Royal Pains

As noticed by fellow Long Beacher Eric Hutcheson, the USA Network TV show Royal Pains wrapped up a scene by the Dairy Barn @ 375 W Park Ave. According to, the show is about A down and out surgeon has a chance to redeem himself as a small town physician in the wealthy beach community of East Hampton, NY.

So the show takes place in East Hampton, but filmed in Long Beach? ahh miles apart in so many ways…. I have no idea when the episode will air, so if you want to see our local celebrity “Dairy Barn” on TV you’re on your own. Finding info on this show appears to be a royal pain in the neck, no pun intended. Of course I will post more info if I get any.

Royal Pains on IMDB
Royal Pains Wiki

All most there… but not quite there yet

I actually feel bad for the Allegria. The season is near, but completion doesn’t appear so. The Allegria website says it’s opening June 16th; that is almost a month from when this photo was taken. I really want them to succeed. I know a lot of locals are against this type of development – it will bring tourists and traffic and blah blah blah. But you know what? I don’t care. It’s silly for Long Beach to not have a really nice hotel. Very silly. I like how bold the design is. It’s not just another beige building on the boardwalk. It will bring some life to the area and some money to the local businesses. I know one thing, I definitely want to stay there for a night just to check it out. Anybody at Allegria want to give me a discount?

Corrupt MTA making service cuts this summer

What else is new. Even in a good economy the MTA finds ways to bleed it’s riders. A bad economy just gives the MTA a better excuse.

Today’s Newsday reports that the MTA will make service cuts including no weekend service to Freeport this summer. Freeport is one of the main branches that brings LIRR riders to Jones Beach (train to bus.) Does that mean more beachgoers will end up coming to Long Beach? Well not so fast.

Also from the article:
Long Beach, Far Rockaway and Hempstead branches: One of two tracks between Valley Stream and Island Park on the Long Beach Branch will be out of service midday weekdays for a track-tie replacement program. Six eastbound midday Long Beach Branch trains will depart 26 minutes later, eight eastbound Far Rockaway Branch trains will depart up to 31 minutes later and seven Hempstead Branch trains (connecting at Jamaica) will depart up to 30 minutes later.

According to the article, the new schedule beings this Monday.

Monterey again

A response to my Monterey review which seems to be generating some noise from both &

I didn’t say it was the best place in the world and I didn’t say it was the worst.
I merely said that the food was a little bland. That is coming from somebody who eats steamed veggies and brown rice all the time. If it was bland for me, it would be extremely bland for somebody who doesn’t eat healthy. I also said to give them a chance because they’re a brand new restaurant.

I never said the menu was healthy, the owner told me. Monterey had a sign on the window before they opened that said “Healthy California cuisine” or something to that effect. That is why in my review I keep bringing up the “healthy food” aspect. Maybe the food is far from being desirable to those who eat breaded fish and french fries all the time. Monterey isn’t trying to be that type of place. They are going for something different. Eat some steamed broccoli once in a while and you will know what I mean.

Here is a summary of my review:
1. Hummus – good
2. Southern Asian Fusion “BBQ spring rolls” – they were fine, but not too many appetizer choices for non-seafood eaters.
3. Fllet mignon – good meat. cooked perfectly, but bland.
4. Seabass – cooked perfectly, but too sweet. too much sugar.
5. no dessert.
6. As far as being “healthy” that is what the owner told me. So I assumed everything on the menu was supposed to be “healthy” but we know that wasn’t the case.


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