Tipsy Tastes: Riverhead Ciderhouse

(This article first appeared in the November 29, 2017 issue of The Independent Newspaper as part of my Tipsy Tastes Series) Since its opening in March, Riverhead Ciderhouse has been the new go-to spot on the North Fork. Taking the place of a former industry warehouse, every inch of this 8000-square-foot space invites you in;…

Tipsy Tastes: Wolffer Cider & Gin

(This article first appeared in the November 22, 2017 issue of The Independent Newspaper as part of my Tipsy Taste series)   Wölffer Estate has long been known for its wine and has received national recognition for its Summer in a Bottle. But the iconic brand has expanded its flavoring to libations of a different…

Helping Local Horses

(This article first appeared in the November 15, 2017 issue of The Independent Newspaper)   Marylou Kaler is an East Hampton resident with a passion for equine. Driving down Route 27 heading east, just before Red Horse Market, is a wide-open space where many a passerby has pulled over to take a picture of the…

Tipsy Tastes: Montauk Hard Whiskey

(This article was originally published in the November 15, 2017 issue of The Independent Newspaper as part of my Tipsy Tastes series)   Montauk’s downtown watering hole 668 The Gig Shack has a harder side to it many may not know about — whiskey production. Montauk Hard Label is produced right in the back of…

Lulu Kitchen & Bar Review

(This article first appeared in the November 15, 2017 issue of The Independent Newspaper)   It’s a Thursday night in Sag Harbor and the scent of crisp air and cozy fireplace smoke blankets me — an emblematic combination for fall. Neighborhood fireplaces aren’t the source of the delicious fragrance; it’s the wood-fired oven at Lulu…

Daily Fitness: Choose Happiness

(This article first appeared in the November 15, 2017 issue of The Independent Newspaper)   What is happiness and why does it seem like the human race is on an eternal quest to find it, define it, and conquer it? Long Island artist and friend Asia Lee once challenged me to a verbal game of…

Vintage, Darling

(This article first appeared in the November 8, 2017 issue of The Independent Newspaper)   More than just something to wear, vintage clothing has the power to take us back in time. Every decade is defined by a fashion trend and nowadays vintage is the new vogue. No one knows that more than Houston native…

Tipsy Tastes: Twin Still’s Moonshine

(This article first appeared in the November 8, 2017 issue  of The Independent Newspaper, as part of my debut ‘Tipsy Tastes’ series)   Grown on Long Island but inspired by a Portuguese tradition, Twin Stills Moonshine holds pride as the only tasting room of its kind in the area. Naming their distillery after the twin…

Yektai: An Ascension Through the Generations

(This article first appeared in the November 1, 2017 issue of The Independent Newspaper)   Growing up in an artistic household creates unique circumstances. Trips to the ballpark are replaced with excursions to European museums. Patriarch of the Yektai family, Manoucher Yektai’s cultural exploration through Iran, France, and the United States has made him a…

Tipsy Tastes: Life is Better Liv’d

(This article first appeared in the November 1, 2017 issue of The Independent Newspaper) Amid the miles of famed North Fork Wine Country resides a different kind of alcohol batching — Long Island Spirits, an original craft distillery. Visit the restored barn in Baiting Hollow, which celebrated a decade of operation last January, and step…