August 21, 2012
Beach House Sangria
With all the spirits available now, bartenders can get more creative than ever—but you don’t see a lot of sake in the mix. The Montauk Beach House is the creative exception to the rule. Its Beach House Sangria is made with TY KU Junmai Ginjo Sake, St. Germain liqueur, chardonnay wine, orange juice, and pineapple juice. The fruitiness of the juice and elderflower liqueur help cut the slight bitterness of the sake for a crisp and refreshing result. Owned in part by musician CeeLo Green, TY KU has just 68 calories per serving and is gluten-free. So drink up! 55 South Elmwood Ave, Montauk, 668-2112
August 20, 2012
After a weekend of indulgence, we crave nothing more than a fresh cocktail of fruits and veggies. To narrow our search, we asked three of the East End’s foremost juicing authorities what they recommend for a morning pick-me-up. Loaded with vitamins and fat-fighting nutrients, each of these three juices offers a quick and healthy cure for a case of the Mondays.
Green LOVE at Organic Avenue
Organic Avenue’s most popular juice is a blend of leafy greens, including the ever-popular kale, celery, romaine lettuce, cucumber, Swiss chard, spinach, collard greens, lemon, parsley, and pear for sweetness. There’s also a zing of lemon, which helps shoo away toxins. 28 Jobs Lane, Southampton, 283-2600
The Transmutation Smoothie at The Juicy Naam
Created to simultaneously burn fat and support immune function, this multi-purpose drink is made with coconut water, black sesame seeds, essential fatty acids (EFA) oil, and the Naam’s proprietary transmutation powder, which is packed with 17 vegetable juice powders, algaes, seaweed, spirulina, and all things green and life-giving. Needless to say, the smoothie is an antioxidant powerhouse and the ultimate Monday cleanse. 51 Division St., Sag Harbor, 725-3030; 27 Race Lane, East Hampton, 604-5091
Kale, Parsley, Celery, Apple, and Lemon Juice at Babette’s
Not only is this verdant juice the most popular of Babette’s concoctions, it’s also the healthiest. Both refreshing and delicious, the drink is a flurry of antioxidants, calcium, iron, and vitamins A, B, C, and D. Throw back one of these, and consider your immune system properly looked after. 66 Newtown Lane, East Hampton, 329-5377
August 16, 2012
Loaves & Fishes Gourmet Take-Out is the premiere food shop in the Hamptons, and, not surprisingly, owner Anna Pump has excellent taste in cookbooks. Pump’s Loaves & Fishes Cookshop has a wide selection of cookbooks, so that even a kitchen novice can master a delicious meal. Here are few favorites we recommend adding to your Hamptons bookshelf.
Find these cookbooks and more at Loaves & Fishes Cookshop. 2422 Montauk Hwy. , Bridgehampton, 537-6066
August 14, 2012
Perfect when chilled: Peppoli Chianti Classico
Recently served at ArtHamptons, Marchesi Antinori wine can trace its Florentine lineage back 26 generations—all the way to 1385. With vineyards throughout Tuscany and Umbria, the Antinori family maintains a home base in Florence, at the 50-room Antinori Palace. Part of the Antinori wine dynasty, Alessia Antinori got a taste of the East End while celebrating ArtHamptons and has these wine recommendations to share.
Best for a Hot Summer Day: Peppoli Chianti Classico—it's best served chilled. Ideal for the summer, it’s pleasant and fruity.
Best for a Barbecue: Scalabrone Rosé from Guado al Tasso Estate is one of my favorites. It's well balanced and tangy on the palate, with a dry and pleasantly fruity finish, which makes it great with fish and meat.
Best to Pair with Seafood: Bramito del Cervo from Castello della Sala. It’s a pleasant chardonnay from Umbria, in central Italy.
Dessert Wine Tip: Some of the dessert wines made in Southampton pair well with dark chocolate.
Marchesi Antinori wines are available at Hamptons Wine Shoppe, 62 Sunset Ave., Westhampton Beach, 288-4272
August 14, 2012
Raspberry thumbprints at BreadZilla
Though it lacks the polish and local lore of Loaves & Fishes or Tate’s Bakery, Wainscott’s BreadZilla is not to be overlooked. The homey little bakeshop brims with fresh-baked bread, cakes, cookies, local cheese, and artisan foods—it’s a carb-lover’s paradise.
Fragrant loaves ranging from Gruyère cheese to olive oil and rosemary to sunflower and oatmeal are baked daily. The plush cinnamon swirl loaf (topped with sugar, of course) is perfect for the breakfast table.
Breads can be purchased by the loaf, or used to make any number of sandwiches. (The sourdough grilled cheese with bacon and avocado is a classic). Come early for the amply sized homemade scones—they sell out by noon—especially the flaky buttermilk-raisin scone. The raisins are plump, and the buttermilk lends a slight tang to the dense, buttery scone.
Pass on the tarts, which can be somewhat lackluster, but say yes to the homemade coffee cake and cookies. You can’t go wrong with the decadent chocolate truffle cookies (like a melted truffle, in cookie form) or Buckeyes, packed with chocolate, peanut butter, cream cheese, and graham crackers. Our favorite? Nutty raspberry thumbprints.
—KATHY YL CHAN