Dinner at Highway Restaurant & Bar East Hampton

Known for its well-crafted menu, unique nightly specials, and fresh organic ingredients is Highway Restaurant and Bar, located off of Montauk Highway in East Hampton. Chef Justin Finney creates sumptuous specials throughout the week like Chicken Pot Pie Mondays and Thai Thursdays, all in addition to their upscale New American menu with urban and global influences that features a variety of dishes that pay tribute to the bounties of the East End.

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Best December Events in the Hamptons and on the North Fork

The holiday season is officially upon us, and with it comes shopping bazaars, holiday lightings and festive gatherings. Here are the best December events on the North and South Forks that will get people of all ages into the holiday spirit.

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The Clubhouse in East Hampton

My family and I visited The Clubhouse in East Hampton, the newest and ultimate game experience in the Hamptons that includes mini golf, bowling, an arcade room, a full bar, and dining options. Indoor and outdoor dining experiences are available at The Clubhouse, with an outdoor bar and seating area overlooking the mini golf course and patio. Live musicians play on the patio on select evenings.

During our visit, we did a full tour and played two games of bowling, a round of mini golf, and we ate dinner outside on the patio. Everyone had a blast, our daughter especially. She has been asking us almost everyday to come back to go bowling and play mini golf. Guess who will probably host her birthday party here next year!?

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The East Hampton Aviation Association hosts “Just Plane Fun Day”

On Saturday, September 9 from 10am-3pm, the East Hampton Aviation Association hosted a “Just Plane Fun Day” at the East Hampton Airport in Wainscott. This family friendly event was well attended and attracted aviation enthusiasts, animal lovers, and families of all ages who enjoyed a beautiful, sunny day while exploring notable aircraft that span from across decades. Upon entry, there was a suggested $5 donation to the Aviation Association per family as well as raffle tickets sold. Raffle entrants had the opportunity to win aviation-related prizes, including local sightseeing flights offered by several of our local pilots.

The day featured classic and unique aircraft, vintage warbirds, military flybys and demos as well as food from gourmet food trucks including: Noah’s on the Road, Fry Daddy, and Blondies Bake Shop. A concurrent vintage car show was also held which included models from the 1920’s through the 1990’s. Gimme Shelter Animal Rescue was also at the airport with adorable, playful puppies up for adoption. It was so much fun to be able to see the aircraft up close! We took our photos in front of several aircraft models and had the opportunity to meet the owner of a select few. We even saw one aircraft up for sale.
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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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Highway Restaurant & Bar

My family and I have been coming to Highway Restaurant and Bar in East Hampton for over a year. We come here for several reasons: Grade A service, friendly servers, and consistently top notch cuisine. The newly revamped interior decor is charming and beachy, almost as if you were dining in someone’s home. Much of the ingredients in the restaurant’s dishes hails from local farms, and I particularly admire that the dishes remain unchanged. You will recognize as soon as you step inside that you will be treated to a delightful dining experience.

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10 Best Things I Drank in 2015

I sipped on a diverse range of beverages in 2015, many of which if you were to mention to me in 2014, I would be so surprised by. I love with my adventures in blogging, and freelance writing that I have had the opportunity to try so many innovative products.

I bet you will fall in love with many of these brands as I have. From cold-pressed cocktails, to a hot “dirty” chai, here are my ten “best things I drank in 2015.”

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HomeGoods Celebrates their Grand Opening in Wainscott

This past Sunday, May 17th, HomeGoods in Wainscott celebrated their grand opening with a tremendous turnout. On the Friday, May 15th, HomeGoods opened their doors at 4pm to TJX Rewards Credit Card holders for an exclusive shopping experience. Everyone waiting outside for the doors to open were more than eager to “shop till they drop.” The Hamptons, especially the East Hampton township, needed a well organized, reasonably priced one-stop type shop for the home and HomeGoods is the perfect fit to take on the role. Just in time for Memorial Day Weekend, shoppers will get to stock up for all of their outdoor necessities, food pantry basics, and interior accents.

HomeGoods is an opportunistic retailer. The company is in the marketplace 365 days a year, where each day they are searching for well-made items to add to their store collection that they know customers will love. HomeGoods will buy from closeouts, during down factory time, and they are always in the know regarding which designers are hot that moment. Designer brands are part of HomeGoods’s DNA. The store also creates a colorful array of well-made international pieces. So much of what they sell is handcrafted, made in England, Italy or Portugal.

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Lunch at Phoenix Chinese Restaurant

The Phoenix Chinese restaurant located in Wainscott just off of Montauk Highway has been one of my favorite lunch spots for over a decade. I have been coming to this restaurant since I was a young child, when my younger brother and I used to sit on the backs of the lions statues at either side of the entrance and have our pictures taken. I have gathered here many early afternoons on the weekdays in between work and on the weekends after volunteering at ARF or visiting Bridgehampton Commons. The service is consistently excellent and quick. Though I have rarely seen the restaurant crowded or even half full at lunchtime, most people that come here order out, which I have done on a few rare occasions.

During our last visit two weeks ago on a Saturday afternoon, my husband and I both ordered the lunch combo that lasts until approximately 3pm in the afternoon. It is a good deal; it comes with your choice of soup, rice (even though it says pork fried rice) and your choice of a small sized entree. Each meal begins with strips of fried wonton papers and house made duck sauce. My husband ordered the hot and sour soup, made with no meat and I ordered the egg drop soup. Make sure you ask your waiter if you would like salt and pepper at the table. I always sprinkle some pepper on my egg drop soup. For our meals, my husband ordered the garlic chicken with mixed vegetables and I ordered the garlic shrimp with mixed vegetables. Both the garlic shrimp and garlic chicken dishes come with assorted vegetables. Each meal is very filling and satisfying and it is especially convenient if you desire a quick, delicious lunch. Each meal ends with complimentary fortune cookies, which are always fun to trade and share.

The Phoenix restaurant offers many different types of meals and dishes, including a variety of healthy dishes such as steamed chicken and shrimp with mixed nuts (that is what I would order next!), steamed jumbo shrimp with vegetables, steamed broccoli and bean curd, and steamed asparagus and snow peas. They offer side dishes and desserts including lychee nuts and almond cookies.

For more information, please visit their website at http://www.phoenixwainscott.com/