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The Hamptons and Empire Food

September 20, 2010

What a beautiful breakfast a la Aaron.


So yesterday was a big day. We started off the day with breakfast by Aaron — complete with a star fruit garnish. I know that star fruit isn’t all that exotic in America nowadays, but I have never been able to find one in SD. So, Tanya got one for me here in Long Island. She even bought extra-pulpy orange juice for me. 

Doesn’t that breakfast look yummy? It was. 

Well by the time I had slept in late, showered and eaten breakfast it was time for us to go. Aaron and Tanya took me to Montauk. I’m not too keen on geography, but I know it was the most southern part of the island. 

Isn't that just pretty enough to eat?


On the way there we stopped at a farmer’s market to buy pie (we chose raspberry peach in case you were wondering). And they had figs. Yet another fruit that I have never had. And actually another thing that (because I had never seen it in SD) I thought didn’t grow in America! The people at the Food Network would be so proud of me for all the things I’ve been eating on this trip. 

So I had my first fig (the first one that wasn’t in a Newton that is). I am now officially a fig fan. I love how the little seeds  pop when you bite them and I love the textures in  my mouth. I even love the colors of the fig — bright green and white and light yellow and pink and brown. So pretty. The whole fresh fig experience was great. 

Don't you just want to sit in that swing with someone you adore? I do.


The entire drive to Montauk was beautiful and so far all the parts of Long Island that I have seen are incredibly picturesque. Lots of trees, cottage-type houses and narrow roads that remind me of the alleys back home. I don’t know how Tanya and Aaron don’t have a heart attack when they have to pass someone on these silly, skinny roads. 

I suppose it helps that there are no curbs so they can pull over into people’s yards if they have to. Everything is lush and overgrown. (Which is beautiful to look at, but I don’t think I would want it in  my front yard.) It’s like my ideas of cottages from fairy tales from my childhood. (I’ll have to get some pictures of that posted tomorrow.) 

One of the first things I saw at Montauk. I guess NY citizens don't worry too much about following the rules. There were a lot of people surfing yesterday. (Photo taken Sept. 19)


So, back to the trip — we took the “scenic route” down to Montauk (but the scenery is all pretty). Some of the leaves have started to change, but in general the whole place is green and jungle-like. Tanya told me that the way you know you’re in the Hamptons is that the hedges get bigger and more manicured. And I definitely saw the hedge progression while we were driving. 

So I guess you can’t really see “The Hamptons” unless someone invites you behind the privacy fences. 

So, we made it to “the point” at Montauk and, of course, it was beautiful. There was a lighthouse and there were surfers and there was the OCEAN. 

I had to touch the Atlantic even if we didn’t have time to swim (not that I wanted to swim — I much prefer wading). Of course, I fell in a little. I was walking along the lovely dry rocks — being very careful — and then I hit a wet one. But it wasn’t just wet, it was wet and slimy. And then gravity did it’s work. 

So, I have officially been to the Atlantic ocean. I actually cried at my first sight of it. I'm becoming so movable.


My right foot was wet the rest of the trip (and my longest toe has been sore today — I think I bonked it). Up to the ankle. I actually had to ring out my pants. I guess I got to go wading after all. 

The music playing at the shack was very old Hollywood. I distinctly remember "The Way You Look Tonight" playing while I waited.


"What to order?"


I'm in New England right? I had better get some New England Clam chowder while I wait for my lobster roll.


On the way home we stopped at a clam shack. I had some New England Clam Chowder and I was in New England! (I know, I’m a nerd. you don’t have to tell me.) I also took the advice of the girl at the shack and got a lobster roll that I shared with Tanya. It was good, but I prefer them hot with lemon and butter (and maybe garlic). 

We also had clam strips — which were lovely. But I think I like the chowder version of clams better. The clam shack was pretty cool. Open air and 

So then it was time to come home. The ride home was lovely. We took the LIE home and it was much faster — I didn’t think it was less scenic though. 

Nara was tired of being in her car seat and she started crying. So we stopped a couple of times so that she could get a bite to eat (a ‘la Tanya). And luckily for me, one of the places we stopped was a McDonald’s. I needed a DP in the worst way (caffeine headache). 

Would you like an Empire Apple in the Empire State? Of course!

Nara still wasn’t happy despite getting some good eats and a few diaper changes, so Tanya started singing to her and that really seemed to do the trick. So daddy popped in Patsy Cline and we serenaded the baby the rest of the way home. 

Okay, Tanya serenaded her. I can’t sing Patsy Cline. I’m a soprano. I can’t make sounds come out of my throat that are that low. 

I ended the day in much the same way that I started it — with a new fruit. I had to get an Empire Apple while in the Empire State. It was lovely. Very crunchy and kind of grassy.

10 Comments leave one →
  1. September 21, 2010 10:12 am

    Love hearing about all of this! Sounds like you are having a blast. Nothing better than a good lobster roll, too :). The picture of the surfer is really funny too.


  2. September 21, 2010 10:13 am

    You’ve never had a FIG before?! We’ve got, like, maybe thirteen zillion trees down by our house in the village. Greeks love their figs. Shame I don’t.

    Seems like you’re having a lovely time! And you’re not a nerd- I would do the same thing! In Paris we ate croissants and baguettes and cheese. In England we had Brighton Rock and fries with vinegar. It just makes sense!


  3. September 22, 2010 12:56 pm

    I drove to Maine a few years ago. I knew I was in New England when I stopped at a McDonald’s along the interstate, and they had lobster rolls on the menu. They weren’t any good, but they had ’em!


  4. that guy permalink
    September 22, 2010 5:06 pm

    You by the ocean is a site to see. Glad you had that time.


    • September 23, 2010 11:50 pm

      Thanks “that guy,” I have had a great time. I just got back from a Broadway play!


  5. September 23, 2010 1:27 pm

    I hope you took pictures of everything you ate and drank yesterday! The Manhattan experience isn’t quite as sweet though.


    • September 23, 2010 11:49 pm

      I didn’t take pictures of everything I ate and drank yesterday — or today. Or even when I went to the Hamptons. I just took pics of the significant ones! The first and such.


  6. September 24, 2010 12:46 pm

    sounds like you’re having a great time! love all the wonderful pictures!


  7. September 28, 2010 9:08 am

    It looks like you are having an adventure! Thank you so much for your sweet comment on my blog! 🙂 xo-kimberly renee


  8. October 1, 2010 1:49 pm

    i like European foods!


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