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  1. Please join us for the 2nd Annual Long Island Wine Classic, designed as a kick-off event for the 2004 Hampton Classic. Sponsored by the Wine Spectator, the event will celebrate Long Island’s wine, produce, seafood and poultry in a beautiful setting under the VIP tents at the Hampton Classic. GRAND TASTING: $175 The Grand Tasting will take place from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. The late afternoon ticketed event will offer guests the opportunity to taste world-class wines from all of the Long Island Wine Council’s 30 wineries. Taste by varietal or barrel samples and other specialty wines from the individual wineries. Enjoy exceptional gourmet dishes from high-end Long Island and New York City restaurants, which support local wines and use local agricultural products. Tasting will be limited to 900 guests. More than 30 items will be offered in a Silent Auction that will include a dazzling selection of goods and services (travel, fashion, jewelry, kitchen appliances and other groupings). PARTICIPATING WINERIES: Bedell Cellars, Broadfields Wine Cellars, Castello di Borghese Vineyard & Winery, Channing Daughters Winery, Corey Creek Vineyards, Comtesse Therese, Galluccio Family Wineries, Jamesport Vineyards, Laurel Lake Vineyards, The Lenz Winery, Lieb Family Cellars, Loughlin Vineyards, Macari Vineyards & Winery, Manor Hill Vineyards, Martha Clara Vineyards, The Old Field Vineyards, Osprey’s Dominion Vineyards, Palmer Vineyards, Paumanok Vineyards, Peconic Bay Winery, Pellegrini Vineyards, Pindar Vineyards, Pugliese Vineyards, Raphael, Schneider Vineyards, Sherwood House Vineyards, Shinn Estate Vineyards, Ternhaven Cellars, Waters Crest Winery, Wölffer Estate. PARTICIPATING RESTAURANTS (partial list): Long Island: Alison, Almond, Cool Fish, Della Femina, East By Northeast, The Frisky Oyster, H2O Seafood Grill, Jeff & Eddy’s, La Cuvee, Mirabelle, Polo Restaurant, Stone Creek Inn, Tellers Chophouse, Tierra Mar; New York City: Amuse, Artisanal, Craft, Home, Joseph’s Citarella, Noche, Park Avenue Cafe; Special Delicacies: Sang Lee Farms, Tom Cat Bakery, The Village Cheese Shop Proceeds will benefit the three Eastern Long Island Hospitals: Eastern Long Island Hospital Central Suffolk Hospital, and Southampton Hospital. The Hampton Classic’s Boutique Garden will be open beginning at 4:00 p.m. to permit Wine Tasting guests to visit and shop at the Classic’s 35+ boutique stores, prior to the Grand Tasting.
  2. This past weekend I happened to be at a wedding in Montecito. My mom and I, both avid cooks, and Julia fans both heard the news that morning from the newspaper, while staying at the Montecito Inn, miles from her home. That morning we reminisced about her and how she had influenced our cooking... however when i really went into my period of mourning was actually at the wedding itself (please don't tell the bride and groom, close family friends). The wedding was at Rose Story Farm, the beautiful Rose Garden that Julia has asked her ashes be spread over as it was one of her favorite places. (above the South of France? above all of the many beautiful chateaus she had visited amid her travels and living abroad?) As I stared at the beautiful rose gardens, I got lost in a flurry about her and how she had touched my life. Be it the countless times I heard that high pitched voice streaming from my mother or grandmother's kitchen televisions...sometimes with Jacques...other times just being her unique self, as evidenced by the countless stories written in her obituary...who can't forget the chicken dropping and her telling the viewers "don't worry, no one is in the kitchen but you..." I continued to look at the roses, imagining her being there and wondering if she came to Rose Story Farm days before she made her last supper consisting of French onion soup, right before she lay into her final slumber... then flashback to making the "flowers" under my mom's aspic out of carefully cut carrots, eggs and shallots, or whatever other "materials" my mom had given me to decorate on her pate. I thought of my grandmother's kitchen, with her several Julia cookbooks, each showing their wear, not only by the ear marks on several pages, the countless notes to self in the margins, but also the various crumbs of flour in the pages, so many of us can relate to from mindlessly touching the pages while engrossed in preparing a lavish dish. I remember folding the merengue; with its stiff peaks right before it went into her famous lemon merengue pie.....or peeling the pears for her infamous poached pears... clearly I could go on for hours, and now that I am home my cookbooks will serve as a memory...they are even now the more complete with the few rose petals stuck in the pages that I had put in my purse to remember such a wonderfully unique woman who had such an influence on all of us. Aurivoir and bon appetit to you, Julia..thank you for being you and touching our lives with your incredible culinary sprit...xo
  3. are they serious...? he's an ACTOR....
  4. also try www.groovycandies.com they have gift boxes with all the candies from each generation...there is one of the 60's, 70's etc...check out the site for more info..could be a great gift for you to give him....
  5. had a fun night in brooklyn fri night....walked across the brooklyn bridge....headed to grimmaldis but ditched the line at and opted for take out..took it down by the water and sat and watched the skyline..then went to the brooklyn ice cream factory...fun...they only have about 6 or 8 flavors--we had chocolate chunk and strawberry --others are vanilla, chocolate, chocolate choc chunk...all the simple ones... but they use excellent chocolate and its just the right sweetness..a fun summer night activity for all you new yorkers...
  6. mmmm...the thought of that acme bread brings back such memories when i was at berkeley...that raisin cinnamon bread is heavenly....i havent found anything even close to it in new york....and yes the rustic as well....who said that man cant eat on bread alone?
  7. i love that place..and yes it is tiny but i happened to be there one saturday afternoon where the owner was there and had a nice conversation with him about his time in venezuela and how he wanted to bring arepas to ny...he is planning on opening more or expanding... ps the one with the guacamole was my favorite...a fun food experience for those who havent been..definitely go ..and make sure you sit at the bar so you can watch them make them....
  8. i have seen it in grocery stores that have South African products...supposedly there is some loyal south african following?... sorry i cant help with an exact place, but hope that gets you a little warmer in your search (its pretty disgusting though, very yeasty tasting....but to each his own!!!)
  9. I just came from a lunch celebration at grammercy tavern (another topic altogether) however walking back to my office I stopped at Shake Shack..the danny meyer hot dog and frozen custard "shack" in the park....even after a great meal at grammercy, i couldnt resist trying a frozen custard...but was too stuffed for the hot dogs.. also my dog would love the pooch-ie...ice cream with a dog biscuit but today's sweltering heat would not allow me to make it to my office's freezer.... what do others think? any suggestions for next time???
  10. cupcake250

    Per Se

    any thoughts on the per se review in wednesday's Sun??? cupcake
  11. Wolfgang Puck's Postrio--i think on Post Street has an amazing brunch..the ravioli with quail eggs are not to be missed....
  12. I second Citizen Cake in San Fran..off Van Ness..had a beautiful bday cake made there for my boyfriend...
  13. cupcake250


    if anyone has the King Arthur Cookbook, they have a great biscuit recipe
  14. try New York Cake Supply... www.nycake.com
  15. yes Yank Sing is the one everyone knows and pretty good, however I prefer ones a little more authentic, and actually IN CHINATOWN...yank sing is in the heart of the financial area...however their custard buns for dessert, dumplings and bao are worth the trip alone ..there is also a little take out place right next door which i would recommend....you can try their signature favorites as a little snack and then try Asian Gardens..I think on Jackson St...for a more authentic meal...happy eating--however note that it gets very crowded, especially on sundays when many chinese families are out having dim sum...I will try and look up the exact address for you....
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