Food & Drink

Find authentic Filipino cooking, Asian ingredients at Woodstock’s Harana Market

Find authentic Filipino cooking, Asian ingredients at Woodstock’s Harana Market

It’s difficult to make generalizations about Filipino cuisine, because it differs tremendously from one island to the next. Christina Mauricio, who with Eva Tringali has just opened the Harana Market on Wittenberg Road in Woodstock, takes a stab at it: “The classic Filipino thing is to eat everything with rice. Rice is life,” they say, noting that for the most part, Filipino food is an “approachable” cuisine.

Under new management, Bear Café reopens as Bear Cantina

Under new management, Bear Café reopens as Bear Cantina

Woodstockers, rejoice: The Bearsville Theater complex, now called the Bearsville Center, has trumpeted its reopening, officially effective February 1. While no live concerts have yet been scheduled as of presstime, there’s good news on the culinary front: Closed since May 2019, the iconic Bear Café is back up and running – as the Bear Cantina, serving Tex/Mex cuisine.

Woodstock’s Pearl Moon offers live music and serves American diner classics with a modern twist

Woodstock’s Pearl Moon offers live music and serves American diner classics with a modern twist

On the region’s ever-changing restaurant landscape, we mourn the passing of old favorites; we welcome new arrivals with a hearty good-luck-you’ll-need-it. It is not necessarily newsworthy when some dreamers throw their hat into this long-hours, tight-margins ring. But when said restaurant emerges from the gate with live music as an integral, explicit component of its mission and its design, not just an afterthought, it is big news indeed.