Manna is a romantic, intimate Italian restaurant set in the heart of Watermill and within walking distance to the Hampton Jitney station stop, the post office, as well as several local businesses. The menu has a strong Sicilian flare, where Owner and Chef Marco Barrila hails from. This was my first visit to Manna, which opened this past winter. At 6pm on a Thursday evening, my guest and I were some of the first restaurant-goers to arrive.
We decided to sit outside and enjoy the warm summer air. Their cozy dining space inside is perfect for during the off-season. Our waiter was prompt and courteous, taking his time with the menu explanation and inputting his recommendations.
One of, if not the most frequently asked question I am presented with is how do I eat what I eat and stay in shape? First and foremost, I take great care with the portions I consume during each meal. Most of the time I have leftovers from dining out that I have for lunch and or dinner the next day, and I keep myself hydrated by drinking at least ten to twelve glasses of water a day. Much of my energy level and figure is attributed to my vigorous fitness regiment. I exercise six days a week for three to four hours a day: everything from running, walking with resistance, stretching, and weight training.
I will give you a sneak peek into my weekly exercise routine by highlighting my five favorite fitness boutiques and classes in the Hamptons.
A simple, down-to-earth, and healthy local beverage is just what the Hamptons needed. Local East Hampton resident and friend, Mi-Sook Dickinson, created Mi-Sook’s Ginger Tea. The chilled ginger and honey can be enjoyed every single day and is made by hand in small batches. Her daughter, Jacqueline Dickinson, assists in crafting the tea and make over 100 bottles weekly.
The concept for creating the business began in 2000 when Mi-Sook worked at the Ross School. Staff at the school would occasionally catch colds and would approach Dickinson for her help. She then extending her skill outside her home and began making the ginger tea for colleagues and friends. A few days after enjoying a bottle of her tea, they would express how well and rejuvenated they felt. Each sip perks you up and gives your immune system a “pep talk.” View Post
With its prime location just off of Montauk highway in Watermill, White Fences Inn has quickly become the sought after bed and breakfast destination. Set in the heart of the Hamptons, White Fences Inn boasts five luxurious rooms: three guest rooms and two suites. Owned by Eric and Liz Brodar along with their adorable puppy dog, Bailey, they first opened White Fences in July of 2015. After the finishing touches on the historic home’s addition were complete on September 15th 2015, the three additional guest rooms were ready for guests (Little Cobb, Mecox, and Halsey Suite). Each room offers a modern gas fireplace, private bathroom with a shower, soaking tubs in all but one bathroom, heated floor, flat screen TV, complimentary WiFi, high end Malin & Goetz toiletries, Frette & Matouk linens, robes and slippers, hairdryer, and central air conditioning with individual controls. The inn is within walking distance to the Watermill Hampton Jitney stop, the beaches, museums, fitness studios, and boutique shops.
“We knew we wanted to come to New York and be by the water,” explains Liz Brodar. “We grew up here and our family grew up in New York, and we knew we wanted to offer something more upscale in the sense of style [as] most inns are older and traditional.”
The property and house where White Fences Inn is now located was originally for sale during the recession in 2010. The Brodars went to Maine and bought an existing bed and breakfast in the Kennebunks and completed a full restoration. The price had dropped on the Watermill location, and they made the purchase and relocated to the East End.
This past year, I had the incredible honor this year of discovering dozens of new culinary artisans, restaurants, farm stands, boutique bed and breakfasts, and so much more. I had the opportunity to sit down at over three dozen new restaurants that I had never before dined at, and partook in over two dozen benefits, galas, and functions, and a special cheers to the most thrilling summer in the Hamptons and North Fork.
East End Taste in 2015 was an immense success, and 2016 will be even better! I am looking forward to sharing new tastings from my gastronomic journey across the East End and beyond. From comfort classics to homemade creations, below are my top ten “Best Things I Ate in 2015.”