Ok so we have the next installment of Wineries, Distilleries and Breweries. This week we are starting with Truro Vineyards of Cape Cod, located in North Truro just off of 6 on 6A also known as Shore Rd at the corner of Shore and South Hollow Rd. Also found online at trurovineyardsofcapecod.com, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. This Month we have a couple fun things to promote, first very Wednesday, we host "Wine and Dine", which is a food and wine/cocktail pairing event. There are 5 small courses that is paired with one of the Truro Vineyards wine or sometimes even a cocktail.These are ticked events and they do sell out so get on line pick one, pick all four and have a wonderful night pairing wines and food. Next is Every Sunday, we host "SundayFunday" where we extend our hours until 7pm. The bar and food truck stays open, while there is also a raw bar with oysters and we have a DJ come in as well. This is a free event to attend, the food and bar however does cost but the fun is all free. And don't forget they do tastings every day, what a wonderful way to try them out before you buy buy buy. Thank you to the gang at Truro Vineyards for keeping us all informed. Also don't forget if you really love their wine, they have the wine club and can ship all over the country, what a great way to keep a little Cape Cod in your life year round. Also
South Hollow Spirits is next part of the Robert's family interests, the spirits side of Vineyard. Are you ready for this: Rosé gin (yes you read that right) comes out in August, they are hoping for the 1st but that has not been confirmed absolutely the date but keep your eyes open as this should be interesting and tasty. Also they have a new tasting area dedicated to the South Hollow has now been constructed right next to the Wine Hut a very nice pavilion/ gazebo that will be dedicated to their Rum and Gin tastings in good weather, otherwise it's inside. If you have not tried their Gin and Rum you are missing some might fine spirits. They just keep on coming with the good stuff. Now they do have their own website at http://southhollowspirits.com/, so check them out and go enjoy.
Next up Cape Cod Winery: Find them at the corner of Rt 28 and 4 Oxbow Rd in East Falmouth. Or find them online at: capecodwinery.com, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Erika sent me the following: We are open 7 days through Labor Day and have live music most Wednesday & Friday evenings 5pm-8pm. We also have events such as yoga and paint nights booked through August. We have added an event calendar to our website where people can go on and check out what events we have going on. They have added a wonderful tented pavilion to do their tastings during the summer and fall and to host special events in. It is nice because you don't have to worry about the weather, while it might be rainy outside you will be nice and dry. Also stay tuned as their wine club is coming soon. They are doing such a good job it is fun to see this business really taking off.
You might ask how can I be so supportive of both wineries, well first they are at two different ends of the Cape and I really don't believe they are in competition with each other. Two they offer such different products that you can enjoy both without taking away from either other. And last I am happy to call each friends and I am here to help promote local Cape Cod business not drive a wedge of division. there is plenty of room for both groups and One we don't mention too often that being Nantucket Winery, only cause they don't send me anything to post, but they are still part of the Cape Cod Wine scene and do it very well.
Last but not least, my friends at Cape Cod Beer, find them in Hyannis on Phinneys Lane just past Attucks Lane, also online at capecodbeer.com, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. First up : I know this is like last minute notice but, as of July 27 there will be 2 new brews being released at the brewery only, Cirtra Crush Pale Ale and Citra Blond, I will be there during my lunch hour making a double growler purchase for me and my son coming to visit this weekend. Total Yum here. Well let's turn our sites to August. First the Friday night Farmers Markets continues from 3pm - 6pm. On Monday nights at 5pm is Paddle & Pints
meet at Hathaway’s Pond and spend about 1-1.5 hours exploring this quiet picturesque 20 acre kettle pond. Afterwards head over to Cape Cod Beer located just .3 miles down the road to enjoy a pint of the Cape’s finest craft brewed 21+ and there is a cost so sign in and sign up there is a cost for this event. The next Yappy Hour will be help on Tuesday 14 from 4-6 This is a *FREE* VERY CASUAL 2 hour event – so grab your pooch and head on over. If you have ever wanted to try or learn more about PickleBall then August 18th from 12pm-3pm, This is a fair weather even so stay tuned to the weather, but what fun. There is so much going on I can not begin share all that is happening. Go to the website and go under events and for the beer releases check under (guess what) Our Beers and check two categories At the brewery now and coming soon.
Also be sure to check out our other establishments around the Cape, Naukabout Beer in Hyannis and online
, Hog Island Beer Company in Orleans at ww.hogislandbeerco.com
, Devils Purse Brewing in South Dennis and www.devilspurse.com/home
. Also don't forget our friends at Cisco Brewing on Nantucket Island and Offshore Ale Company on Marthas Vineyard in Oak Bluffs or http://www.offshoreale.com/
. The Cape is a real Vineyards, Spirits and Brewery destination, come and take a week or weekend and discover what Cape Cod has to offer in the liquid libations category.
Since I have been reporting on the wineries and distilleries It's time to report on some Chocolate shops. First up in North Truro is Chequessett Chocolate, located at 8 Highland Rd, North Truro or on Facebook and at www.chequessettchocolate.com and on instagram. Their chocolates are premium crafted and are beyond what you are used to. So what for them at farmers markets and shows, and go check them out online and at the shop and give these sweet confectionary treats a try. You many never go back to anything else.
However speaking of others, I have to mention The Chatham Candy Manor, located at 484 Main St, Chatham on facebook. Personally I believe they have some of the best house made truffles anywhere, and there chocolate bark is to dye for. They have milk chocolate, dark chocolate, white chocolate (not really chocolate but still out of this world). Covered this and covered that, dipped this and dipped that and the fudge oh my. I am not a big fudge eater but when I want some this is the place I head for. Yum to the Nth degree. So when you are down Chatham way, check them out.
This time of year good restaurants are around every corner. We are so blessed to have so many that are top quality places that it is hard to get them all in. And the bigger problem is I don't have the funds to eat at all the ones I want to as often as I do. We have Mexican, Jamaican, Asian, Thia, American and the obvious Seafood. We have breakfast and lunch, lunch and dinner, just dinner and then there are the ice cream parlors. We have family and those local places that cater to anyone and everyone, to those that cater to the upper end of the budge and to those that can afford 100+ a person, just to look at the menu. Sorry you won't find me reviewing many of those, not because I would not enjoy them, but because that is out of my budget, and besides we have so many other places that I can and would enjoy so much more. And personally my reports are for the real middle class folk who go out once in a while and want a good meal for a good price. So this summer do what you can to get our there, utilize 1/2 price deals, cape cod daily deals and any other online or coupon book to lower your costs, then go and enjoy, whether you are on vacation or here year round. We have so much to offer that we overlook some of those smaller places that have fantastic food and fair. As soon as I am out to a new place I will be giving you an update and review as it happens. And until then, eat health, stay wealthy and wise and live to eat not just eat to live and enjoy every bit of life, especially here on old Cape Cod.
Welcome to you all, and what a wonderful summer we have been having here. The only thing that could be a little better is we so desperately need some rain. But the benefit to the tourist is that no rain means go, go, go and beach, beach, beach. I will say it also makes it nice for those coming and visiting the light house tower and grounds. I will say though the last few evenings we have been relying heavily on the beacon and fog horn as visibility has been down to between 0 and 1/4 miles. That's pretty much due to the dew point being so high. But we have been fortunate in that we have not had any incidences with our fishing fleet and I have not heard of any recreational boaters getting caught out there. On the other hand we continue to hear those reports of more and more great whites in the area. We even have a report of one of our fisherman ending up with one on the end of his fishing pole that was unexpected as he was trying to reel in a striper. The other warning I need to pass on is that there have been some pretty strong rip currents up and down the outer cape and along the south shores. Remember folks if you find yourself in one of these move side to side, then once you find ourself out of the pull move inshore. Do not try to fight it in the stream or you will quickly find yourself loosing a battle you cant win.
So with all that information, I hope you are having a wonderful summer. We still have a good 5 and 1/2 weeks to go before Labor Day. Remember we are open every day of the week right now with plenty of parking and yes the Mrs is still backing those wonderful cookies for everyone who can handle them. She tells me I handle them too well, I think I need to try a few more to make up my mind on that one before I agree to quickly. Well I hope to see you soon and for those who have already been here, thank you so much and to all have a great and wonderful especially if you are doing it right here on old Cape Cod.
Well can you believe it we are at the end off another month and time for another cheesecake. With summer here I wanted something that would be light and airy yet refreshing as a dessert or later evening treat. I think I have found it with this recipe. As usual please look over ingredients before you just dive in but I think if you choose to take this one one you will find it really is not that hard and pretty easy and tastes even more. So put on your chief's hat and dawn your apron and let's get busy and let's blow everyone away with this summer treat. Oh and did I say NO BAKE, Now on with the show,
This week's recipe: Lemon Cream Cheesecake
8 1/2 oz chocolate icebox cookies (1 pkg)
1/4 cup melted butter
8 oz cream cheese, softened (1 pkg)
6 Tbsp sugar
1 tsp vanilla (real stuff please)
2 each egg yoks
1 env unflavored gelatin
2 Tbsp cold water
3 each egg whites
1 cup heavy cream, whipped
1 oz sq. semi-sweet chocolate
Juice & rind of 1/2 large lemon (grate rind)
Process cookies in food processor or blend until they becoe crumbs. Blend in melted butter and press into a 9 inch round pan, bottom and sides. Combine cream cheese, sugar, vanilla, the lemon juice, and grated rind. Beat in the egg yolks. Soften gelatin in 2 tablespoons cold water until dissolved. Add to the cheese mixture. Beat the egg whites until stiff but not dry. Gently fold the egg whites into the cheese mixture then fold whipped cream into egg white mixture. Fill the crust and chill for at least 3 hours. Before serving, grate chocolate and sprinkle around edges of cake and a bit in the center.
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