An Interview with Andrea Fornarola Hunsberger of Elements Fitness

It is a pleasure to introduce my readers to Elements Fitness, a boutique barre and dance fusion studio located in the Village of East Hampton steps away from the Village’s shopping and dining scene. I have been taking classes at Elements Fitness for the past month and am so thrilled with the method, class format, and energy that Founder and Director Andrea Fornarola Hunsberger brings to class. She is so personable and friendly with each client, greeting them before class, and bidding them farewell at the finish. During class, she is encouraging and upbeat, keeping each one of us focused and striving for our best output.

If you have never taken barre before or if you are a master at the barre, you must come to Elements Fitness. In all my four years of taking barre classes, I have never experienced an hour fly by so quickly as I have when taking Andrea’s classes. Her expertise and positive spirit are what make her classes so unique and so worthwhile. Below, read my exclusive interview with Andrea where we discuss her approach to teaching, the apparatuses of a barre class, and what are her refrigerator essentials pre and post-workout.

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Cocktails & Conversation at The Baker House 1650

On Saturday, December 2nd, The Baker House 1650 in partnership with Domaine Select Wine & Spirits, hosted the exclusive event “Cocktails & Conversation – An Evening with Award-Winning Mixologist Tad Carducci.” This sold-out event was held from 4-7pm and was attended by locals and visitors alike. The exclusive demonstration by mixologist Tad Carducci of the Tippling Bros included the art of mixology with four holiday cocktails. Guests received recipe cards for the demonstrated cocktails and copies of Carducci’s book, A Lime and A Shaker.

Tad Carducci is a bartender, mixologist, and restauranteur. He noted that he has been in the restaurant business since he was 14, or about 30 years. He has crafted cocktails and studied mixology for 15 years. His book, A Lime and A Shaker, primarily focuses on craft cocktails with tequila and mezcal.

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Dinner at The Restaurant at Baron’s Cove 2017

Baron’s Cove, located in Sag Harbor with sweeping views of the Marina, is a place I have congregated with friends and family for many years. I come here year round for several reasons: superior service and professional staff members, sumptuous plates, crafty cocktails, decadent desserts, and the cozy fireplace in their lounge that evokes charming, old-world elements. During the autumn months, I love to visit this hotel and restaurant for some bar bites and a cocktail on a Friday or Saturday evening with my husband and family. We are treated with the utmost amount of genuine kindness, and with that we love to continue to create many happy memories here.

For this particular visit, we dined for Long Island Restaurant Week, which took place last week from October 29-November 5. Restaurant Week features a three-course prix fixe dinner for $28.95.

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Saaz Indian Restaurant in Southampton

Coming from the west as you enter Southampton on Montauk Highway, Saaz Indian Cuisine is one of the first restaurant establishments to welcome you. Before I first dined here almost a year ago, I had heard nothing but rave reviews from the exceptional service to the authentic, delicious Indian/Pakistani dishes. If I could come to dine here once a week I would. The vibe is so relaxing and the food is worth every bit of praise. Sameer, the owner, was so warm and welcoming and in addition to his phenomenal staff, provided us with top notch service.

This visit was apart of my collaboration with Long Island Restaurant Week, which took place this past week from Sunday to Sunday, October 29th to November 5th. Saaz featured a five-course menu including salad, soup, appetizer, entree with bread and rice, and a dessert for $28.95.

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Centro Trattoria & Bar in Hampton Bays

On Sunday, I made my first visit to Centro Trattoria & Bar for Long Island Restaurant Week, which spans Sunday to Sunday, October 29-November 5 and includes a three-course prix fixe dinner for $28.95. Restaurant Week is held across Long Island at almost 200 restaurants. Centro is located just off W. Montauk Highway in Hampton Bays, within close proximity to Stop n’ Shop, Macy’s, and Planet Fitness. This friendly Italian restaurant is for everyone: families, couples, children, friends, and colleagues of all ages.

Upon arrival, Nina, our host, greeted and seated us. During our dining experience, never was there a moment where we felt hurried or were waiting for our drinks or meal. Our water glasses stayed filled too. The service is top notch and genuine, and we felt a very warm vibe right from the start that lasted throughout our stay. Katie, our waitress, was particularly exceptional. We enjoyed the atmosphere so much that we took our time and savored each dish for a total of almost three years. It is rare these days to find a restaurant that gives you the opportunity to do just that.

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