Visit the East End on a Budget

When you head to the East End—whether it’s for a day, weekend or week-long visit—you know you’ll be splurging on luxe food, top-notch drinks and many different activities; the price of which all add up quickly. Not looking to spend your whole paycheck on all of the above? Here are the best ways to save on money without sacrificing East End fun.

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Drink It Tuesday: Tickle Water

Cheers to the upcoming summer! I am thrilled to reintroduce my readers to one of my favorite child-friendly beverage companies, Tickle Water. My favorite characteristic of Tickle Water is that it is perfect for small hands, meaning that it will be ideal for my daughter to bring with her to school and activities. Her favorite is the watermelon and green apple. She calls the Watermelon flavored water “owl bubbles.” It is so cute when she laughs after each sip. We enjoy Tickle Water together during the afternoon while at our pool. The size is also compact and lightweight for bringing to the beach. The tickly taste is so refreshing!

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10 Best Things I Ate in 2016

What a year 2016 was! I had the pleasure of dining at the best restaurants in the Hamptons and North Fork as well as some notable restaurants in Manhattan, Connecticut and Washington D.C. It proved to be very tough to narrow it down to ten favorite dishes, but after careful consideration, I am thrilled to present the ten best things I ate this past year. I could only imagine what delectable plates 2017 will bring!

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Drink It Tuesday: 10 Best Things I Drank in 2016

This year was filled with many great sips throughout both forks. I visited several new vineyards this year and had the opportunity to try many new, luscious beverages. Many of these bottled beauties are now enjoyed by me and my family on a regular basis. From a refreshing, floral lemonade to a sparkling ‘royal’ champagne, below I feature my top ten favorite things I drank in 2016.
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5th Annual Shellabration in Greenport VIP Package for Two Giveaway

I am pleased to be hosting a giveaway for a VIP Package for two to the 5th Annual Greenport Shellabration the first weekend of December. This unique culinary experience will take place from 12-4 p.m. December 3 & 4, 2016. Wristbands will gain participants access to Greenport’s finest restaurants to enjoy local shellfish, wine, and beer offerings during a weekend long restaurant walk, in support of Cornell Cooperative Extension’s shellfish restoration and community stewardship projects-specifically the Back to the Bays Initiative, and SPAT (Suffolk Project in Aquaculture Training) Program. The giveaway will end on Wednesday, November 30th at 11 p.m. EST and one winner will be drawn randomly soon after.

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Claudio’s Restaurant Greenport

I had the pleasure of dining for lunch at Greenport‘s landmark eatery, Claudio’s Restaurant. Claudio’s is celebrating their 146th season and has been owned and operated by the same family all of these years. In fact, did you know that Claudio’s is America’s oldest same-family owned restaurant?

I admire the nostalgia each time I visit Claudio’s: the old-world nautical interior, grand bar, and wooden table seating in their side room with excellent views of Greenport Harbor. Whether visiting Claudio’s for a drink and appetizer at the bar, or for a full-course seafood lunch or dinner, I am always reminded of my visits to Greenport and touring the quaint seaside community ever since I was very young. It has become a family tradition to visit the restaurant at least once during the early autumn months.

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First and South

First and South, located in the heart of the Village of Greenport, is one of the best kept secrets on the North Fork. This quaint, country chic gastropub serves lunch and dinner with a splash of live music on select nights. This my first visit to the restaurant for lunch under the helm of new Executive Chef Ricky Hebson. My guest and I chose to sit inside at one of the cozy corner booths with plenty of decorative throw pillows.
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North Fork Foodie Tour 2021 Tickets Giveaway

I am honored to host a giveaway for my FAVORITE North Fork event: the 10th Annual North Fork Foodie Tour. This will be my second time at the event, and I am so excited to once again explore the generous bounty of the North Fork, stretching from Riverhead to East Marion. This self-guided, family friendly tour includes educational and edible activities, exclusive tours, goat milking, tastings, and more! About twenty vendors are scheduled to attend including Browder’s Birds and North Fork Roasting Company.
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Drink It Tuesday: Tickle Water

Tickle Water is a gentle, fun sparkling water for kids and adults of all ages! I was instantly intrigued with the beverage when I discovered the company at a Kid Fest event at Guild Hall in East Hampton. At the event, I noticed how parents and children were very drawn to the adorable packaging and pint size 8 oz BPA free PET plastic cans specifically designed to fit children’s mini hands. Tickle Water comes in four flavors: Sparkling Water, Green Apple, Watermelon, and Cola.

Tickle Water was founded by Heather McDowell when she realized, as a mom, how difficult it was to incorporate healthier options into her son’s diet.  Her son, Jayger, would reach with his mini hands for her sparkling water and one day, she poured him some bubble water.  From his first sip, Jayger loved the “tickling” sensation on his taste buds; the name stuck, and Tickle Water was born. The name is so sweet and perfect for young children. This water is ideal to include in children’s lunch boxes for summer camp,  long car trips, and school.

Each flavor is free of preservatives, GMOs, gluten, sodium, sugar, calories, and artificial sweeteners!

Tickle Water is primarily sold within the New York City metro area and on Long Island. For example, on the North Fork, it is sold at The Market on Front Street. On the South Fork, it is sold at Bhumi Farms in East Hampton, Continental Market in Montauk, and Sag Harbor Beverage in Sag Harbor. // 646-559-0278

Greenport Shellabration 2015

The 4th annual Greenport Shellabration took place this past weekend, December 5th and 6th from 12-4pm. “Shellabrators” had the opportunity to take part on a shellfish tour through the village, visiting over a dozen restaurants and shops to support Cornell Cooperative Extension of Suffolk County’s Back to the Bays Initiative & SPAT Program.

My husband and I attended the event as VIPs, where we each received a burlap pouch filled with goodies including a souvenir glass, beer cozy, box of 50 postcards with exquisite oyster photography, and a bottle opener. This is in addition to a regular ticketed entry inclusion of a complimentary plate of raw oysters and clams shucked by SPAT, plus a complimentary beer produced by Greenport Harbor Brewing Company.

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You’re Invited to the 2015 Greenport Shellabration

The Greenport Business Improvement District will be presenting the 4th Annual Greenport Shellabration the first weekend of December, from noon-4pm December 5 & 6. Wristbands will gain participants access to Greenport’s finest restaurants to enjoy local shellfish, wine, and beer offerings during a weekend long restaurant walk, in support of Cornell Cooperative Extension’s shellfish restoration and community stewardship projects-specifically the Back to the Bays Initiative, and SPAT (Suffolk Project in Aquaculture Training) Program.

Participating restaurants will offer $5 tapas sized offerings featuring local shellfish, paired with $3 tasting pours of local wine (full glass options available). Additionally, local shops will be offering special promotions for Shellabration participants, making for a wonderful weekend of eating, drinking and shopping local, all in support of our local marine environment!


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Deep Water Bar and Grille

Editor’s note: this restaurant has closed

This was our first visit to Deep Water Bar and Grille when we visited Greenport for a leisurely afternoon about two weeks ago. We were looking for a place for lunch that was low-key and friendly. We chose to sit inside adjacent to the seaside-style bar area, though they do have a covered second floor deck. Our waitress was very friendly and our service all around was prompt and genial.

Though we did not order any appetizers, those that caught our eye included the Hot Crab Dip: cheese and lump crab blend folded with fresh vegetables served with tortilla chips ($13), and the Clam Bistro Pot: local little and top neck clams steamed with garlic, clam juice and butter with a lemon ($18).

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Cuvée Seafood & Grille at the Greenporter Hotel

Editor’s Note: this restaurant has closed.

I had the absolute pleasure of dining at Cuvée Seafood & Grille at the Greenporter Hotel on Friday, September 4th. The restaurant has now closed (their last day open was Sunday, September 6th). However, you could still host your private event at the restaurant and still savor the cocktails, appetizers, and entrées I will share with you in this article. Moving forward, there will be events with some already scheduled ranging from rehearsal dinners, bridal showers, bar/bat mitzvahs, milestone birthday parties (that have the budget of a wedding), and fundraisers. Events can be held year-round, with some booked a year in advance.  Cuvée can recommend every type of vendor and has an on-site event coordinator. They can take care of rentals, flowers, and entertainment, and your event can be all-inclusive. Price points are similar to their original menu.

Cuvée first opened in 2001. At that time, there were no other fine dining restaurants in the village of Greenport. There were just pubs and Claudio’s Restaurant as well as some family restaurants. Being located in North Fork’s wine country, there were no wine bars at the time either, so Cuvée decided to feature local wine and produce, and instantly began to work closely with wineries and farms such as Country View Farm Stand in Southold, and Latham Farms in Orient. Cuvée collaborated on wine dinners, and held events at vineyards and at the restaurant. The menu was smaller at first, then after a few years in business, it expanded after Food & Wine Magazine featured them.

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