WHEN OREOS GO BLOND: We stopped in
for a quick bite at recently-opened Blond (335 Main St., Huntington
village, 631-424-6300, www.blondrestaurant.com), which took
over Mimo's storefront. Things seem to be moving along smoothly
for owner and executive chef Samih Nelovic, who owns another
restaurant of the same name in Miller Place. A refreshing
summer appetizer of roasted garlic shrimp is served over lemon
chickpea hummus and naan, drizzled with balsamic reduction
and chive oil ($9 lunch, $13 dinner). Chicken Napoleon ($14
lunch/$21 dinner), seared chicken breast with a chicken demi,
is piled atop creamed goat cheese with herbs, roasted vegetable
ratatouille and mashed potatoes. As a finisher, the Crispy
Fried Oreo Shot ($2) brings milk and cookies to a new level;
an Oreo cookie surrounded by fried zeppole-like dough and
powdered sugar sits on top of a shot glass filled with milk.
It's a good time to test out the new place - Blond is currently
offering 20 percent off dinner and 10 percent off lunch. Tell
them the Foodies sent you.
BAKED WITH LOVE: You can't get any
more artisanal than this. Caffe Portofino (249 Main Street,
Northport Village 631-262-7656) recently began baking the
bread for many of their panini and sandwiches on premises.
With the kitchen at Portofino being a postage stamp-sized
thing, that means one loaf at a time. Lisa Wrage, owner of
the Northport coffee shop, said the Pumpernickel Rolls, and
the Cheddar Pepper Jack and Oatmeal Multi Grain loaves are
made from scratch and always fresh. She can't always guarantee
the availability of each bread, but every day there'll be
something fresh baked for you!
FARM FRESH: Huntington has its
Farmers' Market every week; now Huntington Station is getting
one, too. Growers from Long Island's East End will set up
and sell their fresh produce Saturday mornings beginning July
25 at the north end of the train Station parking lot on New
York Avenue. The only thing fresher would be to pick it yourself.
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