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Michael Braverman
Editor at Large, Hamptons Magazine. Contributor, Edible East End.
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The Hurricane of 1938 on Long Island Her remaining clothes in shreds, the nearly naked countess, terror-stricken and pale as ashes, desperately clutching her infant daughter and followed by her maidservants, struggled to reach the front door of a house in Westhampton after her own residence was ravaged by the... Continue reading
Posted Aug 27, 2011 at Hamptons Rich and Pour
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The temperature is in the twenties and plunging. It’s late January but life in the Hamptons is balmy and weekends are filled with events. After a long frigid walk on the beach late this morning with Eos and Echo, nothing could have tempted me more than a lunch of hot... Continue reading
Posted Jan 23, 2011 at Hamptons Rich and Pour
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Hats off to Guild Hall. Well, maybe in this weather you might want to hang onto your hat, but let’s all congratulate Guild Hall in whatever way we can. The Museum at Guild Hall of East Hampton—to use its proper title—has again received the museum world’s highest national recognition, accreditation... Continue reading
Posted Jan 19, 2011 at Hamptons Rich and Pour
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One of our best summer parties is Chefs & Champagne, a gala evening of sipping and tasting at Wolffer Estate Vineyard in late July, that benefits the James Beard Foundation. Since they are kind enough to come to the Hamptons each year, I try to return the favor by showing... Continue reading
Posted Jan 17, 2011 at Hamptons Rich and Pour
We don’t have fast food outlets in East Hampton, although we are threatened with the possibility of a convenience store like Seven Eleven on North Main Street if the town zoning board continues its feckless actions and shabby favoritism. A convenience store is not the same as fast food but... Continue reading
Posted Jan 10, 2011 at Hamptons Rich and Pour
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The temperature was frigid but at least the sun was shining when Eos and Echo and I went for our daily walk on the beach in early afternoon. The cold and bitter wind presented a problem. We always walk into the wind on the first lap of the walk, going... Continue reading
Posted Jan 9, 2011 at Hamptons Rich and Pour
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What are we drinking in the Hamptons to welcome 2011? Classic champagnes, of course. My choices this time around: Perrier Jouet Fleur. Extraordinary champagne in the art nouveau painted bottle that communicates celebration. Ruinart. Sophisticated, highly refined (especially the rosé) champagne in a distinctive stout, curved bottle. Henriot. With a... Continue reading
Posted Dec 30, 2010 at Hamptons Rich and Pour
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The great blizzard of 2010 was not nearly as dire here in the Hamptons as in western Long Island and New York City. We has less snow but the winds seemed to be hurricane force at times with snow blowing around almost laterally. It’s hard for me to tell how... Continue reading
Posted Dec 28, 2010 at Hamptons Rich and Pour
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Many years ago I visited friends on a farm near Toulouse in southwestern France for the holidays. On Christmas Eve we attended Midnight Mass in the small village church, a religious custom now rapidly declining in a secular France. After that we had a strictly traditional Christmas reveillon—one that definitely... Continue reading
Posted Dec 24, 2010 at Hamptons Rich and Pour
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People in the north of England used to believe that bees congregated on Christmas Eve to hum holiday hymns—presumably after flying to church. It is a delightful image, and I’d love to listen in. But since we don’t see enough bees in the Hamptons in December to form a choral... Continue reading
Posted Dec 19, 2010 at Hamptons Rich and Pour
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I keep checking Town Pond, Hook Pond and other small bodies of water at this time of year. Just in case a miracle has happened. I started a few years ago after reading some European folklore tales about water changing to wine, presumably derived from the Gospel of John’s account... Continue reading
Posted Dec 18, 2010 at Hamptons Rich and Pour
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I have not seen much eggnog in the Hamptons this season, although it is probably the closest we come to a Christmas drink in this country. Eggnog is not usually made from scratch anymore—except by eggnostics, believers in the supreme eggnog. For anyone with great eggspectations, you’ve got to beat... Continue reading
Posted Dec 17, 2010 at Hamptons Rich and Pour
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This is the right time of year (the quiet winter) and the right place (the quiet Hamptons) to splurge on luscious red wines for cold weather dinners. Amagansett Wine is running some specials on top rated California killer cabs. LARKIN 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon. I have not tasted the 07 yet,... Continue reading
Posted Dec 9, 2010 at Hamptons Rich and Pour
At least part of the motivation at Della Femina for keeping wines by glass reasonably priced is to have affordable choices to go with their $35 prix fix dinners during the week. I agree with their thinking. No one going out for a casual weekday meal wants to drive up... Continue reading
Posted Dec 1, 2010 at Hamptons Rich and Pour
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photo: greenpeace, gavin newman The international commission responsible for the survival of the bluefin tuna failed on Saturday to enact a needed moratorium, provoking condemnation from the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and from conservation groups. The inadequate quotas set by the commission in a Paris meeting are simply... Continue reading
Posted Nov 29, 2010 at Hamptons Rich and Pour
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The holiday issue of Hamptons Magazine is out. We publish weekly during the summer season, so this is our most recent issue since September. Apropos of this time of year, it is, of course, about shopping, and the pages are filled with ads for luxury goods. I have a short... Continue reading
Posted Nov 26, 2010 at Hamptons Rich and Pour
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Eastern Long Island has a lot to be thankful for. The most excellent things Mother Nature could impart: Beaches, bays, fields, wetlands, woodlands, moraines, ponds, harbors, creeks, trails, and a vast sky with astonishing light. The exceptional things our early settlers handed down to us: Windmills, farms, villages, saltboxes, cottages,... Continue reading
Posted Nov 25, 2010 at Hamptons Rich and Pour
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I fished a clay pipe out of the shallow ocean surf west of Egypt Beach a few days ago. Because it was intact, I thought it was not likely to be old, but on the other hand it was doubtful that a surfcaster had recently dropped it in the sea.... Continue reading
Posted Nov 24, 2010 at Hamptons Rich and Pour
Still thinking about what to serve? Jacques Franey, of Domaine Franey Wines on Pantigo Road in East Hampton gave me some tempting, last minute and cheerfully priced suggestions. Argiolas Costamolino, Vermentino 2009, Sardinia - Bright, clean and refreshing nose. Zippy texture, taste of granny apples, pears and tangerine. Aperitif or... Continue reading
Posted Nov 24, 2010 at Hamptons Rich and Pour
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Amagansett Wine & Spirits has an impressive new Website. Here are some of their picks for Thanksgiving dinner. Welcome/cocktails: Duc de Romet Brut Champagne Prestige NV, $26.99 First course: Logan by Robert Talbott Winery 2008 Chardonnay Full body, vibrant fruit from renowned producer, $16.99 Main course: Ridge 2007 “Lytton Springs”... Continue reading
Posted Nov 22, 2010 at Hamptons Rich and Pour
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I remain suspicious of palindromes. Spelled the same forward and backward, they imply some sort of surreptitious activity, twaddle with a hint of malevolence. Tannat sounds more like a scary character in a stylish zombie movie than a perfectly respectable grape, brought by French Basques from the foothills of the... Continue reading
Posted Nov 20, 2010 at Hamptons Rich and Pour
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John Cavallaro, the man in charge of all things alcoholic at Della Femina, has wisely resisted the current fad of adding ingredients that often read better than they taste, or that confuse the palate. By paring the cocktails down to fundamentals and getting the proportions right, Cavallaro manages to boost... Continue reading
Posted Nov 19, 2010 at Hamptons Rich and Pour
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Summer stock productions used to try out on the stage of the John Drew Theater at Guild Hall on their way to Broadway. I was reminded of that as I sat down to dinner last night at the Living Room at c/o Maidstone, down the street from Guild Hall, to... Continue reading
Posted Nov 18, 2010 at Hamptons Rich and Pour
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Chile, that long narrow ribbon of a country along the southern Pacific, has an appealing cuisine that reflects history, topography and its ethnic culture. If you want to discover something of the Chilean style, keep your passport in the safe and head over to Freso Restaurant on Sunday night when... Continue reading
Posted Nov 16, 2010 at Hamptons Rich and Pour
Check the Halls. East Hampton’s Rowdy Hall and Guild Hall have teamed up for some family fun during the holiday season. See an afternoon movie at Guild Hall and get a two-course meal at Rowdy Hall thrown in. The tab is only $25 for an adult and $15 for a... Continue reading
Posted Nov 15, 2010 at Hamptons Rich and Pour