Search

Kat Eats

Category

Long Island

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):

img_5945-1

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:

img_5946

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

 

 

LONG ISLAND: #GrandOpening – Lemongrass Asian Fusion

About a week ago, my dad and I decide to try a new restaurant in the neighborhood.

I thought it had been open for a little while, but to our surprise, the owner said it had only been open for a few days. We were then invited by the owner to its grand opening event, fast forward to today.

Lemongrass Asian Fusion is a BRAND NEW Asian restaurant hitting the scene in Mt. Sinai, Long Island.

Continue reading “LONG ISLAND: #GrandOpening – Lemongrass Asian Fusion”

LONG ISLAND: Thai House, Smithtown 

There are restaurant where you are drawn to them like a magnet.

Where you go once and you’re hooked, and out of new habit, frequent.

That’s the case at Thai House in Smithtown, Long Island.

Continue reading “LONG ISLAND: Thai House, Smithtown “

LONG ISLAND: Mamma Lombardi’s

Sunday dinner, everyday.

That’s the phrase that pops in my head when I think of Mamma Lombardi’s in Holbrook.

It’s a warm, inviting atmosphere where you’re taken care of to the T by the staff. So much so, it’s like you become part of their family during each time you visit.

And the food? Trust me, you’ll always be full after a visit to this Italian Long Island staple restaurant. The portions are huge, but who would have it any other way? It’s Mamma’s cooking. Fresh, flavorful, delicious. The pictures truly are a thousand words.

Check out some photos of my 4th of July trip to Mamma’s below:

   

Mozzarella en Carrozza.
  
Fried Zucchini.
  
Veal & Peppers Parmigiana. Mamma usually makes it with sweet peppers, but i requested it be made with hot peppers this time. SO good.

Mamma Lombardi’s

400 Furrows Rd.

Holbrook, NY 11741

631-737-0774

http://www.mammalombardis.com

 

LONG ISLAND : When music and food come together

The Next Level Band. Photo credit: http://www.gigmasters.com/Live-Band/The-Next-Level-Band/

If there’s something I say everyday, it’s that music connects.

To me, it connects people in ways words alone can’t.

Besides being a foodie (and constant tweeter/Facebooker!), I am a singer. You will find me constantly listening to music, piecing out the little things in music I love, such as when a song resolves itself.

On Facebook back in February, I learned of the passing of a truly talented, wonderful Long Island female singer.

When I heard the news, I was shocked. My mind immediately goes back to that one and only time I met her. The night I found out, I texted my friend who I went with, Alyssa, and we were both stunned.

You may remember in November of 2011 I blogged about going to Tequila Jacks in Port Jefferson village and loving the experience. Besides the food and tropical drinks, the music sealed the deal for me.

A husband and wife musical group, The Next Level Band was playing the night I went with my friend Alyssa, and while we waited for our table, I heard this woman, La Dawn Parris, singing Reggae/Calypso versions of top 40 hits while her husband, Tyrone, played the instruments (and sang some songs too!). I was mesmerized by this group, but especially La Dawn. I didn’t even introduce myself yet and found myself singing along while she was singing, and she noticed too, and smiled at me. It was a blast. La Dawn would even dance with the listeners dancing in the bar.

At the end of said night, I walked right up to La Dawn and introduced myself. I told her she has an amazing voice, how the band is awesome, and I hope to see them again soon. I took one of their cards and we were invited to come back the week after.

Well, it’s been over a year and a half later. And I STILL haven’t been back to Tequila Jacks. Not because I didn’t want to go back. I really have no excuse.

Life happens.

But, if there’s something that constantly amazes me about this beautiful life we all live, it’s how people come in and out of your life, sometimes very quickly.

So I say this. Cherish and live in your life’s moments.

While I only met La Dawn once and didn’t know anything about her beside the fact she’s an amazing singer and her warmth and positive energy glowed the time I saw her —

honestly —

that’s all I needed to know. In that moment. And now.

Rest in peace, La Dawn Parris.

Through my love of food and love of music, I met you once. I heard your song.

Your music moved me, and I will remember that for the rest of my life.

Here is just a snippet of her singing that night.

Midnight Snack: ABO Balls

Ever since I recently wrote about the PBNO Balls I made, I haven’t stopped eating nut butters since.

(Nut butters meaning peanut and almond butter.)

After I wrote that post, I made my way to Trader Joe’s one night after work. My mission was clear: find some amazing almond butter to bring home.

I found myself in the nut butter part of one of its aisles staring at all of the different kinds of nut butters. I was fascinated. There were all kinds of varieties of not only nuts, but creamy or chunky choices too. I was then approached by a very friendly employee who guided me in my search. We spoke for several minutes about which almond butter I should choose: creamy, chunky, sea salt, no sea salt.

After showing me the several types the store had, I ended up choosing the creamy one with sea salt in it (see picture).

If you asked me if I prefer creamy or chunky nut butter, honestly I have no preference. I love both just the same.

I’ll admit, I was curious about the salt content in the butters while standing there speaking to the employee. However, the man assured me that there wasn’t a ton of salt in the salted almond butter if you’re watching your salt (if you’re curious now too, it has 60 mg of salt in a 2 tbsp serving, not bad!), and the non-salted one doesn’t have that same flavor the salty one has.

The night I bought it, I opened the jar and mixed it for awhile with a spoon (as the oil of the natural butter can separate). I haven’t had almond butter in a long time, and to take that first taste was magical. A very grainy texture, with a hint of that sweet-salt taste, but not overly sweet.

Rich.

Thick.

Delicious.

So now, I’ve been alternating these past few weeks, between having a spoonful of almond butter on occasion, or having a spoonful of peanut butter with an oreo placed in the middle of the spoon on another occasion.

Which brings me to tonight’s midnight craving. My love of chocolate was calling my name, and I immediately started thinking about the almond butter and how I could combine the two to make ABO Balls.

My next thought: “Hey, I can put these in the freezer to harden them up a bit!”

And here’s what resulted:

ABO Balls.

ABO Balls (a sister to PBNO Balls):

-1 heaping tablespoon of almond butter of your choice (I chose Trader Joe’s creamy almond butter with sea salt)

-2 chocolate sandwich cookies (I chose some Oreo Double Stuf’s. Oh, yes.)

-chocolate syrup (for decor)

Method:

1. Crush the chocolate sandwich cookies onto a plate.

2. Spoon the almond butter on top of the cookies.

3. Roll almond butter and oreo’s together to make two ABO Balls.

4. Place ABO Balls in freezer (covered in plastic wrap) for 20-30 minutes (you can even let them sit for longer if you want them a little crunchier).

5. Take ABO Balls out of freezer and spritz a little chocolate sauce on top for decor.

6. Enjoy!

These balls, like the PBNO Balls, had a great texture and a great balance of sweet and savory. Because this nut butter in particular was grainy and thicker than a regular store-bought nut-butter, it thickened up quickly and very well in the freezer. It had a good consistency to pick up in your hands and not get too messy.

You’ll still want that mug-o-milk to wash it all down!

A fun, quick, easy snack to make in the middle of the night, or any time of day.

Enjoy!

Live Tweet Food Reviews!

The waffle with the gingerbread spread - Wafels & Dinges NYC

Within the past week or so I’ve been trying out something new in addition to blogging. A new experiment per se, regarding my food reviews. I’ve been live tweeting reviews from restaurants and food trucks in my travels!

So far I’ve reviewed three places in NYC: the Morris Truck that serves delicious grilled cheeses and an amazing homemade hot chocolate with cinnamon fluff (that I’m obsessed with!), Korilla BBQ where I tried one of its burritos that reminded me of a mix between a fancy moo shu and a Vietnamese spring roll, Wafels and Dinges where I had one of its Belgian waffles covered in a gingerbread spread that reminded me of peanut butter minus the nuts, and tonight I reviewed the Bagels ‘N A Whole Lot More store in Stony Brook on route 347 which had an amazing crowd, a wonderful sandwich deal and great service.

 

The burrito I had at Korilla BBQ, NYC

I am having a blast writing these, as they’re even faster ways to let you know what I’m eating!

For all of my latest quick updates and foodie-tweets, please check out my Twitter, either at the link above in my blog at the top right hand corner, or click here.

I look forward to having you join the food conversation via another wonderful social network.

LONG ISLAND — Chicken Pot Pie by Town and Country Market, Miller Place

Have you ever seen a restaurant, or perhaps a deli, driven by it several times, yet never have gone inside?

This was the case for me when it came to the Town and Country Market in Miller Place. I had driven by it several times, yet had never gone inside. Not because I didn’t want to go in, I just always ended up going to the usual spots.

But not until a few days ago. My dad started going into the market a few weeks ago and now it’s his new favorite breakfast spot. He always tells me how the owner and the staff are very nice, how he always gets an egg sandwich on a whole wheat roll and amazing coffee to go with it, and how he keeps seeing homemade chicken pot pies there that we should try for dinner one night.

So a few nights ago, I ended up going into the market to get dinner for my parents and I.

I’m so glad I did.

The man behind the counter was very friendly, and told me all about the homemade pot pies and how there are big ones, small ones, ones with regular pie crust and ones with cornbread crust. He told me how the small chili cornbread crusted pot pie is “rediculously good” (see last post for reference), and how it’s very filling and delicious. I need to try this one next.

But for now, I got a large chicken pot pie.

I ended up getting a sandwich the first night I went to the market (which was amazing too!). But tonight, since my parents were very won over by the pot pie a few nights ago, we ended up getting another one for dinner again, so I could try it.

After heating it in the oven for about an hour at 350 degrees, here is the beautiful, golden brown pie:

This pie, from first glance, looks like a beautiful seasonal fruit pie from the bakery. But lo and behold, this pie is magical. Its warm, buttery, melt in your mouth crust, with its creamy chicken vegetable filling was incredible.

The chicken was fork tender, juicy and moist. It was very flavorful and the creamy filling mixed with the fluffy potatoes, juicy string beans, peas, corn and diced carrots, made for an amazing dinner meal. It most certainly was filling, but like the counter person told me, wasn’t as filling as the chili cornbread crust probably would be.

If you’re looking for a quick, easy meal to bring home and heat up for yourself or for your family, a chicken pot pie like this one (or maybe a chili cornbread pot pie!) would be an excellent inexpensive meal idea.

And if you’ve been curious about that restaurant in your area that you haven’t been into yet, definitely stop in! You may be happily surprised.

Town and Country Market

85 North Country Rd., Miller Place, N.Y. 11764
Phone: (631) 403-4383

MONDAY – SATURDAY
5:00 A.M – 7:00 P.M

SUNDAY
5:00 A.M – 6:00 P.M

FREE DELIVERY SERVICE UNTIL 3PM
CURB SIDE ASSISTANCE

LONG ISLAND — Chocolate Crumb Cake by Farmingdale’s Hahn’s Old Fashioned Cake Company

Just thinking about those delicious morsels of crumbs on the following chocolate crumb cake is making my mouth water.

At the Town and Country Market in Miller Place, you can get countless items to eat or drink, including breakfast and lunch sandwiches, wraps, paninis, chicken pot pies (which will be my next post) and more.

But when I was at the market the other day, I was told by the counter person the crumb cakes by Hahn’s Old Fashioned Cake Company, that were conveniently sitting by the register, were “ridiculously good.” Intrigued, I immediately reached for the chocolate crumb cake. There was also flavors such as original, apple and raspberry walnut, but as I have said, I am a huge chocolate fan.

The crumb cake is a local specialty: Hahn’s is located in nearby Farmingdale. According to its website, you can place online orders for its crumb cakes and pound cakes if you want to buy some yourself.

Also according to its website, all of the cakes are baked fresh daily, made with extra large handmade crumbs and cakes made from their old family recipe, has a rich, moist base with fresh, whole eggs and has a long shelf life. It also says these are kosher too!

The chocolate crumb cake was most definitely rediculously good: moist yellow pound cake with the sweet, large morsels of crumbs with a huge chocolate drizzle on top.

If you’d like to try some and you’re in the Miller Place / Port Jefferson area, you can pick up a piece at the Town and Country Market. Otherwise you can check out its website and place an order.

Town and Country Market

85 North Country Rd., Miller Place, NY 11764
Phone: (631) 403-4383

MONDAY – SATURDAY
5:00 A.M – 7:00 P.M

SUNDAY
5:00 A.M – 6:00 P.M

FREE DELIVERY SERVICE UNTIL 3PM
CURB SIDE ASSISTANCE

Hahn’s Old Fashioned Cake Company

75 Allen Blvd. Farmingdale, N.Y. 11735
Phone: (631) 249-3456
Fax: (631) 249-3492

 

Blog at WordPress.com.

Up ↑