August 06, 2012
Summer is prime time for cold treats, but those sweets can take a toll on your hard-earned beach body. Enter The Soft Serve Fruit Co., which offers soft serve made from real fruit, filtered water, and a bit of organic cane sugar. A small serving will only set you back 90 calories, and it's also non-dairy, and free of fat, sodium, cholesterol, gluten, and many allergens, making it a healthy dessert that can be consumed by almost anyone.
Come summer, cofounder Chloe Epstein can be found running between the four spots where Soft Serve Fruit Co. is served in the Hamptons (one flagship in Water Mill, and at three Golden Pear locations). Between ensuring East Enders enjoy sweets healthfully and keeping up with three kids, here’s what Epstein does in and around Sag Harbor when she gets a chance to relax. The Soft Serve Fruit Co., 869 Montauk Hwy., Water Mill, 726-6166
Favorite Restaurant – To really enjoy something, you have to feel like you've earned it. After climbing the mountain of stairs at Beacon (8 West Water St., Sag Harbor, 725-7088) and securing one of the coveted tables, I feel like I deserve every bite. It's well worth the effort for lovely views of the water, plus the perfect vibe and scrumptious food. I also can't resist everything at Provisions (7 Main St., Sag Harbor, 725-3636)—best way to start the day, other than a breakfast smoothie at The Soft Serve Fruit Co.
Favorite Nightlife Spot – Wolffer Vineyards (139 Sagg Road, Sagaponack, 537-5106). I love it—the rosé, the scenery, the music, and the sunset closing time.
Favorite Event of the Summer – My daughter, Ava's, summer birthday soiree!
Favorite Farm Stand – Sag Harbor Farmers' Market (Bay and Burke Streets, Sag Harbor) on the water. The kids always love a good sample....
Favorite Place to Shop – I love how authentic and fun Collette (80 Main St., Sag Harbor, 725-9300) is. I can spend hours going through the open space. It’s perfectly crammed with goodies both new and old, and there is always something to pine for.
Favorite Best-Kept Secret – Haven’s Beach—ocean and playground! Does it get any better? And Espressos Italian Market and Grill (184 Division St., Sag Harbor, 725-4433) for some crazy sandwiches.
August 03, 2012
Savor the last few weeks of summer by spending your evenings alfresco. Whether hosting a barefoot beach bash or elegant garden party, set the mood and illuminate your soiree with flickering candles, lanterns, and torches. Ensure ample lighting in all party areas by using a variety of light sources, and line the pathways leading to and from your fête with pretty lanterns and torches to lend a warm, welcoming glow.
—BARBARA PAGE GLATT
Hampton Hostess, a lifestyle blog by interior designer Barbara Page Glatt, explores the latest in home design, travel, and entertaining, with a specific focus on the Hamptons. Stay tuned for Barbara's weekly blogs on décor, entertaining, and more in the Hamptons.
August 02, 2012
For a haute brunch, think blue and white as a color palette—crisp, clean, and synonymous with Hamptons summertime. Use the resident flower, blue hydrangea, and create centerpieces or accent pieces in blue, placing them in white ceramic vases or galvanized vessels. Striped, plaid, floral, or solid linens work well with this color scheme.
Complement the buffet or dining table with mounds of blueberries. Blueberries fit the palette and do double duty as a brunch-appropriate snack when served in white ceramic bowls with low-fat yogurt and granola on the side. If your invite list is on the smaller side, set up one large dining table for all to sit around. Informal brunches are also fun—dress the bar and buffet in your soiree’s signature colors and skip the formal seating arrangements.
Create a frittata bar by making a duo or trio of homemade healthy dishes. Use organic eggs and egg whites along with local produce. Place some trivets on the buffet, cook the frittatas in skillets and place them in the pan directly on the buffet.
Set up a self-serve chilled tea and lemonade bar by placing galvanized tubs filled with ice on a table. Put individual pre-filled mason jars in each washtub, and situate a few more jars filled with color-coordinated straws alongside the refreshments.
Andrea Correale is owner and creator of Elegant Affairs, the premiere catering & event planning company serving Manhattan, Long Island, The Hamptons, Westchester, Connecticut and New Jersey. For over 20 years Andrea and her team have been producing custom-designed events with exquisite cuisine for parties as intimate as two and as extravagant as 2,000. Elegant Affairs has coordinated events for some of the world's most elite including Mariah Carey, Russell Simmons, Jimmy Fallon, P. Diddy. and many more. Andrea has no limit to her expertise; she is the exclusive caterer for Ferrari Maserati of Long Island and Sugar Dining Den and Social Club.
August 01, 2012
Whether keeping your décor scheme classic English country cottage or super-eclectic beach bungalow, infusing a little puppy love into your home has never been more popular. We’ve compiled a few pieces sure to suit every taste.
PHOTOGRAPHY BY KATHY YL CHAN (MAISON 24 BANKS)
July 31, 2012
Ahh…another Olympic summer has arrived! Those five colored circles, country pride, Wheaties commercials (do they still make Wheaties anymore?), and memories of Olympic dreams past come to mind. Whether it was swimming, gymnastics, or running, who didn’t dream of taking home the gold?
My Olympic dream started in 1984 when I became obsessed with Mary Lou Retton and her “perfect 10” vault. I decided at the age of nine that I needed two things in my life: a gold medal and a hug from Béla Károlyi. I convinced my best friend Lauren Balkin to take Saturday gymnastics with me, cut my hair like Mary Lou (wasn’t hard…as I already had a Ralph Macchio ‘do going on), and told my parents that I needed to turn our basement into a gym because “I had to get to work.”
Come Fridays, I began my vigorous regiment in my basement with Lauren. Couch cushions on the floor to comfort our falls, Romanian music blaring as we pretended to be Little Olympians flipping, leaping, jumping, and always throwing our hand up at the end to the invisible judges.
Here’s the catch….we STUNK. Neither of us could barely do a cartwheel but with Waiting for Guffman-like determination, I truly believed that she and I would be standing side by side like Nadia Comăneci and Mary Lou.
After our intensive Olympic training workouts (about 45 minutes running around my basement) we would run upstairs and make food. This was the only part of training where we excelled. English muffin pizza in the toaster and Crystal Light iced tea: lunch of champions.
This was the build-up to Saturdays spent at gymnastics class. My mother loves to tell the story about when she picked us up after our very FIRST class and I burst into tears. When she asked what was wrong, I tearfully responded, “I’m just going to miss you and Daddy so much when I have to go to the Olympics.”
A grilled cheese sandwich and a chocolate milkshake (another lunch of champions) would wash away my tears.
And while Lauren and I never saw that Olympic Gold, we did cultivate a fond appreciation for comfort foods. So, this Olympic party will salute the failed Olympian in all of us!
As my mother told us in that booth at Friendly’s: it doesn’t matter if you get there; it matters that you wanted to go in the first place. For this, I salute you all with a mini pizza and a few grilled cheeses…one hand held high!
Mary and her husband Ryan launched marygiuliani.com in 2005, based on their shared love of entertaining, food, and hospitality. The figurehead of the company, Mary creates parties and mingles with the absolute crème de la crème of the Hollywood and fashion scenes. Her clients look to her to break the traditions of entertaining norms and to provide them with party ideas that are one of a kind, out of the box, playful experiences.
Her schedule is jam packed from morning to night when she’s on the party circuit. Mary is the exclusive caterer for J. CREW, Madewell, and Christie’s. Her client roster includes: The Rolling Stones, Bradley Cooper, Sheryl Crow, Natalie Portman, Sephora, Conde Nast, Hearst, Time Inc., Stella McCartney, Warner Brothers, Universal Pictures, and many more. In 2011, Mary executed 27 events in one evening across Manhattan for Vogue’s Fashion’s Night out and her company produces over 600 events a year. Biz Bash also honored her as “Caterer of the Year” in 2011. Follow Mary on Twitter: @mary_giuliani