Here are my picks for the coming weekend. Enjoy!
Friday Happy Hour
One of the things I look forward to most in the warmer weather is the re-opening of those seasonal South Shore restaurants known for their seafood and see-and-be-seen clientele. Well, lose the pretension for a moment and consider South Shore slightly west of the Hamptons… Approximately one-and-a-half hours west:
If you haven’t yet been to FatFish Wine Bar & Bistro in Bayshore, there are plenty of good reasons to make a trip this summer. First of all, you need not wait for Friday for happy hour; specials run 3-7pm Monday through Friday and include $4 glasses of house wine and 1/2 off the bar food menu (try the Fritto Misto). Los Dos will be performing on the outdoor deck starting at 6pm. Be sure to say “hi” to my friend Tommy behind the bar and tell him I sent you! (TIP: Do NOT drink one of his dirty martinis unless you have secured a ride home). Check out future posts about their Monday night Lobster Special and the weekday Tapas Wine Special.
The local weather is supposed to be 90 degrees and sunny on Saturday. If you’re not planning on heading to the beach, why not take a ride out to the North Fork?
Check out the Winemaker’s Walk (1pm) at the Castillo di Borghese winery in Cutchogue. For $20, you get a guided tour of the winery and production facility plus a tasting. Stay for “Cabaret & Wine” in the Terra Cotta Art Gallery with Marguerite Volonts, cabaret artist, singer, and violist. Call (631) 734-5111 to make reservations or visit their website to pay securely online.
Shinn Estate Vineyards stays open late on Saturday nights (until 8pm), so after all of the other wineries close, pop over to Oregon Road for wine, cheese, and sunset! Be sure to say “hi” to Panda, the friendliest pooch on the North Fork Wine Trail!
Join me bright and early for the GRAND OPENING of the brand new Babylon Village Farmers’ Market. I’ll be purchasing some great ingredients for the Bottle of White test kitchen (hey – I’ve got a lot of time on my hands this summer…and a lot of wine that needs pairing!) After you figured out what you’re having for dinner, take a walk down to Solo Vino and pick up the perfect bottle of wine!