Fire Island Fluff

 So OK I know I promised recipes and actual food substance posts and here I am giving you a photo tour of Fire Island.  I have my nerve!  Apparently the seashore has robbed me  of any motivation or rigor.  I promise soon I will be back in the city and more productive then ever

When I saw the above picture during a walk on the beach it made me think of Petra.  I think it must have been the wash away remnants of a sand castle – cool nonetheless.

The picture below was a “structure” I assume some very bored and ambitious people built, although for the life of me I’d say they must have been extraterrestrials

The infamous Meat Rack, looking very non-infamous.  For those of you who have never visited the Meat Rack is a natural wildlife preserve/park in between Cherry Grove and the Pines.  The name “meat rack” was given it because of the au natural activities that go on there.  Mostly though I think the sex-in-the-bushes reputation of the Meat Rack is from another era when free love was, well, less fettered.  These days it’s just a quick way to walk between the two communities.

A sense of humor is everywhere in the Pines and the Grove, one of the things that makes it such fun.

The other day after a sunny walk on the beach I wandered into the commercial area of Cherry Grove when a wicked storm came up.  It was so sudden and violent, I of course took refuge in the nearest bar: Cherry’s

Mostly I’ve been eating at home and cooking,  the few meals out I have had  (I’ve eaten at two different places) would qualify as “bar food” and that includes the restaurant I ate it.  And this being Fire Island it doesn’t come cheap.

About urbanfoodguy

I'm a self taught cook with a dedication to buying and eating food that is as humanely and sustainably raised as possible. Which is why in addition to recipes you will see a lot of environmental/political reporting here. I started cooking when I was about 6, it's something I always loved to do. Watching Graham Kerr - aka "The Galloping Gourmet" - was what got me started and I have never really looked back. Over the years I've been a private chef, a caterer, and a food stylist for magazines such as Bon Appétit, Food & Wine, Real Simple, Oprah, Martha Stewart's Everyday Food and many more. I've also worked in the prep kitchen for the Food Network on the Bobby Flay and Paula Deen shows. Now I work at home in my kitchen sharing with you here recipes that I create or that other people have created that inspire me and I think you will like. I love my neighborhood (the Lower East Side of Manhattan) and I love to travel. Because NYC is such a big place I tend to focus mostly on my 'hood and the ones that are close by: The East Village, Bowery, Chinatown and Williamsburg. My love of travel has no limits really, I'm always ready to get on a plane. I was lucky enough to have a business for many years that allowed me to spend a lot of time in South East Asia. These days I've been spending time in Mexico, Germany, Canada and the West Coast of the U.S., but check back you never know where I might end up. I do consulting, cooking classes, and freelance lifestyle writing so if you are interested please send me a note:
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