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  • Tiny's

    (originally published on June 13, 2013)

    You know how I always say you have to look up? Tiny's in Ptown is a perfect example of what you'll miss if you don't. 

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    Located upstairs on a second floor deck on Commercial Street, the place is easy to miss. Tiny's focuses on local food (most ingredients are purchased within 150 miles) and has some amazing healthy and unique options for any foodie.

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    Plus it has a view of the water and of the street traffic below, which, if you know Ptown, is the best show on earth.

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    I had their lobster dog -- house made lobster sausage sauteed in brown butter and topped with a dill slaw. It was delicious! And the fries were just perfect!

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    I also had the most refreshing basil and pink grapefruit soda made from fresh squeezed juice, basil syrup, and a splash of soda. 

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    I plan to return many times this summer so I can try other things on their wonderful menu! And remember to look up. You never know what you'll find.

  • Summer of Lobster

    (originally published on September 8, 2012)

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    Lobster sliders, Harbor Hotel pool, Provincetown

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    Lobster truffle mac and cheese, Front Street, Provincetown

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    Curried coconut lobster chowder, Frappo 66, Provincetown

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    Lobster tips, The Tip Tap Room, Boston

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    Lobster rolls, PJ's, Wellfleet

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    Fourth of July lobster roll, Clubs at Charles River Park, Boston

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    Lobster bisque, Odyssey dinner cruise, Boston

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    Lobster grilled cheese, Hot L, Provincetown

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    Lobster carnage, Moby Dick's, Wellfleet

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    Lobster roll, Moby Dick's, Wellfleet

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    Fried lobster tails, The Mayflower, Provincetown

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    Lobster rangoons, The Coffee Pot, Provincetown

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    Warm Maine lobster with caramelized summer corn, Eastern Standard, Boston

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    Lobster roll, Governor Bradford, Provincetown

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    Surf and Turf Burger, Local 186, Provincetown

  • Lobster: The Icky Bits

    (originally published on August 6, 2012)

    Devouring a whole lobster can be a lot of fun. Unless ... but we'll get to that later. First, let's celebrate the fact that Moby Dick's in Wellfleet has been in business for 30 years! 

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    When we arrived (early, I might add), we had to wait in line outside. This place is so popular. And with good reason ...

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    The choices are mindboggling. It's really amazing how many options there are here. And we've never had a bad meal.

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    Brilliant. Just brilliant. Pre-mixed dark 'n stormy. In a can. Perfect for a BYOB establishment. 

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    The Mr. ordered a full clambake so he got a bunch of littlenecks to start the meal. Clams are not my thing. And littlenecks, with those little necks, are really not my thing. I ate one, though. Little neck kindly removed first by the Mr. and then dunked in a ton of butter.

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    My mom ordered the sea bass, which she graciously allowed us all to try. Again, never a bad meal.

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    And the rest of us had lobsters. N's was the most photogenic.

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    Mine and the Mr.'s looked a little less perfect.

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    How cute are we in our lobster bibs? I really need to wear one of these at every meal. Something always ends up on my shirt. I'm certain I am not the only one with this problem.

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    I'm no lobster sissy (remember I watched my lobster hacked to death two inches from me when I was in Jamaica?). But this lobster gave me hell. My claws were tough and the Mr. had to help me. One knuckle was stubborn and the Mr. had to help me. Again. When I tore off the tail, the tomalley was super gross and remained attached to the tail. So, so gross. And there was so much roe, I had to scrape it off everything. I had my napkin out wiping down my precious tail meat. You can see the little red specks everywhere in the photo below. You can also clearly see that I ate the whole thing. Despite the icky bits.

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    This is the line when we left. It was 5:30! You really need to get there super early to avoid the wait. (Yes, mom. You were right.)

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  • Breakfast at Devon's

    (originally published on July 24, 2012)

    After two days lounging at the pool, the Mr. and I decided to spend the day in town. We started off with a wonderful breakfast at Devon's.

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    Most people like to sit outside and watch the people traffic on Commercial Street. Those tables were all taken so we sat inside ...

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     ... at a lovely table by the back window. The Mr.'s blue shirt and blue eyes matched the interior. How cute is he?

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    And here's our view through the screen window. There was a light sea breeze drifting through. They also had great music playing -- a little Cut Copy to go with the airy feel of the place. (You can leave that playing while you read the rest of the post.)

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    His and hers morning brew ...

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    The Mr. ordered the Portuguese omelet with linguica, roasted red peppers, onions, and cheddar with sourdough toast. Yum!

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    I had the cornmeal pancakes with wild blueberries. And applewood smoked bacon. The liquid fat still bubbling there, as you can see.

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    We then spent the day walking around town, filled with energy from our wonderful breakfast!

  • Breakfast at Chach

    (originally publised on July 10, 2012)

    On Sunday morning, mom, N, and I went to breakfast at Chach. Known mostly to the locals and those who spend a lot of time in Ptown (um ... me), it is a place somewhat out of the way and not easy for daytrippers to get to on Shankpainter Road. It fills up quickly and we were lucky enough to get there right before the rush. A brief, mouthwatering pictorial (hope you've had your breakfast already) ...

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    Eggs benedict

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    Mushroom, feta, and spinach omelette

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    Huevos rancheros (These were mine! All mine!)

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    We left three clean plates in our wake.

  • Fanizzi's

    (originally published on September 12, 2011)

    One of our favorite restaurants in Ptown is Fanizzi's. We've been eating here before it was Fanizzi's (anyone remember when it was Pucci's?) and have celebrated many a life event here. The location is like no other! 

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    At high tide, it feels like you are surrounded by water on three sides. We opened that window shortly after I took this photo. I love the cool sea breeze. In fact, I often wish I could just curl up and take a nap right here. 

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    I ordered the Tropopolitan, which was a tasty tropical twist on a cosmo.

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    We started with the Asian potsticker appetizer special. Crunchy and salty. Yum!

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    The Mr. had the New York strip with a burgundy mushroom sauce, asparagus, and roasted garlic mashed potatoes.

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    And the rest of us ordered the scrumptious mustard nut crusted cod. It's definitely one of our favorites!

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    Fanizzi's is in the far east end so its usually devoid of daytrippers and the bar has an awesome water view. Every few years a storm takes out some piece of the place. And every time, they build it back and we can enjoy our little piece of heaven in the water. Have I mentioned I'd move in here?

  • Atlantic Spice Company

    (originally published on August 31, 2011)

    One of my At-Least-Once-a-Year stops on the Cape is at the Atlantic Spice Company in Truro, just outside Ptown.

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    Inside a rather non-descript blue warehouse-esque building ...

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    ... is a treasure trove of fun kitchen stuff and ...

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    ... SALT! ...

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     ... and a wide array of every possible spice, herb, flavoring, additive, and seasoning you could possibly want.

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    And some snacks, too!

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    It's a fun place and is always packed. We usually go home with at least one new salt to add to my giant collection!

  • Jimmy's Hideaway

    (originally published on August 7, 2011)

    On our last vacation evening in Ptown, we finally had dinner at Jimmy's Hideaway. We've stopped by many a time, only to be told there was no room at the inn. This year, we made a ... RESERVATION. And we were seated at the best table in the house -- in the back room by the window with a lovely view of the garden and the harbor beyond.

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    These adorable little bits of art were right by the doorway.

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    We started off with a couple of appetizers -- tofu wings fried and tossed with house made hot sauce. I think I was the one at the table who liked these the most. They were really good!

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    Everyone else devoured the mini beef wellingtons with mushroom duxelle and a roasted shallot garlic demi. 

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    I ordered the Portuguese cod -- pan seared and served over basmati rice and topped with linguica, kale, kidney beans, and roasted tomatoes. It was hearty and totally delicious.

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    The Mr. had the oven roasted pork tenderloin with a mango and ginger pan gravy.

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    N ordered the lamb special.

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    And mom enjoyed the free range organic Statler chicken breast with a herbed lemon and sage rub in a roasted shallot au jus. 

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    We ended the meal with a yummy key lime tart.

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    Jimmy's was well worth the wait. I'd even make another reservation!

  • 4th Annual Family Barhopping Night

    (originally published on August 4, 2011)

    Four years ago, we started a family barhopping tradition in Ptown. We try to mix it up every year by going to different places. Last year we held the East End Edition, which quickly turned into the Splash Dash. We chose more centrally located bars this time around and, although it called for rain, we managed to escape Splash Dash II.

    We started out low-key at John Dough's upstairs, outdoor bar.

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    We had a great view of Commercial Street and did a lot of people-watching.

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    We also usually order some appetizers and snacks at each location. Below are the scrumptious Asian wings.

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    While everyone else ordered beer, I had a mango-ginger daiquiri. 

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    We then moved to Saki, a sushi and sake bar that is more like a Boston lounge than a Ptown bar. Its located in a building that used to be the Church of the Pilgrims. Love that!

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    The Mr. and I both had saki flights. He had the Honjozo Ginjo flight.

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    And I had the Junmai flight.

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    N. had some sort of yuzu drink and a very cool cat cup. With a purple twisty straw.

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    We then moved on to Napi's. They have a small bar so we weren't sure if we'd be able to get a seat. Its an awesomely festive and cozy place.

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    As luck would have it, we ended up with four chairs at the bar, some lobster rangoons, a few scallop wontons, and some drinks.

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    We then ended the night at the Governor Bradford, where I always order a mudslide. And where they have drag karaoke every night. This particular night was rowdy and the packed crowd had clearly started much earlier than we had. 

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    Next year will be our 5th Annual so we're getting Tshirts!

  • Flying Lobster

    (originally published on August 3, 2011)

    One of our beloved summer traditions is to go to Moby Dick's in Wellfleet for a lobster dinner. 

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    Moby's has fun, eclectic decor -- a huge compilation of all things nautical.

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    I especially love their massive menu boards with handpainted depictions of the food. There are a million choices.

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    But we were here for this!

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    Its a BYOB establishment -- the Mr. and N had beer. I had prosecco.

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    My 1 1/4 lobster -- I have trouble wrangling anything bigger than that. In fact, one of the claws on this guy was particularly troublesome and it ended up slipping through my cracker and flying across the table in N's direction. Oops. 

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    The Mr.'s lobster.

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    N's fork -- which played a major role in the most dramatic moment of the dinner when she was trying to get some meat out of the knuckle and ended up flinging a piece of the shell high in the air. It landed with a nice thunk in the middle of the table of the people behind us. They all jumped in surprise and looked around suspiciously. Like a 5 year old, I pointed at N  -- "she did it!" Still cannot stop laughing about it!

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    We left with full bellies and in our wake, some traumatized fellow diners and lobster carnage.

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