This past Saturday, March 11, I ventured over to the North Fork with my husband to attend a wine and chocolate pairing at Pindar Vineyards in Peconic. The wine pairing was in partnership with North Fork Chocolate Company located in Aquebogue, one of my favorite spots to stop at while I am in the area for great gifts from talented local businesses. Their chocolates are also out of this world! Pindar Vineyards and North Fork Chocolate Company are open year round.
Pindar Vineyards was quite busy that Saturday. We saw a few bridal parties celebrating, some birthday bashes, family and friend gatherings, and more. We were delighted to listen to live music and enjoy a cheese plate (sold in their refrigerator) during our tasting. Pindar is always a lively spot and the staff is consistently accommodating. If you happen to purchase a cheese plate or a selection of cheeses, complimentary crackers are provided at the wine bars. We also could not get enough of their Irish Soda Bread, seriously one of the best soda breads I have tried: so moist and fresh!
We visited the restaurant at Topping Rose House in Bridgehampton on Sunday for Long Island Restaurant Week. Long Island Restaurant Week spans for eight days, Sunday to Sunday, and offers a $27.95 prix fixe menu at dozens of restaurants across Long Island. It gives customers an affordable opportunity to try the cuisine at several restaurants of their choosing. During this week, I try to visit restaurants I have never dined at before in the hopes of finding a new place to come dine at on a regular basis. We were very pleased with our experience at Topping Rose House. We have dined here for brunch and have attended events in the past, but this was our first visit for dinner. The charm and elegance of the restaurant and the hotel assimilate well within the Hamptons. The white, stately mansion with a classic, beach scene decor with a splash of unobstrusive modernism. Our daughter loved the cinemagraph of the snow owl as we entered the hotel lobby.
This past Saturday and Sunday, October 15th and 16th, I had a blast participating in Self Magazine’s 2nd annual UpNOut Studio, which brought together 22 of the hottest boutique studio workouts and trainers all under one roof at the spacious Springs Studios in TriBeCa. The event space, renowned as the top choice for photographers, filmmakers, and publications from around the world, was equipped with professional, caring staff members and ample space for the fitness classes. Each event goer had plenty of space to store their belongings, relax, and move about.
I attended on Sunday, and stayed for three classes: CITYROW, Aerospace High Performance Center, and ((305)) Fitness. I had taken CITYROW and ((305)) Fitness pop-up classes in Montauk during the past three summers.
The Hamptons International Film Festival is one of the most anticipated event of the year, and I cannot think of a better happening to pair with great food and conversation. While working about an appetite during each film screening, head over to any and all of the for restaurants I have curated that will be serving up some serious grub from a perfectly plated ahi tuna salad to a swoon-worthy charcuterie and cheese board.
This past Sunday, my family and I attended the 10th annual North Fork Foodie Tour that spanned from Riverhead to East Marion. As my favorite event on the North Fork, it is a rare opportunity to explore the bounties of Long Island’s wine country and farm stands while exploring methods of sustainable agriculture. On the tour, we tasted and purchased local goodies and took behind-the-scenes tour and many notable establishments.
Out of the 20 locations on the self-guided tour, we were able to make seven tops as this year we started at 12:30pm. Yet through these stops, we had the opportunity to explore how certain products are made such as the coffee roasting process at North Fork Roasting Co. and how different cheeses are crafted at Catapano Dairy Farm.
Below you find a selection of photographs that highlight each stop that my family and I made while on the tour: