to be honest with you — hosting people at my home
terrifies me! So imagine my disdain when my parents recently came to stay with
me for two whole weeks! I had no idea how to entertain them!
usual form of entertainment is plopping down on my favorite chair with a hot cup of tea and a great book for the night! Something tells me my company wouldn't find that quite as riveting as I do...
Nevertheless, I had to figure out something to
do for fun. That’s where Orange Count Choppers Café comes in. OCC Café is a
great place to go when you want to grab some delicious food, catch some live
music and bowl a couple of games.
appetizer, my mom, dad, Bill and I decided to share the house-made spinach and artichoke
dip. When our waiter brought over our dish, we were all pleasantly surprised by
the ample portion of dip. The dip was delicious; it just needed a dash of salt
and a sprinkle of pepper. We gobbled up our appetizer in a matter of minutes.
entrée, my dad and Bill opted for the Buffalo chicken flatbread. The dish is
comprised of tender, all white meat chicken tossed in the OCC Café’s own
special Buffalo sauce, layered on top of a margarita pizza. The drizzle of bleu
cheese dressing on top was just enough to cut the heat of the Buffalo sauce,
but not so much that it overpowered the whole pizza.
selected the chicken parmesan over spaghetti. My mom's portion was so large she
ended up taking enough home for two more meals! My mom thought the chicken parmesan
was delicious, although the sauce was a little sweet for my taste.
For my entrée
I decided to go for something small since I knew I would be picking off
everyone else's plate. I opted for the French onion soup. I have to say, this
was probably the best French onion soup I've ever had... and I've had a lot
(it's my favorite)! You could tell the soup was made fresh, in-house. The
onions were coarsely chopped, just the way I like them. The melted swiss and provolone
cheese on top was so tempting, but since I'm lactose-intolerant, I pushed most
of it off to the side.
dessert menu at OCC Café is an eclectic one. They offer everything from good
ole Southern bread pudding to Italian staples like the cannoli. Naturally, none
of us could come to a decision on which dessert to try, so we all decided to
order something different and share. We ended up trying the bread pudding, cannoli,
blueberry cobbler and chocolate cake, all of which were delicious.
finished with dessert, we headed over to the gift shop to look at all the
amazing bikes the shop had built and to grab a few mementos. My family has
always been huge fans of the Orange County Choppers TV show, so when I saw a
sign advertising tours of the shop for only $5, I knew we had to go. The shop
tour was so much fun. We got to see where all our favorite guys work on bikes
and we even got to look at some “top secret” bikes that are still in
production. The best part of the tour though, was stumbling into Paul Tuttle
Sr. himself! He's a great guy and he even took a moment to pose for a picture
with me and the family!
Brittany L. Morgan is the assistant
to the publisher at Hudson Valley Parent.
Orange County Choppers Café
14 Crossroads Court, Newburgh, NY 12550