05/26/19 6:00am

Off the Fork is a recurring series every Sunday on northforker.com, in which our staff writes about happenings and places we appreciate elsewhere on Long Island and beyond.

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It may seem unlikely to turn to 12-square-mile Shelter Island for authentic Mexican food, but if you’re hankering for fresh south-of-the-border specialties after a long day paddle boarding or hiking through Mashomack Preserve, look no further than Maria’s Kitchen.

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05/26/19 6:00am

End the weekend at Great South Bay Brewery. (Credit: Great South Bay Brewery)

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Hopefully your weekend plans include spending time on the North Fork. And, while all good things must come to an end, the journey home doesn’t have to be a boring drudge on the LIE.  Whether your adventure involves traveling Long Island’s north or south shore we have an itinerary to get you back home while making some fun stops along the way. (more…)

05/19/19 6:00am

Pilar Cuban Bakery tamales. (Credit: Pilar Cuban Bakery)

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From its funky, welcoming atmosphere to the bustling small businesses and vibrant restaurant scene, to the historic brownstones, Bed-Stuy has all the makings for a hip weekend getaway. The north central Brooklyn area, has an LIRR station as well as subway stops from A, C, G, J, M, and Z . Here’s how to make the most of a day there. (more…)

05/12/19 6:00am

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‘Tis the season for farm fresh fruits and veggies! And you don’t just have to be on the North Fork for that farm fresh flavor.

Living on Long Island makes stocking up on locally grown produce and artisan provisions easy with several farmers’ markets that bring the bounty to a location near you.

Here’s your 2019 guide to Long Island’s farmers’ markets.

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05/12/19 5:55am

Carissa Waechter at the original East Hampton bakery. (Credit: Carissa’s the Bakery)

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Follow Carissa’s the Bakery on Instagram and you’ll likely find yourself making excuses to head to East Hampton each time a photo of the bakery’s dreamy pies, cakes and croissants pops up in your feed. Yes, that flourless chocolate cake topped with flower petals is as good as it looks.

Owners, baker Carissa Waechter and business partner Lori Chemla, have amassed quite a following since opening on Newton Lane almost two years ago. They’ve grown so much the duo is opening a second, larger location elsewhere in town this summer.

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05/05/19 6:00am

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Popular Manhattan seafood restaurant Ed’s Lobster Bar is opening a second location in Sag Harbor. The Long Island outpost, dubbed Ed’s Lobster Bar East, is slated to open Memorial Day weekend, specializing in lobster rolls, fishplates and raw bar bites.

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05/05/19 5:55am
Chef Bruno Oliveira sits at the bar at Konoba in Huntington. (Credit: Cyndi Zaweski)

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Chef Bruno Oliveira has carved out a slice of his American dream, with a little Croatian flavoring. Oliveira teamed up with Daniel Pedisich, his one-time boss at wine bar Bin 56, to open Konoba Craft Kitchen & Tasting Lounge in Huntington Village in February. 

The eatery with a focus on Croatian and Mediterranean dishes, located in Hush Bistro’s old digs on Gerard Street, is a half-mile down the street from old Bin 56, but a long way from where Oliveria started.

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