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The late KK Haspel was a force to remember

KK Haspel, a farmer and owner of the

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KK Haspel, whose 5-acre Southold farm nourished home cooks and chefs alike, died on Oct. 4. The Farm, as it was simply known, was an expression of Haspel’s philosophy of the interconnectedness of all things. The Farm used biodynamic methods, a holistic system of agriculture that seeks to harness the forces of the sun, moon, planets and stars, and focus them on Earth and its plants.

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'Eat More Better' author Dan Pashman at Book Revue in Huntington

Dan Pashman, author of called "Eat More Better:

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Dan Pashman, author of the new book “Eat More Better: How to Make Every Bite More Delicious” (Simon & Schuster, $24.99), will be at Book Revue on Tuesday night. Pashman, a Long Islander who is also the host of the WNYC podcast The Sporkful, will give a talk inspired by the tongue-and-cheek instructional book — discussions of the pros and cons of different ways to hold a chip when you dip it...

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Huntington Restaurant Week gearing up

Dramatic high ceilings, chandeliers, contemporary artwork and urban

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Restaurant weeks are popping up all over Long Island. Yet another one is waiting in the wings in Huntington. It's slated to run from Sunday through Oct. 19. 

At a large assortment of restaurants across the sprawling Town of Huntington, a three-course, prix-fixe goes for $27.95 per person. The only restriction is that the deal is available only until 7 p.m. on Saturday.

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Althouse 1848 in East Rockaway: First bites

A classic burger at Althouse 1848 in East

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Althouse 1848, a new gastropub in East Rockaway, makes its home in a historic wood building dating back to 1848. Inside and out, the handsome structure evokes the 19th century.

A steep staircase leads from the first floor bar area to the upstairs dining room, with a beautiful antique-looking lighting fixture, expanses of window and a water view.  What might also catch your eye is an oddity:...

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Farmingdale Restaurant Week approaches

Dining tables at the Library Cafe on Main

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Yet another restaurant week is coming up — this one in Farmingdale, running from Oct. 13 to 19.

Each participant offers its own deal.

As it stands, at CaraCara Mexican Grill, a three-course dinner goes for $25.95, while Dominican Restaurant 4 is giving 15 percent off every order. Chichimecas is featuring three courses for $19.95, The Original Cascarino’s doing four courses for $25.95....

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Long Island restaurants: New reviews

Taqueria Cielito Lindo, Riverhead: This friendly, authentically Mexican

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This week’s Cheap Eats column visits Taqueria Cielito Lindo, a “friendly authentically Mexican eatery” in downtown Riverhead. Here, the emphasis is on food, rather than ambience. “Do you really care if plastic utensils accompany your tacos? More important — and impressive — is that those tacos feature handmade soft corn tortillas.” Try a taco with a mixture of shredded beef, pork and Mexican sausage....

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Cook's Scratch Kitchen & Bakery opens branch in Huntington's Book Revue

Cook's Scratch Kitchen & Bakery of Northport has

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A satellite branch of Northport's Cook’s Scratch Kitchen & Bakery (which received a three-star rating after opening in 2013), is now up and running in Huntington, within one of Long Island’s foremost bookstores, Book Revue. Co-owner Josh Cook said the counter-serve cafe features an abbreviated version of chef Stacey McDevitt’s repertoire at the original spot. Here, that means scones, muffins,...

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Open in Franklin Square: Starving Artist Café and Gallery

Starving Artist Cafe and Gallery is new to

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New to Franklin Square is the Starving Artist Café and Gallery, which makes its home in a Cape Cod house that last hosted a bar. The multipurpose spot is furnished with an artsy mix of upholstered and wood furnishings.

Jeff Ceraso, who co-owns the table-service cafe with his wife, Carol Ceraso, and sister-in-law Diane DiNicola, said the cafe's gallery showcases the work of local artists, with...

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Open in East Meadow: Hunan Dynasty Chinese & Japanese Restaurant

The new Hunan Dynasty Chinese & Japanese Restaurant

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Hunan Dynasty Chinese & Japanese Restaurant just made its debut in the East Meadow strip mall space that last housed a lacrosse store. The new place is under the same family ownership as Hunan Dynasty in Levittown and features the same menu.

A glance at the extensive menu reveals such Chinese dishes as chopped seafood hot and sour soup ($6.50), Singapore mei fun ($9.50), General Tso’s...

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Fargiano's in East Islip: First bites

Chef Richard Desmond's pumpkin tiramisu at Fargiano's Pizza

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The night I visited Fargiano’s Pizza & Pasta in East Islip, singing chef Richard Desmond was nowhere to be seen. But, late in the meal, his operatic voice rang out in song from the kitchen. And his hand was evident in several dishes.

One was a gratis bowl of Desmond’s trademark hummus with basil oil. A fine dip, served with pieces of basil-garlic bread —  excessive, yes, but good....

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