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CONNECTICUT: Tea…with Honey…WithOUT The Fuss!

No matter what the season, or reason, I am always drawn to tea.

((Raise your hand if this is you too, even though I can’t see you right now!))

Tea and water are just about the only non-alcoholic beverage I consume lately (with a new exception for seltzer).

And one Connecticut-based tea brand is shaking up the industry (if you ask me).

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REVIEW: BBQ Treat Subscription Box

Have you ever wanted to learn how to make barbecued ribs that taste like they’re from a famous BBQ restaurant?

Now you can, in the comfort of your own home.

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LONG ISLAND: INSIGNIA Prime Steak & Sushi

When it comes to the experience my family had at Insignia Prime Steak & Sushi tonight, one recurring theme comes to my mind: hospitality.

From the moment you arrive at this can’t miss Smithtown destination, you feel like a celebrity.

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RECIPES: Slow Cooker Lemon Garlic Chicken

When it comes to dinner, what do you want out of it?

-Delicious? Yes

Easy to make? Yes

5 ingredients or less? Heck yes! 

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PORT JEFF STATION, LONG ISLAND: Station Coffee Shop, Where Everybody Knows Your Name

When you enter Station Coffee Shop in Port Jeff Station, it’s kind of like entering the show Cheers.

 

Sometimes you wanna go..
Where everybody knows your name
and they’re always glad you came.
You wanna be where you can see,
the troubles are all the same.
you wanna be where everybody knows your name

Sometimes, you really do want that. You may not even be looking for it, but a tiny mint green and mirror lined restaurant in Port Jeff Station, tucked away amongst a grocery store, a gym, dollar store, post office and more, is the warm, cozy place I only just discovered now after living on Long Island on and off for the past eight years.

I can’t even take the credit for this. My father’s good friend told him about it, and he told me about it.

I didn’t know what I was expecting, I had just heard how it was good and I should go try it. When you walk in, you are reminded of luncheonettes from the past. One long column of booths upon booths, adjacent to one long counter with stools. Three of those stools are missing towards the far end of the counter, where the waitresses pick up your food to bring to you. It’s completely open, the setup. You can watch the cooks make your food if you wish.

And speaking of the food, it’s great.

I have ordered the same exact thing over and over again now, and I love it so much my dad now orders it, and he loves it!

And it’s nothing fancy either.

Check out the Greek Chicken Wrap with fries (that are cooked well done! CRISPY FRIES FTW):

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Beautifully moist, flavorful grilled chicken. Lettuce, tomato, feta cheese, and of course the wrap itself.

But what takes it over the top for me is the housemade dressing that’s put on the side:

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There’s something really special about a housemade dressing with the big herbs in it versus a store bought dressing. This dressing is the shop’s Italian dressing, but it goes great with the rest of the Greek wrap. It’s a simple oil/vinegar/herbs combo, but that’s what’s great about it. Less is more.

What really took me back was how the waitresses know you by name after only going about three times now. And you feel like you’ve known these people for a long time!

One of the waitresses I met today, I felt like I knew her forever. Such a kind, sweet soul.

This is an experience that sometimes, we can forget about in our day to day lives.

With fast casual restaurants still on the rise, the personal touch of the waitress or waiter can get diminished.

Thank goodness for these places that are still holding on.

And thank goodness for the Greek chicken wrap at the cozy coffee shop where everybody knows your name.

STATION COFFEE SHOP

504 Jefferson Plz, Port Jefferson Station, New York 11776

Hours

  • Mon-Sat:
    6:00 am – 8:00 pm
    Sun:
    6:00 am – 3:00 pm

 

 

Phone
(631) 331-7323

 

 

HEALTHY EATING: Mediterranean Diet

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Photo Credit: Bicycling.com

I’ve never been one to really stick to a certain diet per se, for that long.

The word diet itself can be cringeworthy.

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Facebook LIVE!

I have been experimenting with all of the fun apps that are out now in the #SoMe (that’s a real hashtag, folks) world.

I am on Peach as of recent, and more recently, have been trying out Facebook LIVE!

I just spoke about a ton of food news happening today over at my Facebook page.

Facebook.com/KatEats is the address.

Hope to see you there! 🙂

FOOD NEWS: FIVE THINGS TO KNOW TODAY | March 3, 2016

HAPPY MARCH!

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BRAIN FOOD: #SongSunday

You know when you hear a song in a movie, and you remember and associate that song, with that movie?

I do that all the time with movies/songs.

I’m thinking of Pretty Woman, one of my all-time favorite movies.

And of my favorite scenes? The opera scene.

Richard Gere’s character whisks Julia Roberts’ character away to the opera for the night and they see the gorgeous opera La Traviata by Verdi.

She is impacted by this experience; she tears up at the end of the opera.

I think back to that scene as I think of when I went to see the actual opera La Traviata a few years ago. I remember waiting and WAITING for the famous song to me came on, which by the way is “Amami Alfredo.” A beautiful moment to witness in person, and to literally relive Pretty Woman.

Which got me thinking about the lyrics in that movie scene/opera.

Here’s what the last part is translated to in English:

VIOLETTA

I felt like crying, but I am better now.
You see… I’m smiling… you see?
I’m all right now, I’m smiling!
I shall be there among the flowers, always near to you.
Always, always near to you!
Love me, Alfredo,
Love me as I love you!
Farewell!

Love me as I love you.

I flash back now to the final scene of Pretty Woman, where Richard Gere’s character comes in via limousine with this song blasting from the limo.

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Thinking about the lyrics above, the characters in Pretty Woman loved each other well, as they loved one another. It wasn’t easy, but they found a way into each others’ hearts. And I think you can say opera brought them together too 😉 🙂

Gere comes in at the end of the movie and sweeps her off of her feet, with this song. This powerful medium of opera.

The romantic I am dreams of a moment like that happening in real life! (Raise your hand/comment if you agree!)

“Love me as I love you” = the beautiful statement from that song that I keep thinking about.

The arts are a powerful medium, especially opera. Lyrics that flow with such strength, such emotion, such power.

And with all of this, this song Sunday, I give you, “Amami Alfredo.” Enjoy.

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