Spending time outside no matter what the season is very important for me and my family. We are so fortunate that we have an abundance of parks and nature preserves just minutes away from our home. Sarah, our daughter, loves the outdoors and can easily spend hours at the playground. For variety, I take her to a different park, duck pond, or nature trail each day. We just started making a habit of enjoying lunch and snacks outdoors. It gives me an opportunity to relax and eat while we watch Sarah play, and it gives her the opportunity for a break as well.
The discovery of Trendy Picnic could not have come at a better time. As long as there is no snow on the ground, we are sitting outside in the afternoons reading a book, magazine, or writing. Trendy Picnic has a wide variety of picnic items, from totes, coolers, cheese boards, and bar sets in addition to their very own hand woven willow baskets. Whatever the occasion may be, Trendy Picnic has many options for gift giving this holiday season and for that special family outing. My family and I will be off on several excursions across the east coast within the coming months and into the spring and many of Trendy Picnic’s festive and fun products will come in handy.
Grindstone Coffee & Donuts has satisfied Sag Harbor‘s long-term doughnut craving. After opening just over a month ago, Grindstone has spoiled the quaint, commuter village with a top quality sweet treat paired with exceptionally smooth San Francisco-based coffee. The business is thriving, with 1,300 doughnuts being churned out daily during the weekdays and over 2,200 purchased on Saturdays and Sundays.
The popularity of doughnuts created by owner, Kyle Shanahan, comes from a 48-hour-proof brioche-style dough that has a complex, yeasty flavor. Cage free eggs from upstate New York, Hudson valley five acres farms milk, unbromated and unbleached King Arthur are used to create the sweet and savory doughnuts. View Post
Meet Savannah Jordan, the Executive Chef at Ruschmeyer’s in Montauk. A Culinary Institute of America graduate, Chef Jordan stayed at CIA for an extra year as a TA in the meat and fish kitchens to work in the institute’s restaurants. During her year as a TA, she worked with a legendary chef and did fish fabrication. Afterward working as a Chef at Le Bernardin in Manhattan, she went to work at Mary’s Fish Camp in the city, where she held her first Executive Chef position. She was also a chef at Eugene & Co in Bedford-Stuyvesant in Brooklyn.
This is Chef Jordan’s first time in Montauk. She was originally introduced to the owner of Chelsea Hotels, and has been out here since mid May. “Montauk is a very special place and so is Ruschmeyer’s, we grow and learn together, it feels like summer camp. Everyone identifies with one another,” explains Jordan. “I got to know a lot of the farmers and fisherman. [In particular,] I work closely with Bhumi Farms in East Hampton; farmer Frank is a doll.”
The Mill House Inn in East Hampton is one of my favorite spots in the Hamptons for an overnight stay and the best breakfast you could ever imagine. New at Mill House Inn this summer includes a variety of refreshing iced beverages, homemade ice pops, juices, and more. Recently, I caught up with Executive Chef Carolyn Stec to learn more about the menu additions and what’s new a the Inn.
SOCIALITE, GAYLE PERRY SOBEL MODELS FOR MINNIE ROSE
I would love to introduce you to one of my favorite designers, Lisa Shaller-Goldberg who I met last year at Jill Zarin’s Luxury Luncheon. She is the Founder and Creative Director of Minnie Rose and one of the most respected icons in the fashion industry today. Minnie Rose delivers the sophistication of the global jet set with their luxury collection that offers cashmere, cotton and knits separates. Shaller-Goldberg was the driving force behind iconic 90’s and 2000’s brands Juicy Couture, Camp Beverly Hills, Ugg Australia, True Religion, and Hard Candy. Remember the Juicy Couture track-suits famously worn by celebs such as Britney Spears and Paris Hilton? Shaller-Goldberg was the driving force behind the brand and the individual who brought Juicy Couture to the east coast.
This luxurious Minnie Rose collection features ponchos, shawls (my favorite), fringy cardigans and skirts that are made with lightweight cotton and cashmere. Celebrity fans include HRH the Duchess of Cambridge Catherine Middleton, Selma Blair, Jennifer Garner, Lisa Rinna, January Jones, Oprah Winfrey, and Christie Brinkley. I recently sat down with Shaller-Goldberg and discussed how she spends her summer in the Hamptons and at her home in Montauk, fashion essentials out east, and a sneak peek into her fall 2016 clothing collection.