The Apron Cafe

Last week, my daughter and I visited The Apron Cafe at Francis S. Gabreski Airport in Westhampton for the first time. The Apron Cafe has been in business for two years come this July. This just-like-home eatery has some of the most exceptional waitstaff and management I have been served by in a very long time. Each member of the staff is so kind, friendly and genuine. I felt very at ease dining and watching the planes land and take off. It was an enriching experience for my daughter, as we pointed to each of the planes we saw, stating the type of aircraft and color.

I loved the detail of the airplanes hanging on the wall; it reminded me of my grandpa who made wooden model airplanes and had an impressive collection of handmade planes. As I looked over the extensive menu, I particularly love the phrase: “Please be patient and rest assured, your meal is being prepared with the utmost love and respect. So please put down your phone and talk to the people you came here with.” We are all found guilty of this bad habit. It is okay to admit that we check our phones constantly. I think this is a very positive reminder to enjoy life in the now and make the most of your time with family and friends.

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Hampton Coffee Company Watermill

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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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

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