Monthly Archives: September 2015

Elle’s Hampton Hot Spots

As summer comes to a close, I wanted to share with you my favorite spots in the Hamptons. I spent a bit of time out there this summer as my husband and I rented a house with some friends in Sag Harbor. I kept busy  working at a beautiful salon in South Hampton as well as coming back and  forth to Williamsburg, Brooklyn and working in the city Monday- Wednesday. Here are my go to spots! I’d love to know your favorite places out there as well!

Wolffer Estate Vineyard– take the parents. Enjoy the sweetie plate with your sweetie for dinner. Cheese and wine during the day, jazz on Thursday’s catching up with your friends or love, and yoga on Sunday in the vines. Book a tour of the grounds to learn all about the wine process, reservation’s recommended.

Wine Stand– Meet up with friends pre-going out, bring the babies and a blanket. Enjoy the live music and sunset.. Don’t forget to grab a selfie with your summer rose, otherwise it never really happened.

Pellegrino’s Pizza Bar and Restaurant– Pizza and pasta, in a warm and cozy setting with a local vibe. The most amazing jumbo garlic knots can be found here as a complimentary starter bathed in olive oil.. It’s like a little bathtub of olive oil for your knots. The go to move here is to share a pizza and Cacio y Pepe.. And if your feeling up to it, a bottle of wine.

Estia’s Little Kitchen– The brunch place to go to. Seriously, if you want amazing garden to table food in an unpretentious, small but cozy setting.. This is your stop. Take your parents or friends and show them the best start to a weekend morning. Although it can get a bit crowded and reservations can not be made.. Stop on by, put your name down at the door and wander to the back garden where you will find space, flowers and the best coffee truck in the corner ready to serve up a hot brew or a delicious iced coffee and scone as you wait to be called to your table. Relax on the benches in the nooks of the garden or wander through as you check out the herbs and spinach, soon to be put on your plate.

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Spaghetti Squash Baked Ziti


I could eat this meal time and time again. Baked ziti is such a delicious comfort food, but this spin is a healthier version. Made very similar to traditional baked ziti, the spaghetti squash replaces the pasta lowering the calorie and carb count, although it doesn’t replace the flavor!

Spaghetti Squash is filled with lots of vitamins such as Vitamin C, A, B and K. It’s improves your skin, nails, eyes, helps keep hair and bones strong and healthy as well as improve your immune system. A good source of minerals and fiber, it will leave you feeling full longer.

I like to make my own sauce for this dish, but you can buy store bought sauce for a super quick meal. Below is the recipe for my go to sauce as well as The Baked Spaghetti Squash.

Elle’s Homemade Sauce

  • 1 Sm. Chopped Onion
  • 4 Chopped Garlic Cloves
  • Olive Oil
  • 2 Cans San Marzano Diced Tomatoes
  • 1 Can San Marzano Whole Peeled Tomatoes
  • 2 Tbsp. Tomato Paste
  • 1 Tbsp. Brown Sugar
  • 1 Tsp. Crushed Red Pepper
  • 1 Tsp. Crushed & Dried Oregano
  • 1 Tsp. Crushed & Dried Basil
  • 2 Dried Bay Leaves

Heat up a big pot on a low to medium heat setting and add in about 1/2 a cup of olive oil. Once heated, add in chopped onions and let them simmer for about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add in chopped garlic and let simmer for about 5 minutes. Once garlic is golden (but not burnt) add in the 3 cans of tomatoes. Stir all together. Add in your spices and bay leaves. Stir again. Turn heat up to higher cover for 5-10 minutes, letting the sauce come to a boil and meld all of the flavors. Uncover, add the Tomatoe paste to thicken, and the brown sugar to cut the acidity from the tomatoes. Stir again and set the heat to low. Allow the sauce to simmer for 2-3 hours stirring occasionally.

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Pitya Bowl

I like to call the Pitya bowl, the sister of the Acai Bowl. Pitya, originally came from South America and was bought over to Asia where it is now commonly called Dragon Fruit. It has many benefits and is a quick and easy bowl to make for breakfast as well as a fast dinner after an evening gym session. Pack it with some extra protein by adding a dollop of peanut butter or almond butter. One of the reasons I love Pitya is for its bright pink hue.. Filled with antioxidents, it goes to work strengthening the immune system and the fiber fills us up, aiding in digestion for a healthy tummy. Vitamin C brightens the skin, improving the elasticity for a youthful glow and Vitamin B also in Pitya increases healthy hair growth. Whichever time of day you decide to enjoy this bowl, know that you are doing something good for your body. My favorite way to enjoy this bowl can be found in the recipe below.

Elle’s Favorite Pitya Bowl

  • 1 packet Pitya Plus
  • 1/2 Frozen Banana
  • 1/4 C. Silk PureAlmond All-Natural Unsweetened Almond Milk
  • 1/4 C. Slivered Almonds
  • 1 Tsp. Unsweetened Coconut Flakes
  • 1 Tsp. Ground Flax Seed
  • 2 Tbs. Almond Butter

In a blender or smoothie maker, combine Pitya, banana and almond milk. Blend up to a thick consistency adding a teeny bit of extra almond milk if needed. Spoon mixture into a bowl and top with almonds, coconut flakes, flax seed and almond butter. Enjoy!