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Category Archives: Food/Spirits

Wet Your Whistle

There are notable selections for every palate and flavor profile; we’re especially enchanted by Bedell Cellars’ 2015 Viognier. Hand-harvested from old vines, this crisp, fragrant white is redolent of white peach, jasmine and the minerals in which it grew, sustainably, in the lush North Fork. A perfect way to toast the spring.

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Spring Sipping

Martinis are—and have always been— the gold standard in cocktails, but even the classics need a fresh twist once in a while. For spring, we suggest our take on the Gibson martini: cold, smooth Oxley Gin, a wash of anisette replacing the vermouth, accented by Italian Cipollini onions, lemon rind and a fragrant sprig of rosemary.

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Brunch

What better way to share comfort food with friends and family than an order of eggs Benedict and a mimosa? Brunch, a hearty repast existing somewhere between—and often instead of—breakfast and lunch, is a perfect first meal following a late night and rather long week. It’s the perfect chance to chill, reflect and refuel for the high-gear days ahead.

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Antonia Lofaso

Growing up, Antonia Lofaso found that food was ubiquitous. From a family with a zeal for cooking and working side jobs in the industry, being in restaurants came naturally. However, making a career from her passion didn’t seem logical. It wasn’t until meeting her late husband, Heavy D, that working as a chef became a reality.

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Thinking Outside the Cookie Cutter

A talent for baking and investing in her culinary passion has turned King into a Willy Wonka of the cookie sheet set. In 2011, her thin, crispy chocolate chips were hailed the top-rated cookie by Consumer Reports, and also earned the title of the “best chocolate chip cookie” according to a taste test conducted by a panel and reported in a past edition of Rachael Ray Every Day magazine. Sold in tidy green packages, they melt in mouths from the Hamptons to Hong Kong.

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Chocolate and Wine

If you want to beat the winter doldrums, there may be no better way than to hunker down with some soul-satisfying sweets and a glass of bone-warming wine.

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The Season’s Just Desserts

Back in his hometown of Seymour, Indiana, Mark Welker and siblings would help their mom bake and decorate an extensive assortment of holiday cookies and pies, but couldn’t wait to finally get the go ahead to demolish and devour the gingerbread house.

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Wine Cellars By Design

Whether you hope to expand your personal collection, or create a space to share your most prized bottles with friends, customize an in-home wine cellar that hits all the right notes.

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Primi – A Steakhouse with Italian Flare

The concept is unique to the Long Island, says Frank Bono, 27, general manager and co-owner with Louis Barresi, the pair who teamed up to create the perennially popular Doppio Artisan Bistro in Huntington and Doppio in Sag Harbor.

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Craft Beers

Nowadays, a beer can be more than a simple plebeian libation. Craft beer – beer that is produced in small batches rather than in bulk at traditional national breweries – is brewing throughout the island and is all the rage, especially among the ale and lager cognoscenti.

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