September 03, 2013
La Fondita's tacos can be ordered with chorizo, shredded beef, roasted pork, chicken, or vegetables. (photo: Eric Striffler)
Owner Mark Smith’s colorful Mexican taqueria La Fondita in Amagansett has been serving up authentic tacos, tortas, quesadillas, and burritos since 2001. The venue’s popularity is no doubt credited in part to the legions of celebrity fans that tout the Slow-Cooked Pork Tacos al Pastor and Esquite (traditional Mexican corn-off-the-cob with red peppers, onions, cilantro, mayonnaise, queso fresco, and chile powder). “It offers a real casual place where they can go with their families,” says Smith of the famous faces, including Mario Batali, Matthew Broderick, Gwyneth Paltrow, Justin Timberlake, Jessica Alba, Naomi Watts, and Liev Schreiber, who swear by his tortilla soup and watermelon agua fresca. “People don’t make a big to-do [here],” he says. “There’s an anonymity to it.” 74 Montauk Hwy., Amagansett, 267-8800
August 30, 2013
August 26, 2013 | by BETH LANDMAN
|The Living Room chef Mathias Brogie. (photo: Eric Striffler)|
Where better to find a new chef for the Scandinavian accented Living Room restaurant at c/o The Maidstone than in Stockholm? Thirty-four-year-old Mathias Brogie was found at the Swedish F12 group, where he helmed the kitchens of four restaurants. In the Hamptons, Brogie has been turning out creative fare that’s been well received. Here, he reveals what he’s feeding himself.
Breakfast: "Sweden, along with Finland, has the [most] coffee consumers in the world. I only drink black coffee in the morning, and I have four to five cups before noon."
Lunch: "My tendency is toward rough elegance, not too much tampering with ingredients. I use herbs from our garden to make salad, and I might do a grilled salmon with baby arugula and mesclun and make a natural yogurt and garlic dressing. Or, I might cut up whatever I can get my hands on, like fennel, carrots, beets, celery, and cucumber, for a raw salad with balsamic vinaigrette. Sometimes I join the staff for a family meal of something like lamb, brown rice, and seasonal mushrooms; or sautéed seafood and garlic on bread with harissa aioli."
Snack: "One of my favorite snacks is dates wrapped with bacon that I deep fry or roast in the oven."
Dinner: "I like to cook meat such as rib-eye with semi-dried tomatoes and roasted garlic; or rub striped bass with lime, chili peppers, garlic, and fennel, then wrap it in parchment paper and grill it. Another favorite is lobster, which I boil half way, rub with rosemary, thyme, raw sugar, sea salt, and black pepper, then finish on the grill and drizzle with lemon vinaigrette. For dessert I like fruit. I will have berries and add yogurt or sorbet, which we make in house. I also like to grill mango with cinnamon and dried lemongrass, then serve it with raspberry or dark chocolate sorbet."
August 26, 2013 | by katy b. olson
Sweet’tauk juices make ideal mixers for refreshing summer cocktails.
At Hamptons restaurants and lounges, crisp and cool cocktails can help bring relief from the hot, humid days of August. Adding a refreshing twist to a bar’s top-shelf liquors are restorative, summery ingredients—including fruit purée, lemonades, and juices—that normally hold their own sans spirits. “It’s not just for designated drivers and kids,” says Sweet’tauk founder Deborah Aiza of her locally sourced lemonade that’s blended with agave, not sugar. “It’s the perfect mixer. It’s a lighter alternative to the saturated mixed drinks found at most bars.
August 26, 2013
C/o The Maidstone’s The Living Room Restaurant hosts cocktails during the weekend hours between beach and dinner.
“When I first came to the Hamptons, I could not find a place to go and have a glass of Champagne before dinner,” says the Swedish-born Jenny Ljungberg, owner and creative director of the c/o Hotels, including East Hampton’s c/o The Maidstone. “Part of our vision for the lounges at c/o The Maidstone was to include time in the afternoon—we call it ‘After Beach’—for Hamptonites to come in for drinks and fabulous conversation and enjoy themselves in a stylish atmosphere between the beach and dinner.” On Saturdays and Sundays between 3 and 6 p.m., when most sun worshippers are abandoning their stations in the sand, Ljungberg serves libations in the cozy Scandinavian-influenced Living Room Restaurant or the hotel’s lush outdoor garden. 207 Main St., East Hampton, 324-5006