RED VELVET: In 1842, Stephen F. Whitman opened a small retail
confectionery and fruiterer shop at Third and
Market Streets in Philadelphia. He hoped to compete with the
finer French candy makers of the time. An innovator from the
start, Whitman created the first packaged candy in a printed
box and before the start of the Civil War had run his first
newspaper advertisement, a novelty at the time. In 1912, the
company introduced Whitmans Sampler, an assortment of
some of the companys confections and a precursor to
the ubiquitous Valentines gift candy in a heart-shaped
box. Now owned by Russell Stover, the company manufactures
25 million pounds of chocolates a year, an awful lot of it
in those red velvet hearts.
PRIME FOR VALENTINES: Valentines Day is a weekend-long
affair at Prime An American Kitchen and Bar (117 New
York Ave., Huntington 631-385-1515 www.restaurantprime.com).
From Friday, Feb. 11 through Monday, Feb. 14, love-struck
diners can enjoy Executive Chef Gregg Laulettas menu
specials along with champagne specials curated by Beverage
Director Paulo Villela. Champagne specials are: Moet Imperial,
Brut NV, $50 half-bottle; and Billecart-Salmon, Brut, Rose
$81 half-bottle. Menu specials for the weekend include: First
course Oysters Rockefeller ($16), Spider Roll ($16)
or foie gras terrine with shallot confit, herb salad and brioche
($18); Second course: surf and turf for two (pair 2-pound
Canadian hard shell lobster, Alaskan king crab or colossal
head-on prawns with filet mignon ($47 per person), Tellers
Ribeye ($55 per person) or Porterhouse ($67 per person). Dessert
specials include chocolate truffle and raspberry tart with
raspberry coulis ($12), and white and dark chocolate parfait
with banana ice cream ($11). Just remember to save a little
room for love.
GET YOUR SUNSHINE HERE: Lisa Harris, owner and creative genius
behind Caffe Portofino (249 Main St., Northport Village 631-262-7656
www.caffeportofino11768 .com), created the Morning Sunshine
Breakfast Cookie to satisfy her desire for crunch without
eating a sugar-loaded granola bar. Nuts, berries and whole
grain make it healthy for your heart as well as your waistline.
Made with naturally sweetened Agave, the Morning Sunshine
Breakfast Cookie is comprised of slow-release carbs, making
it a smart choice for those on a sugar free or diabetic diet.
Full of protein, its great for a pre- or post-workout
snack. So perfect, in fact, that Golds Gym in East Northport
now has em at the smoothie bar. So go ahead and add
a little crunch to your crunches.
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