Chang's. But at its first outpost in Rockland, at the Shops at Nanuet, the 7,430-square-foot, pan-Asian restaurant promises a few surprises. Walk past the terra cotta horses standing guard at the entryway, and settle in to the main dining room, adorned with a panoramic, hand-painted mural depicting 12th century China.
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