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.

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