Troy, NY company's mustard just came across our radar in a big way. The Horseradish and Pepper Mustard has become our favorite condiment of autumn with its savory bite and strong but not overpowering palate. The company also produces rubs, sauces, jams as well as other flavors of mustards that we are anxious to try.
Tuesday, November 2, 2021
Tuesday, August 3, 2021
The Barrow Food House in Riverhead has become our go to lunch place for the year. First and foremost is the food which is sublime. A favorite of mine are the charred greens which is memorably flavored with tamari, nooch and sunflower seeds lending an exotic vibe to this appetizer. Equally impressive are the Duck Wings marinated in tamarind and passion fruit which Lynn has become enamored of.
Equally impressive are the mixology skills of our adroit bartender Dan. He has a great and even theatrical way with putting a cocktail together and is always interested in introducing us to a new concoction or spirit.
We have tried many other items on the menu and have been impressed with the Smash Burger; the hand fries and the Kale and Avocado salad. Everytime we visit we are wowed yet again...
Wednesday, February 5, 2020
|Visiting our Maryland family,we got to try this locally made hot sauce.If you like mole’,this is really delicious.Smokey,sweet with a little burn to keep it interesting!|
Friday, December 13, 2019
Bird & Bao in Patchogue has recently opened on North Ocean Avenue and it is rapidly becoming our favorite local restaurant. B & B has a small, well curated menu mostly revolving around Bao's which are sweet and pillowy buns that are filled with Chicken, Pork Belly, or Tofu. The eatery also has "Bites" such Popcorn Chicken, and a Crunchy Herb Slaw which is a great and crunchy side dish.
Friday, October 4, 2019
Food Lab Conference at Stony Brook Southampton was a whirlwind weekend celebration of, among other things, the local bounty of Long Island food and drink. The Opening reception was a showcase of local fare such as Radish Slices with Beet Jalapeno Hummus (Amber Waves Farm and Foster Farm); Goat Cheese and Radish Poppers (Goodale Farms and Foster Farm); Ceviche Shooters with Local Bay Scallops (Amber Waves Farms, Deer Run Farms, Cor-J Seafood, Gosman's Dock); Tuna Tartare over Crispy Sesame Rice (Amber Waves Farm and Gosman's Dock). Every offering was better than the last and we particularly loved the cruchy Tuna Tartare offering and the briny Ceviche Shooters. All amazing with a well orchestrated group of charming, attractive servers.
Friday evening featured a conversation with Patty Gentry the owner and chef at Early Girl Farm in Bellport in conversation with Dorothy Kalins, the founding editor of Saveur Magazine. The conversation featured a screening of footage from a documentary award winning filmmaker Roger Sherman is working on about Patty and her life as a farmer. Ms. Gentry was a warm and engaging presence with a folksy way about her. The work in progress film showcased the difficulties and joys of farming and Ms.Gentry's near poetic approach to farming in which she compares her tomatoes to Sophia Loren and talks to her vegetables to encourage their growth.
"In my early life I became fascinated how people related to food and how it was part of who they are," Ms. Bastianich observed. "Food is part of their roots and I noticed how hard they (immigrants) try to make it what they remember from Italy. So, Italian American cuisine is a valiant cuisine and reflects new circumstance in the United States such as the abundance of meat which was rarely available or used in Italy."
|Roman Roth and Mark Rhodes|
|Lynn checking out the Hemp|
All in all, the 5th Food Lab left us with a feeling near euphoria having been able to eat and drink in abundance the best of Long Island food and wine and an appreciation of the variety of the same. The event was blessedly free of party politics and the genial atmosphere was palpable.
Monday, September 9, 2019
Friday, August 23, 2019
Lynn and I had passed Noah's on many occasions during our trips through Greenport on the North Fork of Long Island and it had long been on our "list" to dine there for several years. Finally, craving seafood (particularly Lobster Roll) and a need to get out of town we at last dined at Noah's
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Links of note from M & L...
- I (Mark) have written for The Christian Science Monitor, Clear Magazine, Picture Magazine, Film Score Monthly, Dan's Papers, Rue Morgue, In Flight USA and a lot more publications that I can't remember.... My wife Lynn was a model with the Ford Agency and her photography has been featured in most of the publications I have written for...