Winter Doldrums? Bah!
Pour yourself a warm cup of tea, stoke the fire and settle in with our winter issue of Edible Long Island. From Oyster Bay to the Great South Bay, this issue is chock full of warmth and goodness.
No need to hibernate until spring as we take you on a culinary and historical tour of Oyster Bay, home to tempting chowders, super-fresh seafood, Teddy Roosevelt and Billy Joel, too. How about a coastal winter picnic? Bundle up and do the unexpected; enjoy a rich and savory oyster stew on the beach with friends. Head to Bay Shore for a not-soon-to-be-forgotten meal at Tullulah’s, chef Steven Scalesse’s cozy and hip small-plates eatery. Satisfy your wanderlust right in Hicksville at Jay Jadeja’s West East Bistro, an all-natural bistro with a global menu and an intimate family ambience. In Ethnic Eats, we explore the rich spiciness of India, delve into Akbar’s sumptuous buffet in Garden City or wander the aisles of Patel Brothers market in Hicksville (make sure you get some samosas). Have a nightcap at Prime in Huntington; sit by the fire and enjoy the twinkling lights out on the harbor while sipping one of their signature cocktails, the Sleigh Ride.
Winter is oyster season here on the island. Brush up on the history of our indigenous oyster industry and the renaissance of the genuine Blue Point oyster at Blue Island Oyster Company’s farm off Captree Island (you can even order oysters to be delivered to your door).
Rounding out this issue is a story on a homicide detective by day who becomes an artisanal baker by night, a merchant marine turned cheesemonger, a farmer who grows fresh greens hydroponically all winter long and a purveyor of teas and tisanes that will keep you warm and cozy till springtime.
Paraphrasing from Auntie Mame, Long Island is a “banquet, and most poor suckers are starving to death.” Shake off those winter doldrums and go taste the island.
P.S. Cross a few people off your holiday shopping list and give the gift that keeps on giving (and never miss an issue), a subscription to Edible Long Island magazine.