Butterflies & BBQ

Originally uploaded by aweber9

We had a great family excursion this past weekend for anyone interested in plants/butterflies/nature and.....barbeque.

Early Saturday morning we set out for Rainbow's End Farm, a business whose focus is on butterfly education and habitat conservation. The farm sells plants and butterfly tchotchkes, but the real highlight is a small greenhouse where you can interact with the butterflies. You're actually encouraged to hold them - on qtips soaked in a sweet blue liquid.

After the farm we headed over to Big W's BBQ, a restaurant in Wingdale, NY that's short on style (it's in a former convenience store in a small rundown strip mall) but long on great BBQ. Big W (Warren) is a former high-end chef who cooked in New York City but converted to pit-smoking BBQ when he and his family moved out of the city to the suburbs. After selling BBQ out of a truck on Route 22 for a number of years, he opened his restaurant in Wingdale a couple of years ago or so. While all of the food is great, the chicken is consistently the best bbq chicken I've had.

The two places are no more than 5-10 minutes from each other, so it's a perfect outing.

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