02/10/17 12:22pm
The Chequit

The Winter Painkiller at Red Maple. (Credit: The Chequit, courtesy)

As a major winter storm is preparing to bear down on the East End, here’s something that came across our desk that cheered us up a bit.

The Winter Painkiller is a hot cocktail now being served up at Red Maple, the cozy new American restaurant and bar at The Chequit on Shelter Island.

The inspiration for The Winter Painkiller comes from David Bowd, CEO of Salt Hotels (owners of The Chequit) and one of his favorite concoctions, the Painkiller. (more…)

01/06/17 6:00am
The Sherwood House Vineyards tasting room. (Credit: Randee Daddona file photo)

The Sherwood House Vineyards tasting room. (Credit: Randee Daddona file photo)

Have you heard of Hygge?

It’s the Danish word for cozy and for the Danes it’s a way of life. Now you can seek out your own hygge (pronounced HOO-gah) — a lifestyle that includes the pursuit of fuzzy socks, hot tea and good company — on the East End.

So while our winter might be bad for sunbathing and water sports, there are other ways of seeking bliss.

Here are eight places to get cozy on the East End. (more…)

09/29/16 10:51am
Here are all the ingredients you need for making fire cider. (Credit: Sarah Shepherd)

Here are all the ingredients you need for making fire cider. (Credit: Sarah Shepherd)

When I think of fall traditions, I am immediately drawn to the garden. The aroma of the herbs are strong. Seeds of my favorite plants are blowing to their next destination in my space and beyond. I appreciate the flowers of the fall. They have waited a long time for their chance to shine. Roots are waiting to be dug and they want me to use them. It is empowering to know how to take a few of those roots, leaves and flowers into my kitchen and transform them into simple remedies for myself and my family. (more…)

09/27/16 6:02am
At The Tavern, mixologist Jean Pierre Torrealba (a.k.a. JP) is taking this classic from another era and updating it for the contemporary palate. (Credit: Annette Hinkel)

At The Tavern, mixologist Jean Pierre Torrealba (a.k.a. JP) is taking this classic from another era and updating it for the contemporary palate. (Credit: Annette Hinkel)

The Old Fashioned. It’s a cocktail from another time …Think the 1960s and Don Draper in “Mad Men.”

But guess what? These days the Old Fashioned is, well, anything but.

At The Tavern, mixologist Jean Pierre Torrealba (a.k.a. JP) is taking this classic from another era and updating it for the contemporary palate. (more…)

08/22/16 6:01am
The crowd at Dan's Harvest East End. (Credit: Madison Fender photos)

The crowd at Dan’s Harvest East End. (Credit: Madison Fender photos)

The crowd was dense and the wine flowed freely at the 7th annual Dan’s Harvest East End Saturday night at McCall Vineyards and Ranch in Cutchogue.

Food and wine lovers came together at this annual celebration to sample the best of the North and South forks. More than two dozen wineries were on hand to pour their wines, while over 30 of the region’s best chefs and food purveyors served up samples of their specialities.

The party was once again organized by Dan’s Papers and the Long Island Wine Council and the Food Network’s Iron Chef Geoffrey Zakarian served as host for the second year in a row. (more…)