Weekend in Montauk and the Hamptons.

Saturday, August 14, 2010 10 No tags Permalink 0

Duryea's Lobster Deck (Montauk, NY)Debbie called one morning…

“I have four vip tickets to the Mercedes Benz Bridgehampton Polo Challenge.”
“Ooo, fancy!”
“You, me, my sister, and Bhaveneet. A weekend in the Hamptons?”
“YES!”

Montauk, NYThat was easy. We packed our bags for a quick getaway, a long overdue weekend with ex-coworkers turned close friends.

Tate's Bake Shop (Southampton, NY)The fun began with a stop at Tate’s Bake Shop in Southampton.
Tate's Bake Shop (Southampton, NY)Filled our hotel room with bags of cookies, brownies and cakes. Love their whole wheat chocolate chip cookies, the chipless wonders, and chocolate bread pudding (Sugar Rush’ed here), and health cookies.
Tate's Bake Shop (Southampton, NY)I buy Tate’s cookies frequently in the city, so it was exciting to see the actual bakery where everything is created!

Navy Beach (Montauk, NY)There was beach time, hotel time, and finally dinner at Navy Beach. Burger, rare with onion bacon marmalade, Cabot cheddar. Hand-cut fries, house pickles on the side. Delicious and the best of what we ordered that evening.
Navy Beach (Montauk, NY)Buttermilk fried chicken and the biggest wedge (practically a loaf!) of cheddar jalapeƱo cornbread. Extra butter would have been nice, but we did fine without. The chicken was covered in a sweet glaze that made it more ‘wet’ than expected, not ideal but sure satisfied that massive fried chicken craving we had.

Duryea's Lobster Deck (Montauk, NY)And then there were lobster rolls at Duryea’s Lobster Deck
Duryea's Lobster Deck (Montauk, NY)$21 for the lobster roll, potato salad (or chips) and cole slaw. I wolfed the whole thing down, and let me tell you…definitely not bikini friendly if you plan to go to the beach an hour later ;)

Appearances don’t lie, it was good, well-seasoned, large chunks of fresh lobster, but excessively laden with mayo (luckily I love mayo). Complete opposite from the squeaky clean deliver of Luke’s Lobster. Pearl’s Oyster Bar, however, remains my personal favourite for lobster rolls.
Duryea's Lobster Deck (Montauk, NY)…take a peek at the menu.
Lobster Roll Restaurant (Montauk, NY)We also visited Lobster Roll
Lobster Roll Restaurant (Montauk, NY)…which I wouldn’t recommend. Too much stuff going on here…lobster bits were super tiny.

Coffee Tauk (Montauk, NY)Morning stops at Coffee Tauk (in Montauk, get it? hahah)…was so happy to find that they did iced New Orleans-style there!

Montauk  Bake Shoppe (Montauk, NY)Breakfast at Montauk Bake Shoppe
Montauk  Bake Shoppe (Montauk, NY)…Jelly Croissants anyone?
Montauk  Bake Shoppe (Montauk, NY)Sugar-sprinkled top. The only evidence of a “croissant” element was in the shape. The taste was doughnut…
Montauk  Bake Shoppe (Montauk, NY)alllll the way.

Mercedes Benz Bridgehampton Polo ChallengeOh yes, and there was the polo match itself, the main purpose of the trip!
Mercedes Benz Bridgehampton Polo ChallengeHere’s Bhaveneet and I – it was INSANELY hot that day (I have no idea how the guys didn’t sweat right through their shirts!) but we managed to have fun ;)

Left on a Friday, returned on a Sunday afternoon…a sweet break from my “normal” weekends. Am getting ready to visit Boston for ten days at the end of August. My sister is starting at Boston College! The family is going to help her move, hehe, and I’m joining in! Any restaurant/day trip/food-in-general recommendations for Boston? I visited Boston last year though plan to try different places on this visit.

Have a great weekend!

Tate’s Bake Shop
43 North Sea Road
Southampton, NY 11968
(631) 283-9830

Navy Beach
16 Navy Road
Montauk, NY 11954
(631) 668-6868

Duryea’s Lobster Deck
65 Tuthill Road
Montauk, NY 11954
(631) 668-2410

Lobster Roll
1980 Montauk Hwy
Amagansett, NY 11930
(631) 267-3740

Coffee Tauk
83 South Elmwood Avenue
Montauk, NY 11954
(631) 668-7007

Montauk Bake Shoppe
29 The Plaza
Montauk, NY 11954
(631) 668-2439

Hello, Boston!

Wednesday, November 30, -0001 1 No tags Permalink 0

[At JP Licks. Steph snapped this photo of me pouring on the oh-so-delicious hot fudge]

It’s been a year since I last visited. In 2009, we took my sister on a college preview tour…and this year we’re back to move her into her new freshman dorm at Boston College! She and my parents have been in orientation sessions all week…leaving me with lots of free time. And what did I do with that time?

EAT ICE CREAM. Goodness this is a glorious ice cream town. Thank you to Steph for accompanying me on a full day of sugar-high in 90F+ weather. More details to come next week ;)

When not spooning up ice cream, I was eating cupcakes from the newest location of Sweet on Newbury, a cupcake-only affair. That’s the “Organic Carrot” pictured above, $3.25 apiece. The verdict? TOO MUCH frosting! Or…not enough cake. Two ways to view it.
The cake itself boasted a abundance of crushed pineapple bits, along with shredded carrots, keeping it quite moist, but not mushy. Just wish they had chopped walnuts in the batter! A literal tower of cream cheese frosting and the tiniest gold leaf. The cupcake satisfied my craving with little complaint, but isn’t one I’d go out of my way for again. They do some fun summer flavors here, including shocking pink-coloured Pink-Lemonade Cupcakes (with a tiny straw poking out of the frosting), and oh-so-cute Ice Cream Cake Cupcakes.

We also took a family day trip out to Cape Cod, stopping in Chatham for lunch at Chatham Pier Fish Market. Most people inside were purchasing fresh lobsters and fish to take home and cook, but they also have a short menu of chowders, bisques and fried seafood. It’s takeout only, but we found nearby benches close to the fishing boats…and had front row views of all the fishermen catching fish and lobsters, as well as a whole pod of seals in the water…no need for all those seal watching tours advertised everywhere!

On the menu: Fried Clam Bellies and Fries…
…and a quart of Clam Chowder to share! It was a short two-hour drive each way from Boston, and we made it back in time for an early dinner at Sichuan Garden later that evening. Hope everyone is having a great week! We plan to go out to Nantucket this weekend, but let’s see where Hurricane Earl heads…most of the beaches and ferries out to the island are closed at the moment. Maybe better to take it safe and stay in the city!

Sweet
225 Newbury Street
Boston, MA 02115
(617) 267-2253

Chatham Pier Fish Market
45 Barcliff Avenue
Chatham, MA 02633
(508) 945-3474