Tuesday, 12 July 2011

Adventures of the North Fork

What a hot, relaxing and delicious summer day in Long Island. Today my family and I adventured into the North Fork of Long Island making an emphasis on tantalizing our taste palettes and expanding our gastronomic experiences as well as doing some light sight seeing along our little road trip, of course of course.

Our first stop was at the most adorable, quaint, little sleepy-town road called 'Love Lane' (how fitting!) Stepping onto this road was like time traveling back to the fifties. There we decided to pop into a cheese shop cafe called 'The Village Cheese Shop', a small little shop that sells fine cheeses from around the world as well as little condiments and other cupboard goods such as Argentinean Dulce de Leche and Italian Biscotti, *I noticed that the French Baguettes were very popular amongst the customers..* ((Mental note: must go back and get some!)). I was also delighted to see that they had a selection of cheese crackers from 'The Fine Cheese Company' all the way from Walcot street back in Bath, UK, a cafe which friends and I use to go to for tea and sandwiches during my student years there..Sitting for a little while in the small conservatory we enjoyed croque monsieur and toasted baguette topped with sweet red peppers and salty anchovies, quiet refreshing for a hot summers day.

The Village Cheese Shop, Mattituck, NY

Our destination was Mill Creek Tavern and Winery to sit and picnic while watching the sunset over acres and acres of luscious vines! Continuing our little expedition, after having driven through fields of sunflowers and corn and spent some time walking along the beach overlooking Plum Island, it was time to make our next culinary pit stop to refuel with food to take for our picnic at the vinery. To fill our picnic basket we visited Brauns Seafood Company in Cutchogue, were we picked up crab salad, lobster rolls, manhattan clam chowder and a 2 pound lobster! Brauns Seafood Company is a mandatory experience if you are a sea food lover like myself! To its benefit it is located right near the Peconic bay, amidst fields and fields of green which make lunch or dinner there a very relaxing and pleasurable experience. Once we had stocked up with our goods, we were on the road again to Mill Creek Tavern, a pleasant little vinery located at the head of 30 acres of vines. We quickly settled down and enjoyed our food and Bedells first crush white wine - whilst ignoring the offensively loud cover band playing hits from the 60s and 70s. Eventually the quieted down and we were able to enjoy the twilight over the vines and the fireflies amongst the hydrangeas, a perfect summer evening.

View from the Mill Creek Tavern balcony

If your ever in the North Fork and have loads of free time on your hands, then I definitely suggest you check out these fantastic places, you wont regret it!

Monday, 11 July 2011

Young Love

It was a quiet and slow afternoon in Manhattan, Madison was in a hazy slumber and it seemed that the entire city was deep in a summer siesta...

For about a month now I have been helping out at a consignment store on Madison (which will remain un-named) which has served so far as an excellent centre-point in glass casing New York's finest characters. From my observation deck (the register) I have observed the odd old ladies with far too may hat pins, the trophy wives with a touch too much of botox, neurotic women with gay chihuahuas that reserve tables in the finest restaurants for themselves and their dogs and (my favorite), the occasional cross dresser that drags his mother along for her opinion on what dress would suit him best for his summer outings...A fine selection indeed! 

Work is always exciting, whether it is the clothing, the jewelry or the customers there is always something happening...but like I said, it was a lazy and quiet afternoon, I was settled in behind the register sipping on mint lemonade and working my way through J.D. Salinger's 'Franny and Zooey', convinced we weren't going to have any customers till closing time but alas the doorbell rang and a young couple came in. Grungy and sunburnt, she in her microfloral shorts and 'All Stars' - he all quiet with sea breeze hair, scruffy vans and Black Flag t-shirt. She was looking for "something long and pretty, something with flowers, something I could get married in" (!). This young couple, glowing with happiness, radiating with youth, music and literature - unconformed, scruffy and totally drunk on each-other - life through Super 8 glasses, curled up on the couch reading books, paintings and records leaning against walls, cutting each-other's hair, colorful cooking, that sort of thing - restored hope in me that love like love read in literature has not disappeared. I think thats a pretty good formula for a happy life - something thats completely missing in todays culture. They just really made my day and I really wanted to share it with whoever reads my blog. I wish them, wherever they are, a happy and pink life together!

For the rest of the day I had "Marry Me" by Suburban Kids With Biblical Names playing in my head...give it a listen and tell me how fitting it is!

Sunday, 10 July 2011

Laughing Lotus is Good for the Soul

One of my favorite activities when lounging around the Hamptons (yar yar) is attending all the different Yoga classes that they have going on..I must admit, I don't go as often as I like but when I do manage to go it is totally rewarding. Up till now I have only really experienced very strict, disciplined and quite archaic yoga classes - which - isnt it ironic towards the ethics of yoga? ("...relax, be free with your body and soul etc...") have only managed to some how make me feel slightly self conscious about myself and my yoga practice...
But not until till today, attending the yoga class "Hips and Twists" at the Prevention Yoga Studio in Southampton, was something so refreshingly progressive that I cant wait to put on my leggings and get into downward dog again! Our yoga instructor, Dana Trixie Flynn (the source of all this excitement) of Laughing Lotus Yoga Centre back in NYC, sets a totally friendly and happy vibe that flows through the entire room, her selection of great reggae, ska and even hip hop (!?) could only emphasize the pleasure and enjoyment of the exercise! What I liked about it the most was that it was loud, colorful may I even dare to say sexy! (?). By the end of the session we were all flushed, drenched and smiling -actually giggling through our namaste's (!). 
Dana Trixie Flynn of Laughing Lotus

P. S. This yoga actually came close to good sex! I hope that sells it to you ;) ...