Guilt Free Five North Chocolate

This article first appeared in The Independent Newspaper   Five North Chocolate is a new chocolate snack that feels as good as it tastes. Each bite size piece is fair trade, vegan, and contains over 72 percent cocoa with a superfood twist: goji berries, pistachio sea salt, and cinnamon almond, with new flavors constantly being…

North Fork Potato Chips

This article first appeared in The Independent Newspaper   More than a century ago, in 1910, Sidor Farms began in Mattituck as a 170-acre potato farm. Faced with competition from large, commercial potato farms, in 2004, Martin Sidor and wife, Carol decided to do more than just sell spuds. That year, North Fork Potato Chips was born….

Word On The Street

This article first appeared in The Independent Newspaper   The Watermill Center recently hosted “Word On The Street,” a text-based exhibit featuring original banners, both poetic and political, that originated as part of last year’s Women’s March. I recently spoke with Amy Khosbin from exhibitor House of Trees, an artist collective she leads with her…

Daily Fitness: Organic Ways to Detox

This article first appeared in The Independent Newspaper   Summer is around the corner. From the remainder of cold days, it’s common to indulge in unhealthy eating (and drinking) habits. Yet, after so many days or weeks on end, eventually the body needs a restart to a more sustainable lifestyle. Hence, a brief detox. I’m…

A Larry Party

This article first appeared in The Independent Newspaper    Lawrence Scott Gottesman established Lawrence Scott Events in 1989 and has been transforming the mundane into the magical ever since. “A Larry Party” is known for mixing formal and relaxing elements, to create the ultimate feeling of a true escape. When working with a client, Gottesman retains…

Tote Taxi is First Class For Your Bags

This article first appeared in The Independent Newspaper   Getting off the train one Friday afternoon, Danielle Candela returned home to the Hamptons. However, her tremendous bags reminded her of the commute to get there, countless shoes and all. During this tiresome moment in the summer of 2016, Candela found the inspiration for her new…

Grindstone Donuts & Coffee

This article first appeared in The Independent Newspaper   Grindstone Coffee & Donuts first opened its doors at 7 Main Street in Sag Harbor on August 1, 2016, and has proven to be a delicious indulgence East Enders can’t get enough of. Owner Kyle Shanahan grew up in Ohio, dreaming of opening a café. He…

Greener For the Good

This article first appeared in The Independent Newspaper   In March Share the Harvest Farm hosted its fundraiser music event on the greenest day of the year, St. Patrick’s Day. The benefit, held from 7 to 9 PM at The Stephen Talkhouse in Amagansett, raised monies to feed local families in need. The East Hampton-based…

Daily Fitness: ‘Tauking Health with Monbrewcha

This article first appeared in The Independent Newspaper   It seems Montauk is just brewing with new ideas lately. It’s a literal hot spot of innovation. Beer, whiskey, tea, and now kombucha. As much as I’d like to write about beer or whiskey (again), being a fitness column this week I’m putting the spotlight on…

Daily Fitness: Eco FOODFitness

The article first appeared in The Independent Newspaper   Renee McCormack is a local East Hampton resident who, like myself, prides her lifestyle on the ability to balance fitness and food, inspiring her company, FOODfitness. Upon meeting at a local Starbucks, we instantly connected. Trying samples of peanut butter, Nutella, protein balls was otherworldly. Who…