John H. Delaney was born on the mainland in the Bronx but has lived on Long Island for more than 35 years. He is a graduate of Stony Brook University and currently is an administrative director of a Long Island nonprofit. His love of food is only equaled by his love of reading.

Alpine Pastry Shoppe: The Best Cannoli

Sunday mornings when I was a mere lad meant attending church with my parents followed by a trip to the bakery. Each Sunday I had my choice of the following: a crumb bun, a cinnamon crueler or, my all time favorite, an apple fritter. I vividly remember enjoying each bite while having a cup of tea with some milk and just a tad bit of sugar.

Burgers Abound in Stony Brook Village

For consecutive weekends I went for a hamburger in two restaurants across the Stony Brook village green, Mirabelle Tavern at Three Village Inn and the newly opened Latitude 121, which occupies the space that formerly housed the Brook House. They’re both so classic Long Island, a meld of cultures: Mirabelle Tavern reminds me of something you’d find in the Hudson Valley while Latitude 121’s style and décor feels very New England.

cows in a pasture

Sign up for Meat Shares from Spring Lake Farm

Ulla Kjarval’s family has been raising pastured pork, lamb, poultry and 100-percent grass-fed beef for well over 30 years at their Spring Lake Farm in the lush valleys of Delaware County in upstate New York. Having sold to buying clubs in New York City, Kjarval and her teacher husband recently moved to Long Island and decided to start a club, Long Island Meatshare, offering her family’s pastured and grass-fed meats.