The great thing in this world is not so much where we are, but in what direction we are moving. — Holmes

November 1, 2008

Boy, does that quote seem relevent this week!  I’ve been thinking about the subject of moving as I am starting to seriously look at buying my first home.  My honey is also moving into a new place this weekend.  But on a much grander scale…this week brings us to Election Day.  Is it going to be a time for change, or will it be more of the same?  Both candidates have their good and bad points, and though Mr. Obama seems to have the lead, who knows what can happen on election day (can you say hanging chads?  The Bush/Gore election?  The Bush/Kerry election?)  Regardless of who wins, it’s time for us to move in a new direction.

Speaking of moving, Turkey Coma day is coming!  (What does Thanksgiving have to do with moving?  Well, you’ll have to do a whole LOT of moving to burn off the calories you’ll be ingesting…how’s that?) Now, for those of you who want to put on a great show without all the fuss, I’ll let you in on a little secret–take out!  I know some of these prices may seem a bit high, but when you do the math, it ends up at around $15 per person…right within guidelines (and cheaper than if you had done the shopping and cooking yourself!).  I’ll take the liberty of cutting and pasting here from the Long Island Restaurant website:

Skip the fuss and the mess and have executive chef Cheryl Stair of Art of Eating (631) 267-2411 in Amagansett prepare your Thanksgiving meal. Famed for her predilection toward organic and local ingredients, she designs a take-home menu of 40 items to compose a five-course meal or just dessert.  Orders will be taken through November 19 for pick up by noon on Thanksgiving Day.  Call (631) 267-2411 or e-mail  Sample menu items include: carrot and French apple cider soup; slow-roasted turkey from Mecox Ludlow Farms; apple sauce with local Milk Pail apples; and pear cobbler.

Let Citarella in East Hampton (631) 324-9190 or Water Mill (631) 726-3636 simplify your Thanksgiving.  From fresh free-range turkey, fine quality seafood, delectable prepared foods and stunning pastry selections, Citarella has everything the gourmand needs for a complete holiday feast.  Orders may be placed up to three days in advance and must be picked up by Wednesday, November 26th.  Orders for platters must be placed by Monday, November 24th.

Diane’s Bakery & Café (516) 621-2522 in Roslyn prepares traditional Thanksgiving fixings this holiday season.  Orders must be prepaid and placed by Saturday, November 22.  Customers may pick up orders Wednesday, November 26 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Thursday, November 27 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.  Items include: pecan pie, triple berry tart, pumpkin nut loaf, roast sliced turkey breast, and apple raisin stuffing.

East Wind Caterers (631) 846-2335 in Wading River prepares a traditional Thanksgiving feast to serve six to ten guests at home for $149 plus tax.  Orders must be placed by Sunday, November 23.  Dinner will be available, cooked and cold with reheating instructions, for pick up on Wednesday, November 26 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., or packed hot and ready to serve on Thursday, November 27 from 11 p.m. to 3 p.m. Take-away items include honey whipped sweet potatoes, 14-pound turkey, and pumpkin pie.

A little cheese with that wine?

Just because the weather is getting nippy doesn’t mean there isn’t lots to do!  Agian, I’m going to copy and paste from LI Restaurant’s website:  Corey Creek Vineyards (631) 765-4168 in Southold will be hosting homemade jelly tastings every weekend, from 1-4 p.m. Come and taste a variety of jams and jellies made from all natural products, and homegrown flavor with sophisticated taste. Pair your jams and jellies with Corey Creek wines for a tasting fee of $5.  They also host a wine and cheese pairing, the last Saturday of each month. On Saturday, November 29th they will be pairing their award winning wines with an assortment of artisanal cheeses. The cost is $15 per person and complimentary for wine club members. Reservations are required; please RSVP for the pairing on, November 29th, by Friday, November  28th.

TONIGHT!  At Jazz N Grapes in Huntington…The Danny Wolf Trio along with a FREE wine tasting! 6-10 PM.

Next weekend on the 8th…the Borghese Vineyards is hosting a Winemaker’s Walk and Tasting, $15 per person.

Ever wanted to go to some of those expensive restaurants and experience one of those wine dinners, but it was just too expensive at $100 plus per person?  Well, this does exceed guidelines, but for the price, it’s worth the mention…Bohlsen-owned restaurants Prime – an American Kitchen and Bar (631) 385-1515 in Huntington, Tellers Chophouse (631) 277-7070 in Islip and H2O Seafood Grill (631) 361-6464 in Smithtown, will offer a three-course $50 wine dinner ($40 without wines) from Sunday, November 2 to Thursday, November 6.   I’ve been to all three…all excellent!

Dinner and a movie? 

Rowdy Hall (631) 324-8555  in East Hampton is now offering discounted movie tickets with your meal. Patrons of Rowdy Hall are entitled to a UA Cinema movie ticket at the cost of $7.50 with their meal Sunday – Thursday during lunch and dinner.

Music to sooth the savage beast…

This entry comes from Christopher…Saturday November 8, 9:00 Sage Cafe: Jay Scott Acoustic, FREE!
Our first show at the Sage – Jay Scott and Jason Tebaldi play songs from Homegrown, some brand new tunes and some tasty covers.  Located at the end of Nicholls Road on Montauk Highway in Blue Point, the Sage Cafe has been a staple on the south shore for over 14 years. The atmosphere and clientele are eclectic. The menu is diverse and always delicious. They have a large selection of beer, including tasty suds from the award winning brewers at Blue Point Brewery.

Stefan Julian will be at University Cafe on November 7…

Thursday is Big Bottom Bike Nite with Pamela Betti at McGovern’s in Oakdale…

TONIGHT! Susan Werner in concert!  I KNOW it’s over the $30 limit, but she’s worth seeing!

This Thursday…Live in the Lobby is back with Return to the Dream  (this is Martha Trachtenberg and Tom Griffith’s new gig!  DO NOT MISS THIS, they are INCREDIBLE!  Love them!  And Boohoo, I have to teach that night!  I think class may end early…), and will also feature Dave Dircks and Laura Jean Binkley…$10 gets you in the door!

Speaking of Dave Dircks…Acoustic Long Island is back this week with what looks like a great show…with Dean Fields, Sherri Miller, and Chris Cubeta and the Liars Club…Deepwells Mansion…as always…FREE!  I’m still trying to figure out how to get the Podcasts to play on the side of this blog so you can preview these gigs before going…

The Eclectic Cafe will be featuring James Lee Stanley on November 8…$10 gets you in…

You’re running out of time…

To hit the LI farmstands and get your fresh produce!  This month is the final month for many until late Spring ’09.  Make a point of getting that last run in…view a comprehensive list by clicking here!

Of course, I’ll be back in a few to let you know about more great things to get out there and do…keep checking back, keep spreading the word, and as always, if you have an event/gig/info, email me at!

Chat soon!


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