New Favorites at Townline BBQ in Sagaponack

Townline BBQ, located in Sagaponack, is one of my favorite spots to drop in for an impromptu lunch and bar bite. This rustic, laid-back local’s favorite is open thru lunch and dinner, so you could stop in after work, for an mid-afternoon snack or for an after dinner drink and dessert. I usually come in for lunch and order my favorite combo plate: Brisket, Pulled Pork, Corn Bread and Collard Greens. For dessert, my go-to is a slice of their super-moist German Chocolate Cake, and my most recent is their Birthday Cake with colorful sugar sprinkles. The atmosphere is so relaxing and chill, I never feel rushed. I always like to sit in the seats adjacent to the parking lot or outside during the warmer months. View Post


Old Stove Pub

Old Stove Pub is a charming, rustic Greek restaurant in Sagaponack set just off of Montauk Highway. The restaurant has been serving the Hamptons for 40 years as a traditional steakhouse with the more recent addition of authentic Greek cuisine. It was and still is one of my father’s favorite restaurants in the Hamptons. Though he frequented the restaurant in the 1980’s, his last visit was in the summer of 2013. He was thrilled when he learned I will be featuring Old Stove Pub and he promised that we would dine here again when he comes to visit with my mom later this summer.

Upon arrival, we were greeted by restaurant co-owner, George Gounelas. He was very approachable and extended himself with every detail possible, making for a standout dining experience. “My family took over this restaurant in 2012. I come from a family of restaurant owners. My dad owned a diner up the island. We made Old Stove Pub more Greek than what it used to be,” says Gounelas. “We have a prix fixe Sunday-Thursday, $29 for four courses that includes a Greek salad, appetizer, entrée, and dessert.” That’s an incredible steal, by the way! View Post


Wine Tasting in the Hamptons with SHE and Taste of Travel

Last week, I met Sanya Hudson of Sanya Hudson Enterprises, Hudson’s daughter Briya Murray, JoVonn Rochester, Jeroslyn Johnson, and more extraordinarily talented ladies during a leisurely wine tasting at Wölffer Estate Vineyard in Sagaponack. Murray is the Founder and CEO of Bossed Up Jewelry. Johnson is the Founder and CEO of Make A Statement Entertainment, Inc.; Rochester is the Founder of Taste of Travel; and Hudson is the Founder of SHE, Women in Media Meet Up, and Celebrity Radio Host of Sanya On-Air. The group of female entrepreneurs I met are all based within the New York City Metro area. They came out to the Hamptons for a day of networking and taking in the beautiful sights away from the bustling city.

We couldn’t have asked for a more beautiful day: crystal clear blue skies, wine, cheese, and lush green vines. Our elegant wine tasting consisted of three wines: Roman Roth’s own Grapes of Roth Reisling aged in steel, 2014 Chardonnay aged in steel made from grapes originally planted in 1993, and a 2013 Cabernet Franc. The wine was paired with a beautiful cheese plate, dried fruit, prosciutto, and nuts. View Post


Specialty Food Friday: COPIA Granola

I am happy to introduce you to COPIA Granola, a local granola company that was hatched out of the Stony Brook Business Incubator at Calverton, and has been spreading its wings ever since. COPIA Granola is an all natural granola that is gluten-free and made with non-GMO ingredients. Ever since I discovered the business at Taste the East End this past May, I have been experimenting with ways of how to incorporate granola into everyday meals. This past week, I have topped off my rice pudding and berry cups with their granola and will be attempting to make some cookies with the granola; a twist on the traditional oatmeal raisin.

Their granola (also available in granola energy bars) comes in three flavors, the first two of which I tried: Cranberry Cashew, Pistachio Almond Cherry, and Hazelnut Fig. It would be impossible to choose which one I liked more, but I will let you make that decision once you try them. Don’t be surprised if you may find the choice difficult as well!

I sat down with Grace Marie Longinetti of COPIA Granola to discuss how to incorporate granola into your favorite recipes, the business’s relationship with Stony Brook’s Incubator in Calverton, and a sneak peak into potentially some new granola flavors.  View Post


Dinner at Townline BBQ

Yesterday, as the warmer weather was beginning to melt the ice across our driveway, my husband, our daughter, and I decided to venture out for dinner. We decided on a restaurant with a convenient location and one that served food from lunch through dinner as it was just after 4pm. We love that Townline BBQ does just that. There is no break between lunch and dinner and you could come in, choose any table you desire, and sit there while enjoying your meal at your leisure.

As you exit the car and walk into the restaurant, you can instantly smell the hints of hickory and mesquite from the grill. The restaurant was not too crowd but a good twenty people or so took advantage of the off-time in between lunch and dinner to take it easy and enjoy some delicious, hearty grub.

View Post