Mapleview Cafe

IMG_0916.JPGNovember 20, 2016

Mapleview Cafe, Poughkeepsie, New York

open all year

Today we spent a second day working on our tobaggans at the Hudson River  Museum.  None of the toboggans got done – we have to come back if we want to finish them.  It was fun anyway and we learned a lot about wood working.  On the way home we took a detour for my favorite treat.

We stopped at the Mapleview Cafe in Poughkeepsie, New York on a dark, chilly night.  The ground was covered from the maiden snow fall of the season and we were in an unfamiliar area – it felt like the middle of nowhere – but it was a gem in the middle of nowhere.  We were initially the only customers there, so we had a nice chat with the owners.  They were both culinary school graduates, she from the French cooking school in NYC and he from a school in California.  The Cafe menu included a nice selection of soups, salads and sandwiches (of which we partook) and a full array of homemade ice creams (the reason we came).   The chefs made everything – even the waffles for the waffle sundaes.  The ice cream flavors were varied, interesting and changed regularly.  I had a scoop of Pumpkin Spice and a scoop of Cranberry Orange –  topped with raspberry sauce.  I sampled both their Mulled Apple Cider ice cream and their Bailey’s Cream with Toffee Bits.  All the ice cream was great.  The cafe served everything in disposable containers containers – sort of a “to go” style (“Diner, Drive-Ins and Dives” candidate?).  There was a small outdoor playground and casual seating both inside and outside – outside was not looking to inviting tonight!  The Mapleview Cafe was recently featured in Hudson Valley Magazine.  This place is worth a visit.

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