10/12/17 6:03am

Shadees Jamaican Takeout Restaurant in Riverhead. (Credit: Vera Chinese)

The North Fork features an abundance of restaurants touting salads made with local greens, sandwiches topped with just-picked tomatoes and dishes made with the freshest catch from Peconic Bay. Much harder to find, however, is jerk chicken, curried goat or oxtail on the menu. (more…)

10/02/17 6:00am

Hundreds of people showed up for the Riverhead Farmers Market opening day in 2014. (Credit: Katharine Schroeder)

Members of the Riverhead Business Improvement District Management Association have decided to no longer host the winter farmer’s market in downtown Riverhead, which had been an annual event since 2014.

But a few participating vendors, including Sang Lee Farms farm manager Lucy Senesac, are hoping to find another space to continue the weekly event. (more…)

08/23/17 6:00am

A scene from the 2015 Palmer Vineyards Harvest Kickoff party. (Credit: Katharine Schroeder)

North Fork wine grapes will soon be ripe for the picking — which means it’s time to party at Palmer.

Palmer Vineyards will once again offer live music, local beer and its own wines at discounted rates during the  “Harvest Kickoff Party” festival this weekend. (more…)

08/22/17 6:01am

This cozy cottage with water views is listed at $1,850,000. (Credit: Daniel Gale Sotheby’s International Realty)

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This summer cottage in Riverhead sits atop a bluff along Long Island Sound and offers water views from all rooms.

Homeowners can access the beach with private steps on their property leading down to the sand. There one can kayak or canoe in the water, with a place nearby to store boats, said listing agent Maryann Iacono of Daniel Gale Sotheby’s International Realty. (more…)

08/18/17 11:29am

Martha Clara Vineyards Pinot Grigio is our ‘Wine of the Week.’ (Credit: Lenn Thompson)

Pinot Grigio, most of it anyway, is barely wine. Okay, maybe that’s a bit harsh, but most of the stuff you see on store shelves and on restaurant wine lists is rather insipid. I’d call it more of an easy-drinking inebriant than wine.

On the other hand, maybe it’s better than all of the barrel-bludgeoned chardonnay you’ll find at most bars and restaurants.

That isn’t the point here, though. The point is that most Pinot Grigio is boring and not something that I have use for in my day-to-day drinking rotation. (more…)