Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Local Burger in Patchogue impresses with a diverse burger menu....



Local Burger in Patchogue (there is also a location in Bay Shore) is a real breath of fresh air in the rapidly expanding restaraunt scene in Patchogue.  The core of the menu is of course, burgers but somehow this does not limit the menu as their are a variety of combinations that can be created as there are a number of "sides" that can be added to the burger including sriracha aoli, fried egg, dill picle chips, maple mayo and even peanut butter.  They also offer Quinoa Burgers, Brisket Sandwiches, Gluten Free Buns as well as a variety of Hot Dogs and  fries.


One thing that elevates Local Burger is the excellent spirit and wine selection.  There "Local Manhattan" with Taconic Rye, Carpano Antica, bitters and black cherry splash is one of the best cocktails I have had on Long Island.  The restaurant also has the best Long Island red wine I have ever had from the Pumphouse Winery in Mattituck.  

The interior is cheerful with clever touches (the red neon cow most notably).  The crew is cheerful and efficient and there is a good happy hour.  Local Burger is fast becoming one of our favorites...

M&L

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Pork Clouds raise the bar for the humble pork rind....

My Achilles heel with regard to food is standard issue potato chips.  Lays, Doritos, nothing fancy or particularly healthy but salty and delcious.  Fortunately, Lynn and I stumbled upon Pork Clouds a company that has striven to elevated the humble pork rind to a state of artisinal  excellence.  We had the Malabar Black Pepper which satisfied our salt craving while being "Paleo" and free of carbs and sugar that pesky chips are typically packed with. 
The company makes a variety of other Pork Rinds including offerings flavored with Rosemary and Sea Salt; Garlic Thyme.  The company also makes "Pork Panko" which is a carb free alternative to traditional bread crumbs.  Definitely looking forward to trying the companies full range of products...
M&L

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Subtle Tea on Long Island makes an impression with Craft Brewed and Organic offerings....



Lynn and I stumbled upon a great Long Island product and company called The Subtle Tea Company out of nearby (to us) Centereach, New York. The teas are craft brewed and organic with the best tasting zero calorie tea Lynn and I have ever had. The company seems to be getting good distribution around Long Island (we just spotted it at the Jamesport Brewery).  Lynn and I look forward to seeing this company grow on Long Island and are always glad to have the chance to be supportive to local products.
M& L

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

The Spirit of the 90's is alive at Coffee Labs Roasters in Tarrytown...


 Lynn and I went to Tarrytown this weekend and were charmed by the Downtown there with its interestingly curated stores, interesting restaraunts and for me a couple of Coffee Shops that transported me back to my college days and early post collegiate life where I would spend large segments of my days and nights in the then novel notion of a "Coffee Bar."  I don't spend any real time at Coffee shops anymore being married and busy with work and life of course. 


So, it was fun to get a inky black shot of espresso from Coffee Labs.  We just made a pit stop there but it was fun to soak in that 90's vibe on a crisp April afternoon.
 

Monday, April 8, 2019

Pik Nik in Tarrytown makes a mostly good impression on M & L


Lynn and I went into Tarrytown, NY over the weekend and found Pik Nik a Barbeque-centric restaraunt the food of which we enjoyed immensely.  We ordered tacos and were rewarded with three hefty and flavorful  offerings stuffed with delicious pulled pork. Other diners around us ordered brisket and chicken and the portions were epic. 

The interior was slightly hipster with an eclectic array of found objects, posters, and vinyl. On the minus side, some of the staff were visibly and inexplicably cranky on a beautiful April day. This cut against the cheerful interior and laid back vibe a bit.

 Nonetheless, Pik Nik was a satisfying experience with memorable food on a beautiful Westchester afternoon.

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Patchogue Beer Project is a great, new venue for Long Island Beer Lovers...

The Patchogue Beer Project has just opened and it looks to be one of the more sophisticated breweries on Long Island as the operation employs no kegs and the entire brewing process is visible to patrons.  Beyond this, the brewery has great branding with a proud Native American warrior as their symbol.  And the beer had something for every taste from the heft of the Hazlenut Stout to the pop of the "EZ Swezey" IPA.  There are also wine offerings from Bridge Lane Winery as well as Ciders for those who are not into beer but want to experience the brewery.
There are retro video games and a partnership with adjoining Local Burger where you can order food from this popular eatery which delivered to your table.  This is a particularly appealing notion as many of the breweries we visit have inconsistent (or nearly nonexistent) food.
 With many of the major breweries on Long Island located on the North Fork it is great to have an addition so close to our Brookhaven home.

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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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