Red Maple at The Chequit Summer 2017

Red Maple is a must visit while on Shelter Island. Their menu is brand new this summer, with a new chef at the helm. Inside, you will savor a seasonally inspired New American menu with a minimalist, rustic interior and patio seating. My husband and I visit several times each season for lunch and dinner.

To start, my husband had the Blue Point Toasted Lager from Patchogue ($7) and I had the Shelter Island Sunset cocktail: Hanger 1 Makrut Lime vodka, honey basil lemonade, fresh basil ($12/virgin $7). My husband also tried the Summer Ale on draft by the Greenport Brewing Company. I loved my drink, I would order it again in a heartbeat: not too sweet, earthy with a touch of tang. Additional cocktail choices include their Red Maple Margarita, Ginger Cosmopolitan, and The D.B. Pimm’s Cup.

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Drink It Tuesday: Tickle Water

Cheers to the upcoming summer! I am thrilled to reintroduce my readers to one of my favorite child-friendly beverage companies, Tickle Water. My favorite characteristic of Tickle Water is that it is perfect for small hands, meaning that it will be ideal for my daughter to bring with her to school and activities. Her favorite is the watermelon and green apple. She calls the Watermelon flavored water “owl bubbles.” It is so cute when she laughs after each sip. We enjoy Tickle Water together during the afternoon while at our pool. The size is also compact and lightweight for bringing to the beach. The tickly taste is so refreshing!

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The Chequit Serves Up New & Delicious Dining and Retail Options 2017

So chic and ever-evolving is The Chequit, one of my top three favorite spots on Shelter Island. Red Maple is one of my top choices to bring friends and family to dine. Each time we have visited, we have always been more than impressed with the service and quality of the dishes. Their coconut cake, for example, was chosen as one of the Ten Best Things I Ate in 2016.

New to Shelter Island’s stylish retreat this season includes an expanded offering of baked goods at their onsite grab-and-go outlet, White Hill Café; a freshly stocked Salt Supply retail shop; and delectable new menu offerings at Red Maple, the inn’s bar and restaurant.

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Pindar Vineyards Wine Pairing with North Fork Chocolate Company

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!

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Valentine’s Day Sweets Roundup

Valentine’s Day is almost upon us. Whether you are celebrating with that special someone, close friends, family, or perhaps a long lost connection, I have curated a list of some of my favorite sweets to enjoy on Cupid’s Day and even all winter, from local sweet treat to a specialty food favorite.

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