Hamptonite of the Week: Brooke Alexander
July 09, 2012 | Talk of the Town
Occupation: Actress; I’m getting ready to play Mrs. Robinson in The Graduate at Center Stage at the Southampton Cultural Center
When did you start coming to the Hamptons?
I started coming to Montauk around 1986 and didn't really know Southampton at the time. I began going to Southampton when I met my husband in 2006.
Do you have an inner circle or group of friends that you hang out with most often in the Hamptons?
The first people I met out here were through my husband, Marko. One couple owns Plain-T. They have a son who’s our son's age and we also play tennis with them. Connecting with Michael Disher, director for Center Stage at Southampton Cultural Center and the upcoming performance of The Graduate, helped me tap into the Hamptons creative community.
What are your East End traditions or must-dos every summer?
Get a beach permit and go to the beach! My family and I take our son and the neighborhood kids to the beach for a few hours to play ‘crash the wave’ as often as possible. We also have a lemonade stand with a dynamite lemonade recipe. And I take a trip out to Montauk for a bonfire with girlfriends from the city.
Who throws the best parties?
David and Marty Hamamoto. We got married at their house on Flying Point Beach. They're also from Hawaii, like me!
Where do you go for a drink and what’s your usual?
Little Red. They make a really nice margarita with fresh squeezed lime.
What’s the best thing you’ve ever eaten in the Hamptons?
We love to get ice cream at St. Ambroeus. The passion fruit and coconut sorbets are pretty impressive. I also really enjoy Muse in the Harbor's simply grilled Atlantic salmon. But, I’m the type of girl that loves a good steak and a glass of red wine. The best steak in town? My husband's in our own backyard. We get our meat from Hamptons Prime Meats in Southampton.
Where do you go to totally unplug?
Little Plains and Halsey Neck Beach, or running down Meadow Lane or on the beach.
What’s your summer anthem?
“Kashmir” by Led Zeppelin. My son, Jace, runs around the house pretending he's jamming out like Jimmy Page.
What’s the last thing you bought in the Hamptons?
Guava Kombucha, over at Wild By Nature in Hampton Bays. I really want to buy a bathing suit top from Malia Mills.
Last night of the summer, where can we find you and what are you doing?
The tennis court, and then staying on the beach as late as we can to watch the sunset.
What’s the difference between a true Hamptonite and a weekender?
Knowing the back roads. It took me about two years to learn them.