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Get Out There and Start Picking!  The Best Places For Apple and  Pumpkin Patch Picking This Fall

Get Out There and Start Picking! The Best Places For Apple and Pumpkin Patch Picking This Fall

By Danielle Puma It’s October and nothing beats a fresh and crisp apple picked directly off the tree — or even a pumpkin twisted off of its vine. It’s worth the drive out east so grab the kids and your friends and take a scenic drive to some of Long Island’s best apple orchards and [...]

Tasty Apple Tips and Recipes

Tasty Apple Tips and Recipes

Tasty Apple Tips and Recipes By Danielle Puma You come home after a long and enjoyable day of apple picking with the family and unload that huge bag that is spilling with McIntosh and Granny Smiths. What can you do with your abundant fall harvest? How many times can you smear a spoonful of peanut [...]

What to do with all those Pumpkins?

What to do with all those Pumpkins?

After all that pumpkin picking, one big question remains. What to do with your fresh, plump pumpkin? Here are some tips after a fun-filled family outing at the pumpkin patch. Roast the pumpkin seeds: Here is a quick and easy way to turn the pumpkin into a very tasty treat. 1.  Rinse the pumpkin seeds [...]

The Kings of Five Towns Challah  With So Many Holidays this Month, Finding Great Challah is Key

The Kings of Five Towns Challah With So Many Holidays this Month, Finding Great Challah is Key

By Danielle Puma Indulging in round challah is a High Holiday favorite. As you stroll down Central Avenue, you will be sure to smell the sweet and doughy aromas of challah baking away. For centuries, Jews have enjoyed the dough shaped into round loaves for the holiday season. No two challahs taste or look the [...]

Tube Titillation: New TV Season Features Cutting-Edge New Shows and Durable Returning Favorites

Tube Titillation: New TV Season Features Cutting-Edge New Shows and Durable Returning Favorites

For Five Towners looking to exercise their full couch potato muscles, sit in front of the TV and catch up on their favorite shows, there are a host of series starting their fall seasons. There are also many new and exciting shows starting up this fall to keep you and your remote busy. By Ryan [...]

Fall Flicks: Clint, Willis, Jake, Liam, Ben, Denzel and Bond: Big Season for Superstar Male Lead Actors and Action Films

Fall Flicks: Clint, Willis, Jake, Liam, Ben, Denzel and Bond: Big Season for Superstar Male Lead Actors and Action Films

The fall slate of movies is chock full of content for moviegoers of all ages and tastes. Famous characters such as James Bond and Liam Neeson’s Bryan Mills from the Taken franchise bring the action while Clint Eastwood attempts to take things down a notch and tell a quieter story in Trouble With The Curve. [...]

Get Ready for the Great Indoors: New Fall Book Releases in Print and E-Reader

Get Ready for the Great Indoors: New Fall Book Releases in Print and E-Reader

By Danielle Puma There is nothing like curling up on the couch on a cold and windy fall evening with a cup of hot tea and a good book. From laughable fictitious tales to tear jerking autobiographies, it is a wonderful feeling to lose yourself in a story. These are some of the newest releases [...]

A happy customer holding up a big bass caught off the waters of Long Beach while fishing with Capt. Bill’s “There’s Always a Catch.” Photo courtesy of thereisalwaysacatchcharter.com

Ahoy, Mateys! Spend A Day At Sea! Our Anglers’ Guide to Nearby Fishing Day Trips and Charters

By Ryan Lavis, Danielle Puma and Raimundo Ortiz While the summer season may be in its last few weeks, residents throughout The Five Towns still have time to earn their sea legs from the many charter-fishing businesses located throughout Long Island.  Whether you’re a youngster looking to cast a line in the water for the [...]

Over two miles of boardwalk that stretch through Long Beach. Photo by Ryan Lavis

Long Beach: Affordable Sun, Surf and Fun Nearby

By Danielle Puma, Ryan Lavis and Raimundo Ortiz   Five Towns residents looking for a beach getaway that’s close to home and fairly priced should look no further than Long Beach. Just a short trip over the Atlantic Beach Bridge, these sandy shores have a host of bars, restaurants and shops to keep even the [...]

What’s New in Water Warfare? The Must-Have Arsenal for Aqueous Combat

What’s New in Water Warfare? The Must-Have Arsenal for Aqueous Combat

By Danielle Puma, Raimundo Ortiz and Ryan Lavis As we’re heading into the hot, dry dog days of August, kids looking for ways to cool down during the last weeks of their vacation can always turn to their toy water guns for some relief. For parents looking to score their child the latest in water-fare [...]

Happy Birthday cake from Carvel. Photo courtesy of Carvel.

You Say it’s Your Birthday? It Takes a Cake to Make a Happy Birthday Baby

By Amanda Mayo       When that special day of the year comes around and it’s time to celebrate your birthday once again, the behind-the-scenes bakers of The Five Towns are ready to create a special birthday cake designed specifically for the birthday boy or girl in any flavor imaginable. Delicious cakes may be [...]

The Black Dragon Roll is one of Simply Sushi’s specialty rolls.

Masters of Sushi

-THE  AVENUE- By: Natalia Kozikowska     Let’s face it — America loves sushi. Today sushi is served by waiters at bar mitzvahs, sweet sixteens, and even weddings. So where exactly does sushi come from? A common misconception is that the popular dish originated in Japan however, the original type of sushi, known today as [...]

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