After a rough fall, cold winter, and a chilly spring, the summer season is finally upon us! With lower than normal temperatures and fewer sunny days than we’d like over the last month, it’s a good time to welcome some new buzz-worthy hot-spots to the area. Here’s the rundown of what’s newest and most notable on the East End dining scene this season, from Greenport to Montauk.
June is a great chance to go and taste all the new creations and variations at all the wineries. The traffic is still manageable and the staff at the different tasting rooms is still fresh, enthusiastic, and happy. You will find many wines to choose from to select your summer favorite. There are many rosés in all hues and with different residual sugar levels. Don’t forget the minerally (yet lush) stainless steel chardonnays, crisp sauvignon blancs, fruit driven rieslings, albarino, trebbiano, pinot blanc, chenin blanc, pinot gris, tocai friulano, sparkling wines, dessert wines, light reds or – if you prefer – rich, concentrated reds.
While everyone has their favorite spot to gunkhole, Long Island’s eastern waters provide a surfeit of spots in which to anchor up which can leave you feeling nearly alone … yet never too far from the seaside action. Here are a few favorites.
Having graduated from Southampton College, May always meant the end of the semester. It meant seeing more and more students out on the quad and the softball fields, and the mood in general took a noticeable shift. I am more than a few years removed from those carefree college days, but I just can’t help get that old college feeling every year when I see the fruit stands open for the new season, and when I start to hear the sound of lawn mowers instead of snow blowers.
So you wanna’ to buy a boat, eh? Well here’s Next Stop’s guide to making the process of getting yourself on the water a might easier. First ask yourself why you want a boat. How often can you expect to use it? Is it for you (for fishing or diving) or is a family boat from the outset? Are you going to trailer it, or dock it in a marina? Then ask yourself why you want a boat again, and see if the answers you come up with make sense.
It all started when Louisa and Alex Hargrave followed their gut feeling and started planting in 1973. Having no practical experience in the wine business it was a daring undertaking (or just plain crazy - thinking with my German upbringing) and I am still amazed by that pioneering spirit that started it all. (Please read The Vineyard: A Memoir by Louisa Thomas Hargrave.)
Let’s be honest, we’ve begun to go a little overboard with weddings here on Long Island. Often this adds a tremendous amount of undue pressure and stress on brides and grooms that don’t have a large budget to work with. But weddings shouldn’t be about the price tag and the "things," they’re about celebrating an amazingly special night with the people you love most. So to help out, we’ve compiled a list of our top 15 tips to help you save money but still have a great time!
For me, the winter obviously has a lot of stews, pot pies, pastas, and carbohydrate rich foods. I call them comfort foods because they make me feel all warm and fuzzy on the inside; but let’s face it, they can also make you look tubby and giggly on the outside. To combat the side effects of my winter eating, I like to run. Now, running is not for everyone, especially with some of the rough elements that Mother Nature dishes up in January and February, but for me it’s become an addiction.
Recently I was asked by friends to perform their wedding ceremony. They’re getting married this July at Martha Clara Vineyards in Riverhead. I’m a little nervous about the ceremony but as most of my friends and family can attest, I like to talk and can usually bring a little humor – hopefully the right amount in this instance (just kidding Coll!) – to most situations.
Specializing in providing the freshest extra virgin olive oils and balsamic & gourmet vinegars, this shop is a welcome burst of creativity and originality, and is proving to be a unique and welcomed addition to the East End landscape.
Rosa Roth certainly lived a life that provided plenty of stories that could fill many writers’ columns. Her motto in life was, "Life's to short to drink bad wine." As a result, I grew up with many good bottles of wine being served in our home. This article is dedicated to my late mother Rosa Roth who just passed away and is already missed with a heavy heart.