Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center Celebrates 50 Years of Woodstock with Beachstock

With the golden anniversary of the Woodstock Music and Art Festival upon us this month, tributes are popping up all over the country to celebrate 50 years of the iconic rock concert. The concert was billed as “three days of peace and music” in 1969. The East End is joining in the celebration with a live music event being held at the Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center, dubbed Beachstock, on Friday, August 16 at 7pm. Continue reading

Best Fall Drinks on the East End

The East End is home to many local coffee shops where you can indulge in your fall cravings with deliciously decorated autumn inspired classics as well as several creative renditions with a dash of local flavor and personality.

Here’s a round up of the best beverages throughout the East End that’ll fulfill all of your fall fantasies—think apple, cinnamon, maple and of course, pumpkin.

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10 Best Things I Ate in 2017

2017 was very generous when it came to how many sensational, memorable plates I enjoyed. It was quite tough to narrow it down to just ten but there is no doubt you will enjoy these as well. From a wood fired pizza I came back for at least five times to a homemade autumn-inspired lasagna, here are my ten Best Things I Ate in 2017.

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Drink It Tuesday: 10 Best Things I Drank in 2017

I am pleased to share my the ten best things I drank in 2017, which were discovered as I once again navigated the East End and beyond for my new favorites. New drinks of 2017 included a notable dry cider, a surprisingly creamy dairy-free milk, and a ‘detox’ cocktail. For the first time this year, one eatery earned two spots on my list!

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Hampton Coffee Company Water Mill

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 Water Mill 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.  Continue reading