The Backyard Restaurant at Solé East 2017

The Backyard Restaurant at Solé East in Montauk is a must visit for locals and visitors who wish to kick back, relax, and enjoy an incredible dinner poolside while listening to singer and guitarist Annie Trezza, who played from 6-9pm. You could easily sit outside (or inside) for hours enjoying a cocktail and your meal while taking breaks from the table playing backyard games and browsing their onsite boutique beach shop, Nibi MTK. It is the perfect spot for the entire family. My daughter loved exploring the property, listening to the live band, and eating dinner with me and my husband. It is rare that a hotel and restaurant offers so much for their guests and is ideally located within minutes of Montauk’s village and the Atlantic Ocean beaches. There is a convenient pathway that will take you right in to town if you wish not to drive.

This past Tuesday’s visit was our first for the season. After arriving early just before 5:30pm, we sat outside at one of their square tables with a perfect viewing point of the live band. We started off with their signature House Cocktail: Hot-Tauk, a mix of Herradura Tequila, Lime, Strawberry, Jalapeño, Cointreau, with a Spicy Salt Rim ($16), their most popular poolside cocktail.
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Wasserstein Home’s Sous Vide Precision Cooker Review

This past month, my husband and I began experimenting with a new method of cooking for us: Sous Vide, with a special thanks to Wasserstein Home. What is Sous Vide? It is a method of cooking in which food is vacuum-sealed in a plastic bag or pouch, then placed in a water bath at accurately regulated temperatures. With the Sous Vide cooking method, temperatures are much lower than normally used for cooking for the purpose of cooking the meat and or vegetables evenly and to a specific temperature (medium rare for meat, for example). Sous Vide also ensures that the food is not overcooked on the outside and that the moisture is retained.

Sous Vide translates in English to “Under Vacuum.” Sous vide cooking has been a huge trend and is best for cooking flaky soft fish, pâté, shrimp, and pork, in addition to thin steaks and lobster. It is an excellent ‘slow-cooking marinade’ and is an essential cooking method that everyone should be familiar with.

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Below, I round up a selection of my new, favorite beverages discovered at this year’s Summer Fancy Food Show held at the Jacob Javits Center in Manhattan. These beverages are perfect for bringing to the beach, a backyard BBQ, out and about, or just to sip leisurely at home. Each brand has a true unique sense of character, attractive labeling, and contains high quality ingredients.

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Crowns by Christy Hamptons Shopping Party 2017

On Sunday, July 9, Christy Doramus of Crowns by Christy partnered with Stella Artois to host a summer party for friends, family, and Hamptons locals at a private home in Sagaponack. Guests joined Christy and her team throughout the day to shop jewelry essentials from Kendra Scott, customizable handbags from Neely & Chloe and beach hair must-haves from Teleties. Arriving in their favorite summer florals, attendees were invited to make flower crowns poolside while enjoying refreshing “cimosas,” courtesy of Stella Artois. My daughter and husband attended as well; they had tons of fun playing bean bag toss, enjoying the refreshments, and relaxing out by the pool.

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Drink It Tuesday: Wölffer Estate Vineyard Cider

I was introduced to Wölffer Estate’s Dry Rosé and Dry White Cider this past winter. My husband was so fond of how refreshing and citrusy the ciders tasted, it took me until now to share these exceptional ciders with you! Perfect for summer, Wölffer’s ciders will enhance any backyard BBQ, poolside lunch, or sunset soiree. I digress, why did it take this long? We received a case of cider compliments of Wölffer, but before I could tell my husband and his friends not to touch it, the cider was gone with the wind! Everyone loved it so much, they went out a week later and bought more, then poof! It was gone again. We literally purchased the cider eight times before I could finally snatch up two packages and set them aside for photos (not an easy task).

Their cider was a hit with everyone. First the color and presentation of each package drew us in: it is so cheerful and the labeling reminds me of the Spanish Caribbean: romantic and full of life.
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