EAT OUT: Dont
just go out to eat. Eat out! Outside, that is. The restaurant
capital of Long Island is also the capital of al fresco dining.
All around town restaurants have thrown open French doors,
set out tables on sidewalks and patios and made the most of
summer weather. There are too many to make a single recommendation.
Some of our favorites include the grand-daddy of patio dining
spots, Prime, on the waterfront in Halesite. At Prime, its
all about the view, but the creations of executive chef Greg
Lauletta dont hurt either. In Huntington village, go
to Wall Street and take your pick. Christophers Courtyard
Café offers a choice on the street or the cozy
patio out back; Jonathans Ristorante; Almarco; Café
Buenos Aires and sister restaurant Bistro Cassis have sidewalk
spots; or go Asian with Samurai. Head up New York Avenue,
where the fun spills onto the sidewalk from Besito and F.H.
Rileys; or cross the street to Red or Meehans,
where they make use of intimate patio spaces. Northport Village
recently followed Huntingtons lead in allowing outdoor
dining. Tims Shipwreck Diner, Maronis, Skippers
and Bistro 44 serve outdoors. And the newest outdoor hotspot
is Four Food Studio & Cocktail Salon on Broadhollow Road
in Melville. Try em for a happening happy hour Monday
- Friday, 4-7 p.m. with half-priced drinks.
CANTER-CHANGES: Canterbury Ales (314 New York Avenue,
Huntington Village 631-549-4404 canterburyales.com) is tackling
the dog days of summer with reduced price lunch specials Monday
through Friday, all at $9.99 or less, during August and September.
In late August, Billy introduces a new menu, which he promises
will include many price reductions and a newly (reduced!)
priced kids menu. So bring the family and tell Billy the Foodies
MEXICAN STRAWBERRY: Former New York Met Darryl Strawberry
dined at Besito in Huntington last Thursday after his book
signing at the Book Revue. Darryl, his wife and friends snacked
on taquitos de pescado, guacamole, and ceviche.
PUTTIN ON THE T: Its fun to be a foodie
not so fun to have food allergies. Nine-year-old Samantha
Hunt is doing something about the latter. She designs T-shirts
and sells them at local fairs to raise money for food allergy
research and awareness. She does this because her 5- year-old
twin brothers have life-threatening food allergies to eggs,
milk and peanuts. She has been doing this since she was 7
and has raised over $1,700 so far, says her mom, Jennifer.
She will be at the Huntington Fine Arts and Crafts fair on
Main Street, Huntington, on Aug. 15, or go to www.firstgiving.com/samanthasdesigns.
GREEN TEA: Melville-based Celestial Seasonings has
developed a line of green teas that eliminate the bitterness
sometimes associated with it, and has introduced new Sleepytime
Vanilla, the bestselling herbal tea's first new flavor in
more than 20 years. Coinciding with the tea maker's 40th anniversary,
these new products continue the longstanding tradition of
innovation from Celestial Seasonings, which includes virtually
inventing the herbal tea category in North America and first
introducing green tea to mainstream consumption. Peter Burns,
general manager of Celestial Seasonings, explained that mature
tea leaves, with which regular green teas are made, naturally
contain high levels of tannins, which can sometimes cause
bitterness. Celestial Seasonings created its smoother green
teas by adding Bai Mu Dan white tea, whose delicate, silky
flavor profile comes from selecting only the tender buds and
low-tannin young leaves of the camellia sinensis plant. The
white tea infusion creates a balanced and satisfying taste
with the healthful antioxidants for which green and white
tea are both known. New Celestial Seasonings Green Tea is
available on store shelves in nine varieties, including Authentic,
Honey Lemon Ginseng and Goji Berry Pomegranate.
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