ITCHING FOR MORE LOCAL PRODUCTS? FORGET THE FLEA MARKET! 3 LOCAL GOTTA BUYS!

It’s not as glamorous as it sounds but I was recently driving back from Philadelphia to the Hamptons.    I know, I know… the Outerbridge Crossing is New Jersey’s answer to the Pacific Coast Highway.  But alas, I’m straying off point.   While taking said drive I stopped  at the Long Island Visitors Center in Dix Hills which in case you didn’t know is the first non-disgusting place to stop after Trenton.    It’s also the home of a little store called “A Taste of NY.”   The store features all locally made foods and products from area farm, vineyards and bakeries.    This had me thinking, while we all know about the bigger local products like Tate’s Cookies and Wolffer wines.   There are some other great local products that you might have missed.    Lucky for you, I’m here to share a few of my favorites.

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Vine Street Cafe’s Mushroom Bolognese Sauce – A hearty alternative for your vegan dinner guests, this stuff is just as good as visiting the restaurant.  Seriously, this is not like buying Emeri’s stuff which is more like Ragu with a different label!  I’ve always loved this dish at the restaurant and this is pretty close to dining out.    While VSC has other sauces including a basic tomato and vegetable to go,  this one is IMHO the winner.   It doesn’t taste like a real bolognese (sausage, veal, etc.) but it is rich, hearty and doesn’t make you feel like you’re missing anything.  It’s thick rich and awesomely flavorful.   The sauce retails for about $12.00 and you can buy it at Vine Street on Shelter Island, Cove Hollow Tavern in East Hampton, Harbor Market in Sag Harbor or order it online by clicking here.

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Nounos Greek Yogurt – Real greek yogurt made right here in Southampton!  Don’t let the fancy packaging intimidate you, this is like a trip to Mykonos without the hangover or Lindsay Lohan.  This stuff is incredibly rich, flavorful and it’s low-fat!  Nounos according to their website is all natural, hormone and anti-biotic free.   If you’re going to try one, I suggest the blueberry blend or mixed berry.    You might have seen Nounos around town in places like the Golden Pear but probably didn’t know it’s local.  Well it is and it’s good and you need to try it.    A 5+ ounce container retails for about $4.00.    If you don’t see it around town you can visit their website to find local sellers.

Hamptons Salt Company Black Truffle –  When I was growing up my Lithuanian Grandmother used to love to cook for me.  I always wonder if she actually liked me based on her stew.    She would cook for my family more than I cared to admit and food had two flavors, salted or really salted.   Anyway, real chefs know the

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seasoning is as important as

the actual cooking and there is nothing more crucial than the salt.    I discovered this stuff at Red Horse Market in East Hampton and it was love first shake.    My personal favorite recipe is slightly blanched brussel sprouts covered with a light olive oil and the Hamptons Salt Company Black Truffle seasoning.  Awesomeness!   They also have a variety of salts including rosemary,

ghost pepper and even lime.   Prices range from about $10 for a basic sea salt to $29 for the truffle.    If you want more information or where you can buy HSC click here.

So now you know why I haven’t blogged in a long time.  I’ve been cooking…. and eating.  Now time to hop on the Peloton and burn off all the extra calories.  Hopefully I’ll be back again soon.

 

A HEALTHIER 2019!?

ClinicHere we are almost at the end of January and so far so good… I haven’t had a cold yet this season.  KNOCK WOOD.    But last year I wasn’t so lucky.    I got hit by a truck or the flu at this time in 2018.    But when it comes to dealing with getting sick on the East End, it’s not exactly easy to get a doctors appointment.     You know the drill, the doctor can see you in two days but you want to start feeling better now!  So, you channel your inner Veruka Salt and run to one of the walk in clinics only to be told it’s a 2 hour wait and you need to have a seat!   ARRRRGH!

Well, don’t get stuck in the golden goose shoot, there is a better option.     Check out the new Northwell GoHealth Urgent Care at the Bridgehampton Commons.     First off, you don’t have to sit in the waiting room for hours on end.  They have a website where you can go online and make an appointment time.    Not only that they pretty much stick to it!  I was there this past August for a sore throat last August in the height of the season and the wait time was about 5 minutes from when I walked in the door.     The space is immaculate, well lit and the staff was super friendly.   On top of that it’s located next to a Dunkin Donuts!   What more endorsement do you need?!   Anyway, I thought I’d share this discovery because lord knows,  I am not a good patient and this place was a godsend.  If you want details or need to make an appointment or even bookmark CLICK HERE!

 

So, how are you doing on your new year resolutions?   Well, if you’re like me and your “Twist and Tone” is gathering dust and you’re fixated on donuts, there’s a great new

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Twist Twist!!!

program starting this week in Sag Harbor that can help.   The Wellness Foundation’s seven week “Wellness Challenge 360” begins this Tuesday night (1/29/19) at 6pm in their offices at 34 Bay Street suite 205.   This particular session is being coached by my friend Peggy Kraus and I can tell you first hand that she is an amazing diet coach.   The program is essentially a plant based program that gives you the tools to manage your health and deal with everything from stress to sleep deprivation.   The cost is $250.00 and is non-refundable… but hey you’re worth it.   If you want more information on where to register CLICK HERE.    But don’t take my word, watch the video below and hear the testimonials of others who’ve already been through the program.

 

 

IS THE BUOY A BUST?? PLUS, HAPPY AS A CLAM IN EAST HAMPTON.

After floating gossip it seems, Bagel Buoy in Sag Harbor is no longer sunk.
The Village staple shuttered it’s doors or rather the lox were changed earlier this week.  A “notice of closure” was posted on the door and that had lips flapping all over town.

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Bobba Bye Buoy!?

While I am not a huge fan of Bagel Buoy and the surly staff it’s always sad to see this sort of thing happen.   Rumor has it a deal is in the works to bring Goldberg’s Bagels to the Bay Street location.   If you take a look at what they’ve done with the nightmare that was “Twice Upon a Bagel” in Wainscott, we can all rest easy knowing we’ll still have a good place to nosh!   But the story isn’t over yet, apparently the buoy was bobbing with business earlier today.   So grab your popcorn this battle of the bagels has apparently just begun.

Meanwhile, the site of the former “Service Station” (loved the salads and sandwiches) has reopened as the Quiet Clam 2.0 earlier this week.

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Have you ever met a noisy clam?

While I haven’t been in yet, my spies say it’s actually worth a visit. The menu is a throw back to when the establishment was “The Quiet Clam” before it was “Nichol’s” back in the last century. Yes, they have clams on the menu along with burgers, pizzas and more. I promise I’ll have more to come. But from what I’ve been hearing on social media the place will be getting a thumbs up.

UPDATE:   I went in and it was “meh.”  Right now there is no liquor license so it’s BYOB.   The lunch menu was limited and there were NO clams but the dinner version seems a bit more promising.   I’ll have to go back when they get their act together.

Finally, in case you missed it EMP House reservations went on lin

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$95 and NO Doritos bag!?

e earlier this week via an American Express website. Well if you snooze you lose and I apparently snoozed. After going live at 9am, by noon the only slots left available were at 5 pm or 10 pm. While this might not pose a problem if you’re 25 or 85 years old, the rest of us younger side of middle age folks (no comments from the peanut gallery) are S.O.L. While there still be walk-ins available for the picnic tables in the back, my attention is more focused on something called the “Taco Experience” for $95 – $125 per person. I’m just hoping that tequila is included with that number!  Hahahahhahhhahhaahhhhahah. I know it’s the Hamptons!

“WHAT’S NEW.. BUENOS AIRES?!” PLUS, GOING, GOING, ALMOST GONE!

Bay Street Theater in Sag Harbor has announced the three productions planned for the 2018 Summer Season. The first will be the World Premiere of FELLOW TRAVELERS, (May 29 – June 17), a new play that examines the relationship between legendary theater artists Arthur Miller and Elia Kazan and their close relationship to Marilyn Monroe.  The show examines how the politics of the McCarthy era affected the friendship between the two and their work.

The second will be FROST/NIXON (June 26 – July 22), by Peter Morgan. The third production is the musical EVITA, (July 31 – August 26) by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice.    I have to say,  I love the selection and given the current political climate right now these plays couldn’t be more relevant.    I think I’ve seen Evita more than any other Broadway show, Lupone, Rogers and others.    One of my favorite numbers is “A New Argentina” which is the end of the first act.    If you’ve only seen the movie, take a minute and watch this highlight from the 1980 Tony Awards with Patti Lupone as Eva Peron.

 

It’s a great piece of theatre which I think was overly modulated and homogenized for the movie.    So homogenized in fact I still refer to the cheesy celluloid version as “Velveeta.”

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Yeah, I know the window is dirty.  What’s your point?

Now from the don’t say I didn’t tell you department!   East Hampton Village Beach passes for the Summer of ’18 are almost gone!   According to agents at village hall only about 200 of the 3100 permits still remain.  If you can’t make it out here you can go online andtake your chances and mail in your application.   Click here for the details.    Just remember if you don’t have a pass some select beaches will be selling daily passes, so you won’t be totally out of luck.   But here is a better idea, you can get a bike and pedal there AND save about $40 by skipping the SoulCycle class.   But what fun would that be?  Nobody will get to see how good you look in your new Lululemon outfit!