The Best Places To Eat In Suffolk County, L.I.

The Best Places To Eat In Suffolk County, L.I.

These local eateries are sure to please even those with the pickiest palates.

1. Caffe Amici, Selden

This place has gigantic family-sized platters of Italian food that will make anybody's green, white, and red shine bright. Serving up pizza and take-out on one side with a full sit-down restaurant and bar on the other, it's the best of both worlds. My favorite, although a classic, is their pappardelle made with a sweet sausage ragu and a touch of truffle oil. With tons (and I mean tons) of dishes to choose from, it's hard for anyone to leave feeling hungry. And the cheesy, oily garlic rolls—don't even get me started.

2. Peninsula Restaurant, Bay Shore

If you love great Chinese and Japanese cuisine, then this place is for you. This place is absolutely beautiful, with fish tanks aligning the entrance, koi ponds through out the restaurant, and a full sushi bar for guests to admire. From crunchy dragon rolls to tangy wok grilled garlic shrimp, Peninsula has yet to disappoint.

3. Bagels Your Way Cafe, Medford

Everyone knows that Long Island is known for their bagels and egg sandwiches, but if you're searching for the best then look no further than this gem in Medford. My boyfriend turned me on to this deli when we started dating, and I have to say, it is hard for others to compete. Not only do they serve a variety of breakfast specialities and delicious heroes, but they also have a wide assortment of delectable bakery items, especially their freshly-made chocolate chip or Reese's Peanut Butter Cup cookies.

4. Bubba's Burrito Bar, Islip

If you live on Long Island, it seems like everyone has heard of this crazy yet delicious joint. Though for those who are still in the dark about this gem, it's time you know where the real food magic happens. When you hear "burrito," you might assume they only specialize in classic Mexican cuisine. However, that's not the deal for Bubba's at all. Serving up alongside their burritos are a variety of tacos, salads, nachos, and quesadillas. Most famously known is their Guilt Trip, which is stuffed with chicken fingers, mozzarella sticks, fried potatoes, bacon, cheese, sour cream, and their signature baja sauce. Heaven sent in a beachy little paradise? You have no idea.

5. Toast Coffeehouse, Port Jefferson and Patchogue

Do you love gourmet dishes and creative beverages in an urban yet relaxed coffee shop setting? Please, do yourself a favor and get down to Toast at one of their two locations in Port Jefferson or Patchogue. Although dinner is only served at their original Port Jefferson location, this delicacy makes up for it with their to-die-for breakfast foods such as The Krispy Nutella French Toast or their savory lunch items such as their RB Famous, which entails roast beef, grilled portobello, red onion, and fresh mozzarella on toasted focaccia with their own basil mayo. If you're feeling thirsty, I highly recommend ordering one of their several different coffee flavors, smoothies, mimosas, and other cold beverages. The green tea iced tea infused with pineapple is God's gift to humanity—just saying.

6. Off the Block Kitchen and Meats, Sayville

Looking for an old-school butcher shop but with a modern, rustic twist? Off the Block in Sayville is sure to impress just shortly after their opening on December 16. From dry-aged steaks to organic free-range chicken to Berkshire pork, there's sure to be something that even a meat hater would love. Not only do they sell chops to-go, but they're also a restaurant, serving up burgers such as the Smokehouse Burger with their signature OTB spice, applewood bacon, frizzled shallots, and house-smoked gouda on a brioche roll. Plus, it's essential that you don't leave without trying their Apple Glazed Brussels. Seriously, you won't regret it.

7. 668 the GigShack, Montauk

668 is the perfect place if you're looking for a great bite to eat out East. With their Global Surf cuisine, created with local ingredients and accompanied by live music, it's no wonder people know this as the gem of Montauk. If you're looking to grab a drink at the bar or get your hands on their Choripan, which is grilled Argentine chorizo topped with melted provolone and chimichurri on a toasted baguette, you're out of luck until the winter season ends and the spring season begins. I promise, though, it is worth the wait.

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9 Foods That Make Ranch The Ultimate Dressing

Don't knock it till you try it.

It's no secret that ranch is the best of all dipping sauces and salad dressings. From the basics, like carrots, to the odds, like chips, ranch goes with everything. I, personally, am a ranch fanatic, so I decided to put together a list of all things you can eat with ranch.

1. Salad

Of course, first and foremost, we have a salad. Ranch is without a doubt the salad dressing of all salad dressings.

2. Chicken fingers/nuggets

Not as uncommon as it used to be, ranch has become a dipping sauce for chicken fingers and chicken nuggets at almost every restaurant. To me, a certain restaurants' ranch matches their chicken and no where else.

3. Vegetables

Although it was one of ranch's first intended uses, I probably use ranch for vegetables the very least. I mean, come one, who wants to snack on carrots and celery when there are french fries?

4. Hot wings

Whether it's to cool the heat or give it a little more flavor, ranch with a hot wing is a MUST! Beware, it may get a little messy... or a lot.

5. French fries

In my opinion, this is the best way to eat ranch. Nothing beats a beer battered french fry with cheese on top smothered in ranch, or a french fry from McDonald's dipped in ranch; either way, fries and ranch are the perfect pair.

6. Potato chips

I was skeptical about this one, but don't knock it until you try it! Dipping a ruffle potato chip in ranch is to die for! You'll never eat them without it again.

7. CLUB crackers

If you've never had CLUB crackers dipped in ranch, or any salad dressing for that matter, you need to reevaluate the way you're living you're life. You are seriously missing out.

8. Pizza

Another one of those that will change your life if you ever eat them together. Ranch and pizza go together like bacon and eggs.

9. Baked potatoes

Whether you're into ranch powder or ranch dressing, you can't go wrong with adding a little to your baked potato.

Although these are all ways to use ranch as a dip or dressing, there are so many ways to use it; seasoning on meat, crust on pizza, store-bought dip for potato chips. You name it, you can eat it with ranch.

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Best Cappuccino: Frothing Milk with Steam Nozzle in Simple Clear Steps

Frothing Milk Coffee!

What is the difference between cappuccino and latte macchiato?

The difference between cappuccino and latte macchiato is very simple. Both coffee preparations are based on espresso with whipped hot milk. Only the proportions and order of preparation are slightly different.

Difference between cappuccino and latte macchiato Cappuccino

• A Cappuccino consists of 1/3 espresso, 1/3 warm milk, and 1/3 milk foam. With a Cappuccino, the milk and then the foam is poured onto a freshly brewed espresso. The milk should be mixed with the espresso so that an attractive and tasty mixture is created, in which the cream combines with the foam into a beautiful mocha-colored paste. Espresso puts you with dark roast coffee beans and an espresso machine. This machine must be equipped with a steam nozzle, with which you can froth the milk. I will explain this at the end of the article: How can you froth milk? 

• A Latte Macchiato is also made with espresso and hot milk. A Latte Macchiato has proportionately more milk than a Cappuccino. The milk is heated with steam and often served in a large glass, where the freshly brewed espresso is slowly poured through the milk foam and floats on the hot milk. This gives you an excellent separation of the warm milk at the bottom, the espresso on top of that, topped with the layer of milk foam.

Both coffee preparations are similar and have the same basis: milk foam, hot milk, and a single espresso. But, if properly prepared, the difference between Cappuccino and Latte Macchiato is the proportions of these ingredients and the different way of serving. Both coffee preparations have one thing in common: pure enjoyment!

How can You Froth Milk? 

If milk frothing with steam succeeds, you will be able to make the best cappuccino and latte macchiato!

Usually, there is a little problem about frothing milk with the steam nozzle in the manual of your espresso coffee makers. Experimenting yourself often leads to overheated milk and a failed foam layer. From now on we will do it differently:

What do you need?

Before you start with milk foaming, you need at least the following:

• Well preheated espresso machine with steam pipe

• ice cold milk

• milk jug made of stainless steel

• clean cloth

• possibly a special milk thermometer


• fill your milk jug with ice-cold milk just below the pouring spout

• make your espresso, and place it on the hot plate

• blow your steam pipe through until only steam comes out

Frothing milk with the steam nozzle simple steps

1. keep the milk jug diagonally underneath the steam pipe. Let the milk jug drop slightly so that the milk starts to rotate. The valve must remain below the milk edge!

2. let the steam pipe 'disappear' 1 to 2 cm below the milk edge

3. turn the tap for the steam open

4. Then lower the milk jug slightly so that the milk starts to rotate. The valve must remain below the milk edge! If the milk does not turn, adjust the angle of the steam nozzle.

5. You should now hear a slight hissing sound, if not then adjust the height of the steam pipe, go down with the jug slowly. This is the so-called stretching

6. As soon as the milk jug is getting hot, you go with the valve halfway through the jug

7. just a little further to warm up all the milk

8. as soon as the milk jug becomes too hot to hold (about 70 degrees) shut off the steam tap

9. tap the counter with the milk jug. So, you get the big air bubbles out and compact the milk foam

10. then you 'roll' the frothed milk until it starts to shine.

11. You can easily do the rolling in your hand or on the worktop with the milk jug

12. You can now make a cappuccino or latte macchiato from the frothed milk

13. finally blow the steam pipe through well

14. clean the steam nozzle with a clean cloth and blow through again!

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