Montauk: A two day tour of sun, sea, sights and eats.

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Montauk N.Y. is a very special and unique place. The blue/green ocean water, pristine beaches and fresh air beckon visitors to the tip of Long Island each year.  Unlike the towns to the west (East Hampton,etc.), Montauk has a more relaxed and laid back vibe.  In a recent two day adventure we were able to get a taste of Montauk and not spend a fortune.

There are numerous lodging options in the area, Montauk Manor is where we stayed. See our article here.

After more exploring  the small downtown, we ventured a few short miles east to the very tip of Long Island to Montauk Light House.  The light house authorized by President George Washington in 1792 and completed in 1796.  This remarkable historic landmark has been preserved for us to visit and enjoy its views from the property.   The fee to enter the lighthouse is $11 which gives you access to the point, the historical exhibits at the base of the light, you can climb the winding 137 steps to the very top.  The views are tremendous as you can see Block Island, Rhode Island, Connecticut and way out over the Atlantic.

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Beaches and Parks: Montauk is known for its beautiful beaches along the Atlantic Ocean.  Kirk Beach is right in town and features free parking) and you can walk easily into town. Ditch Plains is famous for surfing but  requires a parking permit. Some hotels may offer shuttles. Other  than a food truck there is no services there.  We checked out the beach right in town, at the base of South Edison St where parking is tight but the beach and water were fantastic (the parking is free). You can also easily walk into town, and the Sloppy Tuna bar and restaurant is right on the beach.   We spent the day here, and strolled up to the 2nd floor deck of the Sloppy Tuna for cocktails and to enjoy the awesome view.

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The Sloppy Tuna: on the beach and the deck is the perfect spot for food,drinks and an awesome view

Eats:  there are many dining options in Montauk for you to explore.   Here are two we experienced.  The Sloppy Tuna, a bar/restaurant located right on the beach in town.  The two story building is laid back and could be in any beach town from Montauk to the Keys.  It has an outside bar area where people gather in the afternoon, a large open bar room on the first floor for the late night crowd, and the upstairs eatery and bar with sun deck.  Upstairs is the casual dining area and the deck with panoramic views of the beach and the ocean.   We enjoyed sipping  margaritas and the huge rum filled “Chum Bucket” served in a small plastic bucket.    There is a wide selection of apps and mains, salads and side dishes.


Drinks and the view from the Sloppy Tuna deck

We sampled the Lobster Roll which was large, fresh and delicious. Served with fries it was the perfect food as you watch the waves crash down on the beach.  You cannot visit Montauk without partaking in this delicacy.   As the sun slowly set and we were cooled by the breeze, we also enjoyed the Grilled Ahi Tuna Steak Sandwich.  This was a thick slice of perfectly cooked tuna on a bun that was delicious and filling.  Not a seafood lover?  Sloppy Tuna has chicken, beef and veggie options as well for everyone in your party.  Add some fun drinks and that view and you have a fun and memorable dining experience.  Located on the beach 148 S Emerson St.


Tuna Steak Sandwich

In town is a fun laid back Mexican restaurant, Tacombi.  This casual eatery with locations in Manhattan has recreated a vibe that echoes 1970s era Acapulco Mexico.  Even the sound track wafting through the eatery is 70s rock, though some modern tunes are thrown in .  The interior is basic with painted metal tables and chairs further enhancing the Mexican beach eatery vibe.


The food is first rate and Tacombi uses the freshest of ingredients when crafting traditional Mexican dishes.  Starters include items such as tuna or avocado tostadas, street corn and rice and beans.    Tacos make up the largest part of the menu with delicious choices ranging from shrimp, chicken, pork, beef to a healthy and light veggie option.  This is a fun laid back restaurant with something for everyone.   Located at 52 Montauk Highway.

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Fresh Mexican delights at Tacombi

What is a trip to the beach without some ice cream.  A fixture in Montauk for decades has been John’s Drive In at 677 Montauk Highway.  By the lines at the counter in the evening,  you can see this local stand is a favorite with its fresh soft serve and hard ice cream.   John’s also offers burgers, shakes, and wraps, but we can only report on the creamy smoothness of the soft serve ice cream.

Montauk’s laid back casual atmosphere was just what we needed to charge our batteries. There is a lot to see and do and we only just touched the surface on this special place. In 48 hours we had a lot of fun and hope to return soon.

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Catskills Wine and Food Festival! A new festival with celebrity chefs, great food and great live music. October 6th-7th

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A brand new event featuring food, wine and great live music is coming to the Hudson Valley this fall!  Coming  October 6th-7th,  Catskills Wine and Food Festival is a one-of-kind experience in which guests will be treated to intimate cooking demonstrations by celebrity chefs as well as live music, private tastings, a variety of good eats, and an impressive selection of beer, wine, and cider . For the full experience, guests can rent on-site cabins that sleep up to 18 people and stay overnight on the magnificent event grounds, nestled in the beautiful mountains of upstate in New York.


This is a very unique event that blends great food, celebrity chefs, craft beer, wine  and a fantastic line up of live music.  All this in a natural setting in the lush natural surroundings of the Hudson Valley.

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Celebrity chefs scheduled to appear:

  • Alex Guarnaschelli, award winning chef, author and Food Network star
  • Marcus Samuelsson, the acclaimed chef behind Red Rooster Harlem Rotisserie and more
  • Michael Chernow of Seamore’s (NYC) and co-founder of The Meatball Shop(NYC)
  • Bobbie Lloyd of the famed Magnolia Bakery
  • Gail Simmons, Top Chef on Bravo network
  • Donatella Arpaia, chef and Food Network host
  • Josh Capon, award winning chef

and more.

Both days will feature live music from the following :

  • Rebecca Perl
  • The Revivalists
  • Moon Taxi
  • Lord Huron

and many more talented performers.

A limited number of general admission two-day passes ($285) and single day tickets ($165) are available at These packages include food sampling and wine tastings, access to cooking demonstrations, workshops and live music, access to activities throughout the campground, access to the weekend market — a culinary curation of the Catskills and beyond — and shuttles to and from select hotels in the area. All-access two-day VIP passes ($549) include all general admission events, plus access to a unique VIP Village where VIP attendees can enjoy private dining experiences curated by CWFF celebrity chefs, select open bars, meet & greets with talent, and more!

This is a very special event that can be enjoyed for one day or for both.  So make plans to head to the foothills of the Catskills to immerse yourselves in nature, great food and drink while listening to fantastic live music.

See you there!

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Bedford Playhouse to screen First Reformed. Q&A with writer/director Paul Schrader


first reformedOn Saturday August 25th at 7pm, the Bedford Playhouse will be screening the drama First Reformed starring Ethan Hawke and Amanda Seyfried.   Following the film there will be a Q & A session with the films writer and director, Paul Schrader.  This will be a very special evening.

Paul Schrader has a long and distinguished film career starting in the 1970s.  He has written or co-written numerous screenplays including  Taxi Driver, Raging Bull and The Last Temptation of Christ (all directed by Martin Scorsese).   During his career he has directed  18 feature films including American Gigolo,  Affliction, and his latest film First Reformed.

The film released in 2017 and follows a Protestant minister faced with questions of faith and morality while serving as pastor of a dwindling historical church and deals with some very heavy themes.

This should be a fascinating evening of cinema at the newly restored Bedford Playhouse.  The film starts at 7pm

For more information including great upcoming events visit the Playhouse website.

 Bedford Playhouse

633 Old Post Road Bedford New York

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The Understudy: a behind the scenes stage comedy now at Westport Country Playhouse


A very funny play set backstage at a Broadway theater has opened  at the Westport Country Playhouse in Westport Ct.  “The Understudy” written by award winning playwright Theresa Rebeck  is  a clever and very funny comedy that brought laughter and much applause from the opening night audience.  It recently ran off Broadway.

The play opens with a bang as Harry (Eric Bryant) runs down the aisle of the theater and leaps on stage and reminds the audience to silence their cell phones.  We learn quickly he is not a member of the theater but rather an actor and the show has abruptly started even though the stage curtain is still closed.  An effective way of getting the full attention of the audience.

This comedy takes place during practice on a Broadway stage for a serious play based on the works of German novelist Franz Kafka.  As the actors practice their lines, the audience is treated to a play within a play, with the seriousness of the Kafka story contrasting with the comedy of the main play itself.  The Understudy employs three actors, Harry who is the journeyman understudy looking for his big break, Jake (Brett Dalton) who is a movie actor and mid level action film star, and Roxanne (Andrea Sglowski) , a former actress now stage manager whose job during the play is to run this practice.  She has the task of  keeping Jake and Harry from fighting (as Harry dislikes a B  movie actor taking on serious Broadway roles).  Jake has no love for Harry as he sees him unfit to understudy for a “star” like himself.    Jake too is obsessed as to why he is not receiving big dollar contracts for movies and not the $2 million a film he currently  is paid.

We also find that Roxanne and Harry were once engaged and she has no idea he has been cast as the understudy as he has adopted a new name.  That tension and Harry’s constant absurd comments about changing the lines further send the practice into disarray.  Throw into the mix Laura, the stage board operator (unseen during the show) who is stoned and keeps screwing up the sound, lighting and the sets.  This only adds to the calamity on stage.   The play gives the audience a look into the world backstage at a Broadway production and all the issues that arrive that give angst to those in the production, but comedy for the viewer.

Interesting is the playwrights commentary on the current state of American theater.  Instead of staging plays and musicals of integrity, the public and the theater industry itself is obsessed with celebrity and profits , with many plum roles in the theater going to big name movie stars instead of seasoned actors.  This commentary is worthy and timely considering some of the shows making it to the stage today.  A very funny play with great acting, a thoughtful clever script and excellent direction by David Kennedy.

The play runs  one and a half hours and is fast paced and has no intermission.  The play runs through September 1, 2018.

for tickets and information

Westport Country Playhouse

25 Powers Court   Westport Ct.

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Peachtopia: peaches, cider, veggies, live music, hard cider and more at Fishkill Farms on 8/11



Fishkill Farms is hosting  “Peachtopia” 2018 on Saturday August 11th from 10am to 4pm.  Fishkill Farms is located in Hopewell Junction right off I-84 in Southern Dutchess County We attended this event last year and really enjoyed ourselves at this scenic Hudson Valley farm .

Peachtopia marks the height of summer harvest with a bounty of juicy peaches and nectarines to pick as well as an array of certified organic vegetables, herbs and summer flowers. Celebrate this hot sultry summer with live music, delicious foods from the Fishkill Farms Grill AND Farmers & Chefs food truck, peachy desserts and a cold, stone fruit hard cider cocktails. Wagon rides will be running throughout the festival to and from the peach trees, and the corn hole boards and bubble machine will be set up on the hillside. We’ll even have a kids craft setup on the back porch by our chickens!

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Pick-Your-Own & Wagon Rides
Pick ripe and juicy peaches and nectarines as well as farm fresh veggies and beautiful flowers. All PYO items are priced by the pound and are available until supplies last. Wagon rides will be running to and from the orchard throughout the duration of the festival and are included in the price of admission.

Food available on site
Fishkill Farms Grill | 11am-4pm

Old fashion crawfish boil featuring crawfish from Hudson Valley Seafood, andouille sausage, corn, cornbread, and potatoes.Mixed Green Salad with roasted spring onions, balsamic peaches & Gorgonzola cheese,Grass-fed hamburgers and cheeseburgers on a brioche bun and more.

The Farm Store will be open all day and includes lots of favorites including  each Ice cream peaches & cream cheesecake crumble and so many other cool items. There are also fresh veggies from the farm local snacks, cheeses, meats, fresh made pies and donuts

Treasury Cider Garden will be open from Noon – 6 pm!
To celebrate the peach harvest, we will also be offering a special hard cider Peach Bellini made with our very own Treasury Cider.  There will be cider tastings and more and enjoy the view over the fields from the cider garden.

Fishkill Farms

9 Fishkill Farm Rd
Hopewell Junction, NY 12533

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Bailey’s Backyard: an authentic farm to table restaurant in the heart of Ridgefield

Over the years we have walked by Bailey’s Backyard in Ridgefield Ct and were curious about dining there. Luckily we were recently invited to have dinner there, and we jumped at the chance.  Located on Bailey Avenue, a side street off of Ridgefield’s quaint Main Street, the restaurant is housed in a small building and is comprised of three separate dining spaces.  The main dining room is an intimate space that is snug and cozy and reminded us of a warm inn in New England.  The second larger space is a former alley that was transformed into a dining room and has a more airy vibe.  Outside on the sidewalk, additional tables and umbrellas add another seating option for guests.

Bailey’s describes itself as a Farm-to table bistro.  While many restaurants may aspire to this title, owner Sal Bagliavio and chef Zach Campion have delivered a menu filled with fresh locally sourced ingredients that is both innovative and refined.

Though Bailey’s does not have a bar, do not despair as wine, beer, and creative cocktails are available. We sampled the delicious Pisco Sour that topped with a foam of aquafaba(juice from chickpeas instead of using whipped egg) which was refreshing and vegan friendly.

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Cornbread is delicious and is made with molasses butter. This is a pure comfort food that will satisfy your hunger as you await the first course.

Starters ($12-$16) include both greens and seafood.   The Tomato and Peach Gazpacho with almonds and feta was a light and healthy way to start off the meal.   Farm Greens was a healthy medley of English pea, fava beans, green apple carrots and fermented grape vinaigrette .

We also sampled the Scallops, lightly browned and served with a tabboulah, capers. shitake and a lemon cream.  The Spanish Octopus was also a favorite and is served lightly charred with squid ink, chorizo marmalade, daikon (a radish),and served in a salsa verde. Delicious and light.

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Main dishes include burgers, beef, chicken and pork.  We opted for the lobster tail which was fresh and nicely presented sitting atop its opened shell.   Important to remember is that Bailey’s is constantly changing the menu  not only to introduce current farm to table offerings but to give guests the opportunity to return again and again and enjoy new flavors.

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Wednesday night offers a 4 course tasting menu at only $40 per person and seems to be a great opportunity to sample the great dishes at Baileys.  There is also a full dinner tasting and lunch tasting menu as well.  Check their website for details and the current menu.  We are certainly happy we finally made it to Bailey’s Backyard and are planning to return again soon.

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Bailey’s Backyard

23 Bailey Avenue  Ridgefield Ct    203.431.0796

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