11/10/17 6:00am

Nicki Gohorel inside the Orient Country Store. (Credit: Kelly Zegers)

Wherever in the world Nicki Gohorel goes, she’s sure to leave space in her suitcase for new spices and other flavors she discovers.

She’ll spend at least an hour perusing local markets for new inspiration to use in recipes for her custom nut butter business, Simply Nicki, and in dishes at the Orient Country Store, where she works.

“I am a supermarket addict,” she said. “It’s just all the new things you see and the food. I need to fill my suitcase.” (more…)

09/20/17 6:01am

A “spontaneous create” on display at The Ranch antique shop in Aquebogue. (Credit: Kelly Zegers)

Over the summer, curious creatures have popped up on the North Fork, seemingly overnight, in front of businesses and a few homes. Some of the colorful, often spotted, figures appear alone, while others stand in groups like visitors from another world.

Since about 2011, they’ve been fixtures on the South Fork, spotted on telephone poles by passersby, and they are now catching eyes along Main Road.

They are the work of Michael Zotos, 59, of Holtsville, who says there are currently 33 pieces across the East End. (more…)

09/13/17 10:02am

The patio of this Mattituck house — originally part of the 1939-40 New York World’s Fair — features a table topped by a spinning wagon wheel and surrounded by tractor-seat chairs. (Credit: Kelly Zegers)

The walls of North Fork homes are often filled with stories of the area’s founders or multi-generational farm families, but one Mattituck house has ties to the 1939-40 New York World’s Fair, according to its listing agent. The home, a wooden hunting lodge, served as a beer and food pavilion for Albany-based Beverwyck Brewing Company at the fairgrounds in Queens. (more…)

06/06/17 6:02am

The Netflix series Jessica Jones filmed at the Long Island Aquarium in Riverhead last week. (Credit: Randee Daddona)

The Netflix series “Jessica Jones,” a Marvel project about a former superhero turned private investigator who confronts her troubled past to stop a killer, filmed scenes for its second season at the Long Island Aquarium in Riverhead last Wednesday. (more…)

05/31/17 12:49pm

The Long Island Regional Seed Consortium has collected endangered and heirloom variety seeds since 2012. (Credit: Courtesy photo)

Since 2012, the Long Island Regional Seed Consortium has been saving thousands of local and international heirloom vegetable seeds, as well as some flowers, with an eye toward preserving a sustainable food culture. But those seeds need a secure home where they can be safely stored, organized and distributed to be grown by generations to come. 

Many of the varieties are “orphaned,” meaning they are the last of their kind, said Cheryl Frey Richards, a co-founder of LIRSC. Some types are endangered due to climate change, growing population, falling water tables and monoculture, according to the LIRSC.

“A lot of people give us seeds in hopes that we will hold them and bring them back,” she said. “We take that very seriously so we wanted to make sure we had a good storage facility for the seeds.” (more…)

04/25/17 6:00am
A pint of Twin Fork Beer's "Chromatic Ale" at CJ's American Grill in Mattituck. (Credit: Vera Chinese)

A pint of Twin Fork Beer’s “Chromatic Ale” at CJ’s American Grill in Mattituck. (Credit: Vera Chinese)

After two years of planning, Twin Fork Beer Company has applied to construct a new brewery and tasting room on an undeveloped lot on Raynor Avenue in Riverhead.

The company, run by Riverhead natives and twin brothers Pete and Dan Chekijian, is hoping to add to the area’s craft brewing boom, Pete Chekijian said.

“We live out here, we believe in the area and we believe that we can contribute with jobs and the burgeoning tourism industry,”  Chekijian said after the Riverhead Town Planning Board discussed the application Thursday. (more…)