Thursday, December 26, 2013

Love Lane

Part of my blog will be centered on my experiences out on the North Fork.  Honestly, before I met Tom I didn't know how amazing the North Fork was.  All I  knew about where he came from was that it was "really far out East" near the Tanger Outlets and the Calverton National Cemetery.  Now I know how beautiful and amazing the beaches are and how peaceful and open the farmland is on the North Fork.  I am going to share with you some of our favorite spots that I am hoping will be new to some of you.  

Love Lane
This past Monday, December 23rd was our 2nd year wedding anniversary.  We went to dinner at Love Lane Kitchen on Love Lane in Mattituck.  How appropriately named to be on Love Lane for an anniversary, right?  Love lane is the cutest little town, with the cutest little shops.  You can snack on any chocolate your heart can dream of at the "Love Lane Sweet Shoppe" or sample cheese and wine at the "Village Cheese Shop."  "Book Hampton" is a great local book store and one of my favorites is "Altman's Needle & Fiber Arts" which is filled with specialty yarns and other needlework crafts.  Right around the corner is a great frozen yogurt place called "Yogurt Expressions" which we frequented over the summer.  Overall, if you like that small town feel, you will love "Love Lane."
Cute little trees (Tom & Jamie sized)

So back to the anniversary at "Love Lane Kitchen."  They have a breakfast, lunch, and dinner menu so it is also a fun place to visit for lunch or just coffee too.  The dinner menu changes weekly based on what foods are in season.  A great perk of this place is that they get a lot of their food from local North Fork vendors, including "Long Island Mushroom," "Sang Lee", "Mar-Gene Farms", "Crescent Duck Farm", "Satur Farms", "Brauns Seafood," "McCall Organic Grass Fed Beef," "County Fair Meats," and the previously mentioned "Village Cheese Shop."  Tom and I both ordered the grilled marinated skirt steak, with crispy garlic fries, sauteed kale, and herb compound butter.  The steak truly melted in your mouth and I really liked the pesto-tasting butter that it came with.  All of Love Lane was decorated beautifully for Christmas with lots of little trees at every single store in Mattituck.

Yummy Steak
Love Lane Kitchen

After dinner, Tom and I went to a church in Cutchogue called "Our Lady of Ostrabrama."  This church was absolutely gorgeous and they had a free Christmas caroling program called "A Candlelit Christmas."  Organist William Roslak and his choral ensemble, "The Corchaug Singers" entertained us with Christmas carols where everyone was encouraged to join in and sing.  The choir was made up with young musicians, mostly college students, who blew us away with their talent.  We really enjoyed singing along and in between the carols, there were Bible and poetry readings, related to the first Christmas.  This was such a magical way to spend our anniversary.

Tom's favorite Saint, St. Francis of Assisi

Such a beautiful church!

 When the show was over, we went to Friendlys for ice-cream sundaes.  After dessert, we came back to our apartment.  I gave Tom a traditional second anniversary cotton gift, a pillow with our names on it.  Tom gave me a beautiful angel that is suppose to watch over us in our new home.  After gifts, we watched our wedding video together which we hadn't seen since our first year anniversary.  We felt nervous jitters seeing ourselves say our vows, teared up re-living all of the sentimental moments, and laughed a lot watching ourselves, our family, and friends dancing all night at the reception.  I am so happy we have such a detailed video because it is truly like being at the wedding all over again.

My new home angel

Tom's Cotton Pillow

Annual "hold your wedding picture" photo
Overall,  I couldn't be happier with our second anniversary celebration.  I am such a proponent of marriage because I love my husband so much.  I hope you will check out "Love Lane" and if you've been there before or go there because of my post, please let me know!  

Here is the website for "Love Lane Kitchen"


  1. Your wedding will always be remembered as one of the very best we have ever been privileged to attend. It was magical because of the two of you. I was just telling my family on Christmas about your beautiful wedding and can't believe it's already been two years.

    Love Lane is fab. One of our favorite places and yes, the perfect spot for an anniversary.

    Happy anniversary, Jamie and Tom. Many happy years to come!

  2. Happy Anniversary to a very special couple. Love the pillow, Jamie! xo