Sunday, January 27, 2013

Amaro Sevillia bitters takes our cocktails to a new level....

Lynn got me these great bitters from a dealer on Etsy called The Imperial Drop.   Amaro Sevilla Citrus & Herb Bitters includes Seville Orange Peel, Turkey Rhubarb Bark, Cinchona Bark, Gentian Root, Columbo Root, Wormwood, and Lavender Flowers.   Fragrant and savory this is definitely not a run of the mill product and we have enjoyed experimenting with it in some of our favorite cocktails. 

Friday, January 25, 2013

Winemaker's Studio in Peconic celebrates the best of Long Island Spirits, Wine and Beer....

Lynn and I were introduced to Anthony Nappa wines during the Hamlet Organic Garden's big fall feast.  We enjoyed them all but were particularly taken with a 2011 Rose called "Bliss" which was to our pallette quite dry but full of stabs of berry and even some cherry flavors which in our mind might make it a good rose for late fall and winter. 
In any event, we tracked the Nappa wines down to The Winemaker's Studio in Peconic on the wine rich North Fork of Long Island.  This studio is a cooperative tasting room featuring Long Island wine, beer  and spirits.  Lynn and I were able to sample the "Bliss" yet again and got a couple of bottles.  We also managed to sample Long Island Spirit's Pine Barrens whiskey which was much better than we had expected.

Monday, January 7, 2013

C'est Cheese in Port Jefferson raises the bar for Fromage on Long Island...

Lynn and I were spending a lazy, somewhat aimless Saturday going along the North Shore of Long Island when we spied out of the corner of our eye C'est Cheese in the middle of Port Jefferson Village.  C'est Cheese, is a fairly new (about two years old) culinary outpost featuring a boutique selection of wine, beer and of course cheese. 
Lynn and I love great cheese of course, but unfortunately there are too few places to get really high end cheese in our neck of the woods in Brookhaven.  We did have some luck with the Village Cheese Shop in Mattituck, but that place is a 40 minute drive for us and as a result we don't get there as much as we would like. The result of this is that we too often have to settle for deli style cheese; good, but definitely nothing special.
C'est Cheese might be a kind of game changer with regard to our access to artisinal cheese.  CC features a number of cheese offerings on their menu which can be bought individually or in "flights" that are organized by type (Cheddar, Gouda, etc) or are curated to complement wine or beer offerings on the menu. 

The cheeses, as exquisite as they are can be on the pricey side.  Nonetheless, the eatery has a great and varied selection of sandwiches and sandwiches that are modestly priced and showcase some of CC's offerings.  There is a nicely curated selection of beer and Lynn and I had a great house white (I failed to write the name of it down, however).

Lynn and I aren't cheese experts but we do like learning about it and developing our palette.  We look forward to experiencing more great stuff from this charming Port Jefferson fromagerie...

 (631)403-4944 | 216B Main Street | Port Jefferson, NY 11777

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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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