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I am back again with a new edition of Thursday Sips & Nibbles, my regular column where I briefly highlight some interesting wine and food items that I have encountered recently.
1) 51 Lincoln Owner Jeff Fournier and Chef de Cuisine Nate Gibson present Raw August, a month-long celebration of internationally influenced raw cuisine, featuring vegetables from 51 Lincoln’s own rooftop garden and proteins in their purest form.
During the month of August, Jeff Fournier and Nate Gibson will prepare dishes that are globally influenced, yet locally sourced. These carefully prepared dishes will not only delight your palate, but also provide you with a love of proteins in their natural state. Served with complimentary wine pairings, these dishes provide the perfect finishing touch to summer. Below are sample menu items for Raw August:
Wagu Steak Tartare with Red Onion, Capers, Truffle Dijon Dressing
Onset Oysters on the Halfshell, Pickled Ramp Mignonette, Peach Gastrique, Fresno Chili, Chervil
Colorado Lamb Kibbe, White Onion, Parsley, Kalamata Olive Vinaigrette, Naan Bread
Scallop and Mango Poke, Poi and Taro Root Chips, Radish Slaw
Cold Smoked Sail Island Salmon Tartare, House Baked Fennel Bread, Soft Boiled Farm Egg, Fennel Fronds, Pickled Mustard Seed Vinaigrette
Duo of Tartares: Yellow Fin Tuna & Fresh Blueberries, Red Onion, Lemon, Cilantro, Blueberry Aioli
Rhode Island Fluke Ceviche, Jalapeño, Lime, Cilantro, Pineapple, Avocado Espuma
Faroe Island Salmon Carpaccio, Crispy Green Bean Frites, Brandy Cream sauce
When: August 1-31 (Tuesdays through Saturdays, starting at 5:00pm)
2) From Sunday, September 8 to Sunday, September 15, restaurants and wine shops located north of Boston will join together to hold the third annual North of Boston Wine Week (NOBOWW). Sponsored by Merrimack Valley Magazine, in conjunction with NECN’s “TV Diner,” M.S. Walker, Horizon Beverage Company and Cape Ann Foodie Tours, North of Boston Wine Week will celebrate the towns north of Boston as a premier destination for fine wine and food. Throughout the week, the area’s finest businesses will highlight their wine selections with various events and great deals including everything from specially crafted wine tastings, wine dinners, wine flights, pairings, special events and more. For the complete calendar listing of events visit www.NorthOfBostonWineWeek.com.
North of Boston Wine Week will kick-off with a complimentary inaugural event at the Wine ConneXtion, located in North Andover, on Saturday, September 7, from 1pm-5pm, during an exclusive, free wine tasting event featuring cuisine from several participating venue’s chefs.
Buy local, drink global and join North of Boston as a vibrant food and wine community and support local businesses including: 50 Warren Restaurant, 62 Restaurant & Wine Bar, Adriatic Restaurant and Bar, Alchemy Bistro, Andiamo Restaurant + Bar, Angelina’s Italian Restaurant and Pizzeria, Blue Stove at Nordstrom, Burton’s Grill, Busa Wine & Spirits, Café Escadrille, Centro, China Blossom, Emerson By The Sea, Evviva Cucina, The Grapevine, Hanover Street Chophouse, Joseph's Trattoria, Laurie's 9:09 Gastro-Diner, Luna Rossa Ristorante, Michael's Harborside, Nathanial's at the Hawthorne Hotel, On The Bone, Oregano Pizzeria, Orzo Trattoria, Phat Cat Bistro, Ristorante Olivio, Salvatore's Restaurants, Smolak Farms, Stonehedge Inn & Spa, Ten Center Street, Tryst Restaurant, Tuscan Kitchen, Tuscan Market, Waterside Grille, and the Wine ConneXtion.
3) Executive Chef/Owner Paul Turano of Tryst Restaurant in Arlington, MA (and the soon to open “Cook” restaurant in Newton), has been nominated by Governor Deval Patrick to represent the state of Massachusetts at the Great American Seafood Cook-Off in New Orleans, Louisiana on August 3. The Great American Seafood Cook-Off is one of the nation’s most prestigious seafood competitions showcasing domestic, sustainable seafood featuring acclaimed chefs from across the country. Chefs are asked to create unique dishes and flavor combinations with domestic seafood that is native to their home states and representative of their region. Hosted in New Orleans, Louisiana, one of the most renowned cities for all things gourmet, the event is sponsored by the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and presented by the Louisiana Seafood Promotion & Marketing Board.
“It’s such an honor to represent Massachusetts in this competition,” said Chef Paul Turano. This will be the first time Massachusetts is represented at the Great American Seafood Cook-Off. The Great American Seafood Cook-Off takes place at the Morial Convention Center in New Orleans, in Hall J, alongside the Louisiana Restaurant Association Food Service Expo on August 3.
4)On Sunday, July 28, at 6pm, Chef Paul Turano of Tryst Restaurant in Arlington is collaborating with New England’s very own root beer company, Tower Root Beer, for the third annual Root Beer Dinner, celebrating Tower’s 99-year-old classic soda recipe.
Founded in Somerville, MA, in 1914, Tower Root Beer evolved from a tonic company into a specialized root beer company. During the Prohibition of the 1920’s when root beer became the substitute for beer that was no longer available, their pharmacist- perfected recipe contributed to Tower’s early success and allowed them to withstand the stock market crash of 1929, even when the bank that held their working capital could not. Spanning New England, Tower Root Beer grew into a well-known business before an unsuccessful merger and competition from the two major soda conglomerates forced them off the market. For the past 30 years, Tower’s recipe has sat under lock and key, before a third generation of the family decided to reestablish the family business after finding their grandfather's handwritten recipe.
Tryst Restaurant is celebrating the return of the timeless drink with a classic three course, $34 prix fixe dinner ($14 for optional cocktail pairing) by Chef Paul Turano featuring root beer inspired dishes and innovative cocktails inspired by the sweet treat. Reservations are required and can be made by calling Tryst at 781-641-2227.
And here is a special Recipe from Chef Turano for Root Beer Braised Short Ribs
3 lbs Boneless Beef Short Ribs (about 1 1/2" thick with good marbling)
1 ea yellow onion, rough chopped
1 ea carrot, rough chopped
2 ea celery stalks, rough chopped
3 ea garlic cloves, rough chopped
3 Tbls tomato paste
4 ea fresh thyme sprigs
1 ea bay leaf
½ bottle dark beer
½ bottle Tower Root Beer
3 cups chicken stock
3 Tbls balsamic vinegar
flour, as needed
salt and pepper
canola oil, as needed
Season short ribs with salt and pepper, dredge in the flour, bang to remove excess flour. Heat a sauté pan over medium heat, add a little canola oil and cook the ribs in batches (Do Not Overcrowd the Pan!) Brown the ribs on all sides, taking care not to burn the flour. Remove ribs and place in an oven proof casserole about six inches deep. Sear remaining ribs.
Wipe out excess oil from the sauté pan. Add the onion, carrot and celery, season with salt and pepper and continue to cook until light brown. Add the garlic and cook until fragrant. Add the tomato paste and cook an additional 3-5 minutes, stirring often. Add the beer, root beer and bring to a boil for two minutes. Pour into the casserole over the ribs. Add the aromatics and chicken stock. Cover the casserole with lid or aluminum foil. Place in 300˚ oven. Half way through cooking, flip the ribs in the liquid to ensure even cooking. Cook approximately two and a half hours, until the short ribs are tender, but not falling apart.
Remove the meat from the casserole, strain the liquid through a sieve, skim excess fat and return to casserole or a stove top safe pan. Reduce the liquid until the desired consistency. Return ribs to the liquid to slowly reheat. Serves 4-6 people.
5) On July 31-August 25, Rosa Mexicano will launch their annual Ice Cream Festival, featuring a dedicated menu of sweet and salty ice cream flavors, Paleta popsicles, dessert guacamole, ice cream-stuffed churros and more.
Part of their ongoing Flavors of Mexico series, the beloved festival will introduce specials including but not limited to:
· Guacamole de Postre: a decadent sundae of sweet avocado ice cream "guacamole," prepared tableside with fresh raspberries, white chocolate shavings & coconut crunch; served with piloncillo chocolate sauce and cinnamon sugar Buñuelos
· "Paleta" Popsicles: in flavors such as Guava, Chile & Huckleberry; and Papaya & Passionfruit
· Ice Cream Stuffed Churros: a twist on the traditional "deep fried ice cream," three churro fritters filled with various ice cream flavors such as malted coffee and plantain & peanut butter; served with chocolate fudge ganache
· Ice Cream Cones: highlights include Plantain & Peanut Butter; Strawberry Rose; Sweet Cream, Mexican Chocolate & Cajeta Swirl; and Mexican Sour Gherkin & Jalapeño Sorbet
6) Bringing a taste of the North End to the Greenway, Carla and Christine Pallotta havenowopened the doors to the relocated NEBO at 520 Atlantic Avenue. The new 180-seat restaurant, with a 65-seat patio on the edge of the Greenway with 180-degree views of the Financial District, is now open for dinner service, and will add lunch in the next few weeks, followed by a takeout program specializing in Italian sandwiches, baked goods, and pastries.
“After eight years at the original NEBO, our hearts – and our parking spaces – will always be in the North End,” say sisters, chefs, and co-owners Carla and Christine Pallotta. “Though we’re not technically located in the neighborhood any more, we’re still close enough to do our morning shopping. Instead of ‘North End Boston,’ NEBO now means ‘North End brought over’ to the Greenway.”
In addition to the pizzas, handmade pastas, and antipasti for which NEBO is famous for, the new NEBO menu will offer even more traditional Italian dishes that the original, smaller NEBO kitchen wasn’t equipped to execute. These new dishes include about 10 new pizzas and summer entrees that focus on seafood and vegetables such as Branzino, Squid Ink Pasta with Salt Cod Confit, and Cioppino with Lobster, Shrimp, Calamari, Mussels and Smelts in a Spicy Tomato Brodo with Crostini.
NEBO has floor-to-ceiling windows on two sides of the building, a vaulted brick ceiling, and an open layout that includes: a 60-person bar area with two communal tables, an Italian marble bar, and 12-seat drink rail; a 120-person dining room with banquettes, coffee-stained rift oak tables, and chocolate brown Herman Miller bucket chairs interspersed with refinished Thonet chairs from the old NEBO; and a semi-private dining room with an Italian alabaster chandelier. The state-of-the-art open kitchen with adjoining gelato and sandwich bar is the “dream kitchen” Christine imagined eight years ago when she crafted the business plan for NEBO’s original North End location. During the warmer months, NEBO’s outdoor patio on the edge of the Greenway includes custom furniture designed to match the original cast iron work of Atlantic Wharf, nutmeg umbrellas, and Winston Flowers arrangements.
NEBO is now open for dinner Monday through Saturday beginning at 5:00 PM. Lunch service begins late July; takeout by September. NEBO is closed on Sundays.
I am a huge fan of NEBO so I am very excited to check out their new location, and I think it is great that they will soon be open for lunch too. This is definitely a restaurant I strongly encourage my readers to check out.
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The South End is a cool area that abounds with restaurants and unique shops. I recently attended a Blog And Tweet Boston
event, at Gifted,
a gift shop with lots of funky items, from jewelry to art, greeting cards to tableware. At the event, we got to meet numerous local shop owners and artisans, showcasing food, drink, jewelry, candles, glassware and more. It was a fun evening and good to learn about some of the new places and purveyors in the South End.Travessia Winery
presented three of their wines, including a Chardonnay, Vidal Blanc
. As I have said before, Travessia is one of the best wineries in Massachusetts and you really need to check out their wines. All three of these wines are great for summer, and would pair well with a wide range of foods.
“There is something in the nature of tea that leads us into a world of quiet contemplation of life
Prior to attending the event, I was most intrigued to
experience the newTea Cuvee
by Evy Chen
(pictured above). I love tea, especially iced tea, so the idea of Tea Cuvee intrigued me. Evy is originally from the Fujian
province of China, which has a lengthy history of tea and is a major region of tea production. At bars and elsewhere, Evy desired a nonalcoholic option, something other than soda or water. However, she also found most commerical tea products to either contain little tea or possess many artificial ingredients and flavorings. This inspired her to create a solution, to produce a new tea product that would be natural, refreshing and delicious.
The company is only about one year old, and Evy currently produces two different teas, with a third in production. The first tea is Moonlight
, which is made from white tea, apricot and jasmine and the second is Amber
, made from oolong tea, rosemary and orange zest. The tea is sold in 13.4 ounce bottles for $8.99 at places like Whole Foods, Shubie's and small gift shops. Organic whole leaf teas are used, and there are no sweeteners, artificial flavors or colors. Plus, it has 0 calories.
“Tea ... is a religion of the art of life
--Kakuzō Okakura, The Book of Tea
One of the essential aspects of the Tea Cuvee is that it is fully cold brewed and there is absolutely no heating involved. In small batches, the tea leaves are soaked in cold water for 16-20 hours. Why did choose to use cold brew rather than hot brew? Because cold brewing is chemically different from hot brewing, and some say that it is a better process.
In short, brewing extracts various substances from the tea leaves and hot brewing performs this process faster. In addition, the heat causes certain chemical reactions which cold brewing does not. Cold brewing tends to produce less caffeine and acid, and the flavors are often more delicate and subtle. In addition, cold brewing is supposed to create more antioxidants, making it healthier for you.
Only the Amber
was available for tasting, and I found it to be fresh and clean, with subtle roasted tea flavors, enhanced by bits of herb and citrus. It wasn't sweet and was quite refreshing. Evy suggests pairing the Amber with aged cheese or grilled meats. This is definitely a tasty tea that you should check out and I look forward to tasting more of Evy's teas in the near future.
“I am in no way interested in immortality, but only in the taste of tea.
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Though it is Monday, this is going to be a glorious week so I don't have a Rant in me. Instead, I just want to emphasize one aspect of wine drinking which is deserving of far more attention than it may receive. It's fine to read a wine review, to learn the history of a grape, to understand the life of the winemaker, and similar such items. However, when it comes down to it, nothing tops sharing wine with friends and family.
For example, last week, I spent the day with Adam
, of Wine Zag
, and his lovely wife, Liz
, at their summer house on Lake Wentworth in New Hampshire. We drank wine (from an Alsatian white blend to a fine white Burgundy), ate some delicious grilled foods (plus Liz's excellent potatoes), and just had a great time together. It was the experience which elevated everything we drank and ate, just being together with such good friends.
This week will also be special, and it will be the family and friends that I spend time with which will make the drinking and dining experiences even better. And I am sure that is the same way it is with most people, that our food & drink experiences are so much better when shared.
Starting on Thursday, I will be attending Readercon
, a convention devoted to imaginative literature, such as science fiction, fantasy and horror. I will get to meet writers in person that I have previously known only online. I will get to share meals and drinks with these writers, and those experiences will be even better because it is with cool new friends, like Zachary Jernigan
and Wesley Chu
On Saturday, I am having a festive birthday party, for a milestone birthday, with plenty of wine, beer, homemade Sangria and plenty of food (though my official birthday is on Friday). What will make it most memorable though will be all my friends who will be there to share my special day. Though the food and drinks will be good, it will be the friends and those memories which will remain with me the longest. And that is how it should be.
Don't fret over selecting the wine so much. Instead, fret more over who you will share the wine with, which of your friends or family will best elevate the experience for you. That is the most important thing to know about wine.
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Would you like to meet me and obtain signed copies of my two Tipsy Sensei
books? Would you also like the opportunity to meet other local authors and check out their books?
If so, then you should attend a specialBook Sale
being held by the New England Authors Expo
on Wednesday, July 31
, from 4pm-9pm, at the Danversport Yacht Club
. The Expo is FREE to the public and the first 100 attendees will also get a FREE gift bag.
The Expo's Book Sale will consist of numerous New England authors, illustrators, publishers, writer's groups, schools, associated businesses and sponsors. It is an excellent place to buy books and gifts, meet many authors and artists, and discuss book writing, illustrating and printing with dozens of publishing professionals.
For a list of all the participating authors, illustrators and more, please check out thisBook Sale
I will be at the Expo selling paperback copies of The Tipsy Sensei & Others
($13) and Demons, Gods & Sake
($15). If you purchase copies of both books, it will only cost you $25.00. And as a special bonus, I will give my blog readers an additional $2.00 off their purchase. All you have to do for this discount is tell me you saw it mentioned on my blog.The Tipsy Sensei & Others
is acollection of nine food, wine and Sake short stories, including the first three stories in the Tipsy Sensei series. Demons, Gods & Sake
is a novel and the fourth installment of the Tipsy Sensei series. I am currently working on Hand Fed Tigers
, the next novel in the Tipsy Sensei saga.
Come see me, purchase copies of my books and chat about Sake, writing, Japanese legends, and more. Plus, check out all of the other local authors at the Expo, and pick up plenty of books to read over the summer, whether on the beach or within your air-conditioned house.
The Expo takes place at theDanversport Yacht Club,
The Harborview Ballroom, 161 Elliott Street (Rte. 62), Danvers, MA 01923.
I hope to see you there!
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I am back again with a new edition of Thursday Sips & Nibbles, my regular column where I briefly highlight some interesting wine and food items that I have encountered recently.
1) Boston Nightlife Ventures announces that Griddler’s Burgers & Dogs is teaming up with Union Square Donuts to launch the first ever ‘Bronut’. This donut-burger ($6) will combine a Griddler’s burger patty finished with a sizzling fried egg on top, inside a sweet, yet salty maple bacon glazed Union Square donut “bun”. The ‘Bronut’ will be offered only at Griddler’s with limited availability – beginning Saturday, July 6, it will be available Saturdays and Sunday only, from 11am-11pm, while supplies last.
I am not a fan of the name "bronuts" but the idea of a burger/donut combo is interesting.
2) This year, La Fête Nationale, the national celebration, is going international once again at The Beehive. On Sunday, July 14, in partnership with the French Government, the Consulate General of France in Boston, the restaurant will commemorate the storming of the Bastille with dinner, libations and a French flair of live Bastille street music. The doors will open at 5pm with inspired cocktails and flowing champagne from Domaine Chandon and Champagne Moet & Chandon. Dinner service will begin at 5:30pm and continues until 12am.
The event will heat up with a live special guest performance at 8pm when Lamine Toure will take the stage and fill the The Beehive with a French tribute to world music. Lamine Toure comes from a long line of musicians from Senegal and has been drumming since the young age of 4. Toure will be bringing his expert percussionist skills to The Beehive and will entertain the audience with a fusion of sounds combining Sengegalese mbalax with elements of jazz, funk, reggae and Afrobeat.
In addition to the regular menu, The Beehive will be serving Bastille Day specials including Frisèe aux Lardons Salade with Goat Cheese Crouton ($14), Skirt Steak Frites, Béarnaise sauce ($27) and Steak Tartare Frites ($26).
This event is 21+ and a cash bar will be open until 1am. For more information, or to make dinner reservation, please call 617-423-0069.
3) Mâitre d' hotel and Fromager Louis Risoli and Wine Director & Sommelier Lauren Collins present Salon Sessions, held at L’Espalier each month. Louis Risoli has defined the role of Grand Fromager across the east coast, as he was one of the first to bring this unique culinary practice to a restaurant setting. His passion for cheese is unparalleled and is the driving force behind the Grand Fromage at L’Espalier since 1988. Lauren Collins, Wine Director & Sommelier at L'Espalier, joined the team in 2012 and is a certified Advanced Sommelier through the Court of Master Sommeliers. Lauren is one of five people in Boston to obtain this esteemed certification.
L’Espalier presents Salon Sessions—an intimate yet educational wine and cheese pairing. Join experts Louis Risoli and Lauren Collins, as they share their knowledge on pairing cheese with wine and beer. Cheeses are selected from L’Espalier’s award winning cheese cart and the sessions are held in the L’Espalier salon which overlooks Boylston Street. The July Salon Session, on July 11, at 6pm, focuses on the classic pairing of Italian Cheese & Wine. The cheese selections will feature: Caciocavallo, a spicy and bold ubiquitous cheese of the south that is gourd shaped and dense with a bit of elasticity. Pecorino Toscano, a classic sheep’s milk cheese that is well aged, dense and slightly crumbly with flavors of butter and sweet/sour undercurrents. Robiola del Rocca, a creamy soft cheese made from cow, sheep and goat’s milk. Taleggio, often called Italy’s most elegant cheese, has a supple meaty texture and rich summery flavors.
Reservations are required. Event pricing is $55 per person. For additional information and to reserve space, please call L’Espalier at 617-262-3023
4) L’Espalier’s Tea Sommelier Cynthia Gold with special guest Ron Mutai of the Kenya Tea Development Authority, presents the latest Sunday Tea Tasting featuring the Teas of Kenya. From poaching and picking to brining and smoking, Cynthia is an expert using numerous techniques to combine flavors of teas and food to create appetizers, salads, main courses, and desserts. She has created a unique line of L’Espalier signature teas as well as a full line of tea cocktails. Ronald Mutai, Founder of Majani Teas, is a Kenyan native and expert in Kenyan teas. Growing up on a tea farm in Kenya, Mutai has a deep appreciation for the smooth, non-bitter flavor Kenyan teas embody.
Every Sunday, L’Espalier hosts a special Sunday Tea Tasting which highlights five teas around a specific theme. The theme is selected by Tea Sommelier, Cynthia Gold, and each are served and discussed along with a selection of tea sandwiches, pastries and petit fours. The menu includes dishes inspired by the theme and dishes cooked with the teas being served. The latest installment, on Sunday, July 21, 2pm, will be featuring the Teas of Kenya.
Tickets are $50 per person For reservations or more information please call (617) 262-3023.
5) Chef Jason Santos is mixing things up in the Financial District on Sunday, July 14, from 11am-3pm, with the return of Superhero Brunch at Blue Inc. Superhero Brunch features a superhero inspired soundtrack, superhero adornments, and a staff dressed head-to-toe in superhero fashions, and a menu full of dishes with the ultimate superhero aptitude. The menu will feature four brunch appetizers and ten brunch entrées, all priced under $15. Guests can choose to be the hero by choosing from the ‘The Good Guys’ menu (a menu that offers lighter options such as scrambled eggs and smoked salmon pizza) or the villain by choosing a dish from the ‘Villains’ menu (a menu that offers more indulgent options such as peanut butter pancakes and a crispy fried chicken sandwich), along with a choice of their very own ‘Sidekick’ of toast, hash browns, two eggs, fruit, bacon, and/or sausage to complete their perfect superhero or villain duo. Guests may also choose from a choice of espresso, cappuccino, an organic pot of loose leaf MEM tea or, a bottomless pot of coffee to pair with their superhuman meal.
Superhero Brunch is being offered at Blue Inc. for one day only, July 14.
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The Passionate Foodie walks into a beer store...
I know, it sounds like the starting line from a joke but it isn't. On Monday, I checked out a newly opened beer store in Winchester
. Yes, I went willingly. And even if you dislike beer, you should check out this store for its other offerings.Kate Baker
and Suzanne Schalow
used to work at the Cambridge Common
restaurant and embraced the craft beer movement when it started becoming more popular. They eventually wanted to strike out on their own and, in time, decided on opening a craft beer store. In 2010, they foundedCraft Beer Cellar
in Belmont and with their success, they have desired to open additional stores, as well as sell franchises. On Monday, they had the Grand Opening for theNew England Annex
The primary focus of the new store is beer, and they currently carry about 400 beers, all from New England, and at least half of them are from Massachusetts. The store is only about 1/3 the size of their Belmont store, so they can't carry as much and must use their limited space to the best of their abilities. Everything is displayed well, and it is easy to see all that they carry. They will hold free tastings most Thursdays to Saturdays. This is a beer lover's haven, especially for those who love it local and craft.
I asked Kate to give me three top beer recommendations, without regard to any particular preferences. She chose the Mayflower IPA
, GreySail Flagship Ale
, and the Pretty Things Jack D'Or
. If you need a gift for a beer lover, and don't know their taste, try one of these beers. I then asked her what was the strangest brew they carried, and she pointed me to the beers of Night Shift Brewing.
For example, they make a rye ale aged on habanero peppers, a saison fermented with honey dew melon, and a wheat ale with orange blossom honey that is aged on tea leaves. Very intriguing brews.
If you need a beer glass for your brews, they also sell a small selection of glasses of various shapes and sizes.
They don't sell just beer and their other offerings are compelling. First, they have a nice selection of local Hard Ciders
, including Fatty Bampkins, Bantam, Woodchuck, Farnum Hill, Angry Orchard, Citizen Cider
and more. I am a big fan of hard ciders and most stores don't carry more than 2 or 3, so it is nice to see this wide selection.
They also carry a nice selection of local Meads
, from places like Moonlight Meadery, Honeymaker, Green River Ambrosia
and more. Mead is another beverage which most stores only carry a few choices, so it is good to see all the available options here.
And, dear to my heart, they even carry 8 Sakes, and may add more in the future. Todd
, of Boston Sake
, helped them make the selections and there are some excellent choices available from cool breweries likeDassai
, as well as the Kikisui Funaguchi
in a can. I look forward to the additional Sakes they will eventually add.
You will also find approximately 20 wines
available, though only one of those is from a local, New England winery. The Still River Winery Apple Ice Wine
. Frankly, these wines seems more as an afterthought, just to have a few for any non-beer drinkers. Though the store's focus is on beer, I think this is a lost opportunity to extend the the theme of the store. As they carry all New England beers, ciders and meads, why not also carry just New England wines? As they only carry about 20 wines, they could easily fill that number with good New England wines, from Westport River Sparkling Wines
to hybrid wines from Vermont
. It would make this store more unique.
Overall this is a cool store, with a beer selection sure to please and even if you don't like beer, you can check out their meads, ciders and sake. I think it is great that most everything is from New England, though I think they need to extend that to include their wines too. There is passion to be found here and I would love to hear my reader's thoughts about this new store when you check it out.
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As I have said repeatedly, Portugal
has some of the best wine values in the world. I recommend their wines all the time, and those who take a chance on those wines usually love them. At a recent luncheon held at Meritage
, Chef Daniel Bruce's
wine-centric restaurant at the Boston Harbor Hotel, I found even more value Portuguese wines, including a killer dessert wine at an unbelievable price. If Portugal is not on your wine radar, then you are depriving yourself of some delicious, value wines.
The luncheon was put on byFull Circle Wine Solutions
Master Sommelier Keith Goldston
discussed the wines we tasted, as well as Portuguese wines in general, during the course of the afternoon. Keith mentioned that the greatest strengths of Portuguese wines are their diversity, acidity, earthiness and the fact that they pair very well with food. I would essentially agree with him on these points, though I would add that they often are excellent values too.
For Keith, the biggest problem for Portugal is the lack of organized distribution. They do not have a plan for U.S. distribution, and often rely on friends or happenstance to find an importer. Instead, they need to made a concerted effort to target the best potential markets, to make more of their wines available where they best would be appreciated.
Keith also provided us some of his generalizations about the different grapes and wine regions of Portugal. He feels that the wines of Castelao
are similar to Merlot and Zweigelt style, easy drinking, middle of the road wines. The wines of Lisboa
are more easy drinking while the those of Alentejo
are more modern, with strong oak use. The wines of the Dao
are more similar to the wines of northern Rhone or Burgundy while the Douro
wines are more similar to those of Priorat. As an interesting aside, he also mentioned how people in Portugal often omit the last syllable of many words. For example, they pronounce "Vinho Verde" as "Vinho Verd."
The luncheon began with a brief reception, a glass of the 2012 Adega Cooperativa de Ponte de Lima Colheita Loureiro Seleccionada, Vinho Verde
($8). This wine was made from the Loureiro
grape and presents with a crisp, clean citrus taste and a bit of frizzante. Lemon is most predominant on the palate and it makes for an excellent summer wine, especially at this price. It is refreshing, an easy drinker not a complex thinker.
Keith stated that the Portuguese generally don't respect their white wines, and don't drink them much either. He also indicated that in the Vinho Verde
region, about 40% of their production is for red Vinho Verde, which is a rarity locally. The red version is inky dark, tannic and is very tart and sour on the palate, like a sour Japanese plum. Rosé Vinho Verde is also produced and I have seen a couple locally over the years. I want to find a red Vinho Verde though.
Our first course was a Pan Roasted Line Caught Cod Loin
with black olive tapenade and zucchini olive oil puree. A fine piece of flaky white fish, I actually enjoyed the puree too, though I am not usually a zucchini lover. The puree complemented the fish, adding some more subtle flavors.
With this course, we tasted three more Portuguese whites, and my clear favorite was the 2011 Quinta da Romeira Arinto,Lisboa
($11). Made from 100% Arinto
and matured for a month on the lees, this is another superb value. It has a more subtle citrus aroma with a complex melange of flavors, lemon, apple, orange peel, minerality, and subtle herbs on the finish. It was crisp and dry, clean and fresh, with plenty of character. An excellent food wine, I recommend stocking up on this wine for the summer, and keeping some aside for the rest of the year too.
The second course was Char Seared Yellow Fin Tuna
with wild mushrooms, fresh garbanzos, melted leeks and a red wine butter. Silky tuna with a compelling and light butter sauce, it was a good choice for our first round of red wines.
Of this flight, I had two favorites. The2008 Quinta de Lemos 'Dona Georgina',Dão
($45) currently does not have an importer into the U.S. It is a blend of 80% Touriga Nacional and 20% Tinta Roriz and spends about 18 months aging in French oak. It has a dark red color with an alluring nosethat beckons to you for a taste. On the palate, it is a full bodied wine, with moderate tannins, and a meaty taste, with ripe plum and blackberry flavors, accented by subtle spice notes. Complex and with a lengthy, pleasing finish, it is a high quality Portuguese wine.
The2010 Luis Pato Vinhas Velhas,
Barraida ($25) is made from the Baga grape, which often can be overly tannic. Not the case with this wine, which was aged in used oak for about 12 months. With a medium red color and a deep fruity aroma, the wine offers an intriguing and complex palate of red and black fruits, herbs and mild spice. It is a wine that best goes with meaty dishes, though the tannins are well integrated. Would be excellent this summer with grilled meats.
Our final savory course, my favorite of the lunch, was a Tomato Braised Kurobata Pork Belly
with white beans, spinach and sundried tomatoes. Melt in your mouth tender, the flavorful and meaty pork belly was fantastic, and another excellent accompaniment to the red wines to come.
Two of the three wines in this flight impressed me. My favorite red wine of the luncheon was the2009 Mouchao 'Dom Rafael' Tinto,Alentejo
($14), a blend of40% Alicante Bouschet, 40% Trincadeira and 20% Aragonez. The grapes are trod by foot and the wines is aged in large oak barrels for about 24 months, with an additional 6 months in the bottle. Dark red, this wine had an exotic and exciting palate of black fruits, earthiness, and spice. Moderate tannins, a lengthy finish and plenty of character. An excellent value and highly recommended. You are probably going to see this wine on my end of the year Favorites list.
The2010 Sogevinus 'Veedha',Douro
($12), made from a blend of Touriga Nacional, Touriga Franca, and Tinta Roriz, is another very good value. Fruit forward, it still possess some depth with underlying spice and chocolate notes. A good choice for pizza, burgers, or BBQ.
For dessert, we enjoyed a Mini White Peach & Ginger Pie
, with nice, tender peach pieces topped by a crumbly topping with mild ginger notes.
We enjoyed a killer dessert wine with this course, the 2005 Bacalhoa Moscatel de Setubal,Peninsula de Setubal
($12/750ml). Made from100% Moscatel de Setubal, this is a fortified wine with a 17.5% alcohol content that was aged for three years in small, used oak barrels. A rich, golden amber in color, the nose was compelling, and on the palate I found notes of apricot, dried fruit, honey, and herbs. A well balanced wine, the acidity ensured the sweetness was under control and its full-bodied flavors lingered long on the finish. Plenty of complexity and depth at this low price point make this an amazing value. Highly recommended.
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Let us hurt 1000 existing businesses so we can help new businesses get established.
Is that a fair trade-off? Is there an alternative which can help promote new businesses without hurting existing ones? Though several news articles have praised this potential new law, they have largely ignored the negative impact it will have on existing businesses. The proponent of this new law also seems to be avoiding discussing this negative effect.
Recently, Boston Councilor Ayanna Pressley, after working on the issue for a year or so,filed a home rule petition which will basically remove the numeric cap on liquor licenses in Boston, allowing the licensing board to determine who can get a new liquor license. Though the petition is not posted on the Councilor's website, her office sent me a copy. In short, the petition seeks to amendMassachusetts General Laws, Chapter 138, Section 17by striking out the sixth and seventh paragraphs in their entirety, and replacing them with some different language.
Curiously, Councilor Pressley's website says very little about the petition beyond an initial press release and a few links to news articles about the petition. I would expect to find much more supporting information about the petition on her site, such as the results of studies or a list of everyone who supports the petition. Why fail to post supporting information on your website? How can anyone make an informed decision about the petition if they can't find sufficient information on the website of the person proposing this petition?
There are approximately 1,030 liquor licenses (675 full licenses and 355 beer/wine) in Boston. Because it is nearly impossible to obtain a new liquor license, new businesses must usually purchase a liquor license from another business, and the cost for a full license can reach over $400,000. Essentially, an existing liquor license has become a financial asset of the business and it has significant value. If you possessed such a significant asset, would you support a law which drastically devalued that asset? Seems doubtful.
Councilor Pressley is concerned because many liquor licenses have been sold to downtown restaurants, in neighborhoods like the Seaport and North End. That means that some of the more outlying neighborhoods have fewer liquor licenses. Good restaurants can help elevate a community so the inability to obtain liquor licenses, which greatly help profitability, can hurt neighborhoods. The lack of licenses can also mean that some businesses will choose to locate in places like Cambridge and Somerville, where it may be easier, and less expensive, to get a liquor license. I agree that this is a valid problem which needs to be addressed. However, I don't think Pressley's petition is the best way to fix this matter.
People must also understand that Pressley's petition still has a long way to go before it might even become law. First, it must be signed by Mayor Tom Menino, who has not yet taken a public position on this matter. Second, if the mayor signs off, then the petition must be approved by the state legislature. I have not yet seen any public positions that anyone in the legislature will support this petition. What is the chance that this petition will overcome those hurdles?
Councilor Pressley's website does not provide a list of any people and organizations which support the petition. I have contacted her office to gather such a list but I have not yet received any response. I have also tried to determine the position of any of the local restaurant associations on this petition, but none have responded either. Does this petition have any significant support?
I have heard from a few individual restaurants about the potential effect of this petition, and how it would devalue their existing liquor licenses. With such licenses being able to be sold for $200-$400K, that forms a significant asset for their businesses. If there is no longer a cap on liquor licenses, then the value of those existing licenses drastically drops. They might be worth maybe 10% of their current value. The petition does nothing to address that problem, or compensate existing liquor license holders for that financial loss.
Under the new law, these businesses would still be able to sell their liquor licenses, but who would buy them when new licenses were now available? And if someone would buy them, they would be willing to pay only a tiny fraction of their prior value. With over 1000 existing liquor licenses, that is a lot of businesses that would lose a significant asset due to this law. They are very unlikely to support Pressley's petition and I am sure many of those businesses would actively oppose the petition.
Most of the recent news articles about this petition have been very supportive of the petition, and I see how allowing more liquor licenses could help small business owners start new restaurants, which could help to revitalize certain neighborhoods. However, helping those businesses should not come at the cost of significantly hurting other existing businesses. Businesses with existing liquor licenses don't want to stifle competition, but they also don't want to lose their financial assets. That is a very reasonable position.
Though I approve of the basic concept, of helping certain neighborhoods obtain liquor licenses, I think it could be accomplished another way beside simply lifting the cap on all liquor licenses in Boston. Instead, you could simply raise the limits on some liquor licenses, especially those set forth in the current paragraph 7, like "main street districts, urban renewal areas, empowerment zones or municipal harbor plan areas."
The current law already sets aside a small number of liquor licenses for such areas. If that limit was raised, there would not be a need to eliminate the main cap of liquor licenses. It would make liquor licenses available in the areas of concern. In addition, it would largely protect the value of liquor licenses belonging to existing businesses. I think that small change would be far more likely to gain general support than Pressley's petition.
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As further immersement into the culture of Provincetown, we visited the Provincetown Art Association & Museum
(PAAM), meeting with Executive Director Christine McCarthy
, President Jim Bakker (of James R. Bakker Antiques)
and PAAM Development DirectorSheila McGuinness
. Art is an integral part of Provincetown, which is home to the oldest, continuous art colony in the country. Back in 1899, Charles Webster Hawthorne
, a famous artist, came to Provincetown and founded the Cape Cod School of Art
(CCSA) at Land's End.
Though a number of artists came to Provincetown before 1899, Hawthorne was probably the first to offer instruction and his school attracted much interest. Other artists followed suit and by 1916, there were six art schools and about 600 artists and students spending summers there. During the last one hundred years, plenty of other art schools, artists and students came to Provincetown, and now there are over 60 art galleries in the town.
"The objects and purposes of this association shall be to promote and cultivate the practice and appreciation of all branches of the fine arts, to assemble and maintain in the town of Provincetown and environs a collection of works of art of merit, to hold exhibitions, and by forums, concerts and similar activities to promote education of the public in the arts and social intercourse between artists and laymen
--Constitution and By-laws Provincetown Art Association & Museum
PAAM is a small art museum, with an eclectic assortment of art, including paintings, sculptures and other less categorizable pieces. They also have a few rooms where they conduct various art classes, continuing the tradition of Hawthorne. In addition, they hold a couple of art auctions each year.
I thought this tentacle sculpture outside of PAAM was fascinating, reminding me of Cthulhu
or some other tentacled sea monster.
We also attended a cocktail reception at one of the art galleries, theBerta Walker Gallery.
This was an interesting visit as Berta was quite a character, as well as very knowledgeable about the history of artists in Provincetown. The artists she displays essentially all come from Provincetown and there is a wide diversity in styles and mediums. The fascinating piece above was done by Elspeth Halvorsen
, who creates "box constructions." This one is called "The Whole World Is Watching
" and deals with 9/11.
Another compelling sculpture.
"Perhaps it is the fantastic structure of the dunes, carved in intricate mouldings: some with smoothly rounded tops, others combed by unseen fingers, others running into spectral peaks, and still others with long, flat summits — weird sentinels, linked together by the most unstable and most resistless chains.
,Cape Cod: New and Old
My last visit to Provincetown was many years ago, when I was a teenager, and I still recall touring the dunes. I got to do so once again, with Art's Dune Tours
, which has been family owned and operated since 1946. You have several different options, such as a one hour Daily Tour
($27) or two hour Sunset Tour
($43). Each vehicle holds 6-8 passengers, and the driver gives you an ongoing history and nature lesson as you drive through the dunes.
The dunes are not just miles of flat sand. There is plenty of varied vegetation as well as numerous hills and valleys. Who would have thought that you would even find cranberry patches in the dunes? Such beautiful scenery and I took many pictures.
One of the most fascinating aspects of the dunes are the dune shacks, primitive buildings, usually without electricity or running water. These shacks once were temporary residences for mariners, artists, writers, playwrights and others who wanted isolation and privacy. There are now around 19 dune shacks, though there once were many others. The government took control of them and destroyed many before they were convinced to maintain them for historical purposes.
A non-profit group now controls some of the shacks and rents them out, through a lottery system, and many artists vie for a spot though anyone can enter the lottery. They still generally lack electricity or running water.
One afternoon we were supposed to check out the Tea Dance
. Historically, a tea dance has its roots in France and England, and often was an early evening dance, often accompanied by tea and pastries. In the U.S., tea dances have become more casual, and in Provincetown, during the summer, they hold a daily Tea Dance at the Boatslip Resort. This is primarily an outside dance party and on the night we were supposed to go, it rained so very few people showed up for the party. On a normal night, this place would have been packed with people.
For the final scheduled event of the trip, we adjourned to the Crown & Anchor
, a hotel, restaurant and entertainment complex. The restaurant, Central House at the Crown
, provided us a good meal and then we went to a drag show at the Crown Cabaret
saw Dina Martina.
I certainly didn't know what to expect, except that it would be a comedy. And it is somewhat hard to describe the show, a combination of jokes, songs, video and more. It was twisted, bizarre and extremely funny. The humor is going to appeal to most audiences and I would recommend that you check out another Dina show. You are sure to laugh plenty. Afterwards, we sat at the Piano Bar, sipping cocktails and enjoying our final evening in Provincetown.
It was a fun, enlightening and interesting time in Provincetown and I would like to return again in the near future to check out what I missed this trip. Put aside your preconceptions about Provincetown and check it out as a cool vacation destination, a place that caters to people of all types. Go for the food, the art, the history, the shopping, the beaches and more. Special thanks go toAnthony Fuccilllo
and the rest of the
staff at Provincetown Tourism Office
for showing us the wonders of Provincetown.
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What is the essence of Provincetown?
This year, Fodor's
placed Provincetown on its list of the10 Best Small Towns in America
listed it as #10 of their Best Small Towns To Visit
. Provincetown is garnering much deserved praise. I have previously discussed some of the reasons why I find Provincetown compelling and am back to provide even more reasons.
On our media trip, one of our first meetings was at the Provincetown Town Hall
, where we learned a bit about the history of Provincetown, as well as about some of its sights, attractions, cultural aspects, and more. The town hall, which has the largest auditorium in the town, used to be located near the Pilgrim Monument, however, in 1877, the building was hit by lightning and burnt to the ground. In 1886, the new town hall, at its current location, was dedicated and has underwent some recent renovations.Val Marmillion
, a resident of Provincetown and the President ofMarmillion +Co.
, a public relations firm, provided an intriguing overview of Provincetown. Obviously, as he works in public relations, you have to carefully consider his words, to separate the truth from the hype. After dealing with many PR people over the years, I have attained a good level of discernment as to what they tell me. With Val, I spent some time outside of this meeting talking with him, and it was clear that his passion for Provincetown is true. He seemed very honest and forthright, so I felt that much of what he said was authentic.
Val stated that Provincetown is a place where diversity is celebrated and promoted, that it is a town where it is not about how much you own, but it is about what you enjoy. It is a "created village
" that is not hamstrung by "can't do
." It is a progressive, liberal town that values freedom of expression and offers no apologies for its positions. Curiosity is important and each day is unpredictable. The showing of emotion is accepted and not suppressed. It is quaint, a town of pets and bicycles, of art and theater, of eco-tourism and a strong GLBT community.Brian Carlson
, manager at the department ofHealth & Environmental Affairs
, discussed eco-tourism and poetically stated that Provincetown was "a floating sandbar in the middle of the ocean
." The town sits on a sand bar, which is about 5000 years old, and has 21 miles of coastal shore line to explore. In the dune region, there are twenty dunes which are at least 100 feet in height. There are also 9 state recognized freshwater ponds, though Provincetown gets its fresh water from Truro. There is plenty of wildlife in the Provincetown region, a great place for birdwatchers. Go swimming, sit on the beach, hike through the dines, go bird watching, rent a kayak. If you want a more active, outdoor vacation, then you can consider Provincetown. Brian also mentioned that the largest environmental problem facing the town is handling waste water, trying to prevent it from flowing into the ocean, but that they are doing a very good job of handling this issue.
In addition, we met Doug Johnstone
, the Town Clerk
, who discussed the issue of same sex marriage. As Doug teared up while discussing this issue, it was clear how important it was to him, how proud he was of Massachusetts for leading the way on this matter of equality. With the recent Supreme Court decision on DOMA, this can be expected to become even more important. Back in 2003, there were only about 20 weddings held in Provincetown. In 2004, after Massachusetts legalized same sex marriage, there were 900 weddings held in Provincetown, more than any other Massachusetts community. Currently, about 350-400 marriages are conducted there each year, a significant economic boom to the town. People come from all over the country to come here to be married.
Afterwards, we explored some history by a visit to the Pilgrim Monument and Museum
where our tour was conducted by John McDonagh
, the Pilgrim Monument Executive Director. Construction of the monument, to honor the Pilgrims’ landing in Provincetown, began in 1907 and President Theodore Roosevelt
laid the cornerstone. It was completed in 1910, and was dedicated by President William Howard Taft
. The monument is 252 feet and 7.5 inches tall and is one of the first sights you see as you approach Provincetown by the ferry. Through 116 steps and 60 ramps, you can walk to the top of the monument for a great view.
The museum, located a short distance from the monument, is medium-sized and fascinating, with exhibits on the Pilgrims, Provincetown history, the fishing industry, theater, Arctic animals, Inuit items, Native American artifacts, and much more.
This is the town’s first fire engine, built in the 1830s by an apprentice of Paul Revere. There is also a small gift store at the museum where you can purchase souvenirs or books about Provincetown. I picked up a cool history of Provincetown, as well as an intriguing book about the origins of Cape Cod names.
We had an opportunity to take to the seas, as part of a Whale Watch
excursion on one of the Dolphin Fleet
boats. This company originated whale watching on East Coast and they run excursions, three to four hours in length, from April through October, from three to twelve trips per day. The basic cost for an Adult ticket is $44 and Children's tickets, aged 5-12, cost $29. Aboard, there is a galley where you can get food and drink.
A naturalist accompanies each trip and gives a lesson on whales and other sea creatures while the ship tours around seeking whales.
I enjoyed being on the boat, traveling the sea, though we saw few whales, probably only two. It is always an unknown when you board the boat whether you will see many whales or not. They are wild animals, not tame creatures in a pen. However, it is such a fascinating moment when you first see a plume of spray, noting the presence of a whale, and then see its fins or tail break the surface of the sea. Such majestic creatures, sure to instill wonder.
For a more low-key experience, you can check out the Provincetown Theater
to see a play, maybe something modern and avant garde, or something more of an American classic, like a play by Eugene O'Neill
. Provincetown is one of the originators of the Modern American Theater
, and the Provincetown Players
, which started in 1915, was one of the "little theaters" that sprouted up during this time period. They performed Eugene O'Neill's
first play, Bound East For Cardiff
, and would give fame to others too, such as Tennessee Williams
. You can even attend the Tennessee Williams Theater Festival
or theProvincetown International Film Festival.
Provincetown has long been a favorite spot for artists or all types. For example, a number of writers have lived or worked in Provincetown, including Norman Mailer, John Dos Passos, Harry Kemp, Stanley Kunitz, Michael Cunningham, Wendy Kesselman, Paula Vogel and John Guare. Some of them spent their time in the isolated dune shacks, gaining privacy and quiet so that they could work. During some of my free time, I was even able to do some writing on the next Tipsy Sensei
novel.To Be Continued...
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Before going to Provincetown, I was immensely curious about its culinary scene, whether it would be a mass of tourist traps or instead whether it might offer some intriguing finds. The restaurant world in Provincetown is relatively small, with about 30+ seated restaurants and a number of more fast food/counter spots. You will find plenty of seafood and American fare, however you will also find diverse cuisine such as Thai, Japanese, Mexican, French and more. Forget McDonald's and Taco Bell, as you won't find any of those restaurant chains in Provincetown. In fact, the only chain that you will find is Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream
, and that really isn't a typical chain anyways.
Overall, I enjoyed plenty of delicious food in Provincetown, at high end restaurants as well as small cafes. Many of these places would be welcome additions to the culinary scene of Boston. Besides the food, I was pleasantly surprised by the wine lists, which were far more diverse and interesting than I expected. In fact, they were more diverse and interesting than some Boston restaurants I have visited. Wine prices were also generally lower than what you find in Boston. Though I only scratched the surface of the culinary world in Provincetown, I was impressed by what I found and want to explore it more, maybe at the Food & Wine Festival
On our first day, we began with a cocktail reception at the Harbor Lounge
, located on Commercial Street and facing the ocean. A small lounge, I still was pleased at the diversity of wines available by the glass. They have a full bar and I chose to drink a Dark n' Stormy
, with Goslings Black Seal Rum. We received a large platter of cheeses, meats, dips, crackers, grapes and more. Fresh, high quality and tasty, this was a pleasant way to start off our evening. With a great view, this is a nice spot to stop by for a cocktail or glass of wine.
Our first dinner was at The Mews Restaurant & Cafe
, which is co-owned by Ron Robin,
who we met during dinner. Known as Rockin' Ron
, he also works as a radio personality on Dunes 102.3 FM
. The original location of the restaurant, in 1964, was discovered to have once been a stable, and the old English word for stable is "mews,
" hence the restaurant's name. In 1993, the restaurant was moved to its current location.
The upstairs area is for the bar and cafe, while the downstairs is the main dining area, though the downstairs is really at street level and you have a great view of the beach. All of the art and stained glass windows in the restaurant were created by local artists. Local carpenters also designed the tables and benches. The dining room has a cool and casual vibe, a homey place which will appeal to couples, families and groups.
The wine list is interesting, though I was especially impressed with their vodka list, which contains over 260 selections from all over the world. Who would have thought you would find such a vodka selection in Provincetown? I enjoyed a couple of vodkas, including a Chopin Rye
and Belvedere Rye
, which I had never tasted before. I could come here dozens of times, just to taste through the intriguing vodka list.
Executive Chef Laurence DeFreitas
has worked for The Mews for 24 years and Ron mentioned that the chef seeks to create "flavorful food," and not "vanilla" cuisine. Despite his lengthy position at the restaurant, Chef DeFreitas is not dwelling in the past and his menu remains fresh and interesting, often relying on fresh and local ingredients. A number of the dishes have an Asian flair to them. The menu is divided into Starters
($9-$14) and Mains
($22-$35). Begin with a Starter like a Wild Boar Naan Pizza
or a Tuna Sushi Tempura
and move onto a Main like Mongolian Style Grilled Lamb Chops
or Pork Vindaloo
Some fresh bread to start the meal.
I began my meal with the Lobster Dumplings in a Miso Broth
($13), three plump dumplings in steamed shumai wrappers. Each dumpling was filled with fresh lobster meat, ginger, scallions, and oyster & sherry sauces. The dumplings skins were just firm enough and the interior had plenty of sweet and flavorful lobster, enhanced by the umami of the savory miso broth. An excellent starter.
A Special that evening was a Venison Carpaccio
dish, topped by thin sliced cheese. Though I didn't taste it, it looked fantastic and the person who ordered it enjoyed it very much.
I continued with The Wedge
($10) a salad of baby romaine, topped by cracked black pepper & Parmesan vinaigrette strewn with pancetta crumbles. Fresh romaine with lots of salty pancetta and a very pleasant vinaigrette. Simple but tasty.
For my entree, I selected the Shaking Beef
($31), a Vietnamese inspired dish with chunks of beef tenderloin, wok sautéed with scallions and red onions over watercress with a lime black pepper dipping sauce. Very tender beef, with a compelling sauce and a minor bit of heat. There was plenty of tenderloin and I definitely would recommend this dish. Everyone was very happy with their own dishes too. The Mews was a winner!
For lunch the next day, we stopped at the Patio American Grill & Cocktail Bar
, which is also located on Commercial Street. It serves plenty of seafood dishes, New England cuisine, and sandwiches. It serves breakfast, lunch and dinner as well as a wide range of cocktails and wines. I enjoyed a glass of Albrecht Cremant d'Alsace Brut Rose
with my lunch.
We sat on the outside patio, allowing us to people watch everyone walking down Commercial Street. It was a fine, sunny day so this was a great spot for a leisurely lunch.
We started off our lunch with The Monument
($88), a large seafood sampler, which can easily feed four people, and includes 12 oysters, 6 littleneck clams, 6 jumbo shrimp, snow crab claws, shrimp ceviche and a whole chilled lobster. I gorged myself on this very fresh seafood, including the huge, plump shrimp and sweet lobster. The ceviche was also quite tasty, with nice citrus and spice notes. If you want a piece of New England, the seafood in this dish will give it to you.
After that, I tried the Corn Chowder
($8.95) with lobster, tarragon and chili oil. This seemed to me to be more like a bisque than a chowder as the corn was essentially liquified. However, it tasted good, with a strong corn flavor complemented by sweet lobster and the hints of heat from the chili oil. For my main dish, I went with another New England dish, the Fried Ipswich Clams
with fries. Plump clams, with a clean, crunchy coating certainly hit the spot.
I wasn't going to have dessert, but they brought us a couple dishes anyways, including a Strawberry Shortcake
($8.95). This was a superb dish, with fresh whipped cream, sweet berries and a soft, fresh cake. I probably could have devoured this entire dish by myself.
After a whale watch, we made a brief sojourn to The Purple Feather Cafe & Treatery
, where you can find lunch, gelato, desserts, chocolate and more. It is owned and operated by Peter
and Ann Okun
, year round residents, and Ann has about 25 years of chocolate making experience. The Purple Feather has gone beyond just chocolate, selling a wide range of enticing sweets.
There are lots of intriguing chocolate concoctions, like the tastySweet & Salty Coconut Pretzel
, a crispy pretzel dipped in caramel and chocolate, and then covered in toasted coconut. I thought the components were well balanced, especially as I am a fan of the combo of sweet and salty. The Chocolate Bacon
contains thick sliced bacon covered in dark chocolate, providing more of that delicious sweet/salty combo.
They also have an assortment of Gelato and Sorbetto, which you can have in a bowl or cone, in a shake/smoothie, or between two cookies of your choice.
That evening, after a tour of the dunes, we went down to one of the beaches for a traditional New England Clambake. It was a beautiful evening, though a bit chilly for some, though we had a fire set into the sand. The clambake was catered by Ptown Parties
, and they did an excellent job in arranging the event, as well as providing plenty of delicious food. For example, they had blankets for everyone, in fact two per person, so that you had one blanket to lay down atop the sand and another to wrap around yourself if you were chilly.
We began with bowls ofClam Chowder
, and frankly it was one of the best chowders I have had in quite a while. It was the right consistency (not too thick or thin, just creamy enough), full of flavor, and contained plenty of tender clams. I enjoyed it so much that I had multiple bowls. Next up were Littleneck Clams
, sauteed with onions and linguica, in a wine broth. Again, this was another delicious dish, the linguica adding a nice element to the clams, and I once again had multiple portions of these clams. Sitting on the sand beside a fire, with the ocean a short distance away, and eating these clams was just such a New England thing.
The main dish wasSteamed Lobster
, though they were accompanied by jerk chicken, roasted potatoes, grilled veggies, and jalapeno corn bread. A smorgasbord of culinary tastes. I am generally not a fan of eating a whole lobster at a restaurant cause it can be very messy, and water can squirt out when you try to crack open the lobster, and sometimes it shoots where you don't want it to go. But in the fire-lit darkness, such problems become much less visible, and you can dig into the shells of your crustacean. With the briny smell of the ocean as a background, the sweet lobster meat tasted even sweeter.
of such a clambake is roughly $62.50 per person, with an added cost for the staff, dependent on the number of people at the clambake. There are plenty of extras you can order as well. In addition, they have a more budget option, for only $47.50 per person. For this type of event, and the quality of the food, I think the prices are reasonable. We had plenty of delicious food, and the setting and experience are quite memorable. If you want a true New England experience, then you have to have a beach side clambake.
We even had two coyotes stop nearby us on the beach, wanting to join our clambake, but they simply watched us from afar.
The next morning, I was on my own for breakfast, and after receiving a couple recommendations, I chose to eat at Cafe Heaven,
which turned out to be an excellent choice.It is a small, casual spot, with windows looking out on Commercial Street. Their breakfast menu has plenty of the usual offerings, with some of their own more unique items, from homemade English muffins to linguica. Everything is reasonably priced too.
On the walls, you will find a number of breakfast and lunch specials. I tried the linguica
, a large piece of a slightly spicy and flavorful Portuguese sausage. The homemade English muffins
were also very good, with plenty of nooks and crannies for butter, and the consistency of the bread was just right. They are larger than the typical English muffins you buy at the grocery store.
For my main dish, I went with one of the specials, Corn Bread French Toast
. It sounded so enticing, and I had never seen any other restaurant make this dish, so I had to try it, hoping for the best. Well, it was superb! The corn bread was thinly sliced, moist and with a delicious, sweet corn flavor. This would have been delicious corn bread on its own. Adding the eggy batter to its grilled goodness, enhanced and elevated this dish and I was extremely happy that I had ordered it. It had no faults and I would love to see other restaurants trying this as well.
The recommendations for Cafe Heaven were spot on, and I add my own hearty recommendation for this restaurant.
For lunch, we dined at a small casual spot, Lucky Dog Ptown
, which primarily sells gourmet hot dogs and lobster rolls. They sell ten different hot dogs, the the hot dogs are made from their own special recipe. You can get your dog ($4.95-$10.95) topped with items like chili, mac n' cheese, slaw, bacon, baked beans and more. There are six different lobster rolls ($15.95-$19.95), made with simple mayo or butter, or topped by items like bacon or mac n' cheese. You'll also find a few other sandwiches, from pulled pork to sausage, as well as sides, such as baked beans, potato salad and chili.
I went with the Bacon & Blue Dog
($7.95), with smoked bacon & blue cheese and wasn't disappointed. The meaty dog went well with the crunchy, smoky bacon pieces and the tang of the blue cheese well accented the meats. You really need a fork to eat these dogs as they are so full of toppings that it is too difficult to just pick up and eat. Everyone else also enjoyed their dogs or lobster rolls and I would return here in a heart beat. A simple menu, they invest their passion in the items they create and it comes out in a well-made and delicious product. Highly recommended.
I thought these plastic utensil dispensers were so cool! Rather than have a cup filled with plastic utensils, where everyone can be touching them, these dispensers help keep the utensils more sanitary. You just dispense the utensils that you need, and never touch any others. Would love to see these used in many more restaurants.
On my own, I also stopped at the Provincetown Portuguese Bakery
, which not only is a bakery but also serves breakfast and lunch. With Tibor Bago
as the main chef, the bakery sells a variety of appealing Portuguese pastries, breads and more, and they all look enticing. I had to order the Malassada
, a type of Portuguese donut which resembles fried dough, and it was well worth it, especially if they are still warm. It is far better than a carnival fried dough, being lightly sweet with a great, flaky pastry. This is a must stop if you visit Provincetown!
If you are a food and drink lover, then you should consider Provincetown as a culinary destination. From a killer Portuguese bakery to a voluminous vodka list, from a hearty tower of fresh seafood to a a unique French toast, you will find plenty to appeal to your palate.
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I am back again with a new edition of Thursday Sips & Nibbles, my regular column where I briefly highlight some interesting wine and food items that I have encountered recently.
1)On Tuesday, July 9, at 6:30pm,BOKX 109 American Prime, located on the grounds of Hotel Indigo in Newton, will host a special Five-Course Tequila Dinner on their outdoor patio. In addition to sampling various forms of this famous summer spirit, guests will be treated to a special prix fixe menu prepared by Executive Chef Stephen Coe himself. Boasting an assortment of exotic dishes, the evening’s culinary component promises to enhance the intricate flavors of each paired tequila-based libation.
Yellow Watermelon Ceviche (carbonated tuna sashimi, cilantro fluid gel, lime pop rocks)
*Paired with Ultimat Elderflower cocktail
Adobo Rubbed Diver Scallops (sweet corn and chorizo humitas, saffron espuma)
*Paired with Gran Patron
Grilled Cactus and Drunken Mushroom Salad (agave and green garlic purée, truffled sherry vinaigrette)
*Paired with Patron Reposado
Sous Vide Halibut (creamed maze pudding, crab escabeche ravioli, corn emulsion)
*Paired with Patron Anejo
Confit Pork Belly and In-House Porchetta (garbanzo bean purée , white nectarines, sherry lacquer, rhubarb lattice)
*Paired Gran Patron Burdeos
Xo Cafe Gelato (cumin lace cookie)
COST: $65 (excludes tax)
Reservations are required. Please call 617-454-3399
2) Get a peek behind the closed kitchen doors of an award-winning restaurant during the new ”Off the Menu” cooking demonstration at 62 Restaurant & Wine Bar located in Salem, on Thursday, July 14 at 6pm. Guests will experience how to create some of the restaurants most popular dishes while watching Chef/Owner Antonio Bettencourt slice and dice the freshest local cuisine.
Cooking aficionados are invited to this behind-the-scenes opportunity to learn how to create some of the restaurant’s unique Italian dishes, as they listen to anecdotal tales from the kitchen of both mishaps and strokes of genius. Highlighting some of the most delectable foods and flavors of the season, Chef Bettencourt will prepare a 3-course meal beginning with Seared Sea Scallops with spicy pickled grapefruit, avocado & crispy prosciutto. Diners can watch as a giant Raviolo al'Uovo stuffed with ricotta, a poached egg, wild mushrooms, black truffle and pancetta is prepared right before their eyes. And if that isn’t mouthwatering enough, the presentations will end on a sweet note with a Toffee Pudding.
Tickets are available for $45 per person, with an optional wine pairing for an additional $20. Tax and gratuity not included.
Reservations are necessary and can be done by calling 62 at (978) 744-0062
3) To celebrate the Fourth of July, Beacon Hill Hotel & Bistro (BHHB) is exercising its independence and going all-American this Thursday, July 4. From 5:30pm-1pm, the BHHB is celebrating all things “4” by offering a 4-course seasonally inspired meal for $44 per person (tax and gratuity not included). Space is limited and reservations are recommended. Regular menu also available. For reservations please call Beacon Hill Hotel & Bistro at 617-723-7575
--Grilled Asparagus, Gremolata, Sauce Gribiche
--Fresh Pasta, Woodbury's Clams, Peas, House Made Ham
--Spiced Lamb Sausage, Potato Turnip Salad, Sourdough Crumb
--Mixed Berry Shortcake
4) At Michael Schlow’s Tico in the Back Bay, they are going to hold an All-American BBQ on Sunday, July 14, from 2pm-8pm. The Summer BBQ features tastings and giveaways from Patron and Corona, including two tix to a harbor cruise.
The $25 all-you-can-eat BBQ menu includes:
· Bacon cheeseburger sliders
· Homemade pork bratwurst with spicy mustard pickles
· St. Louis style ribs
· Grilled paprika chicken wings with aji verde
· Smoked cola-crusted brisket
· Marinated vegetable skewers
· Grilled corn on the cob with chipotle aioli and cotija
· Watermelon salad with queso fresco
· Tomato and cucumber salad (dill, mint and > cilantro)
· Green beans and Serrano ham with pickled red jalapeno
· Chilled pasta and egg salad
· Traditional and cheesy broccoli corn bread
· Assorted homemade pickles
· Ray's kettle chips
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On a sunny summer morning, you wake up and step out onto your porch, looking out at the ocean, the boats in the harbor, the beach. Serenity engulfs you, and for that time, any and all of your problems vanish. The essence of a relaxing vacation.
There are over 90 inns in Provincetown and the writers on our trip were split up, staying at different inns across the length of the town. I ended up at the inn that was the farthest from the downtown but that was not an issue as I got to spend two wonderful nights at the Land's End Inn
, located on Gulf Hill
near the end of the West End
Back in the later 1800s, the main road ended at this point, the rest of the land being primarily tidal flats and marshes. So this location was then known as the "land's end
." Since that time, the surrounding area has been built up so that now roads and land extend beyond this region. It may not longer be the literal land's end, but it still is fairly close to the end. This neighborhood is more a residential area, a quieter region, with a few inns scattered around.
The Land's End Inn has an interesting history, extending back toCharles Lothrop Higgins
, who was born in Provincetown and eventually purchased the Gull Hill area in 1903. Higgins could trace his ancestry to the Mayflower, a descendant ofPeregrine White
, who had been born aboard ship in Provincetown Harbor in 1620. As a young boy, Charles left Provincetown and became a hat maker in Boston. After buying Gulf Hill, he decided to build a summer house atop it and he became known as a supporter of the theater and arts.
After his death in 1926, the Buckler
family purchased the house and began to rent rooms. They were world travelers and brought home numerous intriguing souvenirs, placing them within the inn, and some of those items can still be found there. Eventually, in 1972, David Schoolman
purchased the inn and his renovations and additions brought the inn close to its current form. He added more antiques, artwork and other unique items to the decor of the inn and one of the suites at the inn is now named after him.
In December 2012, the current owners,Stan
purchased the property. They first started visiting Provincetown back in 1966 and always have had a special love for the town. Seeking a new career, they decided to enter the hospitality industry and purchase an inn. As they were seeking an opportunity, their daughters, Natalia
, somehow found a listing for the Land's End Inn. The Sikorskis fell in love with the inn and now are doing their best to continue its tradition as a superior accommodation. They were quite welcoming to me, and their passion for Provincetown and the Inn was quite clear. They have no plans to make any significant changes to the Inn, preferring to maintain its charm and eclectic style.
The inn currently has 18 different guest rooms, each distinctive and with its own name, roughly priced at $300-$600 a night with discounts during the off season. About 70%-80% of their guests are return guests, and some people have been coming here for over thirty years. It is a place that has engendered customer loyalty. About 75%-80% of their guests are from the New England/New York region though they have some international guests, as well as Hollywood celebrities during some of the film festival weeks. Weddings are also held here so a large wedding party can sometimes take most of the rooms. During the winter, most of their guests are from Cape Cod.
The Inn provides a continental breakfast each morning, including fruit, bagels, hard boiled eggs, cereal, coffee, tea and more. In the afternoons, they also have a wine reception, where you can sip a glass of wine while sitting on the porch, enjoying the stupendous view. The common rooms in the inn are packed full of an eclectic and fascinating mix of antiques and exotic items. You'll find items from all over the world and you will find similar items in the various inn rooms as well. You never know what you might find in any particular corner, shelf or niche. I found so many intriguing items scattered around the inn.
The antique that most caught my attention was a Chinese urn with a fascinating and creepy backstory. The urn is supposed to be a representation of Meng Po
, the Lady of Forgetfulness
in Chinese mythology. Meng Po lives in the Chinese realm of the dead, and it is her function to give a mystical tea of forgetfulness to all the souls who enter the realm. That tea will wipe their memories so that they can be reincarnated without remembering anything of their prior lives. This particular urn allegedly contains the ashes of a revered Buddhist monk. That is intriguing on its own, but the legend gets eerier.
The legend of this urn states in the 19th century, a drunken American sailor stole it from a Buddhist monastery. Somehow, after all of its travels, it ended up at the Land's End Inn where it is thought to be cursed. It is claimed that grave misfortune, and even maybe death, comes to anyone who dares touch it. The urn has been placed up high on a shelf so that no guest can touch it, intentionally or accidentally, and suffer the curse. Would you risk touching it?
The Schoolman Suite
, where I stayed, is an expansive and luxurious room, with two bedrooms, one on a small second floor. The arc window, visible above, looks into that second bedroom, a stunning and romantic room. There is a large living room, with a flat screen TV, and it leads out to an expansive deck where you could probably have a party with twenty friends. The view from the deck is amazing, looking out at the shore and sea, a superb panoramic scope. This is luxury suite sure to please most any guest and I felt fortunate to have stayed here. If you want to splurge for a special occasion, like an anniversary or birthday, this would be a perfect place to do so.
The inn is located roughly a mile from the downtown area, which is an easy and pleasant walk on a nice day. At night, or in inclement weather, you might want to take a cab or pedicab. It is far enough away to give you more quiet and privacy, while being close enough to easily access the more vibrant downtown area.
I also spent a single night at the John Randall House
, an inn located on Bradford Street, only a short walk from Fisherman's Wharf. Rooms are more reasonably priced, from about $150-$220, though they are also smaller, more like a typical quaint inn. My room was clean and comfortable, and it is at an excellent location. On vacation, sometimes you just want a simple place to sleep and this inn would serve that purpose quite well.To Be Continued....
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"Provincetown is different from all the rest of the Cape: different from all the rest of the world--although all 'land's end' places have a certain haunting odor and resemblance.
, Cape Cod: New and Old
When you think of Provincetown
, the furthermost town on Cape Cod
, what first comes to mind? Asking this question online, I received a wide array of responses, clearly indicating that there is no single view of Provincetown. However, unless you have traveled there recently, your thoughts about this Cape Cod town may not be accurate or complete. You might not realize all that Provincetown has to offer, and that it is a destination that will appeal to a broad range of people, young and old, married and single, straight and gay. If you have not visited recently, then it is worth considering as a destination for your next vacation.
I was the teenager the last time I visited Provincetown, and maybe the most prominent of my memories was of touring the dunes. Touring them again brought back pleasant memories. Since my last visit, so many years ago, the town has changed in many ways, yet in other respects it has remained the same. It is still a town with its feet firmly set in its historical beginnings yet which also is progressive and modern. In many aspects, it is a quintessential New England port, with quaint inns and shops, a bustling waterfront, the smell of fried seafood. salt water taffy and sun burnt fishermen and sailors.
Earlier this month, I was invited by theProvincetown Tourism Office
to participate in aMedia Familiarization Tour
. This four day, three night trip was intended to provide us a sampling of what Provincetown has to offer tourists. My fellow writers included:Rebecca Caro
. Overall, it was a fun and interesting exploration of Provincetown, making me desirous of a return trip, like maybe during the Food & Wine Festival
"Fluctuation is the dominant characteristic of Provincetown history: fluctuation as regards both land and those who settled upon it.
, Cape Cod: New and Old
Some of the first inhabitants of Cape Cod and the Provincetown region were the Nauset
, a Native American people, who bore some similarities to the neighboring Wampanoag
peoples. They spoke a dialect of the Algonquian
language, and they referred to the Provincetown region by two different names: meeshaum
. Meeshaum might be related to the word mushauwomuk
, which means “where there is going-by-boat” while chequocket is related to chauquaquock
, which means “Englishman.” The later term obviously came to be used after the Nauset's first encounters with Europeans.
Potentially the first Europeans to visit Provincetown were the Norse
, and there is a theory that Thorwald Eriksson
, brother to the more famous Leif Erikkson
, came to Provincetown around 1004. In 1853, during an excavation, remnants of a wall were found in Provincetown and it was thought to be connected to Thorwald, possibly ballast stones from his ship. During the 1500s, a few different explorers passed by Cape Cod, some who might have stopped in the Provincetown area. It would not be until the early 1600s that the Provincetown region would get major attention.
In 1602, an English explorer, Bartholomew Gosnold
investigated and mapped the Cape region, giving it the name Cape Cod
, due to the great abundance of cod in its waters. In the following year, another English explorer, Martin Prin
g, sailed into the bay near Provincetown and called it Whitson's Bay
for John Whitson
, his benefactor and the mayor of Bristol, England. In 1616, Captain John Smith
, of Jamestown
fame, created a map of Cape Cod, calling the Provincetown area Milford Haven
, after a harbor in Wales from which Martin Pring sailed.
Before the Pilgrims
landed in Plymouth
, they first stopped at Provincetown. In fact, on November 11, 1620, while anchored in Provincetown Harbor, they signed the Mayflower Compact
, a charter establishing their government for the new lands they had found. This is a vital document in U.S. history, and helped pave for the way for the Declaration of Independence and Constitution. After signing the document, the Pilgrims landed in Provincetown, and spent about five weeks exploring the land.
Many of the Pilgrims considered the area to be too desolate, and not conducive to the needs of a permanent settlement. They encountered the Nauset, whose previous experiences with Europeans were usually negative, and the Pilgrim's encounters did not go well. In addition, the Pilgrims stole corn from Nauset graves, which further aggravated relations. So, the Pilgrims eventually moved on and traveled to Plymouth though their legacy in Provincetown has not diminished. Check out this brochure
for information on the Pilgrim related sites that you can visit while in Provincetown.
The Provincetown region eventually became popular with fishermen because of the abundance of seafood available offshore. On June 14, 1727, it was incorporated as a town called Provinctown, though the residents actually wanted to call it Herrington
. The name Provincetown came from a provision in its charter referring to the Province of Massachusetts. After the Revolutionary War, the town saw a population boom of fishermen, whalers and Portuguese sailors. The next two hundred years would see many changes come to Provincetown, a rich and diverse history which is well worth investigating. If you love history, then visiting Provincetown would help cater to that interest.
"It is here that we find the quintessence of the seafaring atmosphere, for although the inhabitants no longer depend exclusively upon the ocean to bring them their means of livelihood, yet in a place so completely surrounded by water, peculiar and charming customs become an integral part of the daily life.
, Cape Cod: New and Old
Today, Provincetown is nearly 4 miles long and more than 2 miles wide, occupying about 8.35 square miles of land. It is roughly divided into the West
and East Ends
, with the Fisherman’s Wharf
acting as the dividing line between the two sections. The West End was once considered mainly the Portuguese section while the East End was more for the wealthy as well as tourists and artists. Those divisions have largely been erased, though it should be noted that high real estate costs are still a problem. Fortunately, efforts are being made to construct more affordable housing.
There are two main streets in Provincetown, which roughly parallel each other, called Commercial Street
and Bradford Street
, though they were once known as Front Street
and Back Street
. The name change essentially occurred when the town's industry changed from an emphasis on the sea to an emphasis on tourism. The average year round population is now only about 3500, down from a high of 4642 back in 1890. However, with the seasonal influx of tourism, the island's population can rise up to 100,000 or more. Tourism provides a huge economic benefit to Provincetown.
How should you travel to Provincetown? You have several choices, including car, bus, ferry and airplane. As Provincetown is located roughly 115 miles from Boston, that should mean a car ride will take a little over two hours, unless you encounter the infamous Cape Cod traffic. If that happens, the length of your journey could at least double. And once you reach Provincetown, you will find you rarely, if ever, need to use your car while you are there.
A better option, which I used to reach Provincetown, is the ferry and there are a couple ferry companies in Boston which you can use. I went through theBay State Cruise Company,
located on Seaport Boulevard next to the World Trade Center. They run several ferries each day and I recommend that you make a reservation rather than just show up to buy a ticket. Try to get someone to drop you off at the ferry as overnight parking in the area can be expensive. An adult round trip ferry ticket costs $85 and the trip itself only takes about 90 minutes. There is a small galley on board where you can buy food and drink.
"One may get a glimpse of Provincetown in an hour; a day is better; a week is better still; and a summer is none too much
,Cape Cod: New and Old
My ferry ride to Provincetown was very pleasant, especially as the weather was beautiful that day. It certainly beats sitting in my car in traffic trying to get over the Sagamore bridge. As it was such a clear day, it was pleasant to watch the approach to Provincetown as you curve around its hook and come into the harbor. Unfortunately, my ferry ride back to Boston did not go as well. There were rough seas, and let us just say that it was quite rough on the stomachs of many of the passengers. You might want to carry some Dramamine
just in case you encounter rough seas.
Once landing in Provincetown, I took aPtown Pedicab
to the Land's End Inn
, allowing me an opportunity to check out the town as the pedicab pedaled down the streets. My driver was from Lithuania, and I would later learn that many Eastern Europeans come to work in Provincetown during the summer. This was actually my driver's first day operating a pedicab and he had been in Provincetown for only about three weeks. You can walk to most places in Provincetown, though sometimes you might want a pedicab or taxi. To Be Continued...
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