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HVP - Feb. 2014

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Dining out Thyme well spent Ellenville bistro puts the green in cuisine Aroma Thyme Bistro is an eco-conscious foodie oasis on a quiet street in downtown Ellenville. The restaurant is "certified green" by the Green Restaurant Association, and Aroma Thyme's owner and chef Marcus Guiliano has been an advocate for healthy, sustainable, local food since the place opened in 2003. He calls his style "eco-lectic," a combination of eco-green business practices and eclectic gourmet cuisine. The dining room has a cozy, tavern-like atmosphere that feels understated compared to their extensive gourmet menu. Page after page offers a dizzying array of organic fair, culinary delicacies and specials — with plenty of offerings for meat lovers, vegetarians, gluten-free and vegans alike. My husband and I recently took our two children there for Sunday lunch, and we were not disappointed. The children's menu contained the usual fare — macaroni and cheese, hamburgers, buttered noodles — but with healthier twists like grilled chicken instead of chicken fingers, or yummy garlic broccoli as a side. Appetizer: To start, we ordered the Great Hill raw blue cheese with roasted apples, smothered in a bacon maple glaze. The cheese is made from non-homogenized raw milk, which gives it a rich, smooth flavor, and the bacon maple glaze was a perfect complement. Entreé: My husband stuck to his usual order of a bacon cheeseburger, but this time there was nothing usual about it. The half-pound burger was made from the Japanese breed of Akaushi beef. The bacon was nitrate-free and humanely raised and the cheese was high-quality Vermont cheddar — all served on an organic sprouted whole grain roll. Roasted Yukon potatoes and sautéed vegetables came on the side. I decided to go vegan and ordered the roasted portabella with organic mashed sweet potato and sautéed greens. The large helping of portabella was drizzled with vincotto, a thick, sweet vinegar gravy made from grapes – and the flavors were a perfect combination. Dessert: We settled on the organic bananas sautéed in organic maple syrup, served with Adirondack Creamery Vanilla Ice Cream, which was a big hit with the whole family. However, the gluten-free chocolate brownie was the real crowd pleaser — rich, delicious and devoured by us all. Aroma Thyme is the best kind of kid-friendly — healthy, organic, local menu options that still appeal to even the pickiest palate. Kids eat free on Tuesdays. Katy Weber is the editor of Hudson Valley Parent. Aroma Thyme Bistro 165 Canal St., Ellenville 845-647-3000 * 3 Perfect for date night 3 Perfect for the kids 42 Hudson Valley Parent n February 2014 HUNGRY FOR MORE? Visit our guide for kid-friendly restaurants in your area

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