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Happy Thursday! Alas, if you are hankering for famous fried chicken, you’ll need to wait. Cromer’s Market, pictured above, the Sag Harbor butcher shop long-revered for its cuts of meat and hand-cooked comfort food, says it’s closed for some “sorely needed” renovations. “Our goal is to have all repairs and updates completed by the first week of March,” reports the 25-year-old store, owned by Tony Lawless since 2005. Whatever you do, Cromer’s, please don’t update the fried-chicken recipe. It’s perfect the way it is.
Or maybe order the adult fish patty?
By now you’ve probably heard of the Montauk Fishburger, the talk of hungry students in Bridgehampton School’s cafeteria. We offer a quick recap, herewith. A bunch of area chefs, a nutritionist, the school district and a Montauk-based commercial fishery came up with the concept: A burger made from locally caught, sustainable fish. Introduce it to kids, get them hooked on something that looks like a familiar hamburger, and voila….you’ve got schoolchildren eating more healthfully, while supporting local fisherman. So far, the plan has worked, and good news for foodies — an adult version is now on the menus at Almond in Bridgehampton, Bell & Anchor in Sag Harbor, and Rowdy Hall and Nick & Toni’s, both in East Hampton. Here is a picture – do not click if you are hungry. And here is the original recipe, by famed chef Eric Ripert of Le Bernardin fame.
If dry winter conditions are wreaking havoc with your fair skin, White’s Apothecary in East Hampton is hosting a Valentine’s Day Facial Event on Feb. 13 with $45 facials. White’s opened in 1873, roughly the last time a facial only cost $45 in the Hamptons. Speaking of glowing skin, Christie Brinkley celebrated her — wait for it — 62nd birthday recently at the 1770 House in East Hampton. Here’s a picture. We’ve now decided we definitely need the facial at White’s. Lastly, this coming Friday, if you need to socialize, plan on attending the 4th Annual Charitable Food Pantry Fundraiser at Martha Clara Vineyards in Riverhead from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Details here.
And on a sad note, landscape architect Jack Ingram deLashmet has passed away. He was 58. DeLashmet moved to the East End in 2000 to open his own firm, deLashmet & Associates, and published the bestseller “Hamptons Gardens” in 2011.
Social Media Quote of the Day
“Cannonball in paradise.” — Jessica Bellofatto of JB Yoga in East Hampton, who has been leading a yoga retreat in Tulum, Mexico, as she posted this photo to Facebook.