Wainscott Inspirations

by Cynthia Sin-Yi Cheng
August 28, 2008

I was in Wainscott, East Hampton for a few days earlier this month, and those quiet estival days were priceless.

So I’ve brought back to the City a few things that inspired me in Wainscott:

1. Picture of the stunning view from the house where I stayed (see photo above).

2. A tomato sandwich I had at the local prepared food store, Breadzilla. I made my version today with brioche bread from Eli’s (available at Whole Foods) that I toasted. I spread it with mayonnaise and topped it with fresh heirloom tomatoes I had picked up at the famers’ market in Union Square this weekend. Then I sprinkled on sea salt and ground pepper. That’s it. You’d think you’d miss bacon and lettuce, but try it and you’ll see that this sandwich can stand up to a BLT!

3. Another treasure from close to Wainscott is Wölffer Estate Vineyards in Sagaponack. I would recommend many wines from this Long Island winery, but my favorite for this hot weather is their Pinot Gris ($25). But you’ll have to wait till next year, since the 2007 vintage sold out instantly; I picked up one of the last bottles while I was at the winery. The unbelievable thing is that I had it with my tomato sandwich for lunch today, and it was a seamless pairing. I was all smiles.

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