All In One Day

(series)

I must admit that sandwiches are not common in my ‘kitchen repertoire’. Plain and simple – being -  that I’m not really fond of them. Such is a different story for my husband who in the old days devours a roast beef sandwich as if there was no tomorrow. I cringed from the sight! The thought of it skeeved me to no end.

Having said that however, once in a blue moon, when I’m lazy to deal with more complicated recipes, I give in and whip up sandwiches for us – my way.  Of course, I go for any bread that’s dark (you know what I mean), and stuff them with a good variety of grilled veggies (portobello mushroom, zucchini, asparagus, peppers or any veggie in season). The constant ingredients in my sandwiches are soy-free, dairy free cheese and mayonnaise, and my all time favorite balsamic glaze.

A good accompaniment for my sandwiches which has been pretty predictable is salad, any greens will do or broccoli slaw, and normally topped with fruit slices  or dried fruits, olives, avocadoes and nuts depending on my mood at the time that I’m preparing them.

How about you, do you love sandwiches?

veggie sandwich

veggie sandwich

veggie sandwich

veggie sandwich

veggie sandwich

salad

salad

veggie sandwich

veggie sandwich

broccoli salad

broccoli salad

The Hamptons

(part 2 of 2)

As mentioned in an earlier post, here’s the second part of the two day (not consecutive) trips we took to the far end of Long Island. We were on another end on the first day (it was a Thursday), and this time it was at the Hamptons on a Friday. To many who are familiar about the Hamptons, too often the place is referred to as the playground for the rich and famous. I’m quick to admit that we don’t belong to that echelon, however, even beggars have the right to go too. Why not, right?

It was another day of business with pleasure kind of trip. This time, we made sure to head out at the crack of dawn because the trip from our place to our destination was three and a half hours each way. Add to that the anticipated congestion at each main village which definitely affected our travel time. In fact, I’m not wishing for it, but I’m anticipating a traffic violation to come via snail mail from the Department of Motor Vehicles. It was from one of those intersections that was equipped with a camera and a roundabout at that, so I hesitated a bit (yes, I was the one behind the wheel!) that I think I was caught beating the red light. I knew for sure that I approached the intersection on yellow light but I lingered, so who knows what the camera captured. As it is, that will be a $90 penalty that is, if it comes in the mail. It’s been  three weeks and so far so good.

Just like the first part, I’m sparing you of the business part of this trip. Let me just share with you the fun part of it. Yes, we got caught up in traffic in all the villages and hamlets because of the season (summer brings in a lot of tourists in the area).

on the way to hamptons

on the way to hamptons

Hence, as soon as we were done with business, it was time to head out to the Montauk Point Lighthouse in East Hampton, the first to be built in New York and listed as a national Historic Landmark. We didn’t stay long, we were there just long enough to take in the landscape and breathe in  the very fresh air. We figured we were already in the area so a few more miles to get there didn’t hurt.

montauk lighthouse

montauk lighthouse

montauk lighthouse

montauk lighthouse

montauk lighthouse

montauk lighthouse

montauk lighthouse

montauk lighthouse

montauk lighthouse

Our trek to this part of the Hamptons was not complete without a visit at the Gosman’s Dock. The place boasts of waterfront dining as well as shopping (although not extensive, the boutiques had interesting pieces).

gosman's dock

gosman's dock

gosman's dock

gosman's dock

gosman's dock

gosman's dock

gosman's dock

gosman's dock

gosman's dock

gosman's dock

This time, I resisted the urge to buy sunflowers. They were aplenty, as fresh as can be, in every roadside stall. Which reminds me, by the way, my visit to my Allergist went well. I was relieved to hear that there’s no rhinitis nor sinusitis. My daily sinus rinse must have done a great job.

on the way to hamptons

on the way to hamptons

on the way to hamptons

on the way to hamptons

on the way to hamptons

I was more than ecstatic to bring home some fresh sweet corn (they were so good, I knocked myself for not buying more. I was a bit skeptical at the time of purchase because they didn’t allow me to take out the husk to check out the condition of the corn), plus the unforgettable experience, as well as the successful business deal that makes us giddy from here on and hopefully for the many years to come.

sweet corn from the hampons

Trip To The Beautiful North Fork of Long Island

(Part 1 of 2)

My husband and I have never been fond of long drives for as long as I can remember. If we can fly to a destination, you can be certain that we take it except for the times when it’s totally impractical to do so. We did just that a few weeks back on a weekday and I’m sharing snippets of that trek here in two parts.

Who says you can’t mix business with pleasure? Obviously, it is really possible. We knew so well that in order to cover our objectives, we have to take the trip at least twice to the far end of Long Island. For this trek, we drove two and a half hours each way. We were lucky that the road was free of congestion and it was simply a relatively traffic-free ride.
on the way to east marion

As soon as we started seeing vineyard upon vineyard, we knew we were close to our first destination. As a rule of thumb, business first before pleasure right?

on the way to east marion

But let me spare you of the business side of it. Let’s get to the more interesting part of that day. Yes, we went to a lavender farm too – that is – at the Lavender By The Bay. Weeks after, and even now, I can’t get over the scent of fresh lavender. As soon as we got off the car, the scent was just intoxicating! The farm reminded me of our trip to the South of France years ago. I later found out from the storekeeper that the owner of the farm is originally from the South of France.

lavender by the bay

lavender by the bay

lavender by the bay

lavender by the bay

lavender by the bay

lavender by the bay

lavender by the bay

lavender by the bay

lavender by the bay

lavender by the bay

lavender by the bay

lavender by the bay

lavender by the bay

lavender by the bay

lavender by the bay

Not far from East Marion, Long Island is the village of Greenport.I fell in love with the place! Although this part of the trek was for business, I also had fun exploring the village. The people are very warm and friendly, I like the small community and how the homes are built far from each other.

greenport long island

greenport long island

greenport long island

greenport long island

greenport long island
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greenport long island

greenport long island

At some point, we needed to grab a bite. No place would have been better than the Front Street Station Restaurant. The service was impeccable, the food was delicious and the waitstaff were all friendly and welcoming.

front street station greenport long island

front street station greenport long island

So… we just didn’t go to the lavender farm to enjoy the scent. I made sure that I brought home bunches of fresh French lavender (priced at $8 per bunch) which are now drying in vases all over our house. Ask me about the strong natural lavender fragrance emanating around here for the first two weeks – it was divine! They are still fragrant but not as strong. Once they’re totally dry, I’m going to put them in sachet and place them in our closets. As it is, I have already committed to give a couple of friends so they are patiently waiting for their share.

fresh french lavender

We also brought home a pot of indoor lavender plant ( Goodwin Creek Grey). For now, I have the pot outside but when the temps dip down, I will find a sunny location inside. The leaves smell so good!
indoor french lavender plant

My Sunflower Story

I’ve always been a lover of sunflowers. It’s the cheery color, I believe. As soon as I saw the vendor of sunflowers in Greenport, I knew I just had to have them. They were huge, real fresh sunflowers that were just cut earlier that day. I didn’t even know that the middle part of the sunflower (the big brown part) is sticky. For the two and half duration of our travel going home, the flowers stayed inside the car. It’s good that we found a way to get them in through the drive standing up because if we didn’t we would have had a big clean up.

Being that I haven’t discovered that sticky part, when we got home, I carelessly drop the flowers on our granite counter top. That was a big mistake!!!! That sticky middle was really sticky, I had to do a big clean up. But more than that, I’m suspecting that the sunflowers were the trigger of my allergy flare up. I felt as though I was back to my chronic rhinitis days and sinusitis. I had no choice but to start using my Sinus Rinse. To date, it does not feel that normal just yet, but I’m scheduled to see my Allergist this week.

They’re beautiful indeed, and yes they did the job of cheering me up, but I really paid the price.

sunflower