08/23/14 4:00pm
08/23/2014 4:00 PM
Walkers along the Peconic Riverfront Saturday morning at the third annual Alzheimer's Walk in Riverhead. (Credit: Joe Werkmeister)

Walkers along the Peconic Riverfront Saturday morning at the third annual Alzheimer’s Walk in Riverhead. (Credit: Joe Werkmeister)

As the ALS Challenge sweeps across the nation on social media, nearly 100 people took to the streets around downtown Riverhead Saturday morning to raise money for another deadly disease: Alzheimer’s.  (more…)

08/09/14 10:09am
08/09/2014 10:09 AM
Mixed media artist Charles Manfredi of East Islip (far left) is interviewed next to his diorama of his figures "Baldies Visit Riverhead" by the Suffolk Theater Friday evening. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

Mixed media artist Charles Manfredi of East Islip (far left) is interviewed next to his diorama of his figures “Baldies Visit Riverhead” by the Suffolk Theater Friday evening. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

It was a picture perfect summer evening Friday as several hundred people filled downtown Riverhead to see JumpstART artists unveil their work on the grounds of the East End Arts complex and various venues along East Main Street and Grangebel Park.  (more…)

07/19/14 10:00am
07/19/2014 10:00 AM
Edgar and Jasmin Diaz-Leal at their new Mexican restaurant, Taqueria Cielito Lindo, in downtown Riverhead Thursday evening. (Credit: Rachel Young)

Edgar and Jasmin Diaz-Leal at their new Mexican restaurant, Taqueria Cielito Lindo, in downtown Riverhead Thursday evening. (Credit: Rachel Young)

Jasmin Diaz-Leal is no stranger to the local food industry.

Her parents, George and Justina Rojas, own Mexico Lindo, a grocery store featuring Hispanic products in Riverhead, and the Mexican restaurant El Rodeo in East Moriches.

So it comes as no surprise that when Julia’s Pizzeria on East Main Street closed its doors recently, Ms. Diaz-Leal and her husband, Edgar, jumped at the chance to lease the space and open their own authentic Mexican restaurant, Taqueria Cielito Lindo. The eatery opened two weeks ago.

“I had been working with my mom for three years now and going to school at the same time,” said Ms. Diaz-Leal, who graduated from Southampton High School in 2005 and earned a degree in criminal justice last year from Suffolk County Community College. “The opportunity came to open my own restaurant, I got the blessing from my parents and now I have it.”

Ms. Diaz-Leal, who lives in Riverhead and has a 7-year-old son, Edgar Jr., and a 6-month old daughter, Khloe, with Mr. Diaz-Leal, a San Diego native who grew up in Toluca, Mexico, does most of the cooking at their 15-seat eatery, whose name roughly translates to “Beautiful sky taco restaurant.”

The menu features dishes influenced by cuisine that is popular in Toluca, which is an hour from Mexico City, and Puebla, in the center of Mexico.

There are quesadillas, tacos and burritos, yes. But there are more unusual offerings, too, like sopa Aztec, a soup made with fried tortillas, avocado chunks, pork rinds, cheese and sour cream.

There are also tortas, sandwiches made on Portuguese bread with fillings like breaded steak, ham and cheese and chicken tamal.

Ms. Diaz-Leal said the first two weeks Taqueria Cielito Lindo has been open have “been great.”

Her hope, she said, is that “we do great in this restaurant and hopefully can open up more.”

Taqueria Cielito Lindo is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Parking is available at the rear of the building on the Peconic Riverfront. For more information, call 631-591-0731.

ryoung@timesreview.com

07/17/14 9:37am
07/17/2014 9:37 AM
Sal St. George making his Edgar Allen Poe Festival pitch to business leaders in Riverhead Town Hall Wednesday. (Credit: Tim Gannon)

Sal St. George making his Edgar Allan Poe Festival pitch to business leaders in Riverhead Town Hall Wednesday. (Credit: Tim Gannon)

Port Jefferson has hosted a Charles Dickens Festival around Christmastime for the past 13 years. And now, the man who has been instrumental in the success of that event, wants to do something similar in downtown Riverhead: an Edgar Allan Poe Festival. (more…)

06/29/14 7:03pm
06/29/2014 7:03 PM
The crew of the Speedie Edie celebrates its victory down the home stretch of the team's heat of the Fifth Annual Cardboard Boat Race in downtown Riverhead Sunday. (Credit: Grant Parpan)

The crew of the Speedie Edie celebrates its victory down the home stretch of the team’s heat of the Fifth Annual Cardboard Boat Race in downtown Riverhead Sunday. (Credit: Grant Parpan)

With seven kids and two adults on board, it’s hard to imagine the crew of Speedy Edie fitting another person in their boat.

But if you ask the nine passengers what it was that willed them to victory in their heat of the “anything goes” race at the Fifth Annual Carboard Boat Races in downtown Riverhead Sunday, they’ll tell you it was the 10th member of their team: Edie.

Edie Penny of West Islip passed away Saturday. A grandmother to some on the boat, a cousin and friend to others, she was looking forward to the annual Cardboard Boat Race, which her friends and family members, some from Cutchogue, have participated in each of the past three years.  (more…)