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Happy Week-Almost-Over! Somewhere, a local fisherman is catching your dinner for tonight or this weekend (though not this surfcaster, pictured above, who reported no bites Monday on Main Beach in East Hampton). If you’re in the mood for fresh fish, may we suggest Merken Fisheries, the family-operated business out of Hampton Bays, which offers home delivery or look for its Lady J Seafood at farmers markets. We recently picked up some swordfish at the East Hampton farmers market, which we non-objectively report was delicious.
Speaking of fish…
The Parrish Museum in Water Mill will host a reading of Men’s Lives by Sag Harbor playwright Joe Pintauro, based on the book by Peter Matthiessen, this Friday at 6 p.m. The book tells “the story of the East End baymen’s struggle as their centuries-long tradition of making a living on the water becomes threatened by economic and legal challenges, pollution, and overfishing.” Sounds…uplifting? Well, order some rosé from the café and give it a listen. The reading, by the way, is in conjunction with the Parrish’s Radical Seafaring exhibit, which runs through July 24.
Can I skip the race and just attend the after-party?
Answer: No. The 37th Annual Shelter Island 10K is THIS weekend — and we’re pleased to report that the Hampton Bee will be joining celebrity runners like Joan Benoit Samuelson and Bill Rodgers (we’ll look for the back of their heads, way way way ahead of us) on the 6.2-mile jaunt. The organizers have been putting the fear of god in us with this terrifying countdown clock, which is speedily ticking away as we speak. “The Shelter Island 10k has been described by Runners Magazine as one of the most picturesque courses,” says Hilary McDonald, an organizer. Not to mention, she adds, the race “has raised nearly $1 million to help our local charities.” We’ll try to remember all that as we’re running up yet another hill…
But can we buy salt there?
The Chequit, everybody’s favorite 120-year-old inn on Shelter Island, has a new gift shop, called Salt Supply, which may or may not sell salt. “For Salt Supply, we curated a diverse collection of merchandise from brands and artisans that share a similar ethos,” says the hotel’s proprietor, Kevin O’Shea of Salt Hotels (which owns the Chequit). We understand that to mean handmade leather sandals, canvas beach totes and surf-inspired Wampum tees. So, probably no salt. Check out the new store yourself at its grand opening this Saturday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. There will be free Jack’s Stir Brew coffee (always a draw) and also a Chequit tote bag if you spend $50 or more at the shop.
Did someone say gluten-free?
The Golden Pear cafe, which has locations in nearly every Hampton, reports that it has a new sandwich on the menu, called “The Water Mill.” (Ironically, there is no Golden Pear in Water Mill.) It is a gluten-free kale and quinoa veggie burger, with grated carrot, greens, tomato and avocado vinaigrette. Yum! “A deliciously healthy option for lunch today,” Golden Pear says. Vegetarians, rejoice.
That is off the hook, man
Believe it or not, we have more fish-related news. It seems our friends in Washington — specifically, the House of Representatives — have unanimously passed a bill that would open waters between Montauk Point and Block Island to striped bass fishing, according to the East Hampton Press. Apparently there are some environmental concerns but Long Island fisherman are pleased. The measure next heads to the Senate. We enjoyed this photo of East Hampton developer Joe Baratta with an enormous striped bass (they generally look much smaller on our plates).
Social Media Quote of the Day
“Oh hi there,” Buoy One Seafood Restaurant & Bar in Westhampton, posting this toothy reminder to Facebook that Shark Week on the Discovery Channel begins June 26. The restaurant, which also has a location in Riverhead, will be serving “Shark Bite Lemonade” in honor of our Great White friends.
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