Vera Chinese

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Vera Chinese

Vera Chinese has been the editor of northforker.com and northforker magazines since May 2014. Prior to that she spent two and a half years as a staff reporter for the New York Daily News. She joined the Riverhead News-Review as a staff writer in January 2010 and was named Associate Web Editor nine months later. She previously worked for the Southampton Press Western Edition and was named the third place 2008 Rookie Reporter of the Year by the New York Press Association. She graduated from Wagner College in 2006 where she received a bachelor's degree in English. She earned a master's degree in English education from New York University in 2007. She is a 2002 graduate of Eastport High School and has lived on the East End for more than 20 years.

12/08/17 6:02am
Oysterponds Historical Society Holiday House Tour

The decor inside Cindy Schmidt’s home was a standout during the Oysterponds Historical Society 2016 Holiday House Tour. (Credit: Vera Chinese)

Step inside the holiday-themed and decorated homes of East Marion and Orient residents to celebrate the season and help a good cause.

Oysterponds Historical Society hosts its annual Holiday House Tour this Saturday, December 9 from noon to 4 p.m. The self-guided tour features new and old homes dressed in seasonal finery. (more…)

12/06/17 6:00am

The author inside Love Lane Kitchen in Mattituck. (Credit: David Benthal)

Once upon a time, I was what is called an extreme commuter. I spent more than two hours each way traveling to various locations for my job as a reporter for the New York Daily News. I covered everyone from the famous — I liveblogged James Gandolfini’s funeral, I staked out Anthony Weiner — to teachers charged with sexually assaulting their students to mothers whose sons had just been shot in the head by drug dealers. It was a brutal job that took me to the harshest corners of New York City and beyond. At the end of the day, I would turn around and drive two to three hours back to the Suffolk County home I share with my husband.

What a welcome change it was when I accepted a job as editor of a new lifestyle brand by the name of northforker. The position offered creative freedom, a break from the conventional 24-hour news cycle and the chance to return to the place where I started my career. (more…)

11/30/17 6:00am

The new section of Sprout Natural parenting in Greenport has been dubbed Sprout Natural Lifestyle. (Credit: Krysten Massa)

The philosophy behind Sprout Natural Parenting store is taking further root in Greenport.

Store owner Laura Tancredi has nearly doubled the size of the Bootleg Alley shop — increasing its footprint from about 450 square feet to 800 — and has expanded its offerings to include athletic, running and other health-related products. The new portion will be called Sprout Natural Lifestyle, while the original portion will retain the name Sprout Natural Parenting. The new section opened on Black Friday. (more…)

11/29/17 6:01am

If there were only one word to describe what best friends Lauren Zilnicki and Rebecca Hardman are all about, it would be fun.

The women, both 28 and graduates of Riverhead High School, share their love of cooking, design and hanging out together through their web series “Two Forks and Flowers.”

“The two of us enjoy going out, but we also enjoy staying in,” said Rebecca, who lives in Baiting Hollow with her husband, Dale, in explaining the inspiration for the show. (more…)

11/22/17 6:02am

Chef Rosa Ross sprinkles powdered sugar on fried dumpling skins, a holiday treat she enjoyed during her childhood. (Credit: David Benthal)

While most of us are wrestling with the usual holiday dilemmas — to stuff or not stuff the turkey, who to seat next to whom, are four desserts enough? — those who make their living in professional kitchens are likely working the hardest.

Whether they are preparing for family members they haven’t seen in months, or planning and cooking for 150 hungry customers, the holidays are some of the busiest, most high-profile days of the year for chefs. We spoke with four local professional cooks to talk about their traditions, what it’s like to work on days when it seems as though everyone else is relaxing and a few tips to take your own festive meals up a notch. (more…)