“Best?” Come On!


I just finished reading your Restaurant Issue (February 2008) and felt compelled to write to you about the article entitled “The Year’s Best Restaurants.”


Given that your magazine is about Westchester, it was surprising that writer Julia Sexton included two Greenwich restaurants in her top 10. It makes one wonder if the pickings in Westchester are so limited; what other reason could there be?


As far as her other choices of restaurants go, my husband and another couple went to Nessa after reading about it in Westchester Magazine. Although the food was good, the service was horrific. We arrived 10 minutes before our reservation, and although our assigned table was vacant, we were told that we could not sit down for 10 minutes because of the “timing of the food service.” We promised not to order food and would only order wine, which would be to the restaurant’s benefit. We were told that we had to wait.


There were a number of other service issues including a bottle of wine that had to be returned. In today’s world, most restaurants offer their clientele an option of skim or 2 percent milk; Nessa serves only whole milk. On the night we were there, the restaurant had “run out of decaffeinated espresso” by 10 pm.


What more can I say? This was a very disappointing article.


Audrey Elliott



A Dry-Cleaning Dilemma


I suspect that when Pat Headen answered your question about washing woolens in the February issue (“Ask the Expert: When my clothing label says ‘Dry Clean Only,’ does it really mean it?”) she was thinking of the fine woolens that her shop sells. However, dry cleaning, regardless of the manufacturer’s label instructions, will coarsen a cashmere, vicuna, or alpaca knit sweater. Those should be hand-washed, carefully.


Also, down comforters, coats, jackets, and pillows may be washed. Again, “carefully” is the operative word. They are to be washed in warm water with a special down soap or mild detergent on the gentle cycle. Do not twist or wring the comforter. Tumble dry on low heat with two clean tennis balls to beat and separate the down clumps, which form in washing. Make sure the comforter is completely dry to avoid mildew.


Sonya Trachtenberg Breidbart,

Home Economist, Scarsdale


Foie Shame


I felt your recent article on foie gras (“Is Eating Foie Gras a Faux Pas?”) left the reader thinking it was acceptable for geese to be force-fed because there are immigrants living in crowded conditions in Westchester. One issue has little to do with the other. Force-feeding geese with a tube to expand their livers is cruel and disgusting. It is not excusable because there are poor people. Should Michael Vick have been let off with the charges of dog fighting because there are hungry people? Should people in China stop working to save the giant panda because of their own country’s poverty level? Absolutely not! I am a vegetarian and would never take part in eating foie gras. As humans, we have the ability to think and reason. For people to turn a blind eye to all non-human suffering is inhumane and sad.   


Jessica Dieckman




Regarding foie gras: thank you so much for bringing the truth of this cruel industry to the attention of Westchester residents. I was disappointed to read some commentary in the article suggesting we should ignore these cruelties because “there are more important things to worry about.” This rationale is simply a scapegoat for inaction. Is foregoing foie gras in the name of compassion really that onerous? Sure, there are other important causes. Saving starving children in Africa is clearly more pressing than preventing litter in Larchmont, but does that justify residents throwing trash on the floor? Every act of kindness and compassion matters. To suggest otherwise is simply self-serving.

Lydia Antoncic Maldonado
New Rochelle


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