Natalia joined CDPHP in 2015 as a communications writer/editor. Born and raised in the Capital Region, Natalia earned a BS in marketing and management from Siena College and an MBA from Union Graduate College (now Clarkson University). A self-professed news junkie and lover of iced coffee, Natalia currently resides in North Greenbush with her husband, two kids, and a faithful yellow lab.
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Given the increased focus on dietary restrictions over the last several years, you may have found yourself wondering – where can I find a restaurant that emphasizes healthy, gluten-free, vegetarian, and/or vegan meals? Or, perhaps you’re looking for an option that’s primarily sourced from local ingredients? Good news! We compiled a user-friendly guide to help you find exactly what you’re looking for, and in locations not too far from home. continue reading →
The Capital Region has become a melting pot of traditional and ethnic cuisine, while also offering a variety of choices that meet the needs of those trying to follow a specific diet. Options range from Puzzles Bakery, renowned for its gluten-free menu and welcoming atmosphere for those affected by autism, to Psychedelicatessen, a unique bagel shop in downtown Troy that features locally grown and non-GMO foods, as well as organic options. continue reading →
It’s no surprise that the picturesque Hudson Valley is home to a plethora of establishments that use locally sourced foods. Farm to Table Bistro, located in Fishkill, purchases items from area farmers and creameries as often as possible, while Terrapin in Rhinebeck features a highly customizable menu that’s based on individual customers’ dietary restrictions or preferences, in addition to an organic kids’ menu. continue reading →
The heart of New York state may be known for its craft breweries, but it also boasts a large selection of unique eateries. Beardslee Castle, located in Little Falls, offers a menu with several vegetarian and vegan options, which can be enjoyed within the walls of a 150-year-old Irish/American castle. continue reading →
Ah, fall. The air is crisp, the leaves are changing, and there are a host of regional activities to experience with your family and delight in the season. While apples may still be ripe for the picking, we compiled the following guide to focus on late-fall, family-friendly activities, including pumpkin patches, corn mazes, and hayrides. For those who like a good scare this time of year, a few of the locations also offer haunted activities. continue reading →