Foodie Gossip February 2013

A new year has arrived! If your resolutions included some form of food neglect, I must gently slap you with my pearl-colored, aristocratic glove. Sah-lap. Happy New Year!

Smooth As… Butta’ Cakes, a Greenport cupcakery demolished by Sandy, reopened as Lucharitos on December 21. Marc LaMaina, who launched Butta’ Cakes in May 2009, dropkicked desserts and instituted a “fresh menu of Mexican food with tacos, burritos and nachos.” He’s also compiled 800-plus hours of Lucha Libre cinema (Santo y Blue Demon contra el Dr. Frankenstein screened in early January), so one can watch masked wrestlers battle Aztec mummies while consuming a pulled pork-stuffed taco. Bliss.

Toast For Breakfast… Rick Gusmano has partnered with Huntington’s Toast And Co. and converted Syosset’s 516 Americana Kitchen & Bar into Toast & Tapas, a “neighborhood bistro with a creative vibe.” Toast & Tapas offers Toast And Co.’s breakfast menu while serving dinner too (“I realized tons of places were doing dinner-only in the Syosset area, so we wanted to add something new,” says Gusmano). A tapas menu by Zane Smith, former owner and executive chef of Oyster Bay’s Wild Honey, is available on Friday and Saturday.

FEATURED FOODIE: Lisa Harris 
Harris, the third proprietor of Northport’s Caffe Portofino, describes her coffeehouse as “funky, with the same comfortable vibe as your grandmother’s house.” She began baking a health-conscious breakfast cookie in 2009 and, following constant demand, shopped the low-sugar product to similar-sized coffeeshops on Long Island. Now Morning Sunshine Breakfast Cookies, baked with oats, bran, sunflower seeds, sesame seeds, almonds and agave, are nationwide and online at morningsunshinebreakfastcookie.com.