11/03/17 9:11am

A bottle of Paumanok Vineyards Assemblage. (Credit: Lenn Thompson)

You’ll find a lot of “Bordeaux blends” on the North Fork. Most wineries produce them and if they don’t wear Meritage on the label, they often have other proprietary names. Like with any other category of wine from any region there are the good examples, mediocre examples and, yes,  bad examples — although there are far fewer of those these days. (more…)

10/24/17 3:36pm

Inside Little Lucharitos in Aquebogue. (Credit: Vera Chinese)

Bring on the tacos, Lucharitos is officially opening its new Aquebogue location on Friday.

The offshoot of the super popular Greenport taqueria makes its new 16-seat home on Main Road. Like its sister location, Little Lucharitos features vividly colored walls hung with framed photos of costumed wrestlers throughout.

“It’s really bright and vibrant,” said Lucharitos owner Marc LaMaina. “We really want people, when they come in, to feel like they’re on vacation. They’re out of the cubicle, they’re out of the office.” (more…)

06/19/17 11:22am
1951 Willys Jeep

A 1951 Willys Jeep parked outside The Ranch in Aquebogue. (Credit: Nicole Smith)

Driving along Main Road in Aquebogue, one can’t help but notice the green 1951 Willys Jeep sitting along the side of the road.

Rusting along the top with a faded Mobil logo painted on the side doors, the antique car gives passersby a glimpse as to what’s happening at the establishment behind it.

The Jeep, along with a 1962 Rambler that is currently on it’s way to the Aquebogue antique shop from California, is owner Robert Walsh’s favorite piece inside The Ranch, the antique shop and art gallery he opened last month.

“People come in every day asking about it,” Walsh said of the Jeep. (more…)

05/25/17 6:00am

Les Falcone, Kyle Romeo, Bennet Romeo and Amanda Falcone at Cedar Grove Farm in Aquebogue. (Credit: Vera Chinese)

Cedar Grove Farm, located on a few acres of cleared land in the woods in Aquebogue, is kind of like a Shangri-La for farm-to-table enthusiasts.

Specifically, it’s a fertile wonderland for chefs Kyle Romeo and Amanda Falcone, who hope to one day use it to source food for a future restaurant. But for now, it’s where the couple grows leafy vegetables, juicy raspberries and raises two heritage pigs every season, which provide them with enough pork to last the year.

“I’ll never forget, as a chef, the first time driving down here, my mouth just dropped open,” recalled Mr. Romeo, who is executive chef at American Beech in Greenport. “This is paradise.” (more…)

05/22/17 6:01am

A bottle of Paumanok Vineyards 2016 Sauvignon Blanc. (Credit: Lenn Thompson)

While many people associate the lively acidity and tropical fruit flavor of sauvignon blanc with wine from New Zealand, Long Island oenophiles know that our region produces a tasty expression of the grape.

Wall Street Journal wine columnist Lettie Teague acknowledged Long Island sauvignon blanc as a variety worth seeking out in a May 20 article entitled “Sauvignon Blanc for the Savvy: A Global Guide to Top Ten Bottles.” (It’s behind a paywall.) (more…)