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Signage gone amok at Whole Foods

A sign in the bakery department at Whole

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Displayed in the prepared foods case at Whole Foods in Jericho was a big bowl of egg salad. “Contains Egg,” warned the label. OK, I thought, Whole Foods is a big company with official labeling rules. “Corporate” must require all egg-containing foods to be labeled as such. Despite the hilarity factor.

Then I came across this sign in the bakery department: “Important. Our Slicer is Used for...

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Open at Greenvale market: Grace's Trattoria East

Grace's Trattoria East just opened within Grace's Marketplace

(Credit: Grace's Trattoria East in Greenvale)

A full-service dinner restaurant has opened at Grace’s Marketplace in Greenvale, which, until now, has only offered breakfast and lunch.

Grace’s Trattoria East is both embedded in the market and, at the same time, sectioned off. Chefs Joe Trama and Brian Snider, who were at the now-closed Grace’s Trattoria in Manhattan, offer a menu that includes such choices as grilled baby octopus ($12),...

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Pig roast at Horace & Sylvia's Publick House in Babylon

Horace & Sylvia's Publick House in Babylon

(Credit: File, 2009 / Danielle Finkelstein)

Horace & Sylvia’s Publick House in Babylon will stage a four-course pig roast dinner featuring Kona beers on Wednesday, Aug. 23 at 7 p.m.

The cost of the evening is $49.95 a person. The meal begins with yellowfin tuna carpaccio, followed by five-spice spam mac and cheese. A whole roasted pig with pickled radish salad is the centerpiece of the meal, which concludes with coconut panna cotta....

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Manka Peruvian Kitchen in Glen Cove: First bites

Octopus salad at Manka Peruvian Kitchen in Glen

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It’s never much of a surprise when a Peruvian restaurant turns out great rotisserie chicken. So, in that respect, a visit to the new Manka Peruvian Kitchen in Glen Cove went quite as expected.

But, wow, what an octopus salad ($16) I had.  Big enough to qualify as an entree, it was fresh, colorful, filled with tender octopus pieces and rife with bursts of spice, plus an occasional...

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Open in Glen Cove: Sid’s All American

Sid's All American is an old-fashioned burger-shake stand

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Sid’s All American, a classic burger-and-ice-cream stand, has taken over the Glen Cove spot that was, most recently, Philly’s & Cream. (Earlier incarnations include Juicy Burger & Ice Cream Joint and Cove Ice Cream & Grill.)

Philly’s & Cream specialized in Philadelphia-style cheesesteaks, though the menu also included  burgers, hot dogs, sandwiches and ice cream. Sid’s,...

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Cafe Testarossa in Syosset August specials

The main room at Caf? Testarossa in Syosset

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Cafe Testarossa in Syosset is offering three midweek specials in August.

There's a fixed-price wine dinner on Tuesdays, "Martini Nights" on Wednedays and a $31, Thursday-night lobster special.

Chef William Sansone stuffs the 2-pounder with escarole, corn risotto, garlic, lemon and white wine.

"Martini Night" means $8 drinks and $8 appetizers available from 5 to 10 p.m.


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Magic Taco Corp. in Islip Terrace: First bites

Steamed buns are served with flank steak carne

(Credit: Newsday / Joan Reminick)

What made my afternoon, recently, was a visit to the new Magic Taco Corp. in Islip Terrace. The little roadside shack is owned by two chefs — Steven Scalesse, profiled in Newsday’s All-Star chef series as chef-owner of Tullulah’s in Bay Shore, and Devin Delgado, who cooked at Tullulah’s with Scalesse for years. The ultracasual place is painted a bright turquoise...

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Ice cream at Bellerose car wash

Ultra Sonic Car Wash in Floral Park is

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Driving down Jericho Turnpike in Bellerose last week, I had a sudden and intense need for a chocolate malted and decided to give Google Maps the chance to help. I keyed in “ice cream” and learned that less than a mile away was a shop selling Hershey’s (a mass-market brand whose chocolate compares very favorably with most of the “homemade” chocolates at local parlors).

I drove by the given...

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Remembering Fred's Diner in Huntington

Walter F. Goehring, the former owner of Fred's

(Credit: Goehring family)

Monday’s news of the passing of Walter Goehring, owner of the former Fred’s Diner in Huntington, struck a chord.

I have many memories of meals at Fred’s, which, back in the day, was a gleaming pink diner, and quite retro in appearance. Although the place was known for its sauerbraten, our family went there mainly for burgers and sandwiches. Our two children, who were toddlers during the...

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Bonny Doon's Randall Grahm at Brewology wine dinner in Speonk

Brewology, Speonk: Lia Fallon, formerly chef at The

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Randall Grahm,  the colorful and creative founder/winemaker of Bonny Doon Vineyards, will be the guest at a wine dinner Wednesday at Brewology, the new beer-centric gastropub in Speonk.

The cost of the dinner is $85 per person. Reservations are recommended. Call 631-801-6221. The dinner starts at 6:30 p.m.

Executive chef Lia Fallon's menu includes ceviche of octopus, shrimp and...

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