Sicilian restaurant, Osteria Salina, has relocated to a new, prime location just off of Montauk Highway in Wainscott nestled on the banks of Georgica Pond. There were spectacular views of the pond where we were sitting in the back of the restaurant. This warm and welcoming establishment boasts a spacious lounge and bar area, with plenty of tables throughout the venue. I can see Osteria Salina being the perfect location for family reunions, birthdays, engagement parties, and anniversaries.
Upon sitting at out table, we were promptly greeted by a plate of Salina’s Cucumbers, which are the perfect accompaniment with cocktails. The cucumbers are gently seasoned with flake sea salt, cracked black pepper, and a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil. A second starter presented was their Caponatina Eoliana e Crostini with eggplant, tomato, golden raisins, celery, agrodolce, and capers. Bread with extra virgin olive oil and flake sea salt was also brought to our table. The starters were not too salty, and the Caponatina Eoliana reminded me of luxurious ratatouille. The cucumber was very refreshing and the accompaniment of skewers was very smart.
Ready for a cold-pressed cocktail? The staple of the Hamptons for mixed drinks has to be MixCraft. Launched in retail stores in the spring of this year, founder Greg Broom has created three fresh, healthy cocktail mixes in Watermelon Habanero, Cucumber Basil, and Detox Retox, with a fourth flavor, Pineapple Ginger Mint, to hit the shelves soon.
The way to guilt-free drinking began two summers ago after Broom moved to Brooklyn and wanted to serve a really great cocktail at terrace parties but could not find anything that was fresh. So instead, he lugged two watermelons home and created a homemade watermelon margarita instead of buying a pre-made mix. Right away, guests at the party were raving about the cocktail stating, “this was the best thing I have ever had!”
Instantly, Broom started offering it more and more. People grew interested and he started bottling. His first venture was selling forty bottles at The Box NYC, a club in Manhattan. The club has been serving his cocktail mixes ever since.
This past Sunday, May 17th, HomeGoods in Wainscott celebrated their grand opening with a tremendous turnout. On the Friday, May 15th, HomeGoods opened their doors at 4pm to TJX Rewards Credit Card holders for an exclusive shopping experience. Everyone waiting outside for the doors to open were more than eager to “shop till they drop.” The Hamptons, especially the East Hampton township, needed a well organized, reasonably priced one-stop type shop for the home and HomeGoods is the perfect fit to take on the role. Just in time for Memorial Day Weekend, shoppers will get to stock up for all of their outdoor necessities, food pantry basics, and interior accents.
HomeGoods is an opportunistic retailer. The company is in the marketplace 365 days a year, where each day they are searching for well-made items to add to their store collection that they know customers will love. HomeGoods will buy from closeouts, during down factory time, and they are always in the know regarding which designers are hot that moment. Designer brands are part of HomeGoods’s DNA. The store also creates a colorful array of well-made international pieces. So much of what they sell is handcrafted, made in England, Italy or Portugal.
The Phoenix Chinese restaurant located in Wainscott just off of Montauk Highway has been one of my favorite lunch spots for over a decade. I have been coming to this restaurant since I was a young child, when my younger brother and I used to sit on the backs of the lions statues at either side of the entrance and have our pictures taken. I have gathered here many early afternoons on the weekdays in between work and on the weekends after volunteering at ARF or visiting Bridgehampton Commons. The service is consistently excellent and quick. Though I have rarely seen the restaurant crowded or even half full at lunchtime, most people that come here order out, which I have done on a few rare occasions.