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Friday, August 23, 2013

Windy in Wellfleet or Proud in Provincetown?

It's Friday and this will be my last post from the great Cod that we call the Cape. I'll be back on Monday with more delicious recipes and tips. If you liked my adventures this week, thanks for tagging along! If you didn't...thanks for bearing with me for a week. Anyhoo, yesterday's adventures brought us to Wellfleet since it was the annual Carnival in Provincetown and the crowds were everywhere! We headed down to Wellfleet by car (our initial idea of biking was nixed after a morning of tennis in the hot sun) and off we went to our favorite rooftop by the bay - Pearl. It's a great inside/outside restaurant next to Mac's on the Pier, and serves portions 3x the size of Mac's! Thinking of eating light (though we had beers and later ice cream...but I said thinking so don't judge), I had a fun summer salad, little baby spinach sprinkled with walnuts and feta and surrounded by a flower-like display of strawberry slices. I asked for grilled salmon and was delightfully surprised to see it topped with enough fish to feed 3 people! Alex's lobster roll was a traditional hot dog bun stuffed to the gills with huge ruby red chunks of fresh lobster meat! Yum yum!

Now let's talk fish...we had a grilled feast for dinner last night after our Wellfleet excursion. Using white and purple eggplant, fresh corn on the cob, and zucchini coins (again I know, but we just love zucchini in the summer!), I lightly seasoned the eggplant and zucchini and grilled on both sides until dark char marks made pretty designs on the veggies. The corn was par boiled for 20 minutes in a few inches of water, wrapped in foil with a tiny bit of butter/olive oil spread (usually I use spray butter) and grilled until golden. We cooked thick pieces of swordfish on a sadly slowly dwindling charcoal grill, along with toro, and a few shrimp skewers. Though it took awhile, it was worth the effort! Dessert, which as you know is of extreme importance, was ice cream from Sweet Escape, on of our go-to local places with a looooong list of interesting flavors and more of that blueberry pie from Wellfleet (it is vacation, after all). Took a 7 mile bike ride around the Provincetown beach trails to work some of that off, but it was well worth it! Happy summer! See you Monday.

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