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A Little Bit About a Lot of Things

A lifestyle blog with a focus on my food adventures

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With Juliet fresh of their win as Eater’s Restaurant of the Year, I figured it was time to post my review. I went back in March (GASP, I know, so behind!!) and loved it! Juliet is owned by Josh Lewin and Katrina Jazayeri. Lewin and Jazayeri founded Bread and Salt Hospitality and opened their first restaurant in 2014, Bread and Salt at Wink and Nod.

Pictured above: I love the open kitchen area, it really allows the chefs to interact with the customers. In addition to the bar seating there are a few low top tables near the window.

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Josh was named a Zagat  “30 Under 30” award winner in 2013. What you might not know about him, he served in the USMC, and he is a competitive runner and boxer. Jazayeri, at only 26, is also the founder of Post Oak, a custom apron company that is gaining popularity among local chefs. She also designed the interior at Juliet and baked all the goodies you see in the case. It was hard to choose just one thing, so we didn’t – we picked out a few items to share!

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Juliet serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. We went for lunch and started off with the roasted and pickled cauliflower ($9). I loved how the two types of cauliflower balanced each other out but especially enjoyed the flavor of the pickled cauliflower.

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The lobster roll was perfection, the perfect roll (that remained un-soggy until the last bite), fresh lobster meat, and just the right amount of herbs and dressing.

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I adore these plates, don’t you?

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Everything was delicious, it was hard to pick a favorite. I am certainly going to head back there for dinner. Juliet offers some great specials like dollar oysters on Thursdays. They also have theme nights, so prime rib on Thursdays, whole fish on Fridays and steakhouse Saturdays.

Juliet

257 Washington Street, Somerville, MA

http://www.julietsomerville.com

Juliet Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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This holiday season has me feeling a little nostalgic. I was asked to participate in a campaign for Macy’s this year and it got me thinking back (WAY back) to when I was a kid and what shopping was like then. First, there was no Natick Collection. The Shopper’s World isn’t the one that you know now, although the old one was an outdoor mall too. I remember the OLD Natick Mall: getting our photos taken at Sears and having them made into necklaces, buying red pistachios from large barrels, going to the buffet (I can’t recall the name) with my grandparents and looking forward to the spinning dessert case. There was a store that pressed pictures onto t-shirts, I think my dad may still have one of them, and we always bought him one for his birthday or for the holidays (thanks for wearing the green rainbow sparkle shirt that I picked out dad!).

The OLD Shopper’s World was an outdoor mall with a cinema attached. Do you remember 5,7,9? Yup that was there. There was this stationary store on the top level in the corner near the theater where I would buy those troll dolls. At the holiday time the mall had these huge wooden toy soldiers (which you can still see around Framingham) and live reindeers. But maybe the most memorable thing about that mall was Jordan Marsh. Oh those blueberry muffins! Everyone claims to have the original recipe, but every time we try and make them, they just aren’t quite right, close but not the same. The store itself looked like a big flying saucer or a dome – I can remember when those hyper color shirts were in and I just HAD to have one. By the time we got there they only had one that was pink that changed to a darker shade of pink…so not cool, but I bought it anyway, just to have one.

Let’s fast forward. Jordan Marsh was converted into Macy’s and the Natick Collection is a sight to be seen. While I love to support local shops and makers whenever I can, sometimes (especially now that I have small children) it is just easier to go to a department store and do some one stop shopping. While holiday shopping I have good intentions of buying gifts for friends and family but usually end up seeing things I love and getting myself things instead.

I headed into Macy’s this past weekend and literally knocked off half of my holiday gift list. There is literally something for everyone:

For you: pick up that cute outfit you’ve been eyeing for your company holiday party (and don’t forget the shoes and something sparkly!)

For your bestie: grab her a Coach purse (that she will totally let you borrow)

For your coworker: some Godiva chocolates are always a crowd pleaser

For the techie in your life: a fashionable smart watch or those adorable cat headphones

For your mother in law: something Kate Spade for the home

For your mom: a Kitchenaid mini mixer in a cute color to match her kitchen

For your tween niece: MAC makeup is always a hit

For your siblings: some cozy pajamas (it’s supposed to be a COLD winter!!)

What are you buying at Macy’s this holiday season?

Disclaimer: I was invited to be a part of a blogger campaign for Macy’s. I was given a gift card in exchange for this post. All opinions are my own.

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Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post. I was invited attend the Straight No Chaser concert and was compensated with a complimentary ticket and dinner. All opinions are my own.

It’s that time of year – the holidays. Are you team Christmas or team grinch this year? I’ve been a little grinchy I have to admit…Thanksgiving snuck up on me and the holidays are right around the corner and I don’t feel very prepared. I’m hoping to avoid the mall this whole season, but haven’t really bought any gifts!! So I was in need of a night out with the ladies! We had a great night planned, dinner at PF Changs and then the Straight No Chaser concert. I have to admit that I didn’t really know who Straight No Chaser was, and had to look them up. When I found out that they were an a cappella group, I was excited to do something a little different. I met up with 7 other ladies, some old friends and a few new ones!

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I hadn’t been to the Boch Center in quite some time. (Am I the only one who will forever just call it the Wang?) Here’s a fun tidbit about me, when I was a kid I was in the King and I at the Wang with Rudolf Nureyev and Liz Robertson.

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I don’t go as often as I’d like these days, but growing up as a kid, I loved the theatre: the high ceilings, the grand staircases, the chandeliers – everything about it is just magical.

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The concert was a blast! There were people of all ages at the show, young and old, some groupies and some newbies (like me). Not only was the singing amazing but there were moments that had the whole audience laughing hysterically. Head over to my Facebook page to hear some snippets of the show!

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Thanks to Mom it Forward and Atlantic Records for the fun night!

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November felt like October this year didn’t it? We had some beautiful fall days. One of them was recently spent having lunch with some friends at Pier 6 in Charlestown. I have to admit that I don’t generally go to Charlestown, and it’s a shame because it is so beautiful!

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So I drive over and feel incredibly lucky, found a great spot on the street. Got to the restaurant in plenty of time. We are sitting and chatting before we order and Leah mentions that it’s street cleaning day. So THAT’S why there was so many free spots on the side of the street. I mad dash out of the restaurant to move my car into the pay lot next to the restaurant, only to forget my wallet in the restaurant (and you need it to enter the credit card only lot)… DUH. So Nancy, who is also moving her car, throws her car in park and sprints back into the restaurant to get our wallets…and then brings them back to the car (we were parked at the entrance of the lot, thank goodness no one came) WHEW!

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So we feel like we deserve a cocktail (or 6) after that work out!

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The second story restaurant has great views, I can imagine how great this place is in the summer. But you know what? It is pretty great in the fall too!

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Leah loves oysters so of course they are on our must try list. They are $3 each and we try a couple of each: Island Creek, Malpeque and Umami.

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I love a good cheese plate, this one comes with fresh fruit, mixed nuts, crostini and a cranberry mostarda ($17). The clothbound cheddar was my favorite.

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The crab cakes here are baked so you feel good about eating them. They come on a bed of apple fennel salad. Super tasty, not too bready – which allows you to really get the crab flavor.

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The fried pickles were on our list and I loved the presentation in the fry basket. They had just the right amount of breading and they were served with a spicy aioli.

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I was really impressed with the quality of food at Pier 6. The short rib melt ($15) was served with creme fraiche horseradish and fontina cheese on marble rye. There was a healthy portion of French fries which we quickly devoured! (I mean all that running back and forth from our car to the restaurant MUST have burned off the same amount of calories, right?)

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The lobster roll can be ordered hot with butter or cold with mayo. We went with the hot with butter (the only way to go in my book) and it was delicious. Hot with butter just kicks the lobster meat up a notch in my book!

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Perhaps my favorite dish of the afternoon was the house made gnocchi ($19). Maybe not something you would normally order for lunch, but for me this is a must try dish! The gnocchi is served with wild mushrooms and roasted cherry tomatoes. Service was excellent, our server was attentive and great with suggestions.

Disclaimer: I was invited as a guest of Pier 6 for lunch. My meal was provided complimentary. All opinions are my own.

Pier 6

1 8th Street, Charlestown, MA

http://pier6boston.com

Pier 6 Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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Recently a childhood friend of mine got married in Italy. With a new baby at home, we unfortunately had to miss the wedding. So for the time being, the only Italian flight I’m experiencing is the pasta flight at Terramia. I loved the restaurant, it was cozy and inviting. While they have been recognized with awards for their food, Terramia still remains authentic (no tourist trap here!).

Every Monday night from 5pm -10pm, Terramia will be serving pasta flights for $25. Mix and match 3 pastas from the following list:

Rigatoni con Salsiccia

Baked rigatoni with sausage & broccoli rabe, San Marzano tomato & basil sauce & Parmigiano cheese

Spaghetti con Pomodoro

Abruzzi style, spaghetti, San Marzano tomato sauce, basil & Parmigiano cheese

Gnocchi Amatriciana

Potato dumplings, buffalo mozzarella, red onion, basil, smoked pancetta, spicy Collina tomato sauce

Spaghetti alla Carbonara

Spaghetti, smoked pancetta, sweet peas, egg & Parmigiano cream sauce

Pappardelle alla Bolognese

Pappardelle pasta, traditional ground veal, beef and pork meat, tomato ragù, basil & Parmigiano cheese

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Chef’s creation of the day

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We started something not included on the pasta flight menu, but it was just calling to us – the Frittelle di Aragosta. Fresh Maine lobster fritters (market price) topped with a mountain of sweet potato strings and leeks and a delicious balsamic honey glaze that we scooped up every last bit of! Those sweet potatoes were heavenly – not only were they great here but would also be a nice addition to a salad!

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I can never make up my mind when it comes to pastas because they all sound so delicious. Give me all the pasta!!! So the flight is a great choice for me, I get all my favorites on one dish!

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Of course I chose the bolognese! I liked that this was the real bolognese, with a blend of meat (not just ground beef).

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I enjoyed the presentation of the carbonara and the cream sauce was just right, not too thick but still creamy.

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The gnocchi was an untraditional shape for me but I liked the kick to the sauce and the smoked pancetta.

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In addition to the pasta flight, we tried the Raviolone Aperto ($25). It’s a sheet of fresh pasta topped with shrimp and scallops and topped off with another sheet of pasta. The sauce is a lobster mascarpone reduction which we proceeded to eat the rest of with out bread! This is a can’t miss dish – over the top!

There VERY limited street parking. There is a lot just behind the restaurant on Cooper Street for $20. If you park at the Parcel 7 garage (just a short walk from the North End) the restaurant will validate you.

Disclaimer: I was invited as a guest to Terramia for dinner. My meal was provided complimentary. All opinions are my own.

Terramia

98 Salem Street, Boston, MA

www.terramiaristorante.com

Terramia Ristorante Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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I was fortunate to be invited to the media preview of Eataly that will be opening tomorrow, November 29th! I wasn’t sure what to expect, I have been to the Eataly in the flatiron district in New York, but there has been a lot of skepticism going around about this location. I was pleasantly surprised when I walked in the front door off of Boylston Street. Guests are greeted with a large coffee bar and crepe station before they head upstairs for the full Eataly experience, perfect if you just want to pick up your morning cup of coffee. There’s nothing worse than going to let’s say Ikea, knowing exactly what you want and then having to walk all the way through the store to get it anyway.

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We patiently waited until Mario Batali came down the stairs to greet us. He was accompanied by Oscar (top right) and Nicola (top left) Farinetti. Oscar is the Founder and Creator of Eataly and Nicola, his son, is the CEO of Eataly USA. Both father and son are charismatic and you can tell they are passionate about food. Mario explains to us that at Eataly, they don’t just want to sell you food, they want to teach you how to make it – taste some delicious pasta at one of their restaurants but then go and replicate it at home.

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There are certainly a lot of products that are imported from Italy, but to them, it didn’t make sense to import seafood when we have some of the best, freshest seafood right here in our backyard. Eataly has partnered with a number of local companies to keep everything local. They are even implementing  a frequent buyer program with their fish department. When you choose eligible fish, lesser known local catch, you get a stamp – collect 9 stamps and you will receive 10% off of your next purchase.

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Eataly has partnered with Island Creek Oysters (bottom) and they even buy meat from CJ (second from left), Red’s Best and Wulf’s. The gentleman on the top left is Andrew Morgan of Cape Cod Shellfish, a boutique shellfish company – we tried some fresh (raw!!) scallops with just a drizzle of olive oil and it was so delicious, it melted like butter – and as Mario said, “it’s like candy!”

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GIVE.ME.ALL.THE.CHEESE! Eataly will make fresh mozzarella daily and will get their curds from Narragansett Creamery over in RI (bottom right). Lourdes Smith, formerly of Fiore di Nonno, will be joining the mozzarella making staff!!

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Eataly will sourse their meat from sustainable farms where the animals graze in open pastures and are humanely handled. They have chosen to work with VT99 Meats and Stillman’s Quality Meats. The lamb on the right was so tender and delicious, it just melted in your mouth (and it wasn’t gamey at all).

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Mario told us a story that when he first opened Eataly in New York, his kids thought that the pizza ovens were made of real gold…and they still do! Pizzas here are made in 90 seconds using the finest ingredients and the fresh mozzarella that they make in house. You can buy dry pasta but you can also watch fresh pasta being made daily (and buy it!). Top right is a photo of the cooking school at Eataly, La Scuola di Eataly. There will be free live demos and ticketed hands on classes. They partnered with Valcucine kitchens to design the “classroom” and let me tell you the space is beautiful! I wish my kitchen at home could look like this!

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Here is a little sneak peek at the retail areas.

Let me hit you with some quick numbers:

3 floors

45,000 square feet

4 restaurants

10 eateries

2 cafes and 3 bars

10,000 products

5 fresh production counters

7 retail departments

500+ employees

Check out the videos below for an inside look at the cheese and fish counters!

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The seafood selection is amazing!

I highly recommend you stopping in to check out Eataly tomorrow (or whenever) when it opens – it is amazing and just something you need to experience!

Disclaimer: I was invited for a media preview of Eataly. I was provided with complimentary samples of food while in attendance. All opinions are my own.

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Happy Thanksgiving from my ‘hood to yours! Hope you are all enjoying time with your friends and family and of course, eating delicious food.

These turkeys rule our neighborhood and watch out, they bite!

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Brothers Marketplace in Weston just underwent a major renovation. I didn’t even recognize it when I walked in. The store has huge windows in the front that let in all the natural light. You’re greeted by beautiful fresh flowers before walking towards the bakery case full of house made treats. Next your eyes wander over to the fresh produce and the specialty goods.

My mom decided to let me handle my dad’s surprise birthday (with two days notice) and with little ones at home, I had no time to make anything. Here’s where Brothers came in. They have a great prepared food case where I bought all of my sides: asparagus, roasted potatoes, squash and cranberry salad, pesto pasta salad, and of course Brussels sprouts with bacon! If it wasn’t my family, who knows I don’t have time to cook, I’m sure I could have passed all of this off as home made! I’ll share photos of the party soon! Let’s get back to the market for now.

Pictured above: Brothers Marketplace has two cheese cases, one for imported cheese and another for local cheese. They have this great policy, you can try before you buy – just ask someone behind the counter for a taste! Oh and did I mention that they make their own mozzarella? I posted a video of it below! Don’t have time to make lunch, come in and grab some fresh fruit already cut up for you (and have you ever tried their raisins on the vine?!?! A little on the pricey side, but you’ll never go back to boxed raisins again!) Guests can get baked goods at the counter and help themselves to some complimentary fruit infused water (bottom left). Pies, cupcakes, muffins, bagels, cappuccino, you name it, they’ve got it!

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What’s great about Brothers Marketplace is that in the front they have these communal tables you can hang out at. So grab your laptop and pick up an espresso and a muffin from the bakery and you’re on your way to a productive morning!

Here’s what I loved about the market, they cut some of the fruit in half (and covered it in plastic wrap) so that you could see what the inside of a lesser known fruit looks like. For instance, I’m not a huge fruit and veggie person, so I had never seen the inside of a pummelo (bottom left) just look at that beautiful color! The market even has signs on the produce that tells you where it came from. Another feature I loved were the bulk bins. Half the time you need to make something is spent doing the prep work. Need some sliced onions, they’ve got you covered. You can buy lettuce and other produce from the bulk bins and pay one price per pound so you can mix and match.

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I was telling you before about the prepared food case – just check out how colorful everything is! Before being invited here for the tour I was here weekly buying sides for lunch and dinner. The Brussels sprouts are popular in our house along with the bean and corn salad. But I’m going to check out those shrimp skewers next time I go since we’ve just put away our gas grill. They have an amazing selection in the meat case with responsibly raised beef and other meat products. My go to place for flowers has always been Whole Foods, they just have the nicest looking “market” flowers, but now that I’ve started shopping at Brothers, I’ll be picking up flowers here. People will think that you went to the florist! Pick up a bunch on your way home for the kitchen table or have an arrangement made (they do have a few arrangements for sale as well).

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How beautiful is the stuffed squash here? OK so no one would believe I made these myself, but I’m sure they’d be a hit at any party!

 

Check out Connor making some mozzarella. Cool thing about Connor is that he started out working part time for the company and has worked his way up the ladder – stop by and see him at Brothers Marketplace in Weston!

Disclaimer: I was invited to attend a media tour of Brothers Marketplace. We were provided with complimentary light bites and a swag bag of local goodies. All opinions are my own.

Brothers Marketplace

41 Center Street, Weston, MA

Check out their website here.

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Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post.

Whether you’re rooting for the Steelers or the Colts, the Redskins or the Cowboys, you can all agree on one thing, it’s dogs until 2pm! There’s plenty of time to watch football on Thanksgiving, but dog lovers, hold on to that remote until 2pm! The National Dog Show took place yesterday, the 19th, in Philadelphia and will be aired on NBC on the 24th, nationwide, from 12pm – 2pm. So that means you can watch the Macy’s parade, the dog show immediately afterwards, and STILL have time to watch football to your hearts content afterwards.

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John O’Hurley and David Frei are back again to host this year’s 15th anniversary show. In attendance will be over 2,000 dogs from 180 plus breeds all vying for that top dog spot of “Best in Show”. You may recognize O’ Hurley from his role on Seinfeld or from his championship win on Dancing with the Stars. Frei is America’s foremost expert on all things canine and was the former host of the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show.

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This is the first major TV showcase for two new AKC-certified breeds, the American Hairless Terrier and the Pumi. The pumi is a Hungarian breed that possesses terrier like qualities such as quick movements, alert temperament, and a lean and muscular body type. Their coats are thick and curly and do little or no shedding. In contrast, the American Hairless Terrier is just that, hairless. They are small, energetic dogs that are generally graceful and elegant.

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So enjoy the memes below and tune into NBC on Thanksgiving day from 12pm – 2pm to see the National Dog Show presented by Purina, After all, it’s dogs until 2pm!

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I needed a day off to regroup and have a little “me” time. I woke up at the crack of dawn and drove in the dark to pick up Kim to head over to New London, CT to catch the 9am ferry. She made the mix tape and I brought the snacks and we took route 395 all the way there (trust me, way better than taking 95!). The trip took just under two hours and we pulled into the parking lot with plenty of time to spare. (Parking is $10 a day in New London) We were getting ready to board the Sea Jet, the fast ferry that takes you to Orient Point, Long Island. The trip takes about 40 minutes and you’re there before you know it. If you’re taking a car over, the trip takes about an hour and 20 minutes. We get on the ferry and I have time to unwind and enjoy a little time to myself – we have a full day ahead of us. The boat itself is super clean and has tables so you can get some work done if you choose. Feeling a little hungry? No worries, the cafe on board has you covered. Once we arrive in Orient Point, we are picked up in a cute little bus and Vintage Tours takes us to our first stop. Our guide today is owner Jo-Ann Perry who is such a sweetie. Her company provides tours of local wineries. She knows the area and has personal relationships with the owners of the wineries, so you are sure to have a great trip. On the weekends, tours cost $99, which includes 4 wineries and tastings and a box lunch.

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Our first stop is Sep’s Farm, a family run farm that goes back 5 generations. We couldn’t have asked for a more perfect day in North Fork, just look at the lighting!  We were able to go out into the fields and see where the food comes from. Sep’s grows over 50 varieties of fruits, vegetables, herbs and flowers. They have a great little road side farm stand where you can get a carrot or a pepper that has just been pulled from the ground earlier in the day! How cool is that?

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They have great barn where we had a little snack – but it would be perfect for a summer dinner party. Do you see the vibrant colors of the cauliflowers? The top and bottom right are peppers at the farm and the third photo from the top are tomatoes.

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It’s amazing how different food tastes when it is fresh from the farm! Sep’s also carries a variety of delicious jams (pictured left middle) and they make these amazing zucchini pickles (bottom right).

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Sepenoski’s wife Katie pulled this fennel up from the ground while she was telling us about their farming practices. Have you ever smelled fresh fennel??

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How beautiful is this purple pepper? Although, when you cook it, it doesn’t keep the bright color.

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“Sep” treated us to some delicious striped bass that he had caught the day before, it was light and so delicious. Simple, fresh ingredients really make a difference.

You can find Sep’s Farm located at 7395 Main Street in East Marion. http://www.sepsfarm.com

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Next stop is Old Field Vineyards, a small family owned vineyard, in fact, it is the only mother/daughter winery on Long Island. Perry, the 5th generation to work on the vineyard, lives here as well with her family. Her brother comes back east frequently to help out with the vineyard. They hand pick all of their grapes and hand cork all of their bottles. They raise chickens for fertilizer and they have a few pet ducks that prefer the kiddie swimming pool to the pond. We arrive in time to watch the punch down of the wine. While wine is fermenting, it is important to keep the fermenting wine and skins mixed – it is also important to break the cap that forms on the top several times a day to increase the color and flavor of the wine and to keep the cap from drying out. To do the punch down, they use a long tool that looks a little like a potato masher – it makes for a great arm work out! We get to taste a little from the giant vat, it tastes sweet like juice! We were able to sample 3 wines and chat with Perry about the history of the vineyard, the wine making process and the wines.

The Old Field can be found at 59600 Main Street in Southold, Long Island. http://www.theoldfield.com

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Next stop is Little Creek Oyster Farm and Market. Ian and Rosalie have this cute little shop/restaurant with all things oysters. Cute t-shirts, locally made goods and of course, oysters. If the weather is nice, you can grab a seat outside on the hay bales that act as couches or a spot under the umbrella. We head inside and they show us how to shuck our own oysters.

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You can “shuck yourself” for a discounted price (don’t worry, they’ll show you how!), 6 for $9, 12 for $16 or 24 for $30. If you don’t feel like working…grab 6 for $15 or 12 for $30. Never shucked an oyster before, me either. It’s a little trickier than it seems, but once you get the hang of it, it’s smooth sailing. Rosalie made it look so easy, it certainly took me a few tries to get my first one open!

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In addition to oysters they have some other light bites. The pickle plate is not to be missed folks, the smoked pickles are super delicious! Also not to be missed is the chowder – creamy but not thick, flavorful, and they slice the potatoes ever so thin so that you don’t feel so bad when you’re eating them!

Little Creek Oyster Farm and Market can be found at 37 Front Street, down bootleg alley, in Greenport. http://littlecreekoysters.com

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If you have a chance, make sure to stop over at the nearby carousel. It’s 100 years old and housed in an ultra modern glass house. Bring back memories from your childhood by riding the flying horses and grabbing for that special brass ring. Rides are $2 per person. Find out more information about the carousel here.

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Full from lunch, we jump back on the bus and head over to Kontokosta Winery. The views are breathtaking and the tasting room is picturesque, a perfect place for a wedding. Owner Michael Kontokosta was there to greet us and give us a tour of the property. A corporate finance lawyer by trade, Michael has no formal training, but you’d never know it! The property is fairly new, with the first grapes planted in 2002.

They were still picking grapes this late in the season, so it was cool to have the chance to see the beginning of the wine making process. We were asking all kinds of questions, one of which was, “what was one of your biggest hurdles when you first started making wine?” His answer, faxing. When you go and visit, ask for the story! The winery is 62 acres and the tasting room is about 9,00 sq. ft. I loved their rosé, just trying to hold onto every last bit of summer I suppose, but seriously,  for me, it could be rosé all year round! Kontokosta also owns the Harborfront Inn nearby.

Kontokosta Winery can be found at 825 North Road in Greenport, on Long Island. http://www.kontokostawinery.com

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Every trip has to have a sweet ending – this was no exception. Our final stop before heading to the ferry was The Candy Man, a small homemade candy shop that has been operated by the Heins family for four generations. On the left you can see the rum balls being made and on the right, the popular hollow turkeys.

The Candy Man can be found at 22350 Main Road in Orient, on Long Island. http://www.orientcandyman.com/

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We arrive at Orient Point with minutes to spare and board the Cross Sound Ferry’s “Mary Ellen”, an auto ferry. We sit with Stan Mickus, Director of Public Affairs and Marketing for the Cross Sound Ferry. Stan tells us about the tours that the ferry offers and about all the great things the company is doing.

The Cross Sound Ferry offers a lighthouse cruise (check out my post here), a “lights and sights” tour that features view of spectacular mansions (ahem, Taylor Swift) and historic hotels in addition to the light houses, and two great packages for those traveling from Orient Point to New London to the casinos. A coach bus meets passengers in New London and takes them to either Foxwoods (where you get $10 towards food or a free festival buffet and $20 in a bonus slot play) or Mohegan Sun (where you get a $15 meal credit two $10 free bets and one $5 free bet).

For more information about the Cross Sound Ferry, check out their website here.

After a very full day, we grabbed a bite for dinner before heading home. I had such an amazing day with some good friends – I can’t wait to go back, maybe next time with my family. There was so much more to explore than what we squeezed into one day – cute shops in town, tons of wineries and breweries, restaurants, and of course the carousel. A special thanks to Stan and the folks at the Cross Sound Ferry for a wonderful afternoon.

Disclaimer: I was invited as a guest of the Cross Sound Ferry to tour the North Fork. All transportation, parking, meals and tastings were provided complimentary. All opinions are my own.

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