Hamptons Magazine: East End Sweets

Hope everyone is enjoying the holiday weekend! Just arrived back in NYC, and today is all about unpacking, working, and satisfying this uni craving I cannot shake.

I love the thrill of traveling frequently on assignment – it gives me this crazy adrenaline rush that last for weeks. The decompress time that comes after each trip is equally rewarding. And no matter what, I still tear up when I spot the Manhattan skyline on cab rides home from the airport. I’ve had more than my share of pinch me, is this real? moments this year. And hope for a bazillion more to come.

In the meantime wanted to share a new column I’m doing for Hamptons Magazine this summer. East End Sweets will run every Tuesday till Labor Day – all desserts! Last week we featured a behind-the-scenes look at the East Hampton classic, Nick & Toni’s. This Chocolate Grappa cake was easily my favorite on the menu – heady with grappa baked into the batter and poured over the dark chocolate cake. Devouring it straight from the oven was a pinch me moment as well.

Sunday, Wölffer Estate, and Rosé

Does anything feel better than a fun and accomplished weekend? I think not. Hard work (and a bit of luck) really does pay off and I’m excited to start this week strong. Flying to Palm Beach in a bit, back to NYC for a barely a day, and then off to
St. Martin. Can’t sit still, and I wouldn’t have it any other way.

The above photo was shot this afternoon at Wölffer Estate in the Hamptons. 70F with just enough shade, a bottle of wine and good
company. Wölffer makes one of our favorite table rosé, and today we tasted them alongside the Grandioso Rose 2010 and Noblesse Oblige Sparkling Rose 2008. Sometimes life is just that good.

P.S. Adam Sachs captured rosé perfectly in this Travel + Leisure article. I remember reading that article on this exact afternoon in Paris last summer. There was one paragraph I especially loved (and have all but memorized). It always makes me smile:

“Rosé is kryptonite to clichés. Rosé is all, like, whatèvre.
Tell it that’s not even a real word, and rosé just shrugs and pours
another glass for its hot girlfriend. Let the wine nerds wrestle with
one another. Rosé rolls its eyes and says: Relax, pass the aioli, take a
swim, have another glass and maybe another.”

24 Hours in the Hamptons (and a Taqueria in Riverhead)

A quick overnight jaunt to the Hamptons with Lisa and Maggie, and five edible stops. Hope your week is off to a good start.

1. Water Mill Cupcake Company, where the Carrot Cupcake and…

….Devil’s Food Cupcake with Espresso Buttercream were quickly deemed favorites.

Will be back for the whoopie pies.

2. Southampton Publick House for dinner and beer.

3. Hampton Coffee Company, iced coffee absolutely necessary for the long drive.

4. Tate’s Bake Shop for those beloved, crunchy-all-the-way-through cookies…

….cream cheese brownie squares and….

 …dreamy walnut-studded apple cakes.

5. And finally, Taqueria Mexico which is decidedly not in the Hamptons, but easily the most memorable dining visit on this list.

It’s located in the somewhat dodgy town of Riverhead, a short 15-minutes drive from Southampton, and the tamales are stupendous. They do it with mole poblano or salsa verde, and the best thing to do is get both…

…and then finish with a pair of beef tongue tacos.

Don’t forget guacamole and chips ;)

Weekend in Montauk and the Hamptons.

Duryea's Lobster Deck (Montauk, NY)Debbie called one morning…

“I have four vip tickets to the Mercedes Benz Bridgehampton Polo Challenge.”
“Ooo, fancy!”
“You, me, my sister, and Bhaveneet. A weekend in the Hamptons?”

Montauk, NYThat was easy. We packed our bags for a quick getaway, a long overdue weekend with ex-coworkers turned close friends.

Tate's Bake Shop (Southampton, NY)The fun began with a stop at Tate’s Bake Shop in Southampton.
Tate's Bake Shop (Southampton, NY)Filled our hotel room with bags of cookies, brownies and cakes. Love their whole wheat chocolate chip cookies, the chipless wonders, and chocolate bread pudding (Sugar Rush’ed here), and health cookies.
Tate's Bake Shop (Southampton, NY)I buy Tate’s cookies frequently in the city, so it was exciting to see the actual bakery where everything is created!

Navy Beach (Montauk, NY)There was beach time, hotel time, and finally dinner at Navy Beach. Burger, rare with onion bacon marmalade, Cabot cheddar. Hand-cut fries, house pickles on the side. Delicious and the best of what we ordered that evening.
Navy Beach (Montauk, NY)Buttermilk fried chicken and the biggest wedge (practically a loaf!) of cheddar jalapeño cornbread. Extra butter would have been nice, but we did fine without. The chicken was covered in a sweet glaze that made it more ‘wet’ than expected, not ideal but sure satisfied that massive fried chicken craving we had.

Duryea's Lobster Deck (Montauk, NY)And then there were lobster rolls at Duryea’s Lobster Deck
Duryea's Lobster Deck (Montauk, NY)$21 for the lobster roll, potato salad (or chips) and cole slaw. I wolfed the whole thing down, and let me tell you…definitely not bikini friendly if you plan to go to the beach an hour later ;)

Appearances don’t lie, it was good, well-seasoned, large chunks of fresh lobster, but excessively laden with mayo (luckily I love mayo). Complete opposite from the squeaky clean deliver of Luke’s Lobster. Pearl’s Oyster Bar, however, remains my personal favourite for lobster rolls.
Duryea's Lobster Deck (Montauk, NY)…take a peek at the menu.
Lobster Roll Restaurant (Montauk, NY)We also visited Lobster Roll
Lobster Roll Restaurant (Montauk, NY)…which I wouldn’t recommend. Too much stuff going on here…lobster bits were super tiny.

Coffee Tauk (Montauk, NY)Morning stops at Coffee Tauk (in Montauk, get it? hahah)…was so happy to find that they did iced New Orleans-style there!

Montauk  Bake Shoppe (Montauk, NY)Breakfast at Montauk Bake Shoppe
Montauk  Bake Shoppe (Montauk, NY)…Jelly Croissants anyone?
Montauk  Bake Shoppe (Montauk, NY)Sugar-sprinkled top. The only evidence of a “croissant” element was in the shape. The taste was doughnut…
Montauk  Bake Shoppe (Montauk, NY)alllll the way.

Mercedes Benz Bridgehampton Polo ChallengeOh yes, and there was the polo match itself, the main purpose of the trip!
Mercedes Benz Bridgehampton Polo ChallengeHere’s Bhaveneet and I – it was INSANELY hot that day (I have no idea how the guys didn’t sweat right through their shirts!) but we managed to have fun ;)

Left on a Friday, returned on a Sunday afternoon…a sweet break from my “normal” weekends. Am getting ready to visit Boston for ten days at the end of August. My sister is starting at Boston College! The family is going to help her move, hehe, and I’m joining in! Any restaurant/day trip/food-in-general recommendations for Boston? I visited Boston last year though plan to try different places on this visit.

Have a great weekend!

Tate’s Bake Shop
43 North Sea Road
Southampton, NY 11968
(631) 283-9830

Navy Beach
16 Navy Road
Montauk, NY 11954
(631) 668-6868

Duryea’s Lobster Deck
65 Tuthill Road
Montauk, NY 11954
(631) 668-2410

Lobster Roll
1980 Montauk Hwy
Amagansett, NY 11930
(631) 267-3740

Coffee Tauk
83 South Elmwood Avenue
Montauk, NY 11954
(631) 668-7007

Montauk Bake Shoppe
29 The Plaza
Montauk, NY 11954
(631) 668-2439

North Fork, Long Island: A Day at Wickham’s Fruit Farm, Satur Farms and Paumanok Vineyard with Fresh Direct

Paumanok Vineyard (North Fork, Long Island)Shall we start with the end? This is lunch. And man, was it fantastic.

Paumanok Vineyard (North Fork, Long Island)Last Friday, Fresh Direct invited me out for a day in North Fork, Long Island to tour two farms and a winery that’s part of their recently expanded local market. The idea behind the market is to get seasonal and local produce from the farm to (your!) table in 48 hours.

Paumanok Vineyard (North Fork, Long Island)We started off at Wickham’s Fruit Farm then moved on to Satur Farms and concluded the day at Paumanok Vineyard where Eberhard Muller of Satur Farms cooked the most wonderful lunch paired with wines from Paumanok.

Paumanok Vineyard (North Fork, Long Island)There was sea bass and roasted carrots, a two string bean salad, beets and sherry vinegar, potatoes, and a cauliflower salad. Everything minus the sea bass was from Satur Farms. I can’t remember the last time I ate this well! And by “well” I mean nutritionally “well” in addition to deliciously “well.” I always get the delicious part down…it’s just the nutrition part that I’m not so hot with ;)

Paumanok Vineyard (North Fork, Long Island)For dessert we feasted on buttery shortbread cookies and a stone fruit soup dotted with fresh red currants.

Paumanok Vineyard (North Fork, Long Island)The real standout of the meal? These POTATOES! Eberhard explained that they were just Yukon Gold potatoes from their farm. Boiled in salted water, diced, a little olive oil. AND THAT’S IT. But why so insanely delicious, I asked. He paused for a minute and then stared me in the eye. His reply (accompanied by a mischievous smile), “I dug them from the ground just two hours ago.

Paumanok Vineyard (North Fork, Long Island)Paulette Satur and Eberhard Muller of Satur Farms

Oh man. that was the only minute in my life where the idea of becoming a farmer flashed through my brain…I could have potatoes like this every single day of my life!! I practically wiped out half this tray on my own, second, and third servings, oh yes.

Wickham's Fruit Farm (North Fork, Long Island)Now we can go back to the beginning. We arrived in North Fork around 11am, after a 2.5 hour ride from Manhattan. Wickham’s Fruit Farm was our first stop. Can you believe that’s asparagus growing in the photo right above?

We drove around the entire farm with Tom Wickham who gave us a remarkable tour. The farm has been around for many generations and over 300 years! We saw everything from dwarf apple trees to Asian pears, honey, and apricots.

Wickham's Fruit Farm (North Fork, Long Island)We stopped by the blueberry bushes…

Wickham's Fruit Farm (North Fork, Long Island)…to pick a snack ;)

Wickham's Fruit Farm (North Fork, Long Island)And ate tomatoes fresh off the vine. We picked them ourselves! hehe.

Wickham's Fruit Farm (North Fork, Long Island)More tomatoes…

Wickham's Fruit Farm (North Fork, Long Island)…I’d be glad to spend the whole day in here, picking one after another. Oh goodness, if only I had a fresh ball of burrata by my side!

Wickham's Fruit Farm (North Fork, Long Island)Before leaving the Farm we stopped at the fruit stand to oogle the berries, and basil, the apricots and tomatoes, the honey and pies…

Wickham's Fruit Farm (North Fork, Long Island)…and doughnuts, oh my!

Satur Farms (North Fork, Long Island)Next stop, Satur Farms!

Satur Farms (North Fork, Long Island)Paulette Satur (she and her husband Eberhard Muller started Satur Farms together) took us around the farm and we were able to see everything from the planting of the soon to be vegetables to the chilled packing rooms.

Satur Farms (North Fork, Long Island)Check out the carrots…and the SIZE OF THOSE LEEKS!

Satur Farms (North Fork, Long Island)Almost makes you reconsider the city, huh? ^_^

Then, off to lunch at Paumanok Vineyard! Wine, sun, fresh foods, and a break from the city…there’s little more to ask for :)

Paumanok Vineyard
1074 Main Road
Aquebogue, NY 11931
(631) 722-8800

Satur Farms
3705 Alvahs Lane
Cutchogue, NY 11935
(631) 734-4219

Wickham’s Fruit Farm
28700 Main Road
Cutchogue, NY 11935