Friday, May 8, 2015


There exist oddball superstitions about goats. Their horns mean this, their eyes mean that, their hooves, etc. I'm going to continue paying that no mind because you know what comes from goats? This amazing thing called goat cheese. Known in France as chevre, it's used in cooking, baking, sandwiches, mixed in salads, or spread on crackers.

If you've never tried goat cheese, it has the taste and texture of tangy cream cheese. The restaurant The Last Bite, in the hamlet of High Falls in Ulster County, serves The Goat, a salad of mesclun greens, craisins, pecans, red onions, cucumber, balsamic dressing, and big chunks of goat cheese.

The Last Bite is lovely. And by lovely I mean healthy, tasty, energetic, and offbeat. Its bright space has lots to look at with mismatched chairs and ever-changing art and craft displays. They serve breakfast, lunch, desserts, coffee, tea and juices. Vegetarian and gluten free options are available.

My favorite carryout is Beet This, a juice mix of beet, carrot and orange juices. Beet has a strong earthy taste that goes well with orange. In case it colors your teeth pink, know that beets contain a pigment that's actually used as a textile dye, but on your teeth it's temporary and I think a small price to pay for the vitamins.

Take a seat by the window and you'll find yourself eating with an assortment of plastic farm animals, monsters, soldiers and other figures. Toys, frozen in position by the last eater to sit down, stand guard as diners reach around them for napkins.
Interestingly, much of the setting in the 1987 episode "Unidentified Flying Leonardo" from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles was set in High Falls.
The Last Bite has an ever-changing local art collection. You might find paintings, photography, jewelry, pottery, weavings, soaps, and other apothecary items. The yoga skeleton paintings I found on my last visit are by local mixed media artist Tanya Rae, and next to that was earth-toned pottery from Heather Foster.
The Last Bite's music playlist is an extension of the restaurant's unceremonious form with selections like "Calling" by The Birthday Massacre. It's an unconventional place, a bit like the goat.

The Last Bite:
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles in High Falls:

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