Pumpkin Pie Latte's Mark Autumn in the Hamptons

Hampton Coffee Company Brings Back Fall FavoritesFall flavors are back in season now through Thanksgiving at Hampton Coffee Company! The espresso bars & cafés are featuring two Autumn favorites that perfectly complement this time of the year. Enjoy their Pumpkin Pie Latte, a tasty treat made with Pumpkin Spice syrup, their signature hand-roasted espresso, and steamed milk, topped with whipped cream and sprinkled with cinnamon or special Autumn Sprinkles. Or, for something a little sweeter, try their Pumpkin White Mocha, a delicious Pumpkin Spice Latte combined with sweet and creamy White Chocolate Sauce and topped with whipped cream and cinnamon or special Sprinkles.

If you're looking for something more traditional, Hampton Coffee Company is once again featuring its warm-from-the-oven Pumpkin Muffins, hot local Apple Cider from The Milk Pail with a cinnamon stick, and their hand-roasted Pumpkin Pie Coffee either brewed by the cup at the cafés or as beans to bring home. Enjoy free samples of the Pumpkin Pie Coffee weekdays from opening until lunchtime.

And for those chilly Autumn Days, nothing warms one up better than a bowl of hot, homemade soup. Hampton Coffee Company offers at least three heart-warming selections each day from before lunchtime until closing. Many selections are low-fat and/or vegetarian.

Hampton Coffee Company is located at 194 Mill Road in Westhampton Beach, on the Six Corners Roundabout, across from the Village Hall, and at 869 Montauk Highway in Water Mill, next to The Green Thumb Farmstand. Both cafés are open year-round from 6AM to 6PM daily. Visit hamptoncoffeecompany.com for more details.


MYC Explains 'Cirque Sublime' Cancellation

Montauk Yacht Club Explains Cirque Sublime CancelationWe weren't alone last Saturday night when we pulled into the parking lot of The Montauk Yacht Club only to find an empty field where a "Fellini-esque" Big Top should have been. As we stood there staring at an empty great lawn, like completely confused puppies, we noticed a few equally confused guests who, like us, never received the memo that the Cirque Sublime event had been cancelled.

So we had to ask...what happened to the contortionists, fire-eaters, mentalists and erotic aerialists? No one on-site at MYC had much info for us on Saturday night, so we turned to General Manager Lloyd Van Horn and asked for the inside scoop on the cancellation -- and why we weren't notified.

According to Mr. Van Horn, there was a cancellation notice sent out to the media from Alchimia Public Relations. "Unfortunately," said Mr. Van Horn, BlogHamptons.com was inadvertently omitted from that notification list. He apologized for the oversight and added that cancellation of Cirque Sublime "was a huge loss for us as we were really looking forward to the event."

Better late than never, we have since received that cancellation notice:
Producers of the planned “Cirque Sublime” extravaganza slated for September 26 at the Montauk Yacht Club announced the cancellation of the upcoming performance, citing a misunderstanding with the town regarding the permits necessary for the erection of the tent on the property of the Montauk Yacht Club. Unfortunately, there was not enough time to rectify the situation by the end of this week.

Lloyd Van Horn, General Manger of the Montauk Yacht Club, hopes that the producers will be able to reschedule for a date in early spring of 2010 once they have obtained the proper permits. Ticket purchasers can contact Smarttix for refund.

~ Alchimia Public Relations
We'll try again next Spring...but we'll certainly be calling ahead first! ;)


Oktoberfest Gets Rowdy

Rowdy Hall in East Hampton Celebrates Oktoberfest

Rowdy Hall certainly had reason to celebrate this summer. It seemed that every entertainment weekly tried to keep tabs on the celebrity clientele that chowed down at the East Hampton eatery nestled in the Parrish Mews. Of the local notables that landed on the gossip pages, Rudy Giuliani, Steven Spielberg and Kate Capshaw, Dick Cavett, U.S. Attorney General Michael Mukasey, House star Peter Jacobson, Washington Post’s Ben Bradlee, Amy Irving, and rapper Busta Rhymes were just a few of the high profile diners that enjoyed a season of classic pub fare out on Rowdy's patio.

Now that their sizzling summer has been replaced with crisp fall air, A-Listers are keeping warm by the fireplace that's roaring in the Arts & Crafts inspired dining room and the famed eatery is continuing the celebration -- only now with a decidedly German twist. It's Oktoberfest! And it's turning Rowdy Hall on its Wienerschnitzel!


Cat Rescue Lands Animal Lover In Court

Cat Rescue Lands Good Samaritan in JailNew York Post reporter Kieran Crowley has a story in today's paper that's bound to ruffle a few feathers...make that whiskers. It's about 71-year-old Tom Young of Westhampton Beach and his neighbors, Deanna and Herbert Jacobi. The Jacobi's are both retired lawyers who had Tom arrested for rescuing a cat that was trapped and starving under their multimillion-dollar home for two sweltering days in July. Tom is the animal lover who now has an arrest record and a pending mountain of legal bills. The Jacobi's think Tom is "loony."  We think they're litigious curmudgeons. What's your take?
Read it online at NYPost.com and let us know what you think.


Montauk Yacht Club: Saturday Will Be Sublime

You didn't really think that summer was over and the parties had come to an end at The Montauk Yacht Club did you? Au contraire! This Saturday night, MYC will not only be hottest place in town...it will be absolutely sublime.

Cirque Sublime comes to The Montauk Yacht Club

This Saturday, September 26th, Patrica Watt and Ron Glucksman, producers of "The Astaire Awards", "Love, Janis" and "Blitzkreig:The Hadissidic Wrestling Musical" will present Cirque Sublime at The Montauk Yacht Club.

Their Mistress of Ceremonies invites you to a fantastically sensual, Fellini-esque circus set to music. Join MYC for Cirque Sublime, a magical evening which will amaze, entertain and scintillate with Broadway dance, acrobatics, contortionists, painted ladies, mentalists and erotic aerialists from the very the top of the big tent. The evening will feature special musical cabaret performers and scintillating performances by stars of stage, screen and the big top. Their world class performers include dancers from Erotic Broadway, Exotic dancing from Desert Sin (seen on HBO's real sex) and performers from Cirque de Soleil and other exotic acts brought in from all four corners of the world, for your delectation!

Tickets are only $75 for a full night of dinner, dancing and the sexiest show in town! This will be one wild night at The Montauk Yacht Club that you won't want to miss!

For addition information or to purchase tickets, please call 1.888.MYC.8668.
We'll see you there!


Spotlight Cocktail: “Absolut Basil”

Since Hamptons Wines & Liquors are hosting an Absolut Vodka Tasting tomorrow at their East Hampton store, we thought we'd share another cocktail recipe that really made a big splash with us this summer. It's called “Absolut Basil” and it is a perfect melding of spicy & sweet. It reminded us of Trattoria Il Mulino's Testarossa that we experienced last year at their Trump Taj Mahal location in Atlantic City. Both drinks are a great compliment to rustic, Italian and Mexican fare. Try Absolut Basil paired with a brick oven pizza margherita...heaven!

Spotlight Cocktail: “Absolut Basil” - Spicy & Sweet recipe featuring Absolut Peppar!

For more cocktail ideas using Absolut Peppar, visit absolutdrinks.com.



Sag Harbor Celebrates HarborFest 2009

Photo: Vintage Postcard of Main Street - Sag Harbor, NY

An old fashioned clambake, an Arts & Crafts Fair on the Long Wharf, and a festival parade down Main Street are just a few of the things you can expect from this weekend's HarborFest! Now in its 19th year of celebrating Sag Harbor's rich village history and their whaling & nautical heritage, HarborFest 2009 activities will also include whaleboat races, a sidewalk sale, walking and art tours, food and musical events, a classic boat regatta, a 5K race and so much more!

After the jump we have the Sag Harbor Chamber of Commerce's preliminary schedule of events for the weekend, but for a full description of all of the events, including ticket prices for select activities and events, please visit the The Sag Harbor Express for their festival overview. HarborFest runs from September 11th through the 13th.


1st Annual Ferrari Hamptons Rally: Finish Party

Georgica owner Antonio Fuccio, Nikki Beach Midtown owner George Lordano, Georgica Executive Chef Robert Hesse and Nathaniel Christian at the Official Rally Finish Party at Georgica Restaurant & Lounge. Photo: Lisa Wagner/BlogHamptons.com

Georgica owner Antonio Fuccio, Nikki Beach Midtown owner George Lordano, Georgica Executive Chef Robert Hesse and Rally Co-Host and Founder Nathaniel Christian at the Official Rally Finish Party at Georgica Restaurant & Lounge. Photo by Lisa Wagner/BlogHamptons.com

The First Annual Ferrari Hamptons Rally kicked off in style this past Saturday at Georgica Restaurant & Lounge. Co-hosts Nathaniel Christian and Nikki Beach Midtown welcomed more than fifty Ferrari aficionados, who collectively toured some of the most scenic routes along the South Fork in over 25 Million Dollars worth of exotic super cars. Page Six editor, Richard Johnson, led the two-hour and 46 mile inaugural drive through East Hampton, Amagansett, Sag Harbor, and Southampton. New York Jets safety Kerry Rhodes, celebrity stylist Nolé Marin, DJ Mel DeBarge and fitness guru John Basedow were among the VIP guests who met up with the drivers and owners back at Georgica for an invitation only, red carpet reception and champagne brunch.

The convoy of Ferrari's, which ranged from vintage to brand spanking new, was a sight to behold as they cruised past priceless views of estates, vineyards, and marinas and looped along the ocean. The weather was an added bonus and the luxury sponsors that awaited everyone at Georgica helped to make it a perfect way to spend our last Saturday of summer!

We hope to get some video of the tour from the event's founder, Nathaniel Christian, later next week -- but for now, check after the jump for photos from the Official Rally Finish Party at Georgica.


Jon Bon Jovi Sings His Way Thru The Hamptons

Jon Bon Jovi Sings His Way Thru The Hamptons. Photo: Lisa Wagner/Splash NewsJon Bon Jovi was a regular roving serenader on Friday, September 4th. The 47-year-old rocker once again took the guitar off the wall at his super-hyped eatery, The Blue Parrot, and performed a few numbers for diners. After his impromptu jam at The Blue Parrot, the rocker hit up Stephen Talkhouse in Amagansett where he hopped up on stage with his good friend, and fellow Jersey native, Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes. It's not the first time the Bon Jovi frontman has surprised the crowd at the Talkhouse - he's known for making a notable appearance whenever Southside Johnny is in town. Talkhouse's Peter Honerkamp tells BlogHamptons that Jovi performed a total of three songs, one of which was "Hanging Out With My Baby."

On Saturday night, Jon and his wife Dorothea hosted a private Labor Day party at their East Hampton home. But guests looking for a repeat of his legendary 2007 holiday bash were in for a much more low-key experience. Unlike the party that made international headlines, where Paul McCartney, Billy Joel, Bruce Springsteen, Jimmy Buffett and Pink Floyd's Roger Waters formed a supergroup and performed classics like I Saw Her Standing There and Long Tall Sally, this intimate backyard fête was downright quiet in comparison and was over shortly after at 11pm.


Seen About Town: Gosselin, Grant, & Clintons

Jon Gosselin - Photo by Lisa Wagner/Splash NewsJon Gosselin returned to the Hamptons on Friday night. The recently separated father of eight enjoyed a business dinner at Philippe in East Hampton with his attorney, Mark J. Heller, and Heller's wife Debra. The three dined on the outdoor patio and Jon posed for photos with fans. Bethenny Frankel and her boyfriend Jason Hoppy were also at Philippe on Friday night. The couple was at the eatery filming scenes for Season 3 of The Real Housewives of New York City and introducing Bethenny's new bottled line of the Skinnygirl Margarita to the menu at Philippe. Bethenny tweeted from the East Hampton hotspot:

@Bethenny wonders who is more cheezy: me at philippe w 2 btls of skinnygirl booze entering sg mobile or j gosselin smokin butt in pkg lot w an earring?”

In other Housewife news, Ramona, Jill, LuAnn, and Alex all boarded a yacht in Sag Harbor to film their own scenes for Season 3. We're told the drama started to unfold before the ladies even left the dock.

Consummate bachelor Hugh Grant was in Southampton over Labor Day Weekend. Grant was in town with his brother Jamie to support their father, James Grant, who had a show at the Keszler Gallery on Main Street. James’s exhibition, “James Grant Watercolors,” featured over 80 pieces of his work and benefited the Southampton Fresh Air Home.

Desperate Housewives star Kyle McLaughlin and his wife Desiree Gruber hit up The Blue Parrot in East Hampton for dinner over Labor Day Weekend, while James Lipton and actor Jean Reno (The Professional, Pink Panther, The Da Vinci Code) chose Nick & Toni's.

Also at Nick & Toni's, Former President Bill Clinton and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton dined with Alan Patricof and his wife Susan on Tuesday night. Surrounded by secret service, the Clintons enjoyed fresh salads to start with a plate of zucchini chips to share at their table in the front room. Hilary sampled the Bucatini all’Amatriciana, while Bill had Penne alla Vecchia Bettola.

Connecticut Senator Joe Lieberman dined at Matto in East Hampton with his wife and friends on Saturday night. They all had Branzino filleted tableside. Over in Amagansett, Mario Batali and his orange Crocs enjoyed a taco lunch at La Fondita on Tuesday.

Venturing outside of the Hamptons for a BBQ fix was Star Jones. The former daytime Diva and her “S.O.” Herb Wilson paid a visit to the working-class town of Ronkonkoma last weekend to fill a craving for BBQ Ribs at the chain restaurant Smokey Bones, near exit 60 on the L.I.E. The couple enjoyed ribs, slaw and corn bread on their way home from the US Open.


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