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February 25, 2008

Driving in the Snow

Filed under: Winter by Bill @ 8:07 am

There are a lot of things I like about winter. The long nights give me a chance to hibernate. The cold, dry air makes sleeping so easy (and rising so difficult). And the dramatic grey, stormy skies bring anticipation to the day—will it snow? Sure looks like it will. Sure hope it does…

There’s nothing like a good snowstorm.

February, typically Long Island’s most snowy month, is almost over. As we move into March the odds of having a good one decrease with each passing day.

But last Friday, just in time for the morning rush hour, February gave us a teaser. About 4 inches of snow fell by daybreak and it continued to snow lightly throughout the day.

As much as I love the snow, I can’t stand when Mother Nature drops a small one on us. Sure, it pretties everything up for a few days, but driving in it can be a nightmare. It’s not the snow itself that makes conditions dangerous, but the bonehead drivers who don’t clean their windows and speed down the road like it’s a beautiful spring day. I can’t stand that.

On second thought, maybe driving with a camera in your hand is not too smart either. Here are 2 views from a snap taken in my little corner of Long Island during my drive into work.

The snow is still falling and you can barely see the trees beyond the bridge. Pretty cool if you ask me.

Snow scene on Long Island
I love the panoramic view

In the driver’s seat on a snowy road
But this is closer to what one actually sees when driving in the snow

February 12, 2008

Down the Rabbit Hole Wine Boutique

Filed under: Food & Drink by Bill @ 6:02 am

Down the Rabbit Hole LogoI found the coolest, if not the tiniest little wine boutique on Long Island, in downtown Sayville.

My girlfriend and I were just walking down the sidewalk and all of sudden this wine shop just sort of hopped out at us. We had never seen it before and we both said at the same time, “Where’d this come from?”

We stepped inside and met Suzanne, who told us that she had just started the business. Wine aficionado, figure skater, and artist, Suzanne has put her heart into this wine boutique and it shows.

She’s knowledgeable, stocks good wine, and offers it in a fun, and maybe a little quirky environment.

This is exactly the kind of place I like to see on Long Island. It’s different, offers something of value, and is completely genuine.

So needless to say, I’m a loyal customer. And, (you know me) I’ve been taking pictures and asking questions.

Here is my full review of Down the Rabbit Hole Wine Boutique.

February 9, 2008

BOBBiQUE – Authentic BBQ in Patchogue

Filed under: Food & Drink by Bill @ 8:17 am

I was in Patchogue last Saturday to see Ann Marie and Mike at the BrickHouse Brewery. The place was a bit more crowded than I had the patience for, so it was just a quick hello, then across the street to BobbiQue.

There, my daughter and I enjoyed a quiet lunch of ribs and salad. It was only our first visit, so this is not a full review, just my first impressions.

(You can read more detailed reviews of Long Island restaurants here .)

I like the place.

We were both happy with the food. There are a dozen good beers on tap, 60 in bottles, and a couple of cask conditioned ales as well. BobbiQue is home to a lively blues scene that I’d like to check out on a hopping Friday night.

The service is unusual. You place your order at a counter near the entrance, pick up a table marker, and then sit any where you want. Food is served in metal trays that match the industrial theme décor.

I’d go back.

Excellent rib, greens and cornbread
The full slab of excellent ribs was too much for me to finish, but made a great midnight snack.

A nice long bar
Open and airy with ample seating at the bar.

70 W. Main Street
Patchogue, NY

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