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Sag Harbor, Sag Harbor Hills 2018 –Sagkanda by the seaThe 7th annual summer kick-off party and fundraiser was fun and I was happy to be part of the celebration. Summer attire was  Wakanda inspired ( Dashikis and Caftans). Everyone had fun with the Wakanda attire, it was great to see almost 100% participation. I even got in the grove with my Wakanda summer caftan. Unfortunately, I was so busy taking photos I am not sure anyone got a picture of me in my beautiful caftan.

Sag Harbor: One of the vendors that I really liked was Christy Creations, her beautiful collection of hand-painted bags were beautiful. Christine is a multi-talented award-winning artist from St. Lucian who has earned recognition for her impressive skills in different artistic genres. Her products are individually crafted, hand-painted and fashioned into a guaranteed original one-of-a-kind. I cannot wait to sport the original bag I purchased.

Sag Harbor is so rich in History, especially black history. Many African Americans bought property in Sag Harbor after the 2nd World war but they were limited to specific Neighborhoods, Sag Harbor Hills, Ninevah and Azurest, Eastville and Chatfield’s Hill. These Lots were cheap,  so many paid with cash since loans were not available at that time. Many of the homes were small, if you walk through the neighborhood today you might still find some of the originally built homes. The character is, however, changing with many new homeowners building bigger homes, developers pressuring homeowners to sell and they subsequently combining the lots to build mega-mansions.

Thank You Sag Harbor Hills for inviting me to your 7th Annual Summer Kick-off, I had a great time and it was nice seeing everyone. I look forward to seeing everyone at the annual Labor Day Races and the end of summer party. Have a wonderful summer. 

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Hamptons RecreationThe Hamptons seasonal bicyclist are out, share the road. It has been a long cold winter and I for one am so excited to welcome the warm weather. Bike riding in the Hamptons has always been a favorite activity but now that we are quickly approaching the official start of the Hamptons season I thought it would be a good idea to go over some safe bike riding rules. It is unfortunate that there are not many roads in the Hamptons that have bike lanes and therefore Bikers, Drivers, Runners, Walkers and animals must share the road.turkey crossing the road

Many accidents that occur are usually with bicyclist and drivers who do not respect each others space, so let’s try to avoid these unfortunate and preventable accidents this summer.Drivers and cyclists can work together to improve road safety through shared awareness, patience, courtesy and cooperation. Casual riding

Bicyclists have the same rights and responsibilities as any other driver of a vehicle. While a driver’s license is not required to ride a bike, bicyclists are required to know and obey all traffic laws such as stopping at stop signs and traffic lights and signaling before turning or changing lanes. Bicyclists should never, under any circumstances, ride against traffic.

A high percentage of all car/bike collisions result from cyclists going the wrong way. Stay to the right if you are moving slower than other traffic, maintain a constant position in the lane about three feet away from the curb or parked cars. Do not weave in and out of parked cars. Maintaining a presence on the road will help drivers see you and will reduce the chance that motor vehicles will pull in front of you. If lanes are too narrow to share with motor vehicles,
the safest place to ride your bicycle is in the middle of the lane. If the lanes become wider, move over to the far right side again.

Rules for Bicycles

Bicycles are the most vulnerable of all vehicles on the road, and extra safety precautions should always be taken when riding. Driving on roads requires care and courtesy whether you are driving a car or a bicycle. As road users, bicyclists must be predictable and highly visible; often drivers of vehicles have a difficult time seeing bicyclists in traffic. The following are some tips to help bicyclists Share the Road with vehicles.

  • Obey all traffic laws. Ride with traffic, obey stop signs, traffic lights and other traffic controls. Bicyclists do best when they act and are treated as drivers of vehicles.
  • Be aware of surrounding traffic, especially when riding in traffic with large trucks and buses that make wide right turns. Don’t sneak in between vehicles, and never assume that drivers see bicyclists or hand signals.
  • Ride with traffic. Ride on the right side, with the flow of traffic. Riding against traffic may cause you to miss traffic control devices, such as traffic signs and stop lights. Be especially careful when riding near or around trucks.
  • Be careful when riding too close to a large truck. Large trucks have blind spots in the front, back and on the sides, which make it difficult for drivers to see around them.
  • Be visible and predictable. Wear bright colors, ride straight, signal before changing directions, and plan ahead to avoid obstacles.

Rules for Motorists

Driving on roads requires care whether you are driving a car or a bicycle. Motorists must respect the rights of other road users including bicyclists. Do your part by being a safe and courteous driver. The following are tips to help drivers Share the Road with bicyclists:

  • Allow three feet of passing space between the right side of your vehicle and a bicyclist just as you would with a slow-moving vehicle. Maintain this distance even if there are designated bike lanes.
  • Do not pass bicyclists if you will be making a right turn immediately afterward. Always assume bicyclists are traveling through the intersection.
  • Before opening your car door, look for bicyclists who may be approaching.
  • Do NOT pass bicyclists if oncoming traffic is near. Wait as you would with any slow-moving vehicle.
  • Reduce your speed when passing bicyclists, especially if the roadway is narrow.
  • Don’t blast your horn when approaching bicyclists — you could startle them and cause an accident.

Give bicyclists adequate space to maneuver. Recognize situations and obstacles which may be hazardous to cyclists, such as potholes, debris, and drain grates.

Special thanks to MARC for this information.

Bicyclist it is important to also pay attention to the rules about riding your bike down Main Street in most towns. I know in Sag Harbor you cannot ride your bike in Town, so bring a lock to park your bike if you would like to browse or have a bite to eat. Although many towns are safe there are still dishonest people everywhere.sag harbor main street

If you are seeking to buy a Kayak or a Bike Amagansett Beach & Bicycle is my favorite place in the Hamptons. Lee & Barbara Oldak will take care of you, tell them Hamptons Mouthpiece sent you and I am sure they will give you a special savings off your total purchase. The Best kept secret is that not only can you rent a bike from them  but they will deliver and pick-up from you in towns Montauk-Bridgehampton. You can also have your bikes repaired as well and you can trade in your old bikes and be given a credit towards a new bike. Amagansett Beach and Bicycle are at 624 Montauk Highway, Amagansett New York, 631-267-6325amagansett beach bike

Remember these words, they will save your life and others….“SLOW DOWN AND LIVE”

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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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Sag Harbor: Katy’s Courage 5K April 21, 2018 Rain or Shine

Water Street, Sag Harbor
7:00 – 8:15 am check-in
8:30 am start

$25 pre-registration
$30 day of race
https://katyscourage.org/upcoming/katys-courage-5k-april-21-2018/

Sag Harbor: The race starts on Water Street and finishes adjacent to the water and a beautiful harbor. The course is flat with only a few small gentle hills.

Content provided by Katy’s Courage organization:
The race was originally organized by the East End Road and Trail Runners Club, RRCA to benefit Katy’s Courage 501(c)3 with net proceeds of this year’s race going toward local scholarships and in support of the newly formed partnership: Katy’s Kids @ CMEE Center for Grieving Children and Their Families with the goal of continuing the program started in the summer of 2015 to offer play and expressive peer support opportunities for East End children and adolescents in collaboration with the Children’s Museum of the East End. The focus of the peer group support will be grief or loss and will utilize modalities such as art, music, poetry, dance/movement and drama in a friendly, familiar and supportive environment.