Hiatus Fever

We have it. Bad.

Just when we were going to post another of our epic Egg & Cheese on a Roll tomes, we go and take a short vacation – this time to the Newport Folk Festival…. which was fabulous by the way.

And then after a short break doing our day jobs, we opt for a long weekend in the North Fork of Long Island. Up near Greenport. We managed to pick a great weekend, hot and sunny, clear blue skies and great wine tasting was had by us both. Shinn Estate Vineyards and Sparkling Pointe are some of our favorites, but a newer, smaller winery named, Coffee Pot Cellars caught our fancy and their fantastic Gewurtztraminer stood out for us. Hats off to veteran North Fork winemaker Adam Suprenant for some great wines.

On our last day, we ended up at Mattebella Winery in Southold where we sat and chatted with the winemaker and were invited to enjoy a yet-to-be-released dessert wine called, Noble.

We’d give Mattebella Noble a big, fat 8.5/10. It’s delicious, well-rounded, aromatic, with bags of floral notes. And when released, remember to take two sips. It’s the second one that’ll get you.

A fun sneak preview of a new wine and a privilege to share the experience with the winemaker himself, Mark Tobin. We would of course show a photograph of the wine, but it isn’t even ready to be bottled yet.

Bridgeview Diner

We’re back again!

This time we thought we’d step back in time and visit the Bridgeview Diner, down on 4th Avenue and 90th Street in Bay Ridge for a slightly grander experience for our Egg & Cheese on a Roll competition. This place is huge for a diner.

There’s a lot oIMG_0575f staff around to escort us to our table, which was nice. Then there was the person who came to drop off some water for us, and of course the lady who was waiting the table and taking our order. She was the one wearing bobby-socks.

They were all nice. Considering it was only 8:15 on a Sunday morning.

So how was it? I think we both agreed it was pretty damn good. Again, we opted for the Egg, Cheese and Potato (kinda like home fries) on our rolls, and of course the regulation coffee. We were given the option of one egg or two (another nice touch), but the whole ensemble scored highly on promptness, nice waitstaff and good atmosphere, if a little dated. The coffee was a meh however. But we’ve come to expect that so we deliberately set our bar lower.

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I mentioned stepping back in time since there were some nice, almost vintage touches IMG_0574in the wait staff, decor and table place mats. One might even say, it was cute. The ‘cocktail guide’ place mat underneath our sandwich you can see a glimpse of above, is really cute and retro-looking, although I fear it was not in an ironic sense. All in all, I’d give the Bridgeview Diner a resounding 8/10. Nice all-round job, you guys.