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Ina Garten can basically do no wrong. The Barefoot Contessa has written a dozen cookbooks (her latest one, Go-To Dinners, hits shelves this fall), she's an entertaining queen, and she knows how to whip up a simple-but-stunning floral arrangement (or giant cosmopolitan) in minutes. So when the longtime Hamptons resident announced that she was going to share a week of her favorite places, we were all ears. And after reading through her picks, we want to plan a trip there as soon as humanly possible.
The first spot on Ina’s list was Pike Farms in Sagaponack. The farmstand is located on Sagg Main Street and is open daily from June to October each year. There, Ina says, you’ll find “the best corn on the planet.” If you’re feeling particularly Ina-esque, you could buy a few ears and use them to make her Lobster Corn Chowder or Fresh Corn Salad. The store also offers other seasonal produce such as leafy greens, watermelon, squash, and Brussels sprouts; beautiful cut flowers; and culinary herbs.
Once you’ve picked up some fresh produce, Ina recommends heading to Carissa’s the Bakery in East Hampton. She says it’s her “favorite for breakfast, lunch, or takeout.” The menu boasts everything from croissants and cheesecake to salads and sandwiches, but Ina recommends “the pastries, breads, and shakshuka,” in particular.
Ina says that you also can’t miss popping into Cavaniola's Gourmet in Sag Harbor and Amagansett for some “gorgeous cheese.” The store also sells wine and gourmet groceries, so make sure to pick up some picnic supplies while you’re there. Though any of the cheeses in the store’s famous cheese shop are surely delicious, Ina calls the pecorino with truffles her “obsession.”
To round out Ina’s delicious food picks for the Hamptons, she recommends heading to Round Swamp Farm in East Hampton. She says the farmstand has “the best produce, prepared foods, and baked goods.” Here, you’ll find prepared foods such as crab cakes, flatbreads, twice-baked potatoes, salads, and chicken piccata, along with decadent desserts. Ina adds, “I don’t know how they make so many things so delicious, but they do!”
And if you've had enough to eat and want to get your fill of beautiful design instead, Ina says to head over to Sag Harbor and pay a visit to Monc XIII. This store by Natasha Esch features beautiful tableware, objets d'art, and more. Ina adds, "[It has] very stylish furniture, lighting, accessories, and tableware." We're sold.
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