Pride Enjoy Radical Rainbow Cookies, founded by Janel Ordemann just over a year ago, has created a strong presence on the East End’s specialty food market scene. Her rainbow cookies are more than divine, they are cookies that everyone could enjoy because they are completely allergen free! Yes, it is true, these cookies are: wheat-free, dairy-free, soy-free, nut-free, vegan, cholesterol-free, non-GMO, and made with neither artificial colors or preservatives. Parents with elementary school-age children, rejoice! Look no further than these fruity, moist, chocolate-layered cookies for in school birthday celebrations and parties at home.
A friend of my and my husband’s son has severe allergies to peanuts, tree nuts, and soy, and these sensational cookies made me think of him. More and more children seem to have allergies, and sometimes more than one allergy to certain ingredients that many of us take for granted. It is so great to see these new companies come about and give everyone the opportunity to indulge in sweet treats.
I made my first visit for lunch to Modern Snack Bar just a few, short days ago, and am already looking forward to my next visit. Located in the heart of Wine Country on the North Fork, Modern Snack Bar has been a landmark for delicious home cooking since 1950. Known for their famous mashed turnips, and decadent lemon meringue pie, this is one of the premier family-run restaurants on the East End to stop at for homey, American cuisine.
Our waitress was so warmhearted and genuine, which made for such a memorable lunch hour. My mom was with me and was sharing stories of how her father, my grandpa, used to come here for lunch on a regular basis more than thirty years ago when he worked in the area as a building contractor. He passed away this past November, and I have been thinking about him every single day. He always had great taste and I knew instantly why he frequented Modern Snack Bar. The atmosphere is very welcoming and the decor takes you back in time to when the establishment first opened.
Old School Favorites is a small, family-owned company that began in 2014 and sells gourmet chocolate sauce and nuts. Each batch of their stand-out ‘szauce’ is carefully crafted utilizing top-notch ingredients such as Five Acre Farms cream, the distinctive Madagascar Vanilla (the only vanilla extract I ever use), velvety Valrhona Chocolate, with a touch of North Fork Sea Salt.
Pair the szauce with their unforgettable Nutsz- Maple Walnuts as a topping for your favorite old-fashioned sundae. My choice would be vanilla bean ice cream or chocolate chip cookie dough with a towering amount of fresh whipped cream and a cherry on top. Sold in a seven ounce package and made with just a few, carefully selected ingredients, their nuts have a delicately sweet essence of maple. It reminds me of traveling upstate during the autumn months and hiking up the majestic mountains that parallel the Hudson River.
I keep thinking how the chocolate Szauce and Nutsz would be the perfect centerpiece for a sundae bar at an intimate gathering this summer. The small, four ounce, jar would be great as favors for a wedding or shower. A decadent taste of the Hamptons to bring home with you. I loved both the szauce and nutsz; it was so difficult to put the jars and bag of nutsz down! Lastly, I love that the chocolate szauce is packaged in adorable, eco-friendly mason jars, which can be reused at home again and again.
Below is an exclusive interview with Anastasia Karloutsos, the co-founder of Old School Favorites.
I first discovered Miss Lady Root Beer by chance on Instagram. What caught my eye were the nostalgic bottles the root beer is bottled in and the adorable puppy found on the label. I immediately became intrigued. It was soon after that I became in touch with the founder, Theo Foscolo. The creation of Miss Lady Root Beer began about three years ago when Theo was a manager for Rowdy Hall. At the time, the restaurant wanted to create a Root Beer Float for dessert, and Foscolo was just the person who knew how to create homemade root beer with his experience of brewing beer at home. “[The] process is very similar to brewing beer. If you have everything to brew beer, you can make root beer,” explained Foscolo. “I already had all the equipment and really got into it. A couple of days went by and the I got the ingredients down. Then, I got the license to make and produce it, and soon after, I worked on the labeling. I did a lot of online research, read a lot of books, experimented with different roots and different flavor components, and came up with a flavor I liked and it stuck.” The creation Miss Lady Root Beer was swift and successful.
Miss Lady Small Batch is an all-natural producer of Root Beer and Cream Soda that has been bottling since 2012. Since its inception, Missy Lady Root Beer has been sold at farmers markets and events across the Hamptons and in New York City. The root beer and cream soda is crafted with all natural ingredients and sealed with handsome packaging in 12 oz bottles. Local fruits in season are made to create these delicious farm-to-bottle carbonated beverages.
A new gourmet chocolate shop has opened on the North Fork in Aquebogue called the North Fork Chocolate Company! This spacious building is also home to a number of local purveyors who rent space and sell their fine products in the shop. This collective is full of creativity and that features such items for sale as coffee beans that can be ground on the premise, handmade vegan soaps, pickles, potato chips, milk, cheese, cookies, and more.
This past week, the shop has had a few days of “soft openings,” and intends to have their grand opening in late March of spring begins. The shop only features local organic from selected and trusted brands based on the eastern end of Long Island. Even their artisinal chocolates include fine ingredients from local farms and businesses.