Monday, August 17, 2009

Bellport Country Club is nice but forgettable...

My father in laws 89th birthday was last week and to celebrate we decided to go to the Bellport Country Club near our own Brookhaven home. We had never really eaten there or had any particular interest in eating there (nor had anyone ever said anything much about it). In any event, a gift certificate was involved so we decided to go Lynn's brother and his family.

It is safe to say we did not expect much. Lynn loves Country Clubs, but mainly for the old Waspy patina that some of the older ones have.

The Bellport CC does not have that old Waspy patina. It is not without some charm, however. The staff was very warm and accommodating. The drinks were actually very well made, and the wine list was pretty decent and we had a really nice white from the Paumonak vineyard in Aquebogue.

I had seared tuna over asian slaw which was very good and a nice surprise. Some of the other entrees looked good, but were too fussily prepared and heavy handed in the presentation (a lot of sauces, some over-done vegetables). The dining room is pleasant with a nice look at the golf course. However, there was no music which made it kind of awkward with only a handful of diners early in the week. Not an embarrassment, but it could be much better with some more attention to details...

A funny footnote is that you can follow the Bellport Country Club on Facebook and Twitter! (I don't know if the place has enough going on to "Tweet" about)

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Como se llama "sucks" : Spain on the Road Again blows Mark and Lynn away with it's lameness....

Mark and Lynn were intereseted in this show before it aired, but what a letdown. I know it has been on for awhile but it is oddly bad and I can't get the badness of it out of my head.

Where do I start? !. The lame flirting between Batali, Paltrow, Bittman and that Spanish actress 2. The smug posturing of the four participants in the show 3. The lazily edited, awkard car rides from town to town 4. The self-congratulatory egotistical back-slapping (Gwyneth: "You're Mario Freaking Batali!").

The other travel show with an egotistical partiicpant is Anthoy Bourdain's No Reservations on theTravel Channel. His show, we like, howver, he is a self-aware guy and he seems to learn something in the process of his travels, plus he has a good sense of humor about himself. Not so with the four people in Spain: On the Road Again. Bitman is particularly annoying trying to cozy up to the Spanish actress. A vanity piece for the all involved...

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

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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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