Tuesday, April 30, 2013
Tuthilltown Spirits was an embarrassment of riches. We predictably found great spirits but the real surprise was the discovery of the distillery's brilliant bitters called Basement Bitters (so called because the bitters are created in the basement of the distillery). The bitters have a distinctive and smoky flavor likely the result of aging in rye whiskey barrels. One of the best and most innovative of the artisinal trends of late has been the rise of thoughtfully made and curated bitters and with Basement Bitters Tuthilltown has raised the bar on the neglected art of making bitters.
Monday, April 29, 2013
|Me on the left|
After wanting to visit for many years Lynn and I finally got to to visit the first distillery to open in NY in over 80 years namely Tuthilltown Spirits upstate in Gardiner, New York. We had tried some of the initial offerings on Long Island like the Baby Bourbon Whiskey and were suitably impressed with the flavor which was smooth but with a subtle, pleasant burn that many of the commercial whiskeys unfortunately lack.
|We liked Luz|
We were not surprised to find the whiskeys outstanding (particularly the Hudson Manhattan Rye Whiskey which we got and later found perfect for drinking straight-not something we always like to do with a rye). We were surprised to find that the Distillery had recently produced its first gin called Half Moon Orchard which employees wheat and apples as part of the process of creating this particular concoction. The result of this is a fragrant gin with (among other things) traces of nutmeg, bergamont and (of course) apples. Interesting to drink straight but smashing in cockail when it richocets around with other mixers (we got one of the gin as well).
Saturday, April 27, 2013
Grandson Jackson Perkins channels Bruce Wayne at the Children's Museum of the East End in Bridgehampton
Monday, April 22, 2013
Monday, April 15, 2013
I had just worked out at Peter Welch's gym and my arms and legs felt torched. and my head foggy but somehow clear. I didn't know what I wanted but I thought a strong coffee might help center me. I had passed Barrington Coffee on the way to Peter Welch's a couple of times but didn't have the time to check it out. This Sunday I had the time and again, felt like I could use a jump so I stretched a point and ducked into Barrington's storefront and ordered an Au Lait with Half and Half. Maybe it was my being punchy but the concoction had a nice combination of bite and sweetness which helped rouse me from my early morning agony. Lynn and I had gotten coffee around Boston a couple of times with mostly favorable results but few of the places had the civilized ambiance of Barrington's storefront and after my UFC forged instructor Tom Egan had introduced me to the basics of MMA I suppose something sleek and comforting was a nice switch...
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Wednesday, April 10, 2013
Not sure when this happened but on the way to Riverhead the other day we got take out at Tony's Sushi in Moriches and we noticed that they had sexed up their image with some major renovations and serious interior decorating. In this way, it resembles the "other" Tony's; Tony's Asian Fusion in East Quogue which has nightclub elements to it's energy and decor. The food remained great but Lynn and I have more incentive to stay there and soak in the atmosphere rather than eat our takeout at one of the nearby beaches...
Wednesday, April 3, 2013
Since Bellport's late, lamented Wallen's closed in early 2011 Lynn and I have not had much fun shopping for everyday groceries in our Brookhaven neck of the woods. There is still an IGA in Bellport that does the job in certain respects but ends up being a little depressing with its droopy produce, chemical smell and apathetic cashiers. What relief to have discovered Best Market in Patchogue! Great and strange; no magazines or newspapers at the checkout; a creative beer section; amazing fresh and cheap produce; a great seafood section (rare for grocery stores in our part of Brookhaven); good prices on staples like Boar's Head products; a good meat department; good chocolate...well you get the idea.
Grocery shopping is underrated as a pleasurable activity and Lynn and I really take some pleasure in this activity that many people see as pedestrian. The concrete floors and retro marketing made us feel like we were shopping with the ghost of Barbara Stanwyck (or maybe Betty Draper).
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Links of note from M & L...
- 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...