Today I wanted to take a step away from a food focused blog entry like the first two "where the fork to go" have been and focus on something a little more simple.  Sometimes we (or at least I know I do), get so wrapped up in the everyday basic things that we need, like food, that we forget to appreciate the little things around us that make our lives a little more enjoyable and a little more full.  It does, sometimes, take a conscious effort to step away from the mundane and getting done what needs to get done, to sit back, take a deep breath, and enjoy the simple beauty that surrounds us.

"Never go too long without watching a sunset." - Atticus


If you grew up on the North Fork of Long Island, you know that we see some incredible sunsets on a pretty regular basis.  Even if you vacation out here, I am sure that you have taken the time to enjoy one (or many) of these forkin' sunsets as well.  So many nights when I am inside my house, I look outside at the sky as I am busy cleaning up my dinner or busy getting ready for the next day ahead, and I see the sky begin to turn those incredible colors.  Sometimes it's more red and orange, sometimes more blue and purple, sometimes a mix of everything.  And unfortunately I have to say, 99% of the time, I just think, "Wow, that's a beautiful sunset." And that's it.  I don't take the time to go outside and really appreciate it.  And then of course later that night when I'm scrolling through social media, 324908734 pictures of that incredible sunset pop up.  #sunset #nofosunset.  I feel like I really missed out.  #fomo.

"With every sunset, A new hope is born, An old expectation dies." - Noor Unnahar


There are so many perfect places to see the sunsets around here.  Even just watching the sunset in our own backyards rarely disappoints.  But, I think there is something extra peaceful about the sun slowly sinking down beyond a vast seemingly never-ending farm field.  It's almost like the universe is saying, "job well done, now take a rest, and tomorrow is another day to do what needs to be done."  And also, with our beautiful and serene beaches on the North Fork, there is nothing like watching the sun set slowly down below the horizon, with the incredible colors of the sky and the golden glowing sun reflecting off of the water.  Add a sailboat, a bird flying by, the sound of the waves crashing...pure heaven.  Am I forkin' right?

"It's almost impossible to watch a sunset and not dream." - Bern Williams


With all of this natural beauty around here, it's really hard to pick one spot that is my favorite place to experience a true North Fork sunset.  But, for the sake of trying to narrow it down to write about it, Breakwater Beach it is!!  Breakwater Beach, located on the Long Island Sound in Mattituck off of Cox Neck Road to Breakwater Road, definitely holds a special place in my heart when it comes to sunsets.  Ever since I was 18 and allowed to join, I have been a part of the beach volleyball league that plays at Breakwater Beach from mid-June through August.  Some years it was the Wednesday night league, other years (like now) it is the Tuesday night league (GO MATTITUCK PLUMBING!!), and when life was really good and I didn't feel like I was 80 years old, it was both nights.  And having just started up the beach volleyball season last week, this Breakwater Beach sunset post seems like perfect timing.

"Sunsets are proof that no matter what happens, every day can end beautifully." - Kristen Butler


Playing beach volleyball at least once a week, beyond it's obvious physical health benefits, also contributes so much in the mental health department for me as well.  Watching an incredible sunset once a week really can help put your life into perspective.  No matter the day I had, the week I am in the midst of, or the month/year/etc., stopping to take a deep breath and take in the natural beauty and changing colors of a sunset, always seem to be just what I needed.  Many nights during a competitive game on the sand, someone would say, "Guys, this sunset is incredible right now.  Let's just stop for a moment and take this sunset in for a moment."  We would stop play, take a moment, and then get back into the game.  And sometimes, in the game of life, more often than we do and think we should, a stoppage and a moment of reflection is all that we need to reboot and get back on track.  Even nights when the games are finished but the sun hasn't yet set, I find myself hanging around for just a couple of minutes more, just for that reSET that I feel my mind and body need.

"Every sunset brings the promise of a new dawn." - Ralph Waldo Emerson


So the next time you are feeling overwhelmed by just trying to get done what you feel like needs to get done (and to be honest, probably does need to get done), maybe that night take the time to watch a sunset.  Whether it's in your backyard, or over looking a farm field, or at one of the local beaches, Breakwater or otherwise...take a moment to take a deep breath and really appreciate the sun sinking down, the changing colors of the sky, and the beautiful end to the forkin' day.

"May every sunrise hold more promise, And every sunset hold more peace." - Unknown







Especially when that ice cream is from…MAGIC FOUNTAIN!!

For those of you that have read the story behind northforkin' and where the idea for this business originated, you will know that this first "where the fork to go" blog post is only natural.  But for those of you that haven't ventured onto our website before reading this post, or even if you have and just haven't visited the "our forkin' story" section (yet!!), here's a brief back story.

I, Elizabeth Anne Doroski, grew up here on the North Fork of Long Island, born and raised, and have lived in Laurel, Cutchogue, and for the majority of my life, and currently, in Mattituck.  I graduated from Mattituck High School.  My parents, grandparents, and even great grandparents are from here.  On the maternal side of my family, my ancestors were some of the founders of Southold Town.  The North Fork is in my blood.  Even while away at college (GO VILLANOVA!) and dental school (I guess yay Stony Brook too), I continued to come back to visit frequently; weekends, summers, any chance I got.  And during those first 32 years of my life, it would have been impossible to not notice the changes slowly taking place.  Wineries, breweries, restaurants, and so much more popping up, ready for us locals to enjoy, but also increasing the tourism in this area.  First only in the summer, but slowly extending as early as the spring through to the fall.  And then winter.  

Memorial Day weekend 2014, I was standing in line at…you guessed it!…MAGIC FOUNTAIN!!…waiting to get a delicious and refreshing perfect scoop of mint chocolate chip ice cream in a sugar cone.  After waiting in line for over an hour, I was (I'm not going to sugar coat it) ANNOYED!! An hour for ice cream!!?? Are you kidding me!!?? Are you forkin' kidding me???!! And then my wheels started turning.  For the rest of the weekend I kept thinking about it…forkin', northforkin'…and kept thinking and thinking and shall we say, thinkin'?

For the next three years the idea would occasionally pop back into my head.  I would jot down some more ideas in my phone and then would put it on the back burner for awhile, and the cycle continued…until the Summer of 2017.  And the rest was forkin' history.  You can visit the "our forkin' story" page for the rest, but now, let's get to the good stuff!!

So Magic Fountain, located in Mattituck, NY.  Sometimes I think of it as the "gateway to the North Fork", but while that makes sense for someone living in Mattituck just east of it, the North Fork technically starts about 10 miles west of it.  So let's think of it as a local landmark, one of the "Magic Wonders" of the northforkin' world.


Magic Fountain is a family owned and operated business that first opened in 1966 as a Dairy Queen, which was then sold to another owner and renamed in 1977.  In keeping with the history though, the Dairy Queen girl still has her perch atop the signature orange roof.  All of the ice creams are homemade, and they also have a selection of yogurts, sorbets, flying saucers, dog treats, ice cream cakes, and other human treats.  Can anyone say fudge nut bar? And let's not forget their famous variation on a milk shake, the Magic Wonder, your choice of ice cream with your favorite candy blended in.  Hello Chocolate Heath Bar.  And while I'm going to focus on their ice cream, I also want to take a minute to honor their ice cream cakes that can be made to order (although I don't think they will do custom orders during the busy summer season).  This year for my birthday my parents got me the most delicious custom ice cream cake with…you guessed it!…mint chocolate chip! SIMPLY AMAZING!! 

But ok, back to ice cream.  Yes, they have your standard flavors, chocolate, strawberry, pistachio, etc.  And yes, even if you want to get a little fancier Salted Caramel, Honey Cinnamon and Red Velvet Cake.  A family favorite growing up was Chocolate Raspberry Truffle, and every once in awhile I have to get a scoop simply for the nostalgia factor.  I'm even remembering now one summer living home during college that my mom and I would go there (probably on an almost daily basis) and get these tiny baby cones (picture a 2 inch cone) with a smidgen of soft serve vanilla and chocolate swirl with rainbow sprinkles.  The perfect little bite.  (Magic Fountain, can you bring that back??? Please?!!)

But beyond your regular standard flavors of ice cream, Magic Fountain has the knack for creating these delicious ice cream flavors using what some would think of as unconventional ingredients as well as creative combinations that just simply work.  Some of my favorites over the years (when I can drag myself away from ordering my usual MCC) have been Banana Butterfinger, Coconut Avocado, Chocolate Chili, Fig and Honey and Cherry Pistachio.  I probably could list several more too.  But I seriously think you can't go wrong with any ice cream flavor or any treat whatsoever at this place.  And now that they serve some sugar free and vegan options, I think everybody can find something to love here.

So if any of you reading this (you guys are still reading, right?) haven't been to Magic Fountain, I strongly urge you to try it.  It's truly a taste of the North Fork.  And for those of you that have tried it, next time you are there, just think of how lucky we are to have a place like this close by.  And maybe you will smile just a little more knowing that this is a place where dreams are made, ice cream and otherwise.