A walk around Irvington – Sambal

I started my walk here, down by the waterfront because it was here that my wife was meeting a friend for lunch.

According to its website:

Chef Navjot’s romance with South East Asian Cusine was rekindled when he travelled this past year to Thailand , Singapore and Malaysia. Spending weeks, immersed in authentic Asian gastronomy invigorated and excited him and he wanted to share his intriguing culinary experiences with people back home, and not only food but he has an experience background in cocktail making so he is sharing all of it with the world to inspire all. If you want to create a home bar like this you need the essential bar tools to make a great job like the Chef Navjot’s.

Having seen the people of Irvington enjoy a bold and vibrant Indian Cuisine for the past 8 years, he felt confident that they would be an eager participant in his dream to introduce the intricate flavours of South-East Asian cuisine in this dynamic Westchester community. Thus, Sambal was conceived.

From womb to the world, this dream was realised with the help of Sushil Malhotra, Chef Arora’s partner, mentor and guide. The feather in our cap is our collaboration with Chef Lucky Thai. She is an award winning maestro of Asian cooking, previously based in Las Vegas, who is at the helm of our kitchen along with Chef Navjot. Their combined expertise will ensure that we stay true to our roots as an Asian dining experience while continuing to create and innovate.

We bring you the freshest organic ingredients, exotic herbs and spices from Thailand and Malaysia. The cooking process combines the high heat of the wok with constant agitation to create flavors and textures that are crisp, sharp yet complex. The fragrant and aromatic cuisine in a sophisticated, elegant ambience helps us assure that you have a memorable dining experience.

This building has not always housed Sambal. Until a couple of years ago it was a good Indian restaurant called Chutney Masala. Luckily that restaurant, which has the same owners as Sambal, moved to a different location on Main Street in Irvington and Sambal took its place on the waterfront.

I’ve eaten at Chutney Masala many times, but never at Sambal so I can’t comment on the food.

Taken with a Minolta XD and Minolta MD Rokkor-X 50mm f1.7.

Around Canopus Lake

We’re lucky to live right on the border of Clarence Fahnestock State Park.  In fact, with a little effort, it’s possible to walk into the park. I’m not that fond of the trails near the house though so I usually drive to another part of the park. In another post I mentioned that a neighbour had given me an old Minolta camera with a Minolta 50mm f1.7 MD Rokkor-X.  The camera didn’t work (shutter won’t fire) so I decided to put the lens on my NEX 5n and take it, and the dog, for a walk in the park. First I went to some new (at least to me) trails along Canopus Lake and then I went around Pelton Pond. These pictures are of the walk along Canopus Lake.

Colourful berries.

Red leaves

Yellow leaves

Canopus Lake

More berries – red this time


On Pelton Pond

Other posts have documented my neighbour’s gift of a Minolta SrT 201 and Minolta MD Rokkor-x 50mm f1.7  and my walk along Canopus Lake with the lens on a Sony Nex 5n.  These black and white pictures were taken around Pelton pond with the same lens and camera.

Pelton pond is an interesting spot.   The parking area is right on route 301 opposite the park office and is very easy to find.   Close to the parking area there are numerous picnic spots overlooking the pond.  Very nice in summer.  The trail is quite short (about 1.5 miles) and goes around the pond.  The first part up to the end of the pond is pretty easy.  The second part from the end of the pond to back to the parking lot is rougher (narrow, rocky, lots of tree roots etc.) but still pretty easy.  Walking around I saw a number of downed trees.  They hadn’t just fallen over.  Rather they seemed to have been cut.  When I looked closer I noticed that they had not been cut with a saw, nor had an axe been used.  Instead they looked as if they had been gnawed through.  I’m thinking there must be beavers in Pelton Pond.

Stone picnic pavilion

Another view of the pond

Log with fungus

Old log