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Monique Singh-Roy

08/21/17 6:01am
Beach plums freshly picked from the beach (All pictures by Monique Singh-Roy)

Beach plums freshly picked from the beach (All pictures by Monique Singh-Roy)

This story was originally published in October 2016. We are reposting it in anticipation of beach plum season.

Beach plums aren’t typically found in supermarkets, but the fruit — which looks more like supersized blueberry or grape than a plum — makes some of the most flavorful jam I’ve ever tasted.

Since Colonial times, and likely before, the wild fruit, which grows on the North and South forks, has been harvested to make preserves, jams and jellies. According to Cornell University, which undertook a nearly 20-year project to establish the beach plum as a commercial crop, it’s native to the Northeastern U.S. (more…)

01/23/17 9:31am
Sherwood House Vineyards

e Alex Rosanelli of Hound’s Tree wines inside the Sherwood House Vineyards tasting room. (Credit: Monique Sigh-Roy)

At first glance, Alex Rosanelli looks like any other young, put-together North Fork tourist. But Rosanelli, who recently launched the local wine label Hound’s Tree wines with his uncle Alfredo Apolloni, has deep roots on the East End. And the pair’s winemaking roots run even deeper.

Apolloni owns the eponymous Apolloni Vineyards in Oregon’s Willamette Valley, where he is known for his pinot noir and Italian-style wines. A first-generation American whose family hails from the Arezzo region of Tuscany, he brought his winemaking skills with him to the U.S. in the 1970s.

His nephew Rosanelli, who grew up in Rye and spent summers in East Hampton, lives in Mattituck and Manhattan’s Upper West Side. Time spent at Apolloni’s West Coast vineyard helped cultivate his love of winemaking. (more…)

01/10/17 6:01am
Rhododendrons at reporter Monique Singh-Roy's East Quogue home. (Credit: Monique Singh-Roy)

Rhododendrons at reporter Monique Singh-Roy’s East Quogue home. (Credit: Monique Singh-Roy)

Editor’s note: This post was published on January 12, 2016. The post originally appeared on the writer’s blog, YourPotLuck.com.

What’s the temperature outside? That’s a question all of us have asked our friends or family members at some point these past frigid weeks. It’s the first thing we want to know when we wake up and probably the last thing we want to know before heading to bed.

With so many outlets to access current temperatures at our fingertips, I had to do a double take the other day when my husband wanted to know the outdoor temperature and asked me to check the rhododendrons.

I was gazing out the window one particularly frigid morning when he asked me, “What are the rhododendrons doing?” (more…)

01/03/17 6:01am

4055 Aldrich Ext

This stunning Soundfront 3-bedroom, 3-bath contemporary offers an exclusive beach lifestyle in a beautiful setting.

Set on 2.25 acres of secluded manicured grounds, the gated North Fork property evokes images of Florida, the Caribbean and other warm locales. The property’s two listing agents couldn’t stop singing its praises.

“It’s supremely private,” said lead agent Mary Ann Bollman of Douglas Elliman Real Estate. “It’s a very open, airy and comfortable home.” (more…)

01/01/17 6:00am
We toured Peconic Escargot in Cutchogue in May. (Credit: Katharine Schroeder)

We toured Peconic Escargot in Cutchogue in May. (Credit: Katharine Schroeder)

Peconic Escargot, a snail farm we toured in May, grew out of chef Taylor Knapp’s struggle to find farm-fresh snails. He decided to launch the business after dining at Manhattan’s popular Momofuku restaurant, where escargot are on the menu.

“We asked where the snails came from and the chef said they came in a can from France,” said Knapp, who is also the creator of PawPaw pop-up dinners. “I was like, ‘If chef David Chang can’t get fresh snails, then nobody can.’ So there’s obviously a need for this.” (more…)

12/29/16 6:00am
Some of the refined items for sale at Pearl Cottage in Southold. (Credit: Monique Singh-Roy)

Some of the refined items for sale at Pearl Cottage in Southold. (Credit: Monique Singh-Roy)

Three retail stores dedicated to vintage and repurposed goods opened on Main Road in Southold in 2016.

The three businesses joined established nearby shops like White Flower Farmhouse and Lost and Found in making Southold a top destination for retro finds. (more…)