12/30/16 6:01am
Blue Canoe Oyster Bar & Grill (Credit: Vera Chinese)

Blue Canoe Oyster Bar & Grill never re-opened in 2016 (Credit: Vera Chinese)

While the North Fork said ‘hello’ to a number of brand new businesses this year, it also said ‘goodbye’ to some popular old favorites.

Here are ten North Fork businesses that closed in 2016: (more…)

02/29/16 6:02am
Matcha powder and serving bowls at Vital A Tea in Riverhead. (Credit: Vera Chinese)

Matcha powder and serving bowls at Vital A Tea in Riverhead. (Credit: Vera Chinese)

Matcha. Perhaps you’ve pinned a recipe for green-hued muffins made with its powder on Pinterest or maybe you saw a friend post the green, bubbling beverage on Instagram.

This ancient Japanese beverage, a health trend that burst onto the scene in 2015, can now readily be found in lattes at coffee shops across the country. While the earthy, green flavor of this drink might take some getting used to, proponents say it provides antioxidants, enhances calm and can even boost memory.

“Green tea is great for levelling blood sugar,” said Carolyn Poncato, owner of Vital A Tea, a tea shop in Riverhead. “And it has enough caffeine that it gives you a boost.” (more…)