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Provincetown, the "Outer Cape," and Wellfleet Too


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Your pasta dish sounds and looks like spring. I have a sea glass obscessed friend so always on lookout. My best find was a glass fisherman's net float (pale blue) on the ocean side of a sand spit 4 hours north of here. Love imagining all the places it had been. 

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19 hours ago, heidih said:

Your pasta dish sounds and looks like spring. I have a sea glass obscessed friend so always on lookout. My best find was a glass fisherman's net float (pale blue) on the ocean side of a sand spit 4 hours north of here. Love imagining all the places it had been. 

 

If not for the salt, it would have been delicious.  They just opened for the season on Thursday, so I am sure they will smooth out the kinks. 

 

I have never found anything as spectacular as your net float.  They sell them occasionally in antique stores around here but that's cheating.  Maybe someday!

 

Yesterday we drove up to Provincetown.  It was a windy day, so our beach walk at Herring Cove was a bit short.  My sister and niece waited in the car while my husband and I went for a brisk walk.

 

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Dinner was at Mews

 

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Menu

 

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My sister and husband's cocktails.  My sister's was a cucumber lemon drop, and my husband had a mezcal negroni.  They seemed to enjoy them.

 

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My niece wanted the breadsticks

 

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We also got shrimp cocktail for my husband and I to split.  

 

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And my sister and husband shared the lobster dumplings

 

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My sister had a tuna from the specials menu.  It was huge

 

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I chose the scallops with artichoke pesto pappardelle.  This was very nice

 

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My husband had the lobster tacos. He enjoyed these and said they were a little spicy but not so much as to obscure the taste of the lobster.

 

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And my niece chose the shaking beef.  She loved this and ate every bite.  It came with rice on the side and she ate all that too.  

 

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For dessert we got three of the four options they offered to taste them all. Key lime pie.  My niece basically took this for herself.  I got a small bite though.  I like frozen key lime pie the best (I usually make the one from Nora Ephron) but this one was good too

 

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A berry chocolate mousse torte.  We all liked this, especially the berry layer on the bottom, but abandoned most of it in favor of the two other desserts

 

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And our favorite, a mango semifreddo with coconut sauce

 

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After dinner we walked around a very quiet town.  Here's the famous Lobster Pot.  I'm not a fan, but maybe will give it another try someday

 

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And we made it back to Wellfleet in time for sunset at the beach near the house

 

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My sister and niece are heading home today, and I'm not sure where my husband and I are going tonight.  We have reservations for a special dinner tomorrow night, so might just do something simple.

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15 minutes ago, gfweb said:

I respect good neon.

 

Which might be the best thing about the Lobster Pot.

 

Do you, @liamsaunt, ever pop into the legendary Old Colony Tap?  Or have pizza at Spiritus (which surprisingly isn't bad, especially when it's the end of an evening)?

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On 5/18/2022 at 9:30 AM, gfweb said:

@liamsaunt   I respect good neon.

 

Me too!  I took this picture last year when it was dark.

 

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On 5/18/2022 at 9:49 AM, weinoo said:

 

Which might be the best thing about the Lobster Pot.

 

Do you, @liamsaunt, ever pop into the legendary Old Colony Tap?  Or have pizza at Spiritus (which surprisingly isn't bad, especially when it's the end of an evening)?

 

I have had Spiritus pizza, and it is perfectly acceptable for Cape Cod.  It's definitely better than some of the other pizza options out here!  BTW I went by Pop and Dutch yesterday but they are not open yet for the season.  Their sign said they are opening this weekend.  

 

Yesterday my niece and I went to the farmer's market in Wellfleet.  It's in a clearing near town.  

 

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There was not much for sale other than salad greens and baked goods at this point in the growing season.  My niece got this mocha cupcake from one of the bake stands.  She said it was a nice balance of chocolate and coffee

 

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Beach photo of the day.  Herring Cove in Provincetown.  As you can see, it was much calmer.  We did not even need jackets to walk on the beach.  I found a handful of sea glass.  

 

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My sister and niece left yesterday afternoon, and now it is just my husband and me.  We decided to go casual last night since we have a big dinner planned for this evening, and we went to the Pearl.  Menu pictures

 

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I only noticed the note about the cash payment discount when posting these photos.  We paid with a card and were not charged the service fee.  Odd.  (BTW that extra charge is legal in MA as long as it is disclosed on the menu or on signage when entering the restaurant.  This is the first time I have seen it personally, but I have certainly read complaints about it in my local restaurant groups).

 

Husband's cranberry margarita

 

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Banging shrimp appetizer to split

 

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Husband got a lobster roll ($42.  Lobster is really expensive this year, so that price is not too bad.  Ignore the dreaded lettuce @weinoo 🤣 )

 

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I ordered the pan seared cod with lemon beurre blanc.  It was a huge piece of fish, too big to finish.  

 

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We were too full to even consider dessert.

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39 minutes ago, rotuts said:

@liamsaunt 

 

wonderful stuff !

 

thanks for the menu's

 

they note on the menu they charge 3.9 % fr using a card.

 

is this common on menu's these days ?

 

Not too common in restaurants at least down here.

I think its smarter to build -in the expense to prices... just like any other cost of doing business.  I can't imagine that an increase of 3.9% would even be noticed by patrons.

 And cash can be  PITA in its own right.

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@gfweb 

 

interesting points , all good ones 

 

for me , I appreciate the choice of not rewarding the electronic middle .

 

I was under the impression there were laws prohibit '  a discount for cash '

 

or an added fee for CC.     

 

this is an opts out or oupt i9n sort of thing.

 

this would send a few shudders down the MC/Visa line.

 

for the price of a wonderful meal w relatives ,

 

Id take cash , by stopping by an AMT 

 

maybe over the course of a few days ?

 

 

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For years a lot of smaller places wouldn't take American Express because the service charge was I think 3% and other cardscloser to 1%. Then things evened out as I recall. Even today I have the fee in my head and ask if they would prefer cash. if I have it. Courser with all the cash back prgrams it is a different game for the customer.

 

That color on the cod is nice. 

 

 

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4 hours ago, liamsaunt said:

BTW I went by Pop and Dutch yesterday but they are not open yet for the season.  Their sign said they are opening this weekend.  

 

Oy - I wish you had asked; but yes, a couple of days away.  Seems like a few places pushed back their openings this year.

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4 hours ago, liamsaunt said:

 Ignore the dreaded lettuce @weinoo 🤣 )

 

Oh god, even worse than shredded, which at least doesn't potentially all slide off the bun at once.

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My God. Shrimp and grits! That may be as far north as I’ve seen them.

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5 hours ago, Kim Shook said:

Gorgeous food and views.  My best friend of almost 50 years is in the process of moving to their retirement home in Orleans.  All these photos and restaurant reports are making me more and more excited to visit!  

 

Orleans is a lovely town.  We rented a home for a week there last summer.  It has a lot to recommend it--beautiful homes, nice beaches, the big grocery store is there, and if you like baseball, the town has a Cape Cod Baseball League team--the Firebirds--that you can watch for free.  A number of MLB players go through that system before they head to the big leagues.  

 

We finished our week in Wellfleet with a splurge dinner at Ceraldi.  This restaurant does a prix fixe seven course menu.  This year the price includes either a reserve wine pairing or a house made soft beverage pairing with the food.  Husband did the wines and I tried the soft pairings.  Since I am still too full to go to sleep, and we have to be out of here tomorrow early, I figured I would post about it now.  Tonight's menu:

 

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Restaurant interior

 

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Welcome beverage.  Mine is a cinnamon soda, and husband's was a sparkling rose 

 

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The meal always starts with an oyster.  This year we got three!  They were all delicious, but the rhubarb was my favorite, and my husband chose the sea bean one as his favorite.  The chef said the hot sauce on the third one is sold at the Wellfleet farmer's market, but I must have missed that booth on Wednesday.  I would have bought hot sauce if I had seen it.  

 

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First beverage pairing.  Wine was a Gaja Ca'Marcanda Vistamare.  We actually have some of this in our wine room at home.  The soft beverage was a rhubarb cordial.  It was interesting.  

 

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Next up, the asparagus course.  This was our favorite dish of the evening.  The fondue was decadent.  It was paired with a lemon tellicherry tonic, which was quite spicy.  

 

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The soup course was filled with mushrooms, vegan, thickened with potato.  Wine pairing was a 2019 Domaine des Diables L'Hydropathe, and the soft pairing was a lavender-basil tonic.

 

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The panelle in the next course was really good--creamy and crispy, and we loved the olive puree underneath.  This was paired with a carrot, ginger and turmeric juice.  I usually just have sparkling water with my meals, so only tried a few sips of most of the soft pairings, but I did finish this drink.  

 

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At this point my appetite was starting to flag, and we had three more courses to go!  Luckily, the halibut course was small.  It was delicious, perfectly cooked, and the leek butter was wonderful.

 

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The wine pairing was a 2020 Artisan Vignoble du Reveur, and my pairing was a bitter apple tonic

 

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Next up, the risotto course, paired with a 2015 La Poja Allegrini and a balsamic fig soda

 

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This was delicious, especially the figs with blue cheese on top, but I could not finish it.  Too.  Much.  Food!

 

Final course: dessert!  We've had this mousse here before.  I should have had them package one to take home from the outset, because there was no way we could eat two of these.   The wine pairing was a Pio Cesare Vermouth di Torino, and my pairing was a bitter digestive tea made from raw honey and dandelion.  Despite the odd presentation, I actually really liked the tea.  The dessert also came with an espresso.  

 

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The sad result of being served a delicious dessert when you are completely full. 

 

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That wraps up this visit.  We'll be back in Wellfleet the week of July 4th for more sunsets and seafood.

 

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14 hours ago, Kim Shook said:

Gorgeous food and views.  My best friend of almost 50 years is in the process of moving to their retirement home in Orleans.  All these photos and restaurant reports are making me more and more excited to visit!  

 

7 hours ago, liamsaunt said:

Orleans is a lovely town.  We rented a home for a week there last summer.  It has a lot to recommend it--beautiful homes, nice beaches, the big grocery store is there, and if you like baseball, the town has a Cape Cod Baseball League team--the Firebirds--that you can watch for free.  A number of MLB players go through that system before they head to the big leagues.  

 

 

And a really wonderful seafood market (or two)!  Cape Cod baseball has, for a long time, supplied the majors with some outstanding players over the years.

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9 hours ago, liamsaunt said:

We finished our week in Wellfleet with a splurge dinner at Ceraldi.  This restaurant does a prix fixe seven course menu.  This year the price includes either a reserve wine pairing or a house made soft beverage pairing with the food.  Husband did the wines and I tried the soft pairings.  Since I am still too full to go to sleep, and we have to be out of here tomorrow early, I figured I would post about it now.  Tonight's menu:

 

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What a fantastic way to end a lovely holiday … and happy (belated) birthday, @liamsaunt 🤗

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