Wining and Dining Through Long Island

IMG_1538My girlfriend has a house on the outskirts of Long Island. In years past we’ve spent a weekend every summer relaxing on the beach, eating lots of delicious food, and just enjoying the care free atmosphere. Now it’s been some time since we’ve been able to get together over at the house. We decided to settle on a weekend that would work for the three of us and stuck to it.

As these weekends typically go, our days were centered around fresh, local foods turned into delicious dishes. To start us off, Liz prepared an eggplant lasagna for us to throw in the oven on our first night after travel. We spent the evening enjoying the food, some wine, and each others’ company.

Saturday we headed out early to get breakfast. We bounced around to a few bakeries and had an array of freshly baked treats with our coffee and tea. The rest of the morning was spent visiting a few farmers markets and the local fishmonger to stock up on supplies for the rest of the weekend’s meals. We later took a stroll along one of the local beaches. Now I failed to mention that Liz’s little friend joined us on our adventures. Izzy was the hit of the weekend. She loved every minute spent on the beach and in the water.

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Cara prepared some delicious grilled fish tacos with an avocado-jalenpeno salsa for our lunch. The weather was starting to show promise and the sun was shining. So we set up shop out on the patio and enjoyed our light and delicious lunch with some cherry wine spritzers.

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After lunch we attempted to go back to the beach. However, the weather seemed to turn again. It was quite windy and a bit chilly. After about 40 minutes of being wrapped up in our towels we decided to call it quits.

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The day was still early and we were still quite stuffed from lunch. We decided the best activity for our afternoon would be to explore a few of the vineyards in North Fork. We did tastings at two different vineyards, said hello to the various live stock roaming the grounds, and took a quick photo in front of the beautiful sunflower patch.

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We ended our evening with Cara’s famous mussels in red sauce and lobster claws. It’s basically mandated that whenever we are at the Long Island house Cara make her delicious sauce and mussels. We also treated ourselves to some lobster claws that were purchased earlier that day. After dinner and cleaning up, we snuggled up on the couch to watch Mrs. Doubtfire for the rest of the night.

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Sunday turned out to be a beautiful day. We finished our bakery treats for breakfast and headed to the beach to get a few more hours with some actual sun. Izzy even enjoyed a little kayaking ride around the bay.

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It was great to spend the weekend with two of my best and oldest girlfriends. No matter how much time has passed since we’ve seen each other, we are to our silly ways the minute we are all together again. We already have great plans for next years’ trip so be sure to check in then.

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