Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Mark and Lynn wind down the summer at Greenport Harbor Brewing....

Lynn and our friends who are hardcore beer aficionados made a Labor Day trek to Greenport Harbor Brewing (there are two locations-we went to the tasting room in Peconic).  I had tasted a lot at Jamesport Brewery earlier in the day so I decided to take it easy at GHB.  I only had a pint of the wonderfully named "Devil's Plaything" which was an IPA uniquely infused with Thai Chili and Guajillo (this brew a collaboration with Michelin Star awarded April Bloomfield of The Spotted Pig and The Breslin for her new restaurant Salvation Taco). 

Predictably, the scene was raucous but somehow civilized.  There were a lot of families enjoynig themselves playing games of corn hole and super size jenga.  We look forward to returning and trying some of the breweries other offerings which seem particularly interesting such as the Mine De Fleurs which is a Grissette (similar to a Saison as I understand) infused with Lavender and Hibiscus.... M&L

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Mark and Lynn get wistful about Early Girl Farm...

Lynn and I had discovered the farmstands for Early Girl Farm (one located in East Moriches-one in Bellport) and quickly fell in love with the great and interesting produce grown by the farm over the loving and watchful eye of Patty Gentry who owns and operates EGF.  Lynn and I became particularly enchanted with Patty's poetic emails about what was being grown on the farm. 

As much as anything we were impressed with the pure visual poetry of the Early Girl offerings.  Everything was beautiful and was intoxicating for us on an aesthetic level.  

 Sadly, Early Girl's farmstand season ended in late August.  The memories of their wonderful bounty reamains strong in our food loving souls... M& L

Great Flats Brewery in Schenectaday impresses Upstate...

On our recent trip to Schenectady in Upstae New York we happened upon Great Flats Brewing.  I had actually noticed the place earlier in the day as it was conveniently situated next to the Yoga Studio that I managed to get to a couple of times over our out of town weekend. 

We had a flight of their offerings of which we particularly enjoyed "Summer in Schenectady" which was a Saison that was crisp and refreshing on an unseasonably warm Upstate New York Saturday (the "Great Flats IPA" the lowest alcohol offering that day was equally refreshing but with some appealing notes of pine).

. In addition, the intereior, with its clean lines and open space was chic and cheerful; a counterpoint to some breweries which produce great beer but are lacking in atmosphere and aesthetics.  The staff was helpful in explaining some of the selections to us and amiable even on a busy afternoon perfect for drinking beer.

M& L

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Swell Taco in Patchogue impresses Mark and Lynn...

I had gotten Lynn take out at Swell Taco in Patchogue a couple of months ago and she was impressed by the fish tacos.  As a result and was sure she would like to dine there at some point.  Lynn, sometimes unsure of new places was hesitant to try Swell Taco out.  Finally though, the memory of the great fish tacos helped pave the way for our recent visit there.
As soon as we entered Swell Taco became our new favorite place.  The ambiance took us far away from Long Island and transported us to a surf shack in Santa Cruz or Half Moon Bay.  A hypnotic surf documentary played on the flat screen near the entrance; a "Swell Taco" branded surfboard floated on the wall over the bar; the attentive staff sunburned and seemingly just off the beach; a back patio that is the epitome of surf chic. 
Oh right, the food. We loved our fish and shrimp tacos as steal at 3.99 apiece.  The drink menu was half off during happy hour and we were particularly impressed with the wine list which was exceptional for such a casual place.   We are looking forward to coming back for sure.... M&L

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Underwood Rose' is a great tonic for the hot Long Island Summer....

We just discovered this fun, late summer treat.  Underwood Wines Rose' in a can.  We fpund it very portable hauling it to the beach and to paddleboard and of course it is fine on a hot summer day in the backyard.  It had a nice tinge of cherry and the can seemed to help the wine get very cold very quickly. 

Friday, August 18, 2017

The transcendent Thai Spice in Wilmington save Mark and Lynn's night....

Lynn and I were starving one night during our recent trip to Wilmington. We had little interest in going out as we were exhausted and felt like take out was the way to go.   Our daughter in law recommended Thai Spice.  We ordered  Seafood Salad and Pad Thai.  Both were exquisite.  The  Seafood  Salad balance all of the exotic flavors beautifully and it's chill was a great tonic to the humid North Carolina night.  Lynn's Pad Thai had a lightness that is rare in this dish which is often top heavy with noodles.   The dining area was charming and hopefully we will be able to dine there the next time we are in the Port City.  

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Mark and Lynn visit Wilmington's Rx again...

The food scene in my hometown Wilmington is hit and miss from our perspective.  This is particularly true in the downtown area which has a lot of energy and a thriving night life but sees a lot of establishments come and go.  One of the more established restaurants in downtown is Rx whose name is a call back to the building's previous history as a pharmacy.  We had eaten there a couple of times during a visit a few years ago and were pleasantly surprised that it still was around as many established Wilmington eateries (Catch, Cafe Phoenix, Deluxe) had shuttered within the last few years.  

The menu tends to be heavy in the way a lot of Southern cooking tends to be heavy with a lot of fried foods, pork and sauces. Much of Rx's offerings are locally sourced which is great, however the menu has a too cute affectation with regard to identifying these sources (e.g. "Stefan's Heirloom Tomatoes") which Lynn and I found mildly annoying. Despite the comfort food leanings of the menu Lynn and I found the okra fries a great starter with a light, almost tempura battering.

We did manage to get a nice Tuna Tartare which was a surprise considering the comfort food loaded menu.  The bar also made me a nice negroni without batting an eye.  The wait staff and hostess were great.  Very attentive and poised even on a busy Saturday night.


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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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