It's a wonderful time on Cape Cod and this past weekend I was all set to do a craft show, one problem the one I planned on going to is not till this coming weekend in Hyannis. So what do you do when you have no money and time on your hands. Well, we did a little shop hopping, and had a fun time doing it. Now the way I write is normally from end to beginning, so now that I am this point and realized just how much we did do I am not going to boar you much with a lot of other stuff. I am going to just let the business report do the talking. We have a good time, with good weather, and a good time with good people. Hope you take the time and check it all out, you won't be disappointed.
This weeks business report is more like a town report, but it is a great destination. The village of Dennis on 6A where Old Bass River Rd dead ends into. Now not to say there are more shops along the way and up and down in both directions but concentration is on the shops between Hope Lane and the Cape Playhouse driveway. First I will say I did a report on Pleasant Hill designs and Gifts recently so I am going to go east from there. There is plenty of off street parking around the post office which makes it nice to park and walk to the shops and then some. There are a couple of nice restaurants Finn and Scargo Cafe that you can check out at their websites, we have eaten at Scargo Cafe for lunch and it was very good. Finn I have only had a tasting at the Christmas stroll two years ago. You will need to ask around to get more information on these eateries, since I do not have much experience with them.
First there are 2 brand new shops, the first one faces 6A and is called GoodFellas Gelateria, this exactly what is says it is, a Gelato shop, please note note that they only accept cash or checks, no plastic But I will say they have a wonderful selection and have a daily special and the prices are quite reasonable, their hours 11-10 weekends and 11-9 weekdays, July & August 10-10. Next is another new shop right behind them called Sapori d'Italia, flavors of Italy. This is a mother/daughter adventure that we are getting excited to go back to. They are like an Italian deli, with the meats, cheese, antipastas, olives, wines and some fresh bag-gets. This shop is planning on being open year found and is presently open 10-7 Monday-Saturday and Sunday 12-5. You want a taste of Italy check this place out. Third is Nancy's Candy etc. I have reported on her shop a couple of times. You like chocolates this is a great local shop to get them, but she also has some great Cape Cod gifts to take home with you She is open 10-5 daily. But don't think you are done here yet, next door to Nancy's is a a shop called Scout Vintage Home & Garden. This is an eclectic shop with some things that can go either in your house or in your home. You have to visit this place to appreciate it. Now heading back and around you will find a place that I have fallen in love with and all through the Christmas Stroll. Gail Turner's Mill Stone Pottery Shop. She is open Monday - Saturday 10:30 - 5. You can often find Gail sitting in her shop behind her pottery wheel making something. The fun thing is she is know in the area having been an art teacher for many years. If you don't see something you like ask her, I am sure she can come up with something for you. Heading to the back there is the Harvest Gallery Wine Bar. This is place features a full-service wine bar, a gourmet bar-style menu, and vibrant live music. They specialize in a raw bar a tapas menu and ciabatta bread pizzas, and that's not all. So check out their sight for entertainment schedule and for current menus, fun, fun, fun. The next to last place is call the Underground Bakery. Folks how have I gone without this place. They open at 6am every day of the week, and close at 5 am Monday - Saturday and at 3:30 on Sundays. They do breakfast and lunch, menus, now warning, most of there stuff is a take and go, although they do have a couple of small tables or you can take it sit outside. We found this place by accident during this past years Christmas Stroll and it was so crowded we could not even get near the place, then forgot about it, until this past weekend when we were out and about. All I will say they have hummus and the wife is now on a mission to get back there and try them out. They also do catering so if you have special needs like a wedding, graduation, retirement, or what have you, check these folds out. Last but not least on the east side of the post office is a place called Deep Blue; they bill themselves as fresh design, vintage furnishings, eclectic gifts and art. These are locals that own and run the shop, a lot of the stuff they sell they make themselves. Prices are reasonable and items that you are not going to find a lot of other places. They are open Wednesday - Saturday 11-5 and Sunday 12-5, however for July and August they are open Every day of the week. Seriously a cute place that deserves your checking out.
Like I said there is a lot more up and down the street and just off the main drag, you will just have to go check it as as there is too much to put all in this round. I hope you take the time as I think you will find is every bit of that old world charm that Cape Cod is so known for. And please tell them the CapeCod Rockhopper sent you, nothing special will happen, except a funny look and maybe a laugh or two. Have a great time strolling and shopping.
Well tis the time that comes every week about now, to tell of tales and,,Oh wait a minute that is another story, for now why don't I just go do my rounds, you know make a check on the oil tanks, make the climb to the lamp room and clean the lens, and trim the wick and chase out any unwanted visitors like gulls that have found their way inside. And finally check all the windows and shutter and be sure they are secure for the night. Hop you have an enjoyable time while here on the Cape and to all you locals, be nice and be patient, these folks support many of our neighbors, family and friend's businesses. And may the weather be more than you every hoped for or expected it to be. Have a great and wonderful and until we meet again.
This week, I have pulled a recipe from a coastal baptist church communal cookbook that is over 42 years old and came to me by way of my mother-in-law and someone who gave the book to her. The recipe is not as out there as one might think but it's like finding a fine gem or pearl in a unsuspecting oyster or mussel. It is fun to discovery and reminds me of recipes that really are not that hard to make and are over the top delicious to eat. So before my hunger overtakes the pages of the book or the keys off my laptop, let's get this show on the road, and I hope you love this as much as I do. Oh ya this can also be done with Shrimp or Crab as well.
This weeks recipe: Lobster A La Newburg
- 2 cooked Lobsters , chunked (boiled about 1 1/4 lbs each),
- 2 Tbsp butter
- 1 cup cream
- 3 egg yolks
- 1/2 lb mushrooms, sliced
- 1/4 cup sherry (add more to taste)
- 1/4 tsp onion
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1/4 tsp red pepper
Cook butter, salt red pepper, grated onion and mushrooms slowly in a saucepan for about 5 minutes. Add sherry and simmer slowly for 3 minutes. Beat cream into egg yolks, add lobster, Cook mixture in saucepan, stirring constantly until thickened. (You don't want the sauce to stick to the bottom of the pan.) Service at once on hot toast, or rice. (You can also do a seafood newburg by adding two or three different seafoods into this recipe.)