Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Knives and Ink is the seaon's most unique culinary/literary offering...

Chef Catherine Doyle San Diego California SportsService Petco Park,

One of the most unusual culinary oriented books of the year, Knives and Ink (Bloomsbury) by Isaac Fitzgerald and Wendy MacNaughton  is a wonderful compilation of the rich origins connecting some of the world's most accomplished Chef's and their signature tattoos.   The book weaves these stories with Ms. MacNaughton's fanciful artwork along with an eclectic sampling of menus from the featured chefs.  The stories behind the ink vary wildly and are funny, poignant, idiosyncratic and always very personal..  

Timmy Malloy of Tavolata in Seattle, Washington (Bloomsbury)

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Mark and Lynn dash into Grindstone Coffee and Donuts...

 When we recently checked out Grindstone Coffee and Donuts in Sag Harbor the place seemed as busy as it was during the height of summer when it first opened (in early August) and we had first noticed it.   Lynn and I have checked in there to get a pick me up shot of coffee and/or espresso.  The coffee is strong and black as ink with the espresso having a nice chicory flavor. We have not tried the donuts yet (which make the store smell divine)but with summer over and beach body anxiety on hold for a bit we will certainly "cave" soon enough. 

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Grey Goose Martini at the US Open....

I (Mark) went into the US Open and had a nicely made dirty martini with the signature Grey Goose Vodka of the tournament at Toro's Pop up. 

Wolffer Kitchen is a sexy spot for Lunch in Sag Harbor....

Lynn and I happened upon Wolffer Kitchen as a sort of accident when all of the restaaraunts in Sag Harbor were slammed on Labor Day weekend.  Wolffer Kitchen is the culinary satilite of nearby Wolffer Vineyards and first winery owned restaurant in the Hamptons. We were immediately struck by the sleek yet cozy nature of the place.  The restaurant has an inherent ambiance that is particularly sexy and sophisticated for a lunch spot on the East End of Long Island.

We have been there a couple of times and have enjoyed sitting at the bar as our servers and bartenders are attentive and amiable.  I have favored the local Wolfer Rose (with grapes from Argentina) and
Lynn has gravitated to the Truffle Fries which are crusty, garlicky goodness.  I have enjoyed the Tuna Tartare which has just the right amount of flavor and is served ice cold. 

Lynn had "The Beekeeper" which is a refreshing blend of Vodka, Lavendar, honey, citrus and crystalized ginger garnish.  With it's combination of sweetness and sting it is is rapidly becoming her favorite cocktail. 


Thursday, July 21, 2016

Mark and Lynn discover Casamigos Tequila....

We had frequented Montauk lately and had tried a first rate well aged Tequila Anejo from  Casamigos at Saltbox. Casamigos had a smoothness and a hint of oakiness that we associate with a well made bourbon.  This smoothness of course makes sense since Geroge Clooney, no stranger to smoothness, is one of the owners of the company (along with Randy Gerber). 

Monday, July 11, 2016

Mark and Lynn take in the Montauk Brewing Company....

We finally made it to the well regarded  Montauk Brewing Co. on an early Friday afternoon.  We loved all of the offerings.  Of particular interest to us was the Driftwood Ale which had a fragrant, briny taste  and the Watermelon Session Ale which was unbelievably refreshing and managed the difficult (to me at least) trick of infusing beer with fruit.  The bartenders were great and really attentive and handled the many customers with good humor and finesse.  

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

An appreciation of Papa Nick's Gluten Free Pizza....

Lynn and I have come to appreciate Bellport's Papa Nick's Gluten Free Pizza.  It has a nice, light crunch with a smoky flavor.  Mainly, it doesn't play havoc with our weight the way traditional carb based pizza does. Great to be able to have it delivered and goes great with our favorite roses....

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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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