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When you enter the dining room of Tierra Mar, there is a sign posted at the host stand. “A message from Chef Todd Jacobs: I am proud to say that whenever possible all of our salad greens and vegetables are certified organic and locally grown. When the seas allow, our fish is locally caught in the wild using sustainable practices.

Our meat comes from a small farm in Arizona; it is grazed in open pastures and given no antibiotics or growth hormones, our chickens come from a farm in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. They roam outside to forage and are fed a vegetarian diet, which also does not include any antibiotics or growth hormones.

All of our fruit, flour and sugar are also certified organic. For the above reasons our menu is subject to additions and changes based on market availability. Please enjoy the great flavors and energy packed into these delicious foods!”

Given this information you may expect just about anything on the menu taste great. Add Todd Jacob’s to his innovative American cuisine and you’re certain to enjoy your meal, let alone a panoramic view of the Atlantic Ocean.

Andra Douglas, owner of the NY Sharks, and myself were celebrating what then was the upcoming donation of her retired jersey to the Sports Museum of America. Now, let’s get down to what we chowed down on starting with Bluepoint oysters, my second favorite oyster. Half a dozen were simply shucked open while the other was cooked in white wine, still maintaining its “rawness”. Andra, living in Florida and my having gone to Appalachicola agree that the oysters from that area are truly the best.

Back to the food. We each had a salad to sample the organic and local produce. The Specials menu had a Crispy Alaskan King Crab Tempura with honey truffle butter and local organic cucumber salad. The regular menu had The “Roland” Crab Cake with organic puree, local organic tatsoi (sort of like a spinach mustard) with crisp rice noodles. Both were equally stupendous.

It was tough choosing an entrée. Andra ordered the Pan Seared local Black Sea Bass with chili lime Beurre Blanc, crisp corn polenta and sautéed local organic greens. I opted for the Roast Sliced Breast of Long Island Free-Range Duck with Leg Confit, pan juices with Cabernet Franc and tart cherries, baby carrots and sweet potato puree.

It was now 15 minutes to my radio show, just enough time to taste the entrée and then have it “person bagged”. Andra co-hosted Whirl With Merle on www.blogtalkradio from an office located in the restaurant’s kitchen. It was a hoot! At one point Todd Jacobs, who sat at the other end of the room, called in. You can certainly hear a much more descriptive food talk on this archived show.

Did we have dessert? Does a bear use Charmin in the woods? Of course. A tasting of goodies such as: Chocolate Hazelnut Marquis, Kahlua Espresso drizzle and hazelnut caramel; Poached Pear baked in crisp pastry with homemade vanilla ice cream and raspberry sauce; and Classic Crème Brulee were brought into the office. I can’t believe we ate the whole thing…and did this while I interviewed.

Tierra Mar is located in the Westhampton Bath and Tennis Hotel and Marina, 231 Dune Road in Westhampton Beach (631-288-2700). I stayed overnight in a one-bedroom suite that had a Jacuzzi, small refrigerator and microwave. One could easily spend a few weeks with this type of accommodations. Being that it was off-season and on a Thursday, I wasn’t able to take advantage of amenities like the Spa or shops in town. The restaurant caters and makes for a magnificent place for a wedding, bat mitzvah, etc.

I drove out in a 2008 Suzuki Grand Vitara Here is the 101 on this vehicle. All-aluminum, 2.7-liter, 24-valve DOHC V6 engine.185 horsepower @ 6,000 rpm, 184 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4,500 rpm..4-wheel Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) with Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD).Electronic Stability Program (ESP®) with Traction Control System (TCS).Cruise control. Advanced, dual-stage driver and weight-sensing front-passenger airbags Supplemental Restraint System (SRS). Front seat-mounted side impact airbags (SRS). Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS).Digital automatic climate control air conditioning with micron air-filtration system. Steering wheel with integrated audio controls. Remote fuel lid opener. Cargo area below deck storage. 5-speed manual transmission (I got one with an automatic). Remote keyless entry with panic alarm. 4-speaker AM/FM/CD audio system with MP3/WMA™ playback, XM® Ready.

SmartPass™ keyless entry and start system. Rear-mounted full-size spare tire cover with Suzuki logo. Power tilt-and-slide sunroof. 16-inch aluminum-alloy wheels. Heated outside mirrors.

There were two what I call “cigarette lighter” outlets. That was great for me as I had my Navigon plugged into one and my music plugged into the other…just loud enough to hear that lady giving me the turn-by-turn directions. I loved that this vehicle was smaller than your usual BVD…I mean SUV and had a most comfortable ride and pretty good on the gas mileage.

My archived radio show, Whirl With Merle, on www.blogtalkradio.com will have featured my Massachusetts trip around the cape and up to Salem.

November 06, 2008 - Queens Times


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