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Happy Hump Day! Just like that, the week is half over. Now, if only we could get the snow to melt. Speaking of melt, is there a special someone who melts your heart? (Sorry, we can’t help ourselves.) It is, of course, Valentine’s Day this weekend. Specifically, Valentine’s Day is Sunday…although many couples will likely celebrate Saturday night. Which is awkward because Feb. 13, notoriously, is “Mistress Day,” which no greater authority than the Daily News says is the day that “straying boyfriends and husbands” set aside for the “other woman” — since they’re spending the actual Valentine’s Day with their girlfriends and wives. Hmm. Well, hopefully that’s neither here nor there. Whether you’re a cheater or a gentleman, we highlight a few options for spending the holiday:
- At Stone Creek Inn in East Quogue, pictured above, there will be Long Island duck meatballs, tiny cheese ravioli and other things off the inn’s a la carte menu, served from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m., just on Sunday. (No doubt they know about “Mistress Day.”)
- Michael’s in Springs is getting all fancy with duck confit and crispy gnochhi, part of a $55 food menu (or $80 menu, if you want a wine pairing).
- 1770 House in East Hampton is whipping up “an array of winter warming specials with amorous ingredients,” according to Executive Chef Michael Rozzi. The $85 four-course tasting menu includes lobster bisque and honey-braised pork belly with black truffle risotto.
- The Art of Eating in Amagansett is hosting a Sunday “Shuck Em” brunch, 12 p.m. to 3 p.m., with lots of oyster slurping, plus local wine and beer pairings. The event is organized by Slow Food East End, part of a grass-roots effort to keep food “good, clean and fair.”
Lastly, the Wall Street Journal (of all places) has some rather racy advice on how happy couples can keep their marriage alive. Spoiler alert: It has nothing to do with the stock market.
The Montauket, everybody’s favorite no-frills place in Montauk to watch the sunset, apparently almost burned down. “The Montauket family would like to extend our deepest thanks to the Montauk Fire Dept for averting a would be fire while we were on a family vacation,” the establishment says on Facebook…Meanwhile, the Inlet restaurant, everybody’s favorite more frilly place in Montauk to watch the sunset, opens for the season (hooray!) on Friday. Six commercial fisherman opened the eatery in 2006, which is why the sushi tastes so fresh…Cyril’s, the curmudgeon-owned highway shack that likely holds the dubious record for most violations of town zoning board, has been told to go back in time to 1984. Apparently that was the last time any changes or additions to the property were legal. We suggest that Cyril Fitzsimmons gets in his DeLorean immediately.
Social Media Quote of the Day
“We are declaring February 12th National Gyro Day!” –Old Stove Pub in Sagaponack on Facebook, while also rather cheekily adding: “Let’s see if we can get a news organization to bite!!!!” (We did.) The Greek restaurant explains that it chose Feb. 12 to honor the gyro because there were 12 gods in Greek mythology, plus February is the last month before Greek Lent, “so we can get our fill on meat and dairy now.” Far be it for us to stand between a Greek and his or her gyro. Enjoy.
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