11/10/17 6:00am

Nicki Gohorel inside the Orient Country Store. (Credit: Kelly Zegers)

Wherever in the world Nicki Gohorel goes, she’s sure to leave space in her suitcase for new spices and other flavors she discovers.

She’ll spend at least an hour perusing local markets for new inspiration to use in recipes for her custom nut butter business, Simply Nicki, and in dishes at the Orient Country Store, where she works.

“I am a supermarket addict,” she said. “It’s just all the new things you see and the food. I need to fill my suitcase.” (more…)

02/03/17 6:02am
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A black bean burger at Love Lane Kitchen. (Credit: Vera Chinese)

It’s February on the North Fork. At times it can feel like the whole East End is riding out the winter on the warm shores of Waikiki, but there are many business owners who stay behind to feed the hungry masses.

Here are a handful of eateries serving lunch to locals and midweek visitors all winter long.

01/25/15 12:08pm
Pindar Vineyards in Peconic. (Credit: Katharine Schroeder)

Pindar Vineyards in Peconic. (Credit: Katharine Schroeder)

It was inevitable. While we managed to dodge winter weather so far, it looks like we are in for some major snow this week. To help you weather the weather, here is a list of five great North Fork products to help you stay warm, entertained and satisfied during your snow day.

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01/22/15 9:00am
A cup of tomato coconut curry at the Orient Country Store. (Credit: Vera Chinese)

A cup of tomato coconut curry at the Orient Country Store. (Credit: Vera Chinese)

On most days you can find Orient Country Store co-owner Miriam Foster hand rolling pastries on the counter while she casually chats with a regular customer.

There you will see newspaper clippings highlighting local residents who have been featured in the national media for their accomplishments. And a note tacked to a community bulletin advertises that one resident is always up for a game of chess, and advertises his or her number.

There might not be anything quite like this small town gem on all of Long Island. (more…)