Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Mark and Lynn duck into the charming Five Leaves in Greenpoint...




On our recent trip to the Greenpoint section of Brooklyn Lynn and I had the opportunity to visit some of the eateries that we had long wanted to visit one of which was Five Leaves. The restaraunt, in part the brainchild of the late, great Heath Ledger had a breezy, bistro vibe and hip looking servers and bartenders.  Even though we were there at an in between time arund 3 the place was jumping.  The staff handled the rush with pose and finesse.  Lynn and i had a couple of drinks and tried the Charred Shishitos and the "Devils on Horseback" which was bacon wrapped medjool dates with habenero vincotto and almonds.


The drinks were crisp and savory on a hot August day and the food was the perfect bar snacks.  Our short stop here help us get our second wind and push through the rest of our day trip.  The menu had a number of itmes that we were tempted by such as the Tuna Bahn Mi, Charred Fennel and Grilled Okra.

M & L


Green Street Food Truck brings vegan yumminess to Long Island....


I had read about the Green Street Food Truck on Facebook which is (at present) Long Island's only "plant based/gluten free food truck."  Lynn and I were lucky enough to catch them at Just Breathe Yoga recently where I had the "tuna bowl" consisting of (among other things) spinach and chickpea tuna while Lynn had the Thai  Bowl with Raw Zucchini noodles, grilled tofu and peanut sauce.
The food was great and Owner Matt Korsky and his co-worker Alissa Logue were charming and personable.  Safe to say we will continue to patronize the exceptional fare of GSFT as much as possible....
M& L

Monday, September 10, 2018

Noah's On the Road helps cap Summer 2018,,,



As is often the case, Summer got off to a late start this year with the weather chilly well into the season.  We managed to pack a lot of our Summer "Bucket List" into what felt like a couple of weekends.  One thing we checked off of our "list" was to get to Noah's food truck out of Greenport's Restaurant of the same name.  We had a delicious fish taco paired with a beer from Greenport Brewing and are looking forward to visiting the food truck when we are not trying to cram Summer into a weekend...

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Sag Pizza makes a splashy debut in Sag Harbor....


We had been excited about the opening of Sag Pizza for several months mainly because it is owned by the owners of LT Burger which we have consistently enjoyed over the past few years.  The space, occuppied for decades by the beloved Pizza Parlor Conca D'Oro has been transformed into a sleek yet warm high end pizza parlor.
We went on a busy August weekend recently and though the restaraunt was crowded and bustling it had a relaxed feel with families taking a break from the heat mostly dining on some of the imaginative fare, mainly the wood fired pizza.  Lynn had the yummy Vingole pizza with clams, garlic scallion butter, guanciale, oregano and lemon.  I had the Montauk Tuna Crudo which fairly melted in the mouth.  Sag Pizza had a nice selection of wines, many of them local such as the Wolfer Rose which was a blessed remedy from the dog day heat of the noon sun.
The vibe was full on Summer with a sexy, near ceiling height poster of Sophia Loren in her movie star prime lounging on a beach in a black one piece.  Our waiter had a charming and comically appropriate Italian accent.  The section we sat in was comfortable but the seating was tight.  In spite of this, diners were friendly and relaxed and the vibe was unhurried. Definitely looking forward to many a return visit to try the other appetizing fare such as the Farmer's Pizza (with shishito pepper among other items) as well as the Medditeranean Octopus and Chopped "Arthur Ave" salad with salami, olive, filone, pepperoncini and gem lettuce...
M&L

Friday, August 31, 2018

Peconic Gold Oysters are the "Gold" starndard for Long Island Oysters...



Lynn and I first experienced Peconic Gold Oysters arouund the holidays last year as we have tried to perpetuate the family tradition started by my Dad where we have Oysters on Christmas Day.  Lynn had read about Peconic Gold Oysters (AKA Ketchams Seafood Farms) in a publication from the North Fork of Long Island.  Ketcham's is a boutique Oyster Farm situated in the Great Peconic Bay on Long Island.  Owner Matt Ketcham distinguishes the company with sustainable practices meant to be environmentally responsible and friendly.


Very recently we were able to revisit the Peconic Golds at Jamesport Farm Brewery and the Oysters were as plump, briny and decadent as we remembered and they were particularly refreshing on a hot Long Island Summer Day...

M & L

Thursday, August 30, 2018

Copper Beech in Bellport, Long Island has the perfect Summer Sandwich...

Copper Beech, Designer Thomas O'Brien's outpost in Bellport, New York has a nicely curated food takeout counter in the back of the store.  Lynn has fallen in love with the Turkey Salad on a baquette dreamt up by her).  The Sandwich features in house roast turkey, green grapes, apple, celery, fenniel and grainy French mustard as well as farm lettuce and tomato.  A great concoction for the beach, backyard pool or picnic...
M&L

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

2 Cousins Fish Market in Freeport, Long Island is a seafood lover's treat....


Located about 45 minutes West from our Brookhaven home, 2 Cousins Fish Market in Freeport, NY is a wonder for the Seafood Lover for sure.  Teaming with fish familiar and exotic as well as shellfish, 2 Cousins has great quality and the seafood could not be fresher.  The fish are sold in steaks or you can buy a whole fish and have it filleted in whatever fashion you might like.  Lynn and I got Wild Caught Salmon and Wild Mackerel recently and got a weeks worth of dinners.  We love the place, just wish it was a little closer....

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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...

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