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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04/28/19 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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Not very much catches the eye when driving down East Second Street in Mineola, an industrial neighborhood lined with antiquated buildings and little else.

But if you’re traveling slow enough, you just might spot the quaint 1947 railroad car that is home to Biscuits & Barbeque, a Southern restaurant specializing in Cajun-style cooking and barbecue.

If you do take notice, your stomach is will thank your eyeballs for finding this gem of a place.

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04/28/19 5:55am
Northport’s only vineyard opened in November. (Credit: Del Vino Vineyards)

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If a Tuscan vineyard vacation isn’t in the cards this spring, a visit to Del Vino Vineyards in Northport is the next best thing. 

A two-story, 3,000-square-foot tasting room with intricate stonework reminiscent of an Italian villa helps transport patrons to the old world wine region, which inspired Del Vino’s ambience and winemaking process. Owners Fred and Lisa Giachetti drew upon their Italian heritage for the winery long before the first rows of vines were planted.

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04/21/19 6:08am
The breakfast burger is a top menu choice at Union Burger Bar. (Credit: Union Burger Bar)

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The newly opened Union Burger Bar in Southampton has no pretenses when it comes to guilty pleasures. Owner Ian Duke and executive chef Scott Kampf conceptualized the restaurant with one question in mind: “Where can we go to get a great burger?”

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04/21/19 6:00am

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Picture this: You’re sipping a glass of local wine while sampling signature dishes created by New York chefs showcasing the harvest.

Dream life? Nah, simply a day at a Long Island food festival.

Festival season is coming and we’ve got the guide to the ones you won’t want to skip. Think of it as your where-to-eat-now list.

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04/14/19 6:10am
Bill Erdmann in one of his seven greenhouses at Hidden Ridge Plants in Ridge. (Credit: Cyndi Zaweski)

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Venture off the beaten path, past quiet woodlands on a back road in Ridge and you’ll discover a garden oasis straight out of a storybook. As the garden center’s name suggests, Hidden Ridge Plants is a secret garden that has virtually flown under the radar for more than 20 years.

“Even people who have lived around here for their whole lives are surprised to find it some times,” said owner and grower Bill Erdmann. “I like being tucked away…It is not like buying a plant out of a parking lot at Lowes.”

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