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Southampton, NY: Dinner and Cabaret at Southampton Inn at Claude’s was both delicious and very entertaining. I recently dined at Claude’s at the Southampton Inn with my cousin and my daughter, we decided to dine inside and stay for the show. Thursday’s nights is a Prix Fix Dinner from 7-9pm with a Cabaret show starting at 9 pm. 
The $75 Prix Fix includes two-course dinner, one glass of house wine & a ticket to the show.
$40 at the door starting at 845pm included one glass of house wine & ticket to the show.

We started with an appetizer Lobster Mando Salad w/ Avocado Mousse, pickled cucumbers and red pepper vanilla bean dressing,  I liked it, it was a refreshing summer dish, but I can’t say I was wowed by it. We also ordered the Maryland Crab Cakes,the Shrimp and calamari as starters .

2nd Course: I ordered the Pan-roasted day Boat Halibut with wild mushroom ragu, truffle potato puree, and crispy leeks.

My cousin ordered the Seafood Fettucine w/Truffle Cream, lobster, scallops, shrimp, and crab.

My daughter’s entree was the Roasted Murray Chicken w/ Garden Herbs, potato puree, summer vegetables, marjoram Jus.

We liked the appetizers but we did not love them, we thought each dish tasted bland but we were pleasantly pleased with the entrees because each dish was delicious, well seasoned and full of flavor.  We each loved what we ordered and everyone tasted the other dishes and loved them. The halibut with the with wild mushroom ragu was delicious, the Chicken was succulent but the Seafood Fettuccine w/Truffle Cream with lobster, scallops, shrimp, and crab was incredible and my personal favorite.

As we finished our dinner the show was about to start, Konstantin Soukhovetski stopped by our table to say hello, we were fascinated with his Bespoke Swarovski Strass Shoes which he designs. This summer he is performing his “In His Shoes” on an Acrylic baby grand air piano, Thursday’s evenings until the end of August at Claudes.

Konstantin is an amazing Rock Star Pianist,” his one-man show, titled In His Shoes, Konstantin performs his own versions of the popular hits of Madonna, Celine Dion, and other iconic artists as well as a collection of stories from his international career and his experience as a Russian-American coming of age in NYC. My favorite was his rendition of Evita.


Dinner, of course, is not complete without dessert and we were not disappointed. We ordered three desserts but my personal favorite was the caramelized banana tart w/Nutella center, miso butterscotch, and coconut gelato. It was hot and heavenly. 

Overall, we had a beautiful dining experience at Claude’s, the Prix fix with a cabaret show with delightful, something different in the Hamptons. The ambiance was aesthetically pleasing, the service was impeccable and attentive, the food was delicious and the entertainment was a perfect ending to a beautiful night out. Going out to eat is a treat and as such, you would like to have a fantastic dining experience, but a dining experience is not just about the good food there are other factors that complete the experience. Good Food, Ambiance, Service and topped off with entrainment makes for a good evening.

Bridgehampton, NY: Bobby Vans Crab Salad

I am in love with this Crab salad at Bobby Vans in Bridgehampton, I have ordered it 3 times in the last 2 weeks and each time it has tasted exactly the same as the first time. I love the consistency of good food. I often find a lack of consistency in the Hamptons during the summer season. I am not sure why perhaps because of the influx of people during the summer. It is very rare that I make the effort to dine out in the Hamptons during the summer, but when I do I want that dining experience, good food, and amazing service.

This salad hit all of my taste buds, it includes avocado, bacon, lumps of real crabmeat, lettuce, shredded carrots, yellow tomatoes and wontons for a crunch, topped off with a delicious homemade dressing. I was pleasantly pleased and it left me wanting more and daydreaming about the next time I would have it. My only hope is when I return I will have the same dining experience. The service was wonderful, the atmosphere was enjoyable and it was not a long wait for our food to arrive. It was the perfect dining experience for a beautiful lunch with my hubby on a summer Monday afternoon in the Hamptons. I might add it was not over the top expensive.

I am a fan of Bobby Vans because I have always had a wonderful dining experience in many of the locations I have visited. I remember dining at an NYC location a couple of years ago with my daughter and we had a food experience that literally put us in a food coma.

Next time you are in Bridgehampton stop there for lunch I also recommend the SWEET CHILI TOSSED CALAMARI, the calamari was tender and the sweet chili sauce gave it a pop. OMG, it was so delicious.

The Hamptons Best Pizza
Pizza is one of those food items that everyone loves, I guess because it is so customized for your personal taste. For some it’s all about the crust thick or thin, for others it’s the sauce and then there are those where it’s all about the cheese for me I want all three crust, sauce & cheese. I really like thin crust because I feel like you can really taste the toppings more when you’re mouth isn’t full of bread. Also important for me is that there isn’t too much tomato sauce. I hate a pizza where the sauce is gushing out with every bite and causing the cheese and everything to fall off. I vary with toppings, I like mozzarella, tomatoes and basil (but the mozzarella & tomatoes need to be sliced thin), I love really good pepperoni, yummy sausage & peppers or mushrooms. What are your favorite toppings?

 Who has The Hamptons Best Pizza? The Hamptons is home to many pizzerias many of which I have personally visited and many I have not. Based on suggestions from friends, my personal experience, google & yelp reviews is how this list was developed? Some will say Pizza in the Hamptons is not as good as NYC pizza like Gabby’s Pizza in Queens or Ray’s Pizza in NYC two of my favorites but I think you will be pleasantly pleased with the selected Hamptons pizzeria’s. My hubby tells me however no one compares to the legendary Gloria’s pizza that used to be in Flushing Queens, he continues to show his age.

These are my top Hamptons Mouthpiece picks for The Hamptons BEST Pizza…criteria: Crust, sauce, cheese, toppings and of course taste.  If your favorite did not make my list, email me and I will stop by to taste and if it meets my requirements for BEST PIZZA, they will be added to the list and a shout out on my social media, Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, Instagram, Pinterest, Linkedin.

email: hamptonsmouthpiece@gmail.com

 

Plain pizza Hampton Market & Kitchen, Sag Harbor
American Pie, Bridgehampton, NY
La Capannina Wainscott, NY
World Pie, Bridgehampton (Brick oven, dine-in restaurant)
La Parmigiana, Southampton, NY
Red Horse Market: East Hampton,NY
Pizzetteria Brunetti, Westhampton Beach, NY * 631.288.3003 ( brick-oven)
Astro’s Pizza and Felice’s Ristorante, Amagansett
Francesca’s Restaurant & Pizzeria, Hampton Bays

Hamptons Best Breakfast Picks..breakfast is not only the most important meal of the day, it is also my absolute favorite meal of the day. How many of you love a good Breakfast? How many of you could eat breakfast for every meal? When I cannot decide what to cook for dinner, my daughter turns to me and says let’s have breakfast food.

Are you so busy during the week rushing, that breakfast for you consists of  breakfast on the go…fruit, smoothie, bagel, boiled egg or cereal? Wouldn’t you love to sit down on the weekend and have a big breakfast? When I have time, I like to indulge my family with a super-duper old style “my tradition” breakfast on the weekends by making omelets, bacon, grits, home-fries, biscuits, waffles or pancakes topped with sauteed bananas in hot maple syrup …  I know I go completely over-board but so what. If you are only having this type of meal twice a month, what is the big deal? There are however those days when we like to go out to eat and I thought I would  share my favorite breakfast spots with you. There is nothing more exasperating than going out for breakfast and being disappointed, so here are some Hamptons favorites by both myself and my friends. Enjoy!

Hamptons Best Breakfast Picks

  1. Estia’s in Sag Harbor...1615 Bridgehampton Sag Harbor Turnpike, Sag Harbor, NY (631) 725-1045 estiaslittlekitchen.com
    Breakfast with a mexican touch..It a small place and the wait could be out the door on a Saturday Morning. Tip: try the Omelets* breakfast Burrito with the spicy mexican salsa and the short stack with fresh blueberries and bananas.. 
  2. Provisions in Sag Harbor..7 Main St, Sag Harbor, NY 11963
    (631) 725-3636 www.provisionsnaturalfoods…Tip:try the spinach omelette…really good..then make sure you come back there for lunch…
  3. Hampton Maid Hotel: Hampton Bays..259 East Montauk Hwy, Hampton Bays, NY 11946
    (631) 728-4166 hamptonmaid.com .…Tip: Try the Apple French toast
  4. Hampton Coffee Company869 Montauk Hwy, Water Mill, NY
    (631) 726-2633 hamptoncoffeecompany.com
  5. Pierre’s in Bridgehampton  2468 Main St, Bridgehampton, NY 11932 Try the French toast, it is delicious, melts in your mouth. They are more on the pricey side but if you are on a budget you might want to avoid ordering a Mimosa.  pierresbridgehampton.com
  6. John’s Pancake House, Montauk, 721 Montauk Hwy, Montauk, NY 11954 If pancakes is your breakfast favorite,  then you will enjoy John’s Pancake House in Montauk. 
  7. John Papas Cafe, East Hampton, 18 Park Pl, East Hampton, NY 11937  – I love John Papas Cafe in East Hampton, I usually like going there for both breakfast and brunch. I am always pleased with my meal. The service is fast and friendly. Try the Spinich Pie, it is delicious. johnpapascafe.com
  8. Fairway Restaurant, Sagaponak at the Poxabogue Golf Center – 3556 Montauk Hwy, Bridgehampton, NY 11932 – Breakfast served all day! That is a definate plus. www.fairwayrestaurant.co
  9. The Apron Cafe, Westhampton Beach, 355 Gabreski Airport, Westhampton Beach, NY 11978 – Located at the Gabreski Airport in Westhampton Beach, great reviews. theaproncafe.com
  10. Sip ‘N Soda, Southampton, 40 Hamptons Road, Southampton – A family friendly place to go with your kids, but bring cash, they do not accept credit cards. On a positive it is afforable. sipnsoda.com

Breakfast burritos, Hamptons breakfastBreakfast is very important for you  to perform at your best. It is not a good idea to skip breakfast in the interest of saving time, calories, or getting a few more minutes of sleep, remember that eating a wholesome, nutritious morning meal will probably save you time in the long run. Some people skip breakfast in an effort to lose weight. Skipping breakfast is strongly linked to the development of obesity.

I love Breakfast food and did you know that breakfast should be your heaviest meal of the day. The benefits of eating your biggest meal for breakfast may have less to do with your body and more to do with your mind. When you eat a larger breakfast, you may feel more satisfied and less deprived throughout the day. This satisfaction can help you to stick to your diet and make you less inclined to overeat in the evening. Drop me a line and let me know your favorite place in the Hamptons to have Breakfast.

update: April 28th 2018

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Hamptons Farmers Markets and  Farm Stands 2018The following is a list of Farm stands located throughout the Hamptons on the Southfork of Long Island.  

  Hamptons Farmers Markets and Farm Stands In Eastern Long Island both North and SouthFork

 East Hampton Farmers Market
136 North Main Street
Nick and Toni’s parking lot
Fridays 9:00 AM-1:00 PM
May-September
Springs Farmers Market
Ashwagh Hall
780 Springs Fire Place Road
Saturdays 9:00AM-1:00PM
May – September
Flanders Farm Fresh Food Market (No word on dates for 2018)
David Crohan Community Center
655 Flanders Rd
Saturdays 10:00 AM– 2:00PM
Greenport Farmers Market: parking lot at the corner of Second and South streets, Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., June to Sept.,
Hampton Bays Farmers Market
St. Mary’s Church
165 Ponquogue
Saturdays 9:00AM-1:00PM
May -September
*Hayground School Farmers Market (will not be returning this year 2018)
Montauk Farmers Market
Village Green, Center of Town
Thursdays 9:00 AM-2:00 PM
June- October
Riverhead Farmers Market
117 East Main Street,  Saturdays, 9am–1pm , May-October , Across the street from Suffolk Theater 
Sag Harbor Farmers Market
Bay and Burke Streets
In Front of Breakwater Yacht Club
Saturdays 9:00 AM-1:00 PM
May-October
Shelter Island Farmers Market
Shelter Island Historical Society – Havens House
16 South Ferry Rd.
Saturdays 9:00 AM-12:30 PM
May-September 
Southampton Farmers Market
25 Jobs Lane
West side of Southampton Cultural Center
Sundays 9:00 AM-2:00 PM
May- October
Westhampton Beach Farmers Market
Village Green *new Location
85 Mill Road
Saturdays 9:00 AM-1:00 PM
May – OctoberHamptons Farmers Market and Farm Stands FARM STANDS

Hamptons Farmers Markets and  Farm Stands 2018

NORTHFORK
Harbes Family Farm & Vineyard, 715 Sound Ave, Mattituck, NY 11952 Opens in May 
Briermere Farms4414 Sound Ave, Riverhead, NY 11901 http://www.briermere.com 
Sang Lee Farms25180 County Road 48, Peconic, NY 11958 
WESTHAMPTON
Fruit King Farm stand, 166 Montauk Highway, Westhampton, NY  
QUOGUE  
Hampton Fruit & Vegetable436 Montauk Hwy, East Quogue, NY 11942
HAMPTON BAYS
Nurel’s Farmers Market and farm stand Open daily year-round, 8am – dusk 226 East Montauk Highway, Hampton Bays, NY 11946, USA  
SOUTHAMPTON
Hank’s Farm Stand County Road 39 Southampton U-pick strawberries (June), raspberries and blackberries (July/August); fresh produce June to mid-September 
WATERMILL   Babinski Farm Stand, 160 Newlight Ln, Watermill, New York Daily:10 a.m.-8 p.m. (Open June-October.)
 Green Thumb Organic Farm 829 Montauk Highway, Water Mill
 Halsey’s Farm and Nursery 513 Deerfield Road Water Mill Vegetables and cut flowers grown on-site, fruits, baked goods, juices  http://halseyfarm.com/farmstand  
The Milk Pail Farm stand 1346 Montauk Highway Water Mill Mon, Wed-Sat 930a-530pm, Sun 10am-530pm, closed Tuesday http://www.milk-pail.com  
Seven Ponds Orchard Farm stand 9am-6pm Daily 65 Seven Ponds Rd. Water Mill         BRIDGEHAMPTON

Fairview Farm 69 Horsemill Lane, Bridgehampton, NY 631-537-6154 Summer only, Kid friendly Fri-Sun: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. (May-October)  

Round Swamp Farm 97 School Street, Bridgehampton, NY Re-Opening May 2018  

Open Minded Organics farmstand , 720 Butter Lane in Bridgehampton. Grand reopening may 5th.. open 7 days 9 till 5  

SAG HARBOR

Serene Green Farm Stand * re-opening May 16th 2018 3980 Noyac Rd (Brick klin Rd) Sag Harbor Fresh local seafood
from Montauk & Shinnecock 

local fresh produce : fresh local dairy: 
mecox bay cheese
, fresh mozzarella, cheese
 catapano,dairy goat cheese
  Fresh baked goods,
 bread,
pies, 
cookies, 
pound cakes
, crumb cakes 

SHELTER ISLAND

Pete Sep’s Produce Farm stand87 N Ferry Rd, Route 114 (next to Bob’s Fish Market) Shelter Island –Thursday 10am-5pm *Friday and Saturday 10am-6pm *Sunday 10am-2p- Late June-Labor Day Weekend 

EAST HAMPTON

Little Farm Stand / Spring Close Farms 92 Spring Close Hwy. East Hampton or 631-267-6150. Vegetables, fruit, ostrich and chicken eggs, baked goods, flowers. Pony rides Sat.

Regina’s Farm Stand 42 Oak View Hwy. East Hampton Organic and conventionally grown vegetables, fruit and flowers  

Round Swamp Farm 184 Three Mile Harbor Road East Hampton Re-Opening May 2018 http://roundswampfarm.com        

AMAGANSETT

Amber Waves Farmers market367 Main Street, Amagansett, NY Open daily 7a-7pm 

SAGAPONACK

Pike Farms Farm stand 82 Sagg Main Sagaponack 9am-6pm daily June-October Vegetables, fruits, baked goods, cut flowers 

MONTAUK

The Sea Bean Farmstand- Montauk’s First Organic Farm 

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