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Sharks in the Park in Chatham

It seems that every August and usually throughout summer you can hear the visitors talk about Shark sightings and even the movie Jaws returns to the Chatham Orpheum Theater on Main Street. This year they return again in May to Kate Gould Park in Chatham as part of the "Sharks in the Park" 45 sharks are swimming through the park and created by local artists and represent local businesses in Chatham. They will be in the park until The first band concert and then they will be moved onto the lawn of the Eldridge Public Library and there will also be 36 seals for visitors to "hunt"and find in the various shops on Main Street . The Sharks will go on to be auctioned off at a Shark Gala on August 1 and visitors can stop by the Visitors Information Booth for a passbook booklet so they can get their seals stamped as they find them at the local merchants. Each person who hands in a completed book, will be given a Beach ball and registered in a drawing. At the end of September six gift bags will be given out to the winners who have found the seals. The Shark Gala will host the auction of the "Sharks in the Park" and the proceeds go to the Chatham Shark and Marine Life Research Center. All in all it makes for a fun summer. Have fun on your hunt through Chatham.

Along the Breakfast Trail at The Dockside

Harbour views and good food are a great way to start the day and there's an awesome place to catch the ever changing views of Hyannis Harbor and dine on some delicious food in Hyannis at The Dockside on School Street. Their menu offers lots of different choices and old breakfast favorites, as well as a few daily specials all reasonably priced and equally delicious. My friend decided on the Western Omelet with green peppers, onions and ham served with homefries and choice of toast. I chose the Three Cheese Omelet served with two strips of bacon, one sausage, homefries and choice of toast. The choice of bread is white, wheat, english muffin or bagel ,which I think is a great option most restaurants don't offer. The coffee was good and our waiter was awesome and made sure our cups were filled. The home fries were perfectly seasoned with onion and garlic ever so lightly. Between the views, great food and good service I would definitely return again.

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Along the Breakfast Trail at Centerville Pie Co

Pies and breakfast could become the healthy start of the day, especially if you stop by the Centerville Pie Company in Centerville on Route 28. It's just a little pie shop in a strip mall or so you think but all that changes once you step inside this quaint clean cafe. It isn't very big but it is very customer friendly and cozy as you can watch the chef prepare your breakfast or drool as you watch the pastries coming out of the back kitchen. Any way you look at it, this isn't your usually breakfast stop and you'll be thinking about more than just breakfast. The menu offers a good selection of breakfast choices but we all decided on Charlie's Choice which included two eggs,homefries, toast, two strips of bacon and a sausage patty for under $8.Our waitress was the best and kept our coffee mugs filled with hot steaming well brewed coffee and breakfast although it seems simple was a masterpiece and perfectly cooked. The homefries were seasoned lightly and toasted to perfection. The whole experience was one of my top breakfast experiences and we all cleaned our plates with great ease, and the frequent passing of the girls bringing pies and pastries from the back kitchen made us contemplate a slice of pie. We even tried to justify it because we didn't have pancakes or french toast. You got to have something sweet after a good savory breakfast; don't you? We did and as we ordered a slice of Chocolate Cream Pie and a slice of Key Lime Pie, and my other friend Naomi ordered a slice of Apple Pie. Dorothy joked about her choice and called it a plain one, that is until we tasted how delicious it was well seasoned with cinnamom and nutmeg. They even have Four Seas Ice Cream to top it, if you choose. So all in all get out to Centerville Pie and you will find more than breakfast delicious. The Bakery has lots to choose and they even have frozen pies to take home.Thanks Centerville....You do it Good

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Herring Run like Life

Life is a little like a Herring Run and I revisit Stoney Brook in Brewster to remind myself of this every year. The smell of nature free of smog and toxins awakens my senses and as I smell the scent of fresh fish swimming upstream, I am reminded how amazing this life is. The stream was especially bountiful with herring and the seagulls were not present looking for their next meal, so it made my venture a pleasant one. It's amazing to watch nature in action and living here on Cape Cod, I am blessed with lots to witness. May your upstream swim be an easy one and your travels be well spent.

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Along the Breakfast Trail at Sea Street Cafe

Breakfast the best way to start your day and it's always best when some prepares it for you and cleans up. That's the way I feel as I travel along the breakfast trail and it's been interesting to see chefs who are passionate about their cooking and presenting some very creative options. The Sea Street Cafe is located in Hyannis on the corner of Sea Street and South Street offers a great menu on which you can build your own breakfast by putting together your favorite selections. I was tempted by Lemon Bluberry Ricotta Pancakes served with warm Bluberry Syrup or the Bananas Foster French Toast with  banana slices sautéed in brandy, butter, cinnamon and brown sugar finished with fresh whipped cream.But instead  the eggs were calling me and I decided on two eggs over easy with Applewood bacon, potato melody and toasted french baguette. The eggs were done to perfection as was the bacon and the potato melody was lightly seasoned carrots with white and purple potatoes toasted lightly and very flavorful. The baguette was toasted nicely but a little chewy which lead me to believe it had hit the microwave at one time. The other bread choices were english muffin and 12 grain which I have to say will be a good choice next time. My friend decided on the three egg French Omelette with cheddar cheese which was also cooked to perfection light and fluffy. My other friend choose the Corned Beef Hash  with two poached eggs on top, potato melody and french Baguette. The eggs were also cooked to perfection and the Corn Beef very flavorful with shredded beef and chopped potatoes. The coffee was rich and flavorful and we were able to get ours refilled to joyfully complete our breakfast experience. Now this is a place where I will return for sure and their lunch menu also looked great and I am told that their Cape Cod Reuben and Meatloaf Panini are best, so my breakfast search might lead to a lunch visit for sure.

In my experience with friends and co workers I have learned that some people stick with their favorite breakfast place because they are sure of the service and quality of food, but I say venture out there are so many choices out with great food.If I didn't venture out I would have never had experienced that great Potato Melody....Thanks Sea Street Cafe!!

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On The Burrito Run at Bass River Burrito

I love Mexican Food but sometimes you just want something a little different and when you are on Cape Cod, you just gotta have seafood. Well on this Friday I decided to give Bass River Burrito a try and their Lobster Burrito. It was a large white flour tortilla layered with flavorful well cooked rice, bite size pieces of fresh lobster claw and knuckles, tender black beans, cheddar cheese, wrapped with baby spinach ,sweetened with carmelized onions and a dash of cilantro-lime sour cream, which was light on the cilantro but a good hint of lime to add zest. I have never tried anything like this or even tried to made it, but for sure I will be experimenting on this. The flavors all enhanced each other and the combination was beyond good. All in all it was a delicious and inventive way to serve Lobster and I will be returning to try their Seafood Burritos served on a white or wheat wrap, with a choice of scallops, shrimp or scrod, rice, cheddar, black beans, finely shredded cabbage, cilantro-lime sour cream and Pico de Gallo. They also have a Bacon Cheeseburger Burrito with chopped steakburger, shredded lettuce, cheddar, Pico de Gallo, carmelized onions and Applewood smoked bacon. I think I will be making many return visits. Check out their menu and see all they have to offer. Bass River Burrito is on Route 28 in West Dennis.

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Cooking on Cape Cod with All Cooks Supply

Cooking is an art. One may follow the traditional family recipes and try to recreate the memories attached to each meal;but it's also creativity and discovering new ingredients and incorporating them into food favorites.Sometime because of time constraints we get bogged down and end up with fast food, take out or frozen foods. In our mad dash to get through the day we may loose healthy ingredients in our rush to get the food on the table. There is tons of information out there in cook books, the internet and televsion for us to choose from. But the the trick is gettting inspired and finding the right tools to make our experience of cooking a fast, easy, fun and healthy adventure.So for me I grab my information in pieces from those cookbooks, televsion shows and research on the internet. I have tons of recipes that are gathering dust but this year part of my resolution was to try and create new ways of cooking.Most of all I looking for an easy clean up too. I find here on Cape, we are lucky to have a lot of specialty shops with spices and cooking tools to inspire us beyond the normal one stop store we often choose because we are in a rush for time.So as you are out and about and driving by one of our many stores stop by and see what they have to offer. After having breakfast one day I stopped by the All Cooks Supply in Hyannis on Main Street near Percy's by the the Train Depot. I had always driven by and thought that they were pricey or just a supply place for restaurants. But All Cooks has lots to offer in tools and cooking device beyond your wild imagination and even meal presentation.The prices are reasonable and the inspiration you will get just looking around will be unmeasurable. Now its one of my favorite spots for finding new tools to help me create and make cooking fun.You will be surprised and inspired, even finding the right knife will change cooking.Have fun.!!!!

Along the Breakfast Trail at The Route 28 Diner

Okay we are still stepping back in time Along the Breakfast Trail and in South Yarmouth at the 50's style Route 28 Diner. All I needed was my black and white oxford shoes and a little juke box music.The menu is reasonably priced with some good choices and the service is fast, at least when it came to the meal. I would have loved to have my coffee refilled a little faster, as I had to remind my young waitress a few times.And while we are on the subject of coffee, it was a little weak and not as good as some of the other coffee that I had tasted at varies stops Along my Breakfast Trail. I know I have always said that a good coffee makes the breakfast but this weak coffee didn't interfer with my delicious breakfast experience. I decided on the Route28 Plate which included 2 eggs,2 sausage links,2 strips of bacon, homefries and choice of bread. My eggs over easy were cooked to perfection and the bacon was crispy and flavorful. The sausage seemed to be be the precooked kind and the homefries were mildly seasoned but good. Your choice of bread could include a bagel if you wanted and I thought that was a nice addition.All in all its a good stop with good food.

Along the Breakfast Trail At Ihop

Fun and lots of flavor can be found at the IHop in Hyannis for under $10 or less. I have to admit I have been to the IHop in the past and the coffee was the worst but the times they are a changing and good coffee can be found again at the IHOP. So the beginning is great and a look at the menu has my mouth watering and my waistband exbanding, but what the heck the start to a good day is to have a good breakfast and skipping lunch will help. I had to try the Brioche French Toast with a choice of Caramel Apple, Strawberry Creme or Classic Bananas Foster. All three are great and enough to satisfy any sweet tooth with rich caramel and creme sauces.You also have a choice of how you want to compliment it with a choice of eggs, hash browns, sausage, bacon or ham and all for $10 or less depending on what you choose. Breakfast doesn't have to be expensive to be good and although I like to support my local family owned restaurants, The IHop does it good.

Along the Breakfast Trail At Larry's Px

It's Chatham's Best Breakfast Since 1955!!! That's what the menu states and as I walked inside it was kind of like stepping back in time. It's a combination of a small variety store and Diner but the Diner section is a lot bigger than one might imagine from the outside. Breakfast choices are good and reasonably priced.Some called it old fashion but I call it Cape Cod Nostalgic, it takes me back to a simpler place in time and brings back some fond memories of days gone by. I love breakfast but hate the clean up, so going out for breakfast is always a treat. I always look for something different or a new and creative dish is always interesting to try. Today 's choice was The Avocado Omelet with cheese, homefries and toast. Everything was cooked to perfection and the choice of an avocado sliced in an omelet was delicious. The homefries were lightly seasoned and not greasy but cooked well. A great breakfast stop and I would return again to Larry's Px in Chatham on Route28.