01/13/17 6:04am
A cup of hot chocolate from Aldo's Café in Greenport. (Credit: Vera Chinese)

A cup of hot chocolate from Aldo’s Café in Greenport. (Credit: Vera Chinese)

Editor’s Note: A version of this story was originally published in January 2016

Think this isn’t a great time to visit the North Fork with little ones in tow? In reality, the lack of crowds, fun cold-weather activities and this season’s above-average temperatures make the region a perfect place to spend a winter weekend day with the fam.

Most of the farm stands are closed and the vines aren’t looking as pretty, but there are still many family-friendly ways to have a North Fork outing.

Here are four ways to pass the time with the kids on the NoFo this winter. (more…)

01/06/17 6:00am
The Sherwood House Vineyards tasting room. (Credit: Randee Daddona file photo)

The Sherwood House Vineyards tasting room. (Credit: Randee Daddona file photo)

Have you heard of Hygge?

It’s the Danish word for cozy and for the Danes it’s a way of life. Now you can seek out your own hygge (pronounced HOO-gah) — a lifestyle that includes the pursuit of fuzzy socks, hot tea and good company — on the North Fork.

So while the NoFo winter might be bad for sunbathing and water sports, there are other ways of seeking bliss.

Here are eight places to get cozy on the North Fork. (more…)

12/22/16 6:00am

If you’ve ever spent time in the Village of Greenport, chances are you’ve heard of Aldo Maiorana. And if you don’t know him personally, you’ve probably spotted his curly silver hair through the window of his eponymous Front Street shop, where he roasts coffee each morning.

Those who get their fix at Aldo’s Coffee Company every day recognize him as a smiling barista who greets their children and friends.

But while Maiorana has operated in Greenport for almost 30 years, a coffee shop wasn’t always his plan. (more…)

04/13/16 6:03am
Left: Courtesy Crown Publishers Right: Best-selling author Chris Pavone. (Credit: Nina Subin)

Left: Courtesy Crown Publishers
Right: Best-selling author Chris Pavone. (Credit: Nina Subin)

Chris Pavone writes suspense thrillers about mysterious people in exotic locations.

And while his books contain elements of espionage, the New York Times bestselling author and part-time Orient resident says they don’t quite fit that genre. (more…)

12/16/15 11:34am
Greenport native Yvonne Lieblein did a lot of her writing at Aldo's Cafe (Credit: Monique Singh-Roy)

Greenport native Yvonne Lieblein did a lot of her writing at Aldo’s Café (Credit: Monique Singh-Roy)

Have you ever read a novel and imagined what it would look or sound like in real life?

No longer limited to one dimensional words on a page, publishers are now incorporating visual media and music into the reading experience, thanks to the internet. “The Wheelhouse Café” (J. Boylston & Company Publishers, 2015) is such a project.

(more…)

09/28/15 8:45pm
The coffee roaster at North Fork Roasting Co. (Credit: Jenilee Morris, courtesy)

The coffee roaster at North Fork Roasting Co. (Credit: Jenilee Morris, courtesy)

Today, Tuesday Sept. 29, is National Coffee Day and that means a few deals and freebies across the North Fork.

Americans love their coffee and consume 400 million cups of it per day, according to the National Coffee Association and the Specialty Coffee Association of America. That makes us the leading consumer of coffee in the world. (more…)

08/01/15 2:04pm
Harbes Sweet Corn Custard (Credit: Monique Singh-Roy)

Harbes Sweet Corn Custard
(Credit: Monique Singh-Roy)

Terms like “farm fresh” and “locally sourced” are usually reserved for North Fork restaurants and food festivals. But they also extend to North Fork ice cream as well, as more farms and stores create their own homemade confections. Where else could you eat sweet corn ice cream, order two scoops of “Peconic Swamp Thing” or try a flavor called America?

“Corn is one of the biggest crops here on the farm,” explained Ed Harbes, manager of Harbes Family Farm in Mattituck. “With 50 acres of corn, we sell fresh corn, ready to eat corn and we do roasted corn, so we thought during the summer our customers would enjoy a corn custard. Custard is a type of ice cream that has more egg content, so it’s richer and creamier. To that we add our own sweet, roasted corn, puree it down and incorporate it into the custard base. People are really enjoying that flavor of ice cream and we’ll serve it as long as the corn season lasts, which is usually to the end of October.”

Harbes Family Farm is located at 715 Sound Avenue in Mattituck. They’re open everyday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. 631-298-8000.

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