Snuggled right next to a park, this adorable little red cafe is the perfect spot to while away a sunny weekend afternoon. Ted & Honey is in a prime spot in Brooklyn’s lovely brownstone-filled Cobble Hill neighborhood. Here, you order at the counter and they bring your food to you. Or you can get a coffee, sit at their communal table (or at the bar in the front window and read the paper – love that!) As we sat on the patio eating, lots of folks rolled up and ordered their food to go and took it next door to shady Cobble Hill Park to eat.
Of course this being Brooklyn, the chef uses locally sourced ingredients, but I’m over that. What’s more notable is that he makes his own ketchup, salsa and various pickled things that he sells in jars on the shelves of the market (also overplayed in Brooklyn, but still cool). But the real headline is his homemade pop tarts filled with strawberry preserves, bananas and chocolate and a variety of other delicious things. Gourmet junk food – what a fun idea! Now if someone could only get the yodel down…
See our meal after the jump …
San Francisco designer Tina Frey makes the most amazing resin jewelry. I love her chunky cuff bracelets and bold, pod-shaped beaded necklaces. (She and her dog, Zoe, are wearing them above.) So naturally, I want to know what fuels that creativity. Frey chronicles her travels on her blog, but she also finds inspiration at home. We tapped Frey for a few of her favorite San Francisco spots. And one thing I love about her list is that she not only gives us a great brunch spot, but also place to get a snack while you’re waiting for your table. Genius!
Read Tina Frey’s guide to a lazy San Francisco afternoon after the jump … Continue reading
Hop in the car right now! Early summer before the summer crowds stifle eastern Long Island is a great time to head to the North Fork for wine tasting and wandering historic seaside villages. (Forbes just named one of them — Greenport, N.Y. — one of the “America’s Prettiest Towns.”) And you might even get lucky there, gents.
I just wrote a piece for New York magazine about how to spend a romantic weekend on the North Fork. Here’s an excerpt:
Spend a day exploring some newer additions to the area’s slate of 48 wineries. Start out with a tasting ($17 for four wines) at Sparkling Pointe Winery and order caviar ($14 to $26) or Vosges chocolate ($10) from a vineside armchair. Head to Shinn Vineyards for the new vintner tasting ($25), during which owner David Page lets guests sample from the barrel and taste current vintages of reserve wines not available during regular tastings. Call ahead to One Woman Wines in Southold to see if they’re hosting Tastings Under the Stars, a bi-monthly campfire outing from 6 to 10 p.m. with cheeses, tapenades, hummus, and other tapas available ($6 to $10).