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Ruth’s Chris Steak House Debuts in Lake Grove

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Forging its first footprint in Suffolk County, the renowned Ruth’s Chris Steak House opened its newest location at South Haven Mall in Lake Grove on Monday, celebrating the occasion by presenting a $10,000 check to benefit Long Island’s leading hunger relief organization, Island Harvest.

Synonymous in many local steak lovers’ minds with its Manhattan, Brooklyn, New Jersey, and Garden City locations, the Lake Grove opening is the latest in a recent expansion to the ever-growing chain of more than 100 steakhouses across North America. Another is scheduled to open in Melville next month.

“Dining at Ruth’s Chris is an experience like no other, and we look forward to welcoming guests for everything from intimate dinners to family occasions and celebrations of all of life’s moments–big or small,” said Patrick Costello, general manager for Ruth’s Chris in Lake Grove.

Ruth’s Chris prides itself on serving top-quality meats — specializing in the hughes-quality, custom-aged Midwestern beef. It remains true to the recipe of its namesake owner Ruth Fertel, who purchased predecessor Chris Steakhouse in New Orleans in 1965: the freshest, prime U.S.D.A. cuts broiled at 1,800 degrees exactly how customers want them — and served sizzling in butter on a heated plate so it stays hot throughout the meal. Patrons can hear that sizzle before their dishes even reach the table.

Part of that generous charitable donation to Island Harvest derived from a very special V.I.P. fundraising feast the weekend prior to the grand opening. Joining me for this extraordinary meal previewing the debut was none other than longtime Press food critic, Chris Cooke. 

Every great steak deserves an equally high-caliber beverage, and so we kicked off with two of the restaurant’s signatures: the Raspberry Cosmo for myself, and the Gambler’s Old Fashioned for Cooke. Crafted with Effen Raspberry, cointreau, and fresh cranberry and lime, the cosmo was a fruity and flavorful breeze that left me refreshed and thirsty for more. Consisting of Knob Creek, demerara, Bitter Truth Aromatic Bitters, and of course, two maraschino cherries, the Old Fashioned was Ruth’s favorite, and well worth that crown. We clinked to the special blessing that was our invitation here.

Soon, our incredible waiter Aaron brought our appetizers: the Sizzling Crab Cakes and Tuna Stack. As the former’s name suggests, these crustaceans were sizzlin’ and a perfect warmup for the entrees awaiting us. Dome-shaped, ever-so-crispy on the outside yet moist and tender and chockfull of crab on the inside, this jumbo duo was slathered in lemon butter, smooth, and filling. 

The Tuna Stack was a multi-tiered tower of bright, colorful (fresh) ahi tuna with a healthy dousing of soy ginger sesame sauce, avocado, topped with English cucumber salad, and accompanied by crunchy, joyous sesame-seed wonton chips. Yes, this dish was as dreamy as all those ingredients imply! 

We celebrated with more handcrafted cocktails. Cooke ordered Ruth’s Manhattan — a medley of Woodford Reserve, Southern Comfort, and black cherry. I went with the absolutely breathtaking Blueberry Mojito. It came with a tiny spear of five blueberries submerged in a gorgeous pool of Bacardi Superior, with so much fresh mint and lime you could smell that relaxing aroma with merely a passing whiff. Needless to say, this became a repeat accompaniment throughout our meal — “For the story,” of course, as Cooke consistently reminded me as we added more and more to our seemingly never-ending smorgasbord.

Special note here for the incredible, incredible Lobster Bisque. Have you ever been at a restaurant and craved this special soup only to be served some thin, watery broth devoid of any lobsters at all? Well this is the exact opposite. Thick, creamy, and served New Orleans-style, this dish was loaded with bountiful chunks of the sought-after crustacean, and oh-so flavorful with a hint of a smoky aftertaste. I could and would have enjoyed another had it not been for our eager anticipation for the main event.

I went with the Cowboy Ribeye — a 22-oz, bone-in cut of U.S.D.A. Prime. Cooke ordered himself the ginormous 40-oz, U.S.D.A. Prime, Porterhouse for Two. 

“A masterpiece!” declared Aaron as he plopped another two sizzling platters of three-cheese Lobster Mac & Cheese and Garlic Mashed Potatoes alongside the steaks.

One bite in, and the decision was unanimous and resounding: “Heaven.”

The steaks cut like butter and were absolutely delicious. In fact, that word doesn’t even do these cuts justice.

“Heaven,” reiterated Aaron.

Heaven, indeed.

At Cooke’s urging, we ordered dessert: the insane Cheesecake, and the super-rich, yet flourless, ganache Chocolate Sin Cake served with gorgeous gooey stripes of fresh raspberry sauce.

What’s better than heaven?, we asked. 

“Chocolate paradise,” Aaron replied.

Ruth’s Chris Steak House is located at 472 Smith Haven Mall in Lake Grove. For more information, visit RuthsChris.com or call 631-973-4230. 

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Republicans Are Hoping to Make Virginia the Next State to Ban Trans Youth From Sports

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ShutterstockThe Commonwealth would become the eleventh state to enact legislation attempting to stop trans youth from participating in sports as they are.

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An Ambitious Time Traveling Sci-fi Relives the Past on Streaming

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Sci-fi has always been a genre that works best when the ambition of the filmmakers is matched by their storytelling prowess, and failing to walk the delicate line between managing both can often yield disappointment.

Unfortunately, largely overlooked Australian effort 2067 sits firmly in that camp, even if it’s showing signs of gaining a new appreciation as an unsung cult favorite. Co-written and directed by Seth Larney, you can probably have a wild guess at what year the story unfolds in.

Source: wegotthiscovered.com

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Who Is Hana Cross? Get to Know the Model Spotted on Several Dates With Scott Disick

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Hana Cross made headlines after a dinner date with former Keeping Up With the Kardashians star Scott Disick in 2021, and she was spotted out with him again in early 2022. The English model has actually been in the public eye for quite some time, though. Learn more about her below!

Hana has been represented by modeling agencies across the world for years, including Storm Los Angeles. While her Instagram shows that she spends a lot of time in Italy and London, it appears the brunette beauty is based in California.

She and the Talentless founder were seen returning to popular seafood hotspot Nobu in Malibu for a third night out together in late January 2022, according to photos obtained by E! News. Their dinner date came just one week after they were spotted arriving at a nightclub in Los Angeles together in photos obtained by the Daily Mail.

For their third outing, Scott wore a pink sweatshirt and light blue pants outside of Nobu, the fashionable model wore a black leather jacket with matching knee-high boots and a mini red and black skirt.

It appears they enjoy the upscale dining location, as they were first seen together at Nobu in November 2021, just one month after Scott’s ex-girlfriend Kourtney Kardashian announced her engagement to fiancé Travis Barker in October 2021. Scott and Kourtney share three kids — Mason, Penelope and Reign — and split in 2015 after nearly a decade together. 

Hana is no stranger to public romances. She dated Brooklyn Beckham — the eldest son of retired soccer player David Beckham and former Spice Girls singer Victoria Beckham — for about a year before they split in 2019. Brooklyn is now engaged to Nicola Peltz.

While the exes haven’t spoken publicly about their uncoupling, Hana debuted a song in April 2020 that seemed to point at her former boyfriend. 

“You broke my heart and said let’s be friends but I never heard from you again and that’s kind of mean,” she sang while strumming a guitar via Instagram. “I saw us as meant to be and you saw me as temporary and that’s kind of rough.”

For Scott’s part, this isn’t the first time he’s been spotted with a woman since his relationship with Amelia Gray Hamlin ended in September 2021 after 11 months of dating. The reality star was seen on a vacation to St. Barts with model Bella Banos in December 2021.

An insider told Life & Style the daughter of Real Houswives of Beverly Hills star Lisa Rinna  “dumped” Scott after Kourtney’s ex-boyfriend Younes Bendjima leaked an alleged Instagram DM exchange that showed Scott shading the Poosh founder’s PDA-packed trip to Italy with the Blink-182 rocker. 

It appears Scott is now ready for a serous relationship, though. He has been “trying to find a woman he can settle down with,” a second insider told Life & Style in December 2021. “His friends say he’s not happy playing the field anymore.”

Original Article: lifeandstylemag.com

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