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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.”

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Hampton Coffee Company has been one of my go-to spots for freshly roasted coffee or a spot of tea and a scone for over a decade. I have also discovered the company at various events across the East End, including Love Bites, Super Saturday, this past summer’s 11th Annual Hamptons Happening, and The Great Food Truck Derby.

I recently visited their Watermill location on two occasions, one to cure my serious pumpkin craving for one of their pumpkin spice lattes and pumpkin muffins. The second time, I enjoyed a quiet lunch with my daughter while learning about their newest retail location in Aquebogue opening later this month.

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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

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This past Saturday, August 8,  from 11am-3pm at a private residence in Watermill, I attended the third and final ultra-exclusive private brunch of the season that showcased the latest marques from Italian Supercar Maker Ferrari and Maserati presented by The Experience Auto Group, and additional luxurious goods in conjunction with media partner Avenue on the Beach.

Guests had the opportunity to test drive the latest Ferrari and Maserati models throughout the course of the event. There will also be a luxury showcase from the worlds of private aviation, artwork, electronics, fashion, jewelry, home furnishings among others. The delicious brunch spread included croissants, chocolate-filled pastries, muffins, eggs, home fries, brownies, coffee, and more. I loved the brownies, so scrumptious! My daughter did too and it was her first time ever tasting a brownie. She gobbled it all up!

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Dreesen’s® Famous Donuts are an East End breakfast staple year round. We are so lucky to have to have Dreesen’s® as part of our community, and that these old-fashioned favorites are available in various locations on the North and South Fork: Bagel Buoy in Sag Harbor, Scoop Du Jour in East Hampton, The Milk Pail in Watermill, Woodside Farms in Jamesport, Breeze Hill Farms in Peconic, and Woodside Orchard Store in Aquebogue, in addition to locations in Nassau County, New York City, Toronto, California, and Westchester County.

As a node to National Doughnut Day this past Friday, I headed over to Scoop Du Jour in East Hampton to pick up three donuts: two cinnamon sugar and one powdered sugared doughnut along with a cup of coffee from The Golden Pear Cafe across the way. These doughnuts have been sold at this location for as long as I can remember. I recall the times when I was in my preteens and teens walking past here and seeing the doughnuts being made on their “Donut Robot,” one after another on the conveyor line, flips into the bubbling oil. Even from outside, you could taste the aroma of the delicate, lightly sweet signature treat. When you walk in, the scent of nutmeg and fried dough drifts over your way and gives you a great big bear hug that you can’t resist.

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