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Tasting the Best Fried Clam before Columbus Day

This is when the sadness of the end of summer really hits me as many of my summer favorite spots that I love to partake of those delicious sweet delicacies from the sea really gets limited as most close for the season. But we still have time and with the weather permitting to celebrate our own personal end to the season and maybe explore some of the Top Ten Fried Clams  spots as voted by the patrons and readers of the Cape Cod Times. For me living on Cape Cod is an adventure each day and fresh seafood is an awesome perk to some of the best vistas that nature has to offer and there is always an unexplored restaurant out there who works hard on their craft of cooking and waiting for the right customer who will enjoy their presentation. As legend goes it was somewhere around 1916 in Maine. when a man called Lawerence "Chubby" Woodman who owned a small grocery store with an equally small concession stand that offered homemade potato chips tried frying the clams. Chubby and his wife experimented with several batters to come up with just the perfect recipe for their inventive creation and hence the fried clam was born. All along New England we travel and partake of those sweet tender crisp bites of seafood goodness. We all have great memories attached to them as they signify the end or the beginning of a season filled with endless possibilites. For me the top ten all dseserved their just honors as they created some awesome memories for all who traveled to or live on Cape Cod. I have my personal favorite places that are attached to memories and taste and my top favorite is Kreme 'N Kone in West Dennis on route 28 and on rte 6a in Dennis I love Captain Frosty's with their tender flavorful clam cakes too. Most of the time on Cape Cod it's just a matter of where you are traveling and feel the urge to taste the flavors of the ocean. We certainly have more than 10 restaurants or roadside stands where you can partake of some great sweet Fried Clams and I hope you clam lovers get a chance to get out there to taste some seafood goodness before the officially end the season. If you find someplace awesome share it here or with friends. I love for people to share their great dining experiences because it often opens up my taste buds to new flavors. Just one thing I must say as I end my blog when served those hot little tasty clam bites, don't keep them covered when fresh out of the fryer as the steam will make the batter soft and not crispy. Have fun out there and may your dining experiences be tasteful and delicious.

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Along the Breakfast Trail at The Chatham Filling Station

The days may be cooler but there is always lots to explore and always great restaurants to try here on Cape Cod. Traffic is calmer and life becomes as it should, slow and easy as we can travel the back roads and explore all that nature has blessed us with in the beautiful vistas that make the island such a treasure to all. Some of our favorite restaurants have moved on as the family traditions dwindled and others who have adventurous spirits seek to make their claim of the american dream. The Chatham Filling Station on 75 Old Harbour Road in Chatham has been open since May 2017 and are ready to awaken your taste buds with some very flavorful twists on a great breakfast and lunch menu. Their menu offers a southern/ southwestern flair to enhance your dining experience with cheesy creamy grits, saucy black beans or golden crisp hash browns as your side choices. Your meat choices are also inventive with cherrywood smoked bacon, country ham, maple sausage, pecan smoked shoulder bacon or andouille sauasge. And they have not forgotten their Cape Cod roots with a savory offering of crispy fish cakes sure to make you feel like a fisherman starting your day with a full stomach of goodness. They have a great baking background and you won"t be disappointed by their popovers, buscuits and breads which add extra flavor to those french toast choices. I enjoyed the two eggs scrambled with the creamy chesey grits, pecan smoked shoulder bacon and a delicious popover. My friend decided on raisin french toast and was excited as the dish arrived with thick slices of heavenly dusted savory pieces of heaven as she described it. The waitresses are friendly and the service is very good. Their coffee is rich and boldly flavorful sure to begin your day with a good burst of energy adding to a wonderful breakfast dining experience. Click on my above links to further explore your breakfast choices. Thanks Chatham Filling Station I will return again. Follow me on FaceBook ....Cape Cod FoodLovers

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Traveling to Peru and Mexico in Hyannis

New restaurants come and go on Cape Cod and finding just the right niche is very difficult but if it comes from love, it can be unstoppable. I have been to Tumi Ceviche Bar and Restaurant in Hyannis several times and truely enjoyed my meals with every visit. So when I learned that they had another restaurant in Hyannis, it was challange to see if they could do it again and after several visits I can honestly say that Casa Peru Fusion is a must stop. The fusion is a mixture or peruvian and mexican/spanish crusine all served up fresh to order by a family who's love shines through to their presentation and flavor. If you are a little hestitant about trying something new they have a prix fix menu for just twenty dollars that will certainly convert you as a regular customer as it has done to me. They start you out with a choice of a glass of wine, beer or a margarita and  a choice of appetizer or taco, followed by entree and dessert. I love their Empanada which is a flaky puff pastry filled with a melt in your mouth chicken and cheese mixture and an aji amarillo drizzle, which is a mediuim spicy chille sauce. I have also tried the Carne A Sada which is a soft taco with grilled steak, onions, cilantro and a delicious chimichurri sauce, which is made from fresh parsley, garlic and vinegar, but sometimes they add oregano and crushed pepper for an added zing. It is a essential sauce for argentinean cooking and has been a cooking favorite of mine for grilled steak. The awesome fresh favor makes your steak dish come alive.If you are afraid of mexian spicy food then try the 1/2 Roasted Peruvian Chicken which is slow roasted after being marinated in beer and spices for 24 hours and served with mexican rice, Peruvian black beans and an avocado salad. The flavors totally blend to make this a very delicious and melt in your mouth dish. If you like beef than try the Churrasco A Lo Pobre which is a grilled skirt steak, served with a sunny side egg, salsa criolla, chimichurri and Tacu tacu (carmelized pinto beans and rice). They also serve burittos which are huge and will awaken your taste buds into a heavenly blend of herbs and spices as well as fajitas, enchiladas, and quesadillas. The dessert is the flavor of the day and their Fried Ice Cream which is just right way to end a meal that will make you feel like you have taken a trip off Cape to a Heavenly Spot called Casa Fusion which a fusion of love. Thanks Casa Fusion for all you do to make a dining experience awesome!!!!

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Sunset Dining at The Yarmouth House

Everyone loves a great deal and excellent food is sometimes a hard combination, but I found both at The Yarmouth House  in Yarmouth. While looking for a good place to celebrate a friend's birthday with a great cozy atmosphere, we decided on old faithful favorite and visited The Yarmouth House one sunday afternoon and were surprised to find an interesting deal with an awesome appetizer. We started our meal with a large fried wonton wrapper which was shape as a bowl to hold a lobster ragoon mixture and triangular wonton chips for dipping. It was truely inventive with a creamy seafood goodness sprinkled with scallion and ginger. It left me thinking about recreating this dish at home. The waitress informed us that besides the regular menu choices which are all great and entincing, we could order off of the "sunset special menu". We were out to celebrate and we wanted to do it up right but my friends wanted to savor the roasted stuffed turkey with stuffing, whipped potatoes and butternut squash. I decided on the meatlof with a rich mushroom gravy, whipped potatoes and butternut squash. Our meals were delicious with a good homestyle comfort but we only ate half as we wanted to make room for our complimentary dessert. My friends who seemed to be in union this sunday orderd the Apple Crisp with vanilla ice cream, whipped cream, caramel sauce and candied walnuts. I had to different and orderd the Peppermint Ice Cream Cake and was not sorry about my sweet choice. I am happy to say that the event was a success and a real good deal at under $25 per person. Thanks Yarmouth House you are still keeping up the tradition of serving great food!!!!

 

Quahog Hunting For The Best Stuffed Quahog at Chatham Squire

Is it a big clam or a quahog ? Well it's kinda both and if you are looking for a good stuffed quahog at the Chatham Squire Restaurant then you best look for the stuffed clam. The price will seem high at $8, but don't let that scare you off because it's more than enough for two people or two meals. The stuffing is lightly seasoned with small bites of clams,linguica and topped with melted cheese. It's has now become one of my top five stuffed quahog on Cape Cod and that is what the Cape is all about Great Seafood. While their menu can be a bit pricey, they do have great supper and lunch specials. The night that I visited I tried their Salmon with a light orange liqueur glaze and orange slices with rice and fresh green beans which was flavorful and good. It also started with a choice of salad or soup of the day, which was a rich flavorful Leek soup served up hot (which is a rare occurence at most restaurants). And for a mere $15, it also included a very delicious Lemon Creme Cake, which really made my Salmon dish complete with it's rich light citrus flavor.So if you are down in Chatham stop by and check out their specials and that large stuffed Clam. Thanks Chatham Squire for a great meal!!!

 

 

Super Bowl Cooking to a Touchdown

Go Patriots!!​ Love them I do and I will be watching as I always do, for my favorite team to win and its a chance to celebrate with great food. Here on Cape Cod there are plenty of great places out there with big screen televisions that make you feel like you are at the game and delicious food to enhance your viewing pleasure. For me its a chance to prepare a feast of my favorite foods and try some different game time treats to ease through all those commericals and time outs. This year I have decided on a White Bean Chicken Chili with a Jalapeno Cheddar Cornbread. ​Gucamole is a must and this week the markets knew we needed lots of them so you can find them on sale just about anywhere. I am making a traditional gucamole and a New England version Lobster Guacamole for the team support. And what is football without some PigSkins, which is potatoes skin with pork sausage, bacon, proscuitto, ham and cheese. Lucky for me the supermarkets are stocked with lots of snacks and desserts to make my preparation easy, its just a matter of choice and what you or your guests might like.  My drink of choice besides the usual beer choices will be The Fourth Quater Punch which will blend together some healthy orange juice, gin, Campari and Ipa Ale. There are so many choices for themes and recipes out there, so decide and have fun. Wings, burgers/sliders, grinders, pizza, dips and ribs. Have fun tomorrow and celebrate with the people you love. We all need more fun and good food.

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Quahog Hunting For the Best Stuffed Quahog at The Mills

All Quahogs may be created equal but it's what the Chef does with them that makes them outstanding and The Mills knows just how to give the Quahog it's just homage. As I have written before and tasted along my journey, not everyone know just how to prepare a savory stuffed quahog but The Mills, seems to have everything on their menu down pat. I stopped by on a cloudy cold day and the cheery and very helpful waitstaff brought sunshine to my table as well as some awesome dishes. First of all they had me at coffee, with a rich hot great tasting cup of coffee and from that moment on I knew that this would be a great dining experience. It wasn't my first stop here and they haven't drop the ball and continue to provide great memoriable dining. My search for a great stuffed quahog has left me sampling lots of unmentionable tasteless, frozen/reheated, highly salty and even burnt presentations . The Mills provided a great presentation as well a savory flavorful stuffing with fine chopped quahogs and small bits of linguicia. It was so delicious and fine tuned in its blend of flavor that it left me craving for more and I am will be returning to order more and try their lunch menu. But this was with breakfast, and it made my breakfast feel a good Cape Cod addition. Because I was trying the quahog I ordered a simple selection of two eggs over easy with red bliss homefries and a grilled english muffin, but nothing is simple at The Mills. The homefries had a great lightly seasoned grilled taste which  could make them a stand dish on their own. On list of the Best Stuffed Quahog on Cape Cod The Mills is in the top four and one I will return for more stuffed quahogs  as well as their other menu selections. Its well worth a visit off of Route 28 on Route149 in Marston Mills. Follow them on Facebook as well as me on Cape Cod Food Lovers . Thanks to all the staff at The Mills for an awesome dining experience.

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Quahog Hunting For The Best Stuffed Quahog at Brax Landing

Happpy New Year ​and may all your food experiences be good ones out there and I hope that you will share them with friends. I have a web site on Facebook called Cape Cod Food Lovers which shares recipes and food experiences and I hope that you can join me on that site. I love dining out and we are lucky here on Cape Cod to have some great restaurants and food choices as well as some great scenery. I have been on a quest of sorts for some great stuffed quahogs and you might think that is easy, but I asure you its not for I have been served some tasteless and sometime burnt offerings with far too much salt. But I wish not to talk about my bad experiences but rather my good experiences and so I shall. I was given a tip by a parking lot person that Brax's had the best stuffed quahog and I have read reviews on the restaurant site but you can't always go by them because in my dining experience I have seen some very difficult diners out there. I ventured out to Brax Landing and love its comfortable New England  atmosphere with great views of Saquatucket Harbour. The wait staff were all friendly and the menu offered good choices. I was very much impressed with the presentation and full rich flavor of their savory stuffed quahog and I am happy to say that it is in my top three favorites and one that you should not miss. It's flavor is simple with onions, peppers, bits of chourico/linguica, and great bits of fresh quahogs. Brax Landing is an awesome restaurant and pays special attention to pleasing people and one bite of their food will tell all. Thanks Brax for an Awesome Stuffed Quahog!!

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Falling Through Cape Cod

Fall on Cape Cod is upon us and there are lots of places to visit this weekend and through the Fall season. The decorations are well underway and the fun is all around us from great dining to fun shopping. Get out there and find your Cape Cod favorites and share them with friends and family. Don't forget to visit Kate Gould's Park in Chatham for Oktoberfeast this weekend. Have Fun and don't forget to try your favorite Fall Vegetable Soup in a Pumpkin for a great taste.

 

 

Along the Breakfast Trail at Bonatt's Again

It's Fall and as we move closer into winter, our choices for great breakfast meals gets slimmer, as some of our favorite places close for the season. But I believe the Best Breakfast's can be found here on Cape Cod and there are lots of places that thankfully remain open to help us locals make it through those cold dreary days of winter. Once you found a great spot, the return can only be better and such is the case for my return to Bonatt's Bakery and Restaurant in Harwich on Route 28. My stop here lead me to try a savory fall favorite, the Apple Crepes filled with warm cinnamon apples and ricotta served with two eggs any style. I decided on over well for my eggs, as I didn't want to mix yolks with all that cinnamon apple gooodness and it really made my meal an awesome  breakfast choice. My friend savored her Veggie Omelette with peppers, onions, broccoli, spinach and cheese and crispy lightly seasoned homefries which she devoured and enjoyed. The decision wasn't easy but I knew that whatever choice Bonatt's delivers a great breakfast. Thanks Bonatt's for a great meal!! Looking forward to Meltaway French Toast or Caramel Apple Pancakes before the season ends.

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