SHS Grad Travels the World to Make A Difference
- Category: Content
- Published on 06 October 2015
- Written by Joanne Wallenstein
You never know where a Scarsdale education will take you. In just the past 12 months, Isabel Brodsky from the SHS Class of 2007 has traversed the globe and landed in hotspots like Rwanda, Ethiopia and Bangladesh where she works as an advisor to a company that implements government funded programs to improve lives in some of the world's poorest countries. How did she select this field and what has she learned? She outlines her journey here:
Tell us about your background. When did you graduate from high school, where did you go to college and graduate school --and what did you study? I graduated from Scarsdale High School in 2007. I went to Colgate University in Hamilton, NY where I majored in political science and minored in African Studies. I graduated from Colgate in 2011 and immediately went to get an M.A. from Fordham University in International Political Economy and Development with a concentration in International Development Studies. Since graduating from Fordham I have worked at Palladium in Washington DC.
How did you become interested in the field? Who or what influenced you? I've always been interested in human rights issues, ever since middle school when we had a unit on human rights in my 7th grade history class with Ms. Wixted. In college my freshman year I took a class called Intro to Peace and Conflict Studies with a professor I really loved. She had worked in global health and I found her and the class to be really interesting. I think that is when I realized that I could work in this field as a career. I studied abroad in Dakar, Senegal during the summer between my sophomore and junior years of college and had an internship with two local NGOs and took classes on West African history and politics and Wolof (the local language of Senegal). That was my first experience going to a developing country and it motivated me to continue to pursue a career in global health and international development.
Explain the mission of Palladium and what you do there. Palladium is a consulting firm with a large focus on international development. Its mission is to deliver innovative solutions that create a positive impact and improve the quality of people's lives around the world. Most of Palladium's work is in the form of contracts with donor organizations such as USAID. I am a Data Use Advisor and work mainly on a USAID-funded project called MEASURE Evaluation, which helps to strengthen countries' health information systems. My work focuses on helping ministries of health, national AIDS programs, and other government entities to better collect, analyze, interpret, and use their health data to improve evidence-based decision making. Often times decisions are made arbitrarily without data to back them up. It's important to build the capacity of decision makers to use data to make decisions.
Where have you travelled in the last year? This year was crazy! I traveled to Rwanda twice, to Tanzania twice, to South Africa three times, to Ethiopia, and to Bangladesh. My next trip is going to be to Cote d'Ivoire next month, which will be exciting because I have never been there and I haven't been back to West Africa since I went to Senegal back in 2009.
What do you do when you visit these countries? Many of the trips I do are to facilitate and participate in workshops or trainings. My most recent trip was in Tanzania, where we were pilot testing a one week curriculum that we developed on a software system called District Health Information Systems (DHIS2), which enables countries to collect all of their data electronically and manage, analyze, interpret, and visualize it within the software. We want to encourage people that using data is a critical part of their jobs, and also that there are user friendly tools out there to help them to do so. On many of the trips that I go on we also train people on GIS mapping software. Geographic targeting is becoming increasingly important, particularly in HIV, as the disease does not affect populations uniformly and funding is waning. Understanding where people are most affected by HIV can allow decision makers to be more targeted with where they allocate resources, plan programs, etc. We have been training staff on how to make maps of the distribution of HIV with software and also how to analyze these maps and use them in decision making and planning.
What are some of the things that surprised you about visiting these countries? More than anything I'm just always struck by how beautiful all of the places I go to are and how nice and warm and friendly everyone is. I think that people have visions in their head for what they expect developing countries to be like, and some of them are true, but some of them are really off. I remember sending a picture to my family of Kigali (the capital of Rwanda) the first time I went there and they were so shocked by how beautiful it was. It shouldn't come as a surprise, but it often does.
What are some common misconceptions Americans have about world health issues? That's a tough question. I think that people tend to focus on what's in the news and forget about world health issues quickly. For example, for months everyone was very focused on Ebola (rightly so) but also was misinformed about the disease and then quickly forgot about it. At the same time, there is little knowledge about many other pervasive health issues occurring around the world that don't get the same type of attention. Maybe if these issues were better known and understood there could be more support and funding for them.
Can you tell us about any interesting experiences you have had while traveling? One of the most memorable experiences I've had was in the winter in Rwanda. There is a place in Rwanda called Volcanoes National Park, which is one of two places in the world where you can see mountain gorillas. I did a day trek in the park where you hike for hours through the rain forest with guides searching for the gorillas. Once you find them you have one hour to observe them in their natural habitat and then you have to leave. They do an amazing job with conservation and with ensuring that the gorillas don't get too used to being around humans. The best part of the entire experience was that one of the mother gorillas in the family had a newborn baby! It is definitely something I will never forget and probably never would have done otherwise.
Is the work even more challenging because you are female? I think it is more challenging because I am young than because I am female. I think that it can at times be more difficult to be taken seriously because people may question by age and my knowledge and experience; however, I think I have also been able to use it to my advantage in difficult situations. Sometimes people are more willing to work with you and negotiate with you when they underestimate you or don't find you to be too intimidating.
Where do you see yourself going with this in the future? I hope to continue in this field and to ultimately develop an expertise in a disease area. One of my main interests that I hope to grow more professionally in is malaria and neglected tropical diseases. Ultimately I see myself becoming an expert in my field of choice and continuing to work with governments, people, and countries to improve health and livelihoods. Sometimes I think I will go back to school and get a PhD, but I'll just have to wait and see!
Any advice to students who may wish to pursue a similar career path? One of the most valuable things to have is field experience in a developing country. I suggest students seize opportunities to travel and work on the ground. It gives you a completely different perspective on this type of work and ultimately is very appealing to future employers. My other piece of advice is to find organizations that truly interest you and try to get a foot in the door at them however you can. I started off at my company in an administrative position and was able to advance to a more technical role. International development and global health are difficult fields to break into but once you do you will find a community of some of the smartest people you will ever meet and work with.
Greenacres: The Neighborhood Association and the School
- Category: Schools
- Published on 02 October 2015
- Written by Joanne Wallenstein
This letter was written by the Greenacres Neighborhood Association to clarify their role in the decision-making process on the future of the Greenacres Elementary School:
Greenacres Neighborhood Association– A Voice for All
This letter is in response to the recent articles and Op Ed piece regarding the Greenacres Neighborhood Association and Greenacres Elementary School.
First, we would like to take a moment to remind everyone of the role of the Greenacres Neighborhood Association. We are an organization of civic-minded volunteers working to make Greenacres a community with a spirit of neighborliness and cooperation. To this end, we strive to host a variety of community events throughout the year and provide information to our membership that is from the Village, the School District and other community groups. We also provide Greenacres residents with a Town Hall meeting which allows them the opportunity to come and listen to Village and School District leaders and a forum to ask questions.
Over the decades, the GNA has enjoyed quiet gratitude from those in the neighborhood. Whether we are focusing on traffic safety, arranging for the installation of traffic signs or street lights, planting trees and beautifying traffic islands, or burying a time capsule, we see ourselves as a community encouraging neighbors to work together for the betterment of all the residents of Greenacres as a whole.
It is now being suggested that the GNA take on a new role that will involve resolution of differing opinions regarding Greenacres Elementary School. Unfortunately, this is a role that is beyond our scope and purpose and definitely one we are unable to fulfill. The residents of Greenacres whom we have heard from to date already have differing points of view on the topic. There are some who want the larger field saved at any cost, many whose decision will be driven solely by economics, others who believe that any position is premature and more data is needed and those who believe a new building on the field may ultimately be the optimal solution for future generations of Greenacres children, and these are just the opinions that we have heard so far!
We have been asked by the School District to appoint two people to the Greenacres Building Committee. A committee like this one was created for each of the previous school projects at Edgewood, Heathcote, the middle school and the high school and reports to the School District Administration. This committee will be reviewing the school and its needs. At this point, the GNA has appointed Lynne Clark and former Mayor Robert Steves. These two individuals are open-minded and ready to work collaboratively with all members of the Building Committee, but will not arrive with any preset agenda on what the final outcome should be regarding the school as that is a decision of the School Board. They will also provide the GNA with information about the progress of the committee and its collective thoughts on matters.
The Greenacres Neighborhood Association's role regarding the elementary school is to collect information from the School District and share it with the residents of Greenacres so that each person can be informed with complete and accurate information to make their own decision. We are also working with the School District and hope to host a special Town Hall style meeting where the School District can explain the current situation with the elementary school and Greenacres residents can present their thoughts and ask questions.
Our organization has been around for 104 years. We embrace the opportunity to hear from all Greenacres residents, help them stay informed on issues affecting our neighborhood and build a sense of community with our fun family events. Please contact us at Greenacres10583@gmail.com if you have any questions about the Greenacres Neighborhood Association.
Thank you for the opportunity to respond.
Board of Directors
THE GREENACRES NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATION
Note: The entire list of all the board members is on the GNA website at www.greenacres10583.com. Click on the contact page.
Great Places to Pick Apples, Pumpkins, Grapes, Peppers, Eggplants, Tomatoes, Zucchini, and more!
- Category: Around Town
- Published on 06 October 2015
- Written by Lori Gertzog
Now is the perfect time to take the family to one of the many apple orchards in our area, all within an easy drive from Scarsdale. Make sure you call ahead to confirm hours, availability and attractions or special events. Leave your pets at home; they aren't allowed at most farms. If you are thinking of bringing a picnic, call ahead to make sure the farm allows you to bring your own food.
Apple picking season started around Labor Day and lasts through October. Go soon to get the best apples. Also, the apples on the lower branches, which are easier for smaller children to reach, generally get picked first.
Pumpkin picking season starts around October 1. The best pumpkins go fast and Halloween is coming soon!
When you arrive home with your apples, keep them in a cool spot (root cellar, crisper, etc.) to extend their freshness so you can enjoy them longer.
Harvest Moon Farm & Orchard – North Salem, 914-485-1210
130 Hardscrabble Road; http://www.harvestmoonfarmandorchard.com/about.html
Formerly Outhouse Orchards, this family-run farm allows visitors to pick their own apples daily throughout the season. Easy drive up I-684 and good choice for young children. Fall festival with lots of activities for the family every weekend. Also enjoy wine tasting for the adults. Afterward, stop off at Muscoot Farm (free admission) to visit a working farm (muscootfarm.org) or walk around charming Katonah.
Stuart's Farm – Granite Springs, 914-245-2784
62 Granite Springs Road; http://www.stuartsfarm.com/
The Stuart family farm, the oldest in Westchester, offers nine types of apples. Also, pick your own pumpkins from the vine through November. Enjoy hayrides with the family.
Wilkens Fruit & Fir Farm – Yorktown Heights, 914-245-5111
1335 White Hill Road; www.wilkensfarm.com/
Apple picking began the first week of September and there are dozens of varieties. Wilkens offers pumpkin picking beginning October 15 and cut-your-own Christmas trees starting the Saturday after Thanksgiving.
Fishkill Farms – Hopewell Junction, 845 897-4377
9 Fishkill Farm Road; http://fishkillfarms.com
Historic apple orchard run by the same family for more than 100 years. The farm's store stocks pies, donuts, pasture-raised eggs, locally produced ice cream, maple syrup and more. Apple varieties grown on the farm include Cortland, Spartan, Empire, Golden Delicious, Red Delicious, Mutsu, Jonagold, Idared, and Stayman Winesap.
Mead Orchards – Tivoli, 845-756-5641
15 Scism Road, off Rte. 9; www.meadorchards.com
Mead Orchards is a 185-acre fruit orchard and vegetable farm. Its orchards produce Fortune, Northern Spy, Senshu, Suncrisp, Cameo, Crimson Crisp and Ruby Frost, among others.
Pennings Orchard – Warwick, 845-986-5959
Route 94 & Warwick Turnpike; http://penningsfarmmarket.com
Offers 15 varieties. Probably the biggest and one of the best orchards around. The trees tend to be low to the ground, so you don't need a pole to pick them. Good for small children. Adults can enjoy the hops garden and relax at the outdoor bar, which offers craft beer, wine, hard cider, live music, picnic table seating and lawn games.
Apple Ridge Orchards – Warwick, 845-987-7717
101 Jessup Road; www.appleridgeorchards.com
Located in the picturesque Warwick Valley, the views are worth the trip, plus you can pick pumpkins right off the vine. This is a great place for kids, as they have dwarf apple trees. An added attraction is the glass honey bee observation hive, where you can watch honey bees at work and learn about pollination. There are also hayrides, farm animals and fresh pressed apple cider and delicious homemade hot apple cider donuts.
Slate Hill Orchards – Slate Hill, 845-355-4493
2580 US Route 6; www.slatehillorchards.com
Every weekend starting the third week in September, you can pick apples, pumpkins and, a treat we don't usually see in our area as pick-your-own, grapes. All organic – no herbicides, pesticides or fungicides. Enjoy the hayrides and hay maze.
Dr. Davies Farm – Congers, 845-268-7020
306 Route 304
This historic 35-acre orchard is home to 4,000 trees and is open for picking daily. One of the oldest continually working farms in the area.
Nearby New Jersey
Riamede Farm - Chester, NJ 908-879-5353
122 Oakdale Road. www.riamede.com
Bring your own scissors and snip a pumpkin right off the vine starting September 28! The farm offers a complimentary hayride to the picking field on weekends and Columbus Day. You can also pick your own apples in several varieties including heirlooms.
Silverman's Farm – Easton, CT 203-261-3306
451 Sport Hill Road. http://www.silvermansfarm.com
Pick your own apples and pumpkins. Animal farm/petting zoo with many animals, including buffalo, llamas, alpacas, sheep, goats, fallow deer, emus, long-horn cattle, and exotic birds.
Candee Farm – Easton, CT (203) 268-5623
456 Morehouse Rd
Candee Farm is a great stop just down the road from Silverman's Farm. You can pick your own fruits and vegetables throughout the spring and fall. They are currently offering peppers, eggplants, tomatoes, zucchini, and more, all at low prices.
Easy drive - located 45 minutes up the Merritt Parkway.
Hearing on Gravel Amendment Draws Crowd
- Category: Real Estate
- Published on 30 September 2015
- Written by Lori Gertzog
The Scarsdale Law and Land Use Committee held an additional public hearing on a proposed law to treat gravel as impervious for purposes of lot coverage at 8 am meeting on Wednesday September 29. Despite the early hour, the meeting was well attended.
Before opening the floor to public comments, the Board reviewed some new materials that were produced by consultants Frederick P. Clark Associates in response to question raised at the September 21 hearing.
The document states the intent of the legislation which is to "protect the ratio of built areas to green open space on lot which is part of neighborhood character... and to balance the rights of the individual property owners with the right of the community to enjoy the traditional character of the neighborhood." As to why the definition of gravel is being used, the document says, "The NYSDEC and local municipal engineering departments throughout Westchester County , including Scarsdale, all include gravel as an impervious surface. Since the current definition (as pervious) provides a way to increase lot coverage when gravel paving is proposed, amending the definition will affect the maximum allowable lot coverage."
The consultants prepared a chart showing maximum allowable lot coverage by lot size in Scarsdale and neighboring communities so that Scarsdale's code could be compared to neighboring towns. Another chart outlined lot coverage standards by town, offering an interesting look at how lot coverage is regulated. For instance, in Scarsdale lot coverage is specified in square footage, depending on lot size, while in Bronxville a minimum of 50% of the lot area must be "vegetated open space." This differs from the approach in Scarsdale where the percentage of allowable lot coverage is reduced as the property size gets larger.
A third document was a Q & A form than answered many of the questions raised at previous meetings.
There was also a discussion of whether or not other municipalities consider gravel as impervious in both their stormwater and lot coverage regulations. The consultant said that most communities consider it an impervious substance for both purposes.
Village Planner Elizabeth Marrinan explained that currently 10-11% of Scarsdale homes have gravel driveways, but that 25% of applications for new homes utilize gravel to meet lot coverage requirements. She also said, "This is not as drastic a change as people think, because 89 – 90% of homes are conforming."
Trustee Carl Finger asked Marrinan to run through some estimated numbers to show how the law could affect lot coverage on homes on an acre. She explained that 13,000 square feet of coverage is permitted on a one-acre property and the maximum building imprint is 4,630 square feet. That leaves approximately 9,000 square feet for a driveway, pool, patios, walking paths or a tennis court. Even if the driveway is 150 feet long, it would take up 1,500 square feet or perhaps 3,000 square feet for a circular drive.
In an exchange that grew heated, builder Steve Rakoff said, "I am surprised my study was not posted on the village website or presented here. We need to hear each other! My point is that I counted the gravel driveways. And the calculation is dramatically different in Murray Hill." When Trustee Finger sought to interject, Rakoff objected and Finger said, "Don't chastise me." Rakoff continued, "There is a cancer here. Some people get very disrespectful."
John Brandt said, "My mother owns a 1.5 acre property. She has a pool and a tennis court and a circular driveway and a 6,000 square foot house. If she is grandfathered now what happens when the person from Goldman Sachs wants to tear down the house and build a 10,000 square foot house?"
Village Attorney Wayne Essanason replied, "If you have a C of O for the existing property and your amenities are conforming you are grandfathered."
Lena Crandall said, "There needs to be a community focused discussion on this issue." She urged everyone to get acquainted with sustainable LEED-certified design and smart development. She said, "I am all for making money. But our comprehensive plan needs an overhaul. What is the reason for having open space? Why does Bronxville require 50% open space and why does the Conservation Advisory Council recommend 50% tree canopy coverage."
Landscape Designer Elaine Yellen said, " I am here to represent people who live on properties of 1/3 acre. We will suffer the most. Gravel is not always built on an impervious surface. I have 60 projects that I built that will now be non-conforming. What should I do with places in the yard where you can't get grass to grow? Cover that area with river stones that improve drainage and look lovely. If you live on a decent size property and want a patio and a walkway, it will be tight."
Elana Ezratty said, "Rakoff only surveyed his neighborhood. There are acre lots in Greenacres, Fox Meadow and Quaker Ridge that are not in this study. I understood that the intent of the law was to prevent 6,000-7,000 square foot houses from going up on 1/3 to 1/2 acre lots. But this attacks larger properties."
Local realtor Lynne Clark said, "You the Trustees, our elected representatives through the non-partisan system, have an important decision to make, one that affects the future development of our entire Village on most properties. My main concern, if you pass this new law, is for those who live on smaller lots, not only the larger ones. By taking away lot coverage options through making gravel impervious, the law before you stifles the ability to create what todays families are looking for. The zoning appeal process will be extensive, complicated, long and expensive. After listening to all the comments this morning and last week, it is my recommendation that it is in best interest of our Village to drop the moratorium now and let us all get on with our lives."
Dan Hochvert, who chairs the Planning Board explained the Planning Board's findings on the proposed amendment. He said, "The management of stormwater is addressed under Chapter 254 of the Village Code and although all Planning Board members agreed, we split 3/2 regarding the retention of the term "impervious" in Chapter 310 (lot coverage). The Planning Board unanimously supported the changes in 310 that the consultant developed. Under the FAR section of 310, properties over 1.75 acres were exempt from the FAR, but although there was some discussion regarding possibly increasing the amount of coverage permitted for large properties that approach would permit not only more coverage from gravel but other types of coverage to increase."
The Board of Trustees will continue to consider the amendment at their meeting on Tuesday October 13 at 8 pm at Village Hall.
11 Pinecrest Road
New Heathcote home under construction on level property in Sherbrooke Park. Two-story entry hall with 9.5 foot ceilings, living room with fireplace, formal dining room, kitchen with adjoining family room with fireplace, and a powder room completes the first floor. The second floor has 9.5 foot ceilings, a master bedroom suite with a master bath, two walk-in-closets, three additional bedrooms with two baths, and a laundry room. There is also a slate roof, and a brick and stucco exterior. The lower level has nine foot ceilings, a family room, bedroom with bath, recreation room and an exercise room. The builder will customize.
Sale Price: $2,895,000
45 Hamilton Road
This four bedroom, 2.2 bath colonial has a new custom designed, eat-in kitchen with center island, granite counter tops, and Viking Professional Series and Miele appliances. Adjacent to the kitchen, there is a family room, breakfast room and a formal dining room. French doors across the back of the home provide for expansive views and multiple access points to a private level back yard and new patio.
Sale Price: $1,385,000
210 Madison Road
This classic Edgewood home has a center hall, a living room with a distinctive fireplace, a formal dining room with access to a screened-in porch, a kitchen/family room combination with views of the yard, and access to a mud room and a flat, level, landscaped .26 acre. The second floor features a master bedroom suite with a dressing room and bath, as well as three additional bedrooms and a hall bath, while a separate wing offers a fifth bedroom and third full bath. There is also a full attic and basement.
Sale Price: $1,180,000
93 Carthage Road, Scarsdale
A stunning young Colonial fully appointed with top-of-the-line finishes and every amenity. Grand entry hall provides wonderful flow with perfect access to all first floor rooms. Second floor features a generous landing and four bedrooms, including a master suite with tray ceiling, two walk-in closets, dressing area, office area and fabulous bath. Second floor has been plumbed for a third bath. The lower level recreation room/bath, comprised of over 1,100 additional square feet, offers the perfect complement to the first floor. Beautifully maintained and improved, this 5-zone heat, 3-zone air home is ideally situated near the school, shops, transportation, as well as the town pool and fields. For more information, click here.
List Price: $2,050,000
7 Meadow Road, Scarsdale
Beautiful level property surrounds this 4 bedroom 2.2 bath split level home on a lush .48 acre. Your imagination and tender love care, will create a lovely living space as is, or, use the property's potential to expand and create your own dream house in Scarsdale. There is a generator for the house. Property being sold "as is". Walk to elementary school. Bus to Junior high and high school. For more information, click here.
List Price: $1,150,000
53 Lincoln Road, Scarsdale
Public Open House: Sunday, October 4, 2015 1:00pm – 3:00pm
Stunning new custom seven-bedroom, six-and-a-half bath home in prestigious Heathcote is move-in ready for you. This breathtaking stone and cedar Colonial, with distinctive wrap-around porch and sweeping circular drive, nests on a lush .66 acre with room for pool. Elegantly paneled center hall foyer ushers guests into a 7,974 square foot living space, including formal living room with marble fireplace, dining room with coffered ceilings and Butler's pantry, 9 foot ceilings and custom millwork throughout. Gracious open layout showcases a gourmet chef's kitchen with Carrara marble countertops, oversized island and bay breakfast area, adjoined by a Great room with double doors to a sprawling mahogany deck. A sunlit library and a guest bedroom wing off a back hall with mudroom, pantry and heated 3-car garage complete the first floor. Second floor features a master bedroom with tray ceiling, custom-built his and hers walk-in closets, marble bath with radiant heat floor; 4 additional bedrooms with 3 en-suite baths and an extra bonus room that abuts a back staircase. Beautiful 2100 square foot finished lower level with bedroom/bath, and customizable rec room/home theater with optional wet bar, gym, wine cellar. Pre-wired for state-of-the-art smart house, back-up home generator included. Walk to school and close to places of worship. For more information, click here.
List Price: $3,999,000
Coriander: Fusion Indian Food in Larchmont
- Category: The Goods
- Published on 06 October 2015
- Written by Joanne Wallenstein
As lovers of Indian food we never fully recovered from the loss of Dawat which served great fare in an elegant setting on the Post Road in White Plains. While others spent Friday night in synagogue, our temple was Dawat where we were greeted by Anu, a stunning hostess dressed in a sari who settled us into a cozy corner banquette where our kids could sit at or under the table when they weren't watching the tandoori chef roasting meets in the glass enclosed oven.
When Dawat unexpectedly shut its doors, we mourned the loss but moved further south on Post Road to Bengal Tiger where a large man in a turban guarded the door and summoned us from the bar when a table was available. We'll never forget the hot summer day when Bengal Tiger and the neighboring dry cleaning establishment blew up in a fire of mythic proportions. I went to the scene and found Post Road closed and several exhausted firemen lying in the street trying to recover from inhalation of the acrid smoke.
The closing of Dawat and the immolation of Bengal Tire left us without a good Indian restaurant nearby and I was intrigued when I heard about "Coriander" on Larchmont Avenue in Larchmont. We set a date to go and found a modestly adorned eatery with a bar and a large statue of an Indian goddess. After ordering the requisite Taj Mahal (beer) we examined the lengthy menu which had too many good choices. Since we had a party of five – we decided to go for it, and ordered quite an array of appetizers followed by entrees and sides to share. In retrospect, we probably over-ordered, but we did have the chance to taste a nice selection of what Coriander has to offer.
Everything was delicious and it was difficult to pace ourselves so that we had room to try everything we ordered.
We started with Shrimp Rangoli which were pan seared and served in creamy orange tikka sauce. The Lassoni Ghobi was crisp fried cauliflower in a garlic tomato sauce and the Vegetable Samosas were light and filled with peas and potatoes. My favorite was a dish that merged India with Mexico – Chicken Lsooni Tacos --a stew of shredded chicken in garlic tomato sauce served over garam masala tortillas. I'll be back for another order of those soon. The kebabs were also highly recommended so we went for a curried chicken tikka kebab which was marinated in homemade yogurt spices, garlic and cilantro. Another standout.
And those were just the appetizers. We ordered freshly baked naan (bread) which comes plain or with your choice of shredded radish and herbs or pistachio and cherry. We couldn't pass on the cucumber and mint raita and chutney to top the warm, fragrant naan. For entrees we tried the Indian Ocean Tiger Shrimp with fennel, garlic, yogurt, saffron, and cilantro along with the Chicken Tikka Akbari, marinated boneless chicken breasts. The Saag Paneer, creamed spinach with sliced paneer (cheese) was rich and delectable.
The menu includes a full range of soups, salads, lamb dishes, curries and vegetable entrees. Many of the selections are gluten free and indicated as such on the menu. There was far more than we could try, even with a table of five.
But the best surprise was at the end. The hostess came over to chat – and had a quizzical look on her face. I introduced myself and asked about the origins of the restaurant. She explained that her husband and son are chefs and that they have also opened another Coriander in White Plains. She mentioned that they were formerly in Pelham – and before that....at Dawat! It didn't take long before we realized that she was the beautiful woman in the white sari who greeted us each weekend in our younger years. My husband was beaming when he was reunited with Anu, his exotic muse.
154 Larchmont Avenue
Larchmont, NY 10538