Good morning and happy Monday. What a week of rain we had while I was away, huh? I was out on Long Island, and only got to see the beach once. But I found plenty of ways to keep myself busy, including wine tasting all over the North and South Fork. I got to try the first of the new vintage of Paumonok’s Chenin Blanc, which was crisp and delicious:
— and pairs great with the local oysters I picked up at Stuart’s Seafood in Amagansett.
I made a number of stops on the North fork, too, including Shinn Estates, which is owned by the former chef-owner of Home restaurant in the Village.
And I had an absolutely terrific lunch at Love Lane Kitchen in Mattituck. They make their own pastrami, and it is To Die For:
One of my favorite afternoons was spent at Channing Daughters, where I got to meet partner Christopher Tracy, who is also the winemaker. We spent a few hours tasting and wandering the vineyard, which is also home to Walter Channing’s sculptures made of trees:
Other delicious meals I had while out there? The burger at the 1770 House in East Hampton was so good you want to take a bath in it (sorry for the bad photo):
I’m told it’s made with brisket and kobe beef scraps. Oh my.
Also, the barbecue at Townline BBQ in East Hampton (or is it Bridghampton? It’s right on the Town Line.)
Smoky, with a light touch on the sauce. Nice.
And we cooked some food at home, too. The first night we were out there, we ate fresh linguine and marinara sauce we hauled out east from Gracie’s Ravioli in Nyack (rich and satisying) with greens from my neighbor’s garden.
And this past Saturday night, home with good weather at last, I cooked scallops on a cedar plank on the grill and served them over a corn mixed with grilled red peppers, raw green onions and crispy bacon:
Sweet, smoky and spicy — all at once.
Yeah, so it rained all week. I still had a great time. Here’s what people have been talking about while I was gone:
MH finds a big menu, but doesn’t find much to like on it at Seasons in Somers. (NYT)
Alice discovers Flour and Sun Bakery in Pleasantville. (NYT)
Rinku plugs her local Indian grocer. (CWR)
Where to buy heirloom tomato seedlings in Westchester? (CH)
FroYo in Westchester (CH) PS: There’s a Yogoberry in Nyack, too.
Sunflower Cafe in Sleepy Hollow. (CH)
A spring tour on Martha’s Bedford farm. (MB)
The Hudson Valley Wine Goddess was also on Long Island tasting wines this week. (HVWG)