Archive for August, 2009

Great food in Provincetown, Cape Cod (MA)

Once again, we rented a lovely house in Provincetown for a week this summer. We had a really wonderful time. We enjoyed some old favorites and stumbled upon a number of new ones! I thought I’d share all of the food related ones here should find yourself in that area sometime soon. And if you only have time to read one thing in this post, skim till you find Hatch’s Fish Market – our best find yet. If I find a few more spare minutes I’ll try to write up good activities to do with the kids.

Frappo66
The food is really good, and pretty quick. Go there for brunch! You seat yourself and then order at a counter. They have great indoor and outdoor seating. They do have high chairs, but you have to ask for them. We were there for brunch and I highly recommend the French Toast Texas-Style – YUM! Their side of bacon is nice too…dry, crispy and not too greasy.
214 Commercial St, Provincetown
http://www.frappo66.com/

Lobster Pot
Large menu, good food and not too fancy. They are open all day so it is a great spot to hit for an early lunch or dinner with kids. My favorite entree is the Portuguese Fish – order it! While I haven’t had it for years, I also really liked the Seafood Linguini. And of course, the lobster is great. I would not recommend the Crabmeat Salad Panini, there was a lot of mayo and other items taking away from the crab and making the sandwich really goopy.
321 Commercial St, Provincetown
http://www.ptownlobsterpot.com/

Big Daddy Burritos
Nice little take out place. It is down a little plaza of shops on Commercial St, which can make it hard to miss, so definitely look a map. A good marker is a kids toy store right next to it, with its store front on Commercial. It may look like a dive but the menu is great, fresh ingredients and something for everyone from beef (what I had) to catfish (Jeromy had them and I tried a bite – yummy) to tofu and veggie fillings for burritos,  quesadillas and soft tacos. They even make their own salsa daily.
205 Commercial St, Provincetown
http://www.bigdaddysburritos.com/

Central House at the Crown and Anchor hotel
Very delicious gourmet menu and slightly fancier environment. We have been there twice now and both times they have been totally cool and accommodating for the kids. They even have a kids menu. We do of course always arrive pretty early.  They have a nice open air seating area, which is where we always sit.
247 Commercial St, Provincetown
http://www.onlyatthecrown.com/centralhouse/index.php

Provincetown Portuguese Bakery
I usually have to stop there a few times each visit. They have so many things that remind me of my childhood growing up in Macau. A couple favorites are the salted cod cakes and the sweet Bolas De Berlim, which are fried donuts with a creamy custard filling rolled in sugar. Yum. They have lots of great breads and other sweet treats. They even serve some hot savory items at another counter in the shop. I have yet to try anything from that menu but come close every time I’m there. Timing just never really worked out.
299 Commercial St, Provincetown
No website, so here’s the yelp link.

Far and Land
A nice little grocery. But the best part are their prepared foods, treats and sandwich counter. They make a mean egg, bacon and cheese, english muffin sandwich in the am.
http://www.farlandprovisions.com/

The Fudge Shop
Diagonally across the street from Big Daddy Burritos, on Commercial. Try the white chocolate Almond Bark – super good. I’m not normally a fudge fan but Julia let me try her Peanut Butter Fudge and it was awesome.

Hatch’s Fish Market
We did a lot of cooking while we were there and are so thrilled to have found this place. They had the most amazing fresh fish and produce. It is so great it feels like you should hear symphony music as you walk in. You will want to by everything. Try not to drool too much.
310 Main St, Wellfleet
http://www.hatchsfishmarket.com/

Arnold’s Lobster and Clam Bar
If you want a super satisfying fried food fix, this is the place to stop. and other healthier options. There is also an ice-cream stand on the property.
3580 State Highway, Rt 6, Eastham
http://www.arnoldsrestaurant.com/

Do you have any favorites that you don’t see here? I’d love to hear about them.

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August 12, 2009 at 4:01 pm 1 comment

CSA Share – Weeks 8 and 9

Week 8: Carrots, Beets, Zucchini, Summer Squash, Cucumbers, White New Potatoes, Fresh Garlic, Sweet Corn, Green Tomatoes, Swiss Chard
PYO:  Perennial herbs and flowers, parsley, varieties of basil, dill, cilantro, hot peppers, green beans

Week 9: Carrots, Ailsa Craig Onions, Zucchini, Summer Squash, Cucumbers, Red Gold New Potatoes, Fresh Garlic, Sweet Corn, Fairy Tale eggplant, Green and Purple Peppers, Baby Fennel
PYO:  Perennial herbs and flowers, parsley, varieties of basil, dill, cilantro, hot peppers

This week my step-daughter (Julia) was visiting and my husband had the day off from work so we had a great time going to the farm together. Julia was amazed with the amount of vegetables we got to take home and had a great time in the fields doing PYO, tasting tomatoes and beans right off the plants and cutting a nice bouquet of flowers. We ended the evening with a cookout at our house with the 2 other families we split our shares with when we grill zucchini and squash we had just picked up. It was a great afternoon/evening.

Last night we had friends over and served our favorite Vegetable Slaw with the cilantro, chives and hot pepper we picked at the farm on Tuesday. It was our best batch yet. Well, I should say Jeromy’s since he has made it every time, perfecting it a little with each batch. He used a little less cilantro and red onion and only a quarter cup of oil. For cabbage it was 70% purple cabbage, 30% napa cabbage. We also had jicama this time which was really really great it in. I highly recommend you try it.

While we’ve thoroughly enjoyed everything we’ve gotten from the farm there were 2 that really stood out. The 4 pints of green beans I picked last week that we sautéed with olive oil and garlic, so simple yet so so delicious. And the maple syrup we finally cracked open to pour over some blueberry pancakes. Our farm partners with other local producers to bring its shareholders even more local goodness, one of those items is maple syrup from Wilman Gadwah, a small-scale producer in Bethlehem, New Hampshire. It is truly great maple syrup! I’ve made a note to buy some extra toward the end of the season to carry us through the winter – yes it is that good. I’m not sure where you can get it other than the farm, if I find out I’ll post.

Our farm: Waltham Fields Community Farm in Waltham, MA

August 8, 2009 at 2:06 pm Leave a comment


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