Monday, April 14, 2014

K60 really delivers (in more ways than one).

When a restaurant expands into delivery offerings, that is a happy plus for me an Mr. Cardinal. On a busy Friday searching for a Lenten alternative, he noticed that K60, right around the corner in Lake Grove, was now offering this service, we decided to give them a try. Everything arrived at our door quite quickly!

I ordered the Yellowtail Jalapeno, an exercise in well-balanced minimalism, and the Yummy Yummy Roll (lobster tempura, mango, avocado and eel in a mango sauce) which was quite the opposite. The roll was true to its name, and from within that packed flavor a complementary taste of sweet and savory emerged. Mr. Cardinal was also very happy with his selections, which included the Coconut Shrimp Cake. 

With this newfound delivery convenience, I hope K60 will also see an uptick in their business; with fish this fresh and creations so flavorful, I doubt they need will need anyone's hope. ��

K60 Japanese Steak House on Urbanspoon

Sunday, April 13, 2014

coastal freebie #3: starfish shopping list

Hello there, Long Island!
Who is lovin' this warmer weather?
We've certainly earned it...

My newest digital watercolor freebie is a shopping list. Jazz up AND organize those trips to Meat Farms and King Kullen (or shamelessly enjoy 'em anyway, even if the crew of Dairy Barn does all the dirty work for you. ;)


To download, click here the below link:
Coastal Freebie: Starfish Shopping List

Friday, April 11, 2014

coastal freebie #2: chevron and shell wine diary (w. tasting notes)

For all your adventures on the North and South Forks (and Sayville and Town of Smithtown)! Keep track of your favorite blends and vineyards. At standard paper size, these tasting notes pages fit beautifully into a binder. Perfect for collecting your memories of each winery trip. There will be several complimentary papers to follow, where you can keep track of new releases.

For personal and non-commercial use only. If you use it or pin it I'd be absolutely tickled pink with a comment, tweet, or link back. :)))

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To download, click the link below and select the 'Save' option in GoogleDocs:
Download Coastal Freebie #2

Thursday, April 10, 2014

loving you a latte, l.i.

Though things continue to get warmer, Long Island, I still can't shake my hot caffeinate beverage habit...

The places listed below roast their own coffee. That conscientious, hands-on approach seems to lend itself to better coffee, time and time again. Try them for yourself, and let me know what you think!

When life takes us chicken keepers to the Port Jeff Agway to refill our stock of poultry supplies, invariably I find an excuse to head a little farther east and get coffee at Crazy Beans in Miller Place. Their Crazy Colombian blend is spot-on: nutty, medium-bodied yet not overtly acidic. If you are looking for a solid cup of joe, Long Island, this blend will do no wrong. They also offer muffins, local chocolate, and a homey menu of omelettes and sandwiches. For those in the it's five o' clock somewhere crowd, they also have a number of craft brews. Speaking of crafts, Sarina (of nerdcraftlibrarian fame) also runs a craft night here, so jump on over to her blog to see what they've been up to!

Crazy Beans on Urbanspoon

Hampton Coffee Company, which is distributed in numerous shops and restaurants and has several locations, also has its original storefront on Montauk Highway in Water Mill. The baked goods are fabulous, and the coffee is simpy amazing. The Classic Blend is a nicely balanced coffee that you'll frequently find around L.I. In a recent visit, I tried the Organic Peru Norte. It's exceptional and true to the roaster's description: "mellow-bodied with a light floral acidity". If the East End's a hike for you, you can also order their beans online.
 
Hampton Coffee Company on Urbanspoon

Patchogue's own Roast Coffee & Tea Trading Company is an expansive space with a 90's coffeehouse vibe that compliments the larger, artsy vibe of the downtown. True to form, there are community offerings like open mic nights. Discerning coffee nerds, take note: one nice feature about Roast is that they offer multiple coffee preparations, including French Press and Chemex. The Bolivian roast they were offering at the time of my visit was memorable; intensely flavorful. Their coffees seem to rotate in and out, so I look forward to seeing what's on the menu next time I'm in town.
 
Roast Coffee & Tea Trading Company on Urbanspoon

Thursday, April 3, 2014

when the going gets tough, the tough get lazy and order delivery.

When Jay Cardinal is too exhausted to undertake one of his culinary creations after a busy day of work and Mother Nature refuses to cooperate, we find ourselves ordering delivery from Gino's of Nesconset. Their service is always faster then estimate, and the food is freshly prepared. The Insalata Buenavista (spring mix greens, sliced green apples, fresh mozzarella, caramelized walnuts, honey mustard vinaigrette) and the Insalata Pera (mesculin greens, poached pears, crumbled blue cheese, caramelized walnuts, balsamic honey reduction) are two of our favorite go-to salads. The Chicken Fresca Pizza, a thin crust margherita pie comprised of grilled chicken, red onion, fresh tomato and basil, is a dead-on, textural delight. Of all the pizza we've had in Nesconset in the past two years, we've found Gino's the most consistent.

Gino's of Nesconset on Urbanspoon

oh, the pastabilities are endless...

Pasta Night--- an early-in-the-week phenomenon that takes place here at Long Island's Italian restaurants. It typically entails a generous pasta dinner offering (or all-you-can-eat buffet) for next to nothing. Jay Cardinal and I were game, and upon the recommendation of a dear family member we settled upon Caffe Amici in Selden. 

It was hopping. After handling the zooishness of the waiting process (get there early!) we would soon discover why the whole of Brookhaven descended on this place. I ordered the Rigatoni ala Vodka (a favourite dish) and it was by far the best I had ever experienced. (This coming from a woman who has lived a large chunk of my life in North Jersey). The Vodka sauce was absolutely heavenly. The Italian cheesecake was also excellent. All of the portions were extremely generous and warranted a doggy bag. At $15 a head for pasta, soup or salad, dessert and drink, there were no complaints.

If you want to make Pasta Night memorable, head over to Selden's Caffe Amici. While a restaurant of this scale needs a set-up like Red Lobster (with ample, traffic-free waiting space) you'll be rewarded for your cramped wait with a meal as divine as it is kind to your wallet.

  Caffe Amici on Urbanspoon

Thursday, March 27, 2014

coastal freebie: watercolor scallop shell to-do list printable

Happy Spring, Long Island!
As we think warm thoughts together and remember a milder, sunnier Long Island, here's a free printable to put you in a warmer mood. Who couldn't use another pretty to-do list to help us through our harried downstate existences? 


This little scallop shell is a clip from a digital watercolor I created. It will be featured in a number of upcoming coastal village girl projects. This to-do list printable is free for personal and non-commercial use only; if you do "pin" it or use it, please reference my website so more people can enjoy it. ��
To download the watercolor scallop shell to-do list, simply right-click the graphic below and go to 'save target as...':