Kelly Ann Smith lives in East Hampton between Gardiner's Bay and Accabonac Harbor. She's been writing about the East End since 1995. Her weekly column, "A View from Bonac," can be found in the East Hampton Press.

    Two Men and a Clam Rake

    Antiques may be prized for higher-quality steel, but custom-made rakes are the best. Garden tools, such as pitchforks, can easily be converted to catch clams. Thin tines work best to find hard clams in rocky bottoms, and thicker tines suit soft clams in sandy or muddy bottoms.

    Chef Mathias Brogie Hails from Stockholm and Keeps the Living Room Menu True to his Scandinavian Roots

    A small herb garden, tucked behind the Maidstone, sets the tone for the 19-room inn and its Scandinavian restaurant, the Living Room. Sections of the white shingled building date back to the 1600s. From the sheepskin-draped Adirondack chairs on the porch, the view of East Hampton’s iconic town pond and South End Burial Grounds has not changed in four centuries. The settlers were not serving up caviar tacos, however.

    La Brisa

    At first glance, La Brisa de Tacombi seems like a simple taqueria. Take a seat at one of the picnic tables for breakfast, lunch or dinner and you begin to notice, there’s a lot more than meets the eye.