As we gear up for another season in the Hamptons my friends always ask me for recommendations, which I love to give. One of the very best florists out east is Bridgehampton Florist. I received these radiant orchid hued roses which miraculously lasted for two weeks and the depth of color is stunning. After all, it is Pantone’s color of the year. www.TheBridgehamptonFlorist.com
As is often the case, many of the places we visit during the summer in the Hamptons sadly close in the off season. Thankfully, one of my beloved hangouts, c/o The Maidstone in East Hampton, stays open year-round and is cozy as can be. The highly luxurious fur throws on the porch if the inn make for a chic decorative moment, surely, but more importantly they are practical to nip that winter chill. The recent renovation of the kitchen at their restaurant the Living Room has them experimenting with all sorts of divine Scandinavian fare as well. www.themaidstone.com
When a restaurant is entirely comprised of an eight-seat chef’s counter and is only open Thursday-Sunday it has me intrigued. Brooklyn’s The Elm, which is known for forward-thinking French European, has laid great groundwork for it’s mini sister restaurant Little Elm. With an eight-course tasting menu Mazen Mustafa, who worked in the kitchens of David Bouley and Daniel Boulud has us clamoring for one of those coveted eight spots. The china is quite chic too.
Located just outside of New York City, Blue Hill at Stone Barns is considered one of the best restaurants in the country, and a leader in the farm-to-table movement. Dan, David, and Laureen Barber’s recently launched vegetable yogurts are sensational and a culinary game changer. Think about unexpected yogurt flavors like sweet potato, tomato, carrot and beet which are pleasing to palettes like mine which appreciate more savory tastes than sweet.