The summer officially behind us, we welcomed fall in East Hampton this past weekend. The hushed streets free of seasonal visitors were now covered with fallen leaves, and the ocean air had changed to a pleasantly crisp cool temperature. With the hustle and bustle of the warmer months a distant memory, we took to exploring the current season with apple cider and pumpkins. And of course, a round of oysters.
Not enough time to do the picking ourselves on Friday, we made a quick stop at a local farmer’s market for some apples, cider and a pumpkin to carve later. With the sun shining bright it was the perfect opportunity to bring out the rake for some local clamming. Although the tide was a little high, which made for a challenging session in the water, it was a successful attempt nonetheless, as our clammer appeared with a bag of clams all ready for shucking.
Instead of our usual sauvignon blanc with cheese, we honored the harvest with apple cider and rum, which paired beautifully with the local cheeses we purchased earlier at Citerella’s. The night was off to great start. And after a hearty meal, we attended to our sweet tooth with delicious home made mandel bread, so generously baked for us by our guests.
Saturday morning, after a sweaty session at Flywheel with the amazing Abigail, we were ready to take on Minnesota. Or at least watch Michigan battle them for the Brown Jug. Michigan in the lead at half time, we spend the twenty minutes carving our pumpkin and building up an appetite for our picnic chicken lunch from Round Swamp Farm. No matter how many times we eat it, we just can’t get enough. The brown jug secured, we enjoyed the rest of the sunny afternoon hanging out, preparing for dinner and taking in the beautiful fall weather.
A great line of college football matches, we headed out to Indian Wells to watch the games and grab some drinks. A slight hunger hit us around 1030, and so we decided to grab some “late night” oysters across the street at Meeting House. Getting there just in time before the kitchen closed, we ordered one more round of drinks, a half dozen oysters and fluke crudo. All superb and refreshing, it was the perfect ending to our perfect first fall weekend in East Hampton.
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