Thursday, September 24, 2009

Another Festival

Hi gang,

The Husband and I went to the Apple Festival this past weekend. The apples, cider and fritters were quite yummy and the cooking demo was pretty cool. I'd say though that this is much more fun if you have small ones with you.

After, The Husband said he used to go to another Apple Festival as a kid and so we went a-Googling and found his childhood memory.

Mill Neck Manor is holding its annual festival on October 10th and 11th. We're definitely going. Even if I wasn't spellbound by The Husband's promise to buy me a couple of bushels of apples, the Cheese Shop, brats, and apple cider have me totally sold.

You all should check it out too.


Saturday, September 5, 2009

Cupcakes for a Good Cause

I love cupcakes. Okay yes I love lots of food, starting from anything with garlic and ending with the amazing plum cake my grandmother in law fed me today. But I really do love cupcakes.

And it turns out now I can have cupcakes without any guilty feelings.


Turns out there is an organization called CancerCare that launched an annual Cupcake Event - this year it's September 21-27 that participating bakeries donate a portion of all delicious mini-cake related proceeds to the Cancer Cares for Kids program, which helps out children affected by cancer and their families.

There is a whole list of bakeries in our fair state that are going to be in on this event, but I am nice (and bored) and so here are all the Long Islanders: if I missed any let me know!

Caffe' Portofino
249 Main Street
Northport, NY 11768

Cupcakes Catering
Special Order:
Long Island, NY

Front Street Bakery
51 Front Street
Rockville Centre, NY 11570

Manhattan Sweets Boutique Bakery
547 Main Street
Islip, NY 11751

Reinwald's Bakery
495 New York Avenue
Huntington, NY 11743

Riesterer's Bakeries
282 Hempstead Ave.
West Hempstead, NY 11552

Riesterer's Bakeries
96 7th Street
Garden City, NY 11530

Sapienza Bake Shop
1376 Hempstead Tpke.
Elmont, NY 11003

The Gourmet Bake Shop, Inc.
775 Hillside Avenue
New Hyde Park NY 11040

Tildas Bake Shop
640 Route 25A
Rocky Point, NY 11778

Whole Foods
429 North Broadway
Jericho, NY 11753

Whole Foods
2101 Northern Boulevard
Munsey Park, NY 11030

As a famous queen once said, let them eat cake!


Food Events

Hi everyone,

I know, I know, I've been mega inactive. But I swear I had good reasons.

Anyhow enough of that. Onto the interesting stuff.

I just added a couple of really cool links for Restaurant Weeks and other events around Long Island so here's the breakdown.

Starting things off is our first event in the fall. The Society for the Preservation of Long Island Antiquities is hosting an Apple Festival on September 20th in East Setauket. There will be apples, a food historian and hay rides. Go to their site for more information: SPLIA News

Bank of America and Newsday are behind the Oyster Festival, October 17-18. There will be seafood, music and activities and, best of all, all proceeds go to benefit non-profits.

DineHuntington is the Huntington Restaurant Week. This year it will be running October 12-23 and forty local restaurants are already signed up. Try a three course prix fix meal at any of them for only $24.95

Long Island Restaurant Week kicks off about two weeks later. November 1-8, head to Nassau, Suffolk or the East End to try out one of the many restaurants participating in the three course prix fix $24.95 deal.

In the spring, another Restaurant Week hits Long Island. The Hamptons will be hosting it March 21-28 so make the drive to try out a trendy new place or go back to an old haunt for that prix fix three course meal for $24.95

Finally, in late June, Mattitucks Lions Club is hosting the 55th Strawberry Festival. Enjoy all kinds of delicious berry treats, various rides and even live music.

That's all I got for now. So go forth and explore!


Sunday, March 29, 2009

Hamptons Restaurant Week!

I do ever so apologize for bringing this information to you all so late but unavoidable things got in the way.

The Seventh Annual Restaurant week is... now!

It started today and will run through Sunday, April 5th.

Check out for participating restaurants, wineries and even lodgings.

If I could, I would run out to take advantage of this awesome yearly event, but alas I cannot, so let me live vicariously through you all.

Much love,


Thursday, January 22, 2009

Dip o` Awesome

I admit it. I`m a snacker. (I admit a lot of things on this blog, don`t I?) I like cookies and chips and adorable little appetizers.

I also like cannellini beans.

And since I am amazing, wonderful and uber-creative (yes I am patting myself on the back, why do you ask?), I put the two together in a tasty, tasty way.

No! Not bean cookies!

Cannellini-Garlic Dip
-1 can or jar of cannellini beans
-2-3 garlic cloves
-a tablespoon or so of chopped fresh parsley
-salt and pepper

You can drain and wash the beans if you wish. I don`t do that - and no, not cause I`m lazy - I let the liquid thin out the dip. Now you can either hand-mash the beans and mince the garlic or just throw them into a food processor. Either way, add in the parsley and season to taste.

Then eat with tortilla chips. Yum.

I`m going to go gorge on it now.