Monday, March 16, 2015

Re-visiting Aldo's in Greenport....

Lynn and I recently revisited some beloved haunts of ours one of which was Aldo's Coffee in Greenport on the North Fork of Long Island. We have enjoyed his handiwork for years and were amused by his offbeat charm and one of our early posts about him remains one of our most well trafficked.   It was great to see the man himself looking well and acting the same (funny and entertaining) and it was nice to simply catch up to him.  He concocted a fragrant shot of espresso for me and Lynn indulged in a creamy Americano and his own brand of Biscotti.

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Against all odds Spring is in the air at Croteaux Vineyards....

Lynn and I have worked hard to deal with the brutal winter that has been non stop for almost the entirety of this still new year.  This weekend we finally had a preview of spring and maybe even Summer with the opening of Croteaux' tasting room.  We completely associate Croteaux with Summer and early Fall as it is probably our favorite place on Long Island during that short but sweet period of time on Long Island.  Lynn, however, got an email about the vineyard opening this past weekend and we decided to stretch a point and re-aquaint ourselves with the place at a much earlier point than usual.

Lynn and I wondered if the place would feel the same with snow on the ground and a chill in the air.  It definitely felt different with the outdoor courtyard blanketed with snow.  However, the indoor tasting room was cozy and sunny with the staff pretty much intact.  It felt great to be recognized by the owners and staff and wonderful  to taste the crisp rose' yet again (our favorite being the Sauvage) .  We ordered a basket of french olives, herbed cream cheese and a particularly savory marinated artichoke dip to enjoy with toasted baguette slices.  Not even the posers nor the helicopter parents we shared the tasting room with could ruin this sweet preview of spring....

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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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