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Along the Breakfast Trail at The Daily Paper on Main Street

When you find a great breakfast spot with lots of great choices and you are like me out there looking for the another great spot, you often just have to return to a favorite spot and see if they are still cooking up that favorite breakfast you remembered. Well at the Daily Paper on Main Street in Hyannis, I have never beed disappointed and I love their other location on West Main Street in Hyannis as well. But the favorite is for me is the Main Street location for some reason and it could be because of their homemade Honey Wheat Bread which is so flavorful and yet they don't get enough accolades about it's great taste. The menu choices for breakfast are vast and their blackboard specials are inventive and remind me of good old home cooking at its best. On this cold rainy morning, we ventured in for some good old Cape Cod goodness and found it in all the specials but had much difficulty in deciding on just which one to pick. My brother picked the Meatloaf Special which include two egg,which he had over easy, home fries and toasts. The meatloaf was light and very flavorful and the combination was very savory. I picked the French Toast special with Bluberry Compote, eggs over easy, bacon, home fries and sausage which satisfy my savory and sweet breakfast cravings. The coffee was hot and delicious and our waitress was awesome and kept our cups filled. All in all, if you haven't been there, you need to stop by. Thanks Daily Paper for yet another Great Breakfast.

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Quahog Hunting For the Best Stuffed Quahog at Marshland's

Well yesterday was National Clam Chowder Day and here on Cape Cod you have one of the best selections of Clam Chowder recipes from fast food to fine dining. It all depends where you are along the many scenic routes and what kind of atmosphere you choose for your dining experience. I have been on a quest for a great rich flavorful stuffed quahog and although I have tasted many, my favorite comfort place is always Marshland. I have been to all of their three locations and each location does the recipe proud and you won't be disappointed wherever you go to try it. Their chowder is a good rich thick creamy compliment to a hot savory stuffed quahog, especially on a cold February day. But their sweet savory buttered quahog with just a hint of spice and linguica is the best comfort food for me. I have a Portuguese heritage and cooking the quahog stuffing with a little linguica really kicks it up a notch and what first sent me on the trail of finding a good stuffed quahog was seeing a video on the Food Channel with Duff Goldman. Since I have tried them at all of the Marshland locations and introduced my friends to their savory goodness. I even had a friend purchase six to take home and another lady who lives alone and never tried linguica bought two home to get her through the week. So if you are out there on the road stop by and try a great stuffed quahog and if you know of another place that does the quahog justice whether it be chowder or stuffed, just let me know. Have fun along your dining trail, but if you want to be adventurous here is a good recipe for stuffed quahogs.

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Along the Breakfast Trail at The Olympia Restaurant

My mother always said if you are out and about and looking for a great place to eat, then go where the crowds are. I have been driving by The Olympia Seafood And Lobster House Restaurant on Route 28 in Yarmouth and watching the parking lot filled with patrons and thinking that I should try this place. On the weekends the parking lot is always busy so I decided to try them on a weekday and they were still busy with some hungry local customers. The inside is casual Cape Cod and nautical. The menu was very reasonable with the usual breakfast choices and at first my thoughts were this is too good to be true, but they proved me wrong and served up a delicious breakfast fast and warm. The coffee cup was small but the staff never left me with less than half a cup of good rich flavorful coffee. I ordered the eggs over easy with linguica, home fries and a buttered grilled english muffin, while my friend ordered scrambled eggs, bacon, home fries and raisin toast. Her bacon was crispy and well cooked. All in all the crowd is right and for just under $18 our breakfast was good. So once again along my trail I have found yet another great place for breakfast. We sure are lucky on Cape Cod to have so many great places and good choices.

Along the Breakfast Trail at The IHop Again

Nothing like a place that will serve breakfast all day for those of us who just can't seem to get our bodies going on a cold February morning. Nobody does it better to satisfy my sweet and savory cravings in the food chain business than The Ihop and since their coffee got better; it's a great place to eat. Most choices are under ten dolllars and the most difficulty you will find is trying to decide on just what to have as your combination mini buffet. For me the Double Dipped  Brioche French Toast with Blackberry and Vanilla or the Double Dipped Brioche French Toast with Bananas, Chocolate and Reese's Peanut Butter sauce seemed a little overboard but my choice had a good amount of calories too. My decision was difficult between Red Velvet Pancakes or Rasberry White Chocolate Chip Pancakes and I went with the White Chocolate. I also had to go for savory too and needed my eggs over easy, hash brown, bacon and grilled english muffin. It's was all so good and the best part was that I took half the pancakes home for dessert later. My friend opted for the French Toast with scrambled eggs, bacon and hashbrowns which was also so appealing. The breakfast was good and it has always been my experience that the Ihop delivers a great breakfast and is worth the stop. I know that I will be back again, once I have worked off those calories for such a delicious indulgence.

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Along the Breakfast Trail At Old Harbour Cafe

There is another hidden gem in Chatham at 75 Old Harbour Road and it's The Old Harbour Cafe. They are open for breakfast and lunch with good home cooked quick meals and an unrushed casual atmosphere. Breakfast choice are simple and you can easily build your own breakfast as I did. I ordered the two eggs, bacon, homefries and toasts with an addition of a savory delicious well cooked pancake all for under ten dollars. The bacon was crisp and cooked to perfection and the homefries were simple, yet very good. My friend had her two eggs scrambled with homefries, raisin toast and hash all for under eight dollars. Their coffee was delicous and the waitress was the best. So it just goes to show us all that Cape Cod is full of great breakfast locations sure to please, when you are out there traveling around. Don't miss this place for local nautical Cape Cod charm.

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Along the Breakfast Trail at Hole In One Again

It's been a gloomy week despite all the beautiful Christmas decorations popping up along my travel trails and I was in need of some good home cooking, so I returned to one of my favorite comfort spots on Cape Cod in Orleans, The Hole in One. The summer crowds are gone which means that I don't have to wait in a long line for my scrumptious breakfast choice, which always includes a stop at the bakery before leaving. Their bakery takes me back in time when cup cakes and doughnuts were actually made fresh in the bakery with no preservatives and the taste was so rich and delicious. Their prices are extremely reasonable and worth every bite. They have Mostess Cupcakes, Pop Tarts that are beyond your imagination and so many choices you will have trouble deciding what to get, but that's okay it will keep you going back. I always believe it you are going to cheat you might as well choose something good that will be well worth the calories. And good food is always found at The Hole In One as well as friendly service. Their menu offers lots of good choices and their coffee is awesome. I love the Hole In One Special which includes three eggs any style, two slices of bacon, a sausage patty, ham, homefries and toast. Their Fairway Benedict is also delicious with two poached eggs served on top of a grilled cheddar cheese,bacon, scallion biscuit with rich creamy hollandaise sauce served with crispy homefries. I try to make it a point to try something different each time I go and my go home favorite from the bakery is always a huge chocolate doughnut with coconut which is beyond delicious and definitely worth the cheat. So if you are feeling depressed this winter drive on down to The Hole In One in Orleans or Eastham and you soon be feeling happy again. Have fun on your Breakfast Trails and follow me on Facebook Cape Cod Food Lovers.

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Along the Breakfast Trail at The Spoon and Seed

There is new breakfast spot Along the Breakfast Trail off Independence Drive in Hyannis and it is The Spoon and Seed. Their menu  is somewhat limited but offers some different and delicious breakfast choices and their staff are friendly and willing to make your dining experience a good one. My friend had the Eggs n' Hash which included two eggs, which she had scrambled, hash, homefries and toast. The hash was simple and flavorful as were the homefries. My other friend had the Omelet with broccoli, spinach, Vermont Cheddar Cheese and a grilled foccacia bread, but she needed a little savory with her meal and added a pancake and some bacon. I tried the Cheesy Grits which had slow cooked red beans on the cheesy grits, topped by an egg over easy and thin slices of crispy slow cooked pork belly. The dish was lighly seasoned with a good smokey flavor and it all blended well together. I needed some bread and ordered a Vermont Cheddar Biscuit which had a nice light cheddar taste but I missed not having a choice of jams and jelly to top it with. They offer a homemade jam for fifty cents which I am sure would have been good, but I wish they could have been offered a sampling so that I could decide if I would like it. I think that they might sell more if they did. The food is good but I wish they would have more selection but in time I am sure that their menu will change. One of the things I love best about Cape Cod is our breakfast choices and The Spoon and Seed offer some different choices for sure.

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Peruvian Cuisine on Main Street in Hyannis at Tumi Cevichi

Sometimes traveling along the food trail can be a life changing experience if we are willing to venture off our daily paths to explore new foods and cultures.  I am Portuguese and miss a lot of my favorite Portuguese dishes and the Cape would do very well with a good Portuguese Bakery and Restaurant. But the Cape is expanding and there is more than seafood and chowder to be found out there and certainly a lot of great chefs with delicious food. Tuck away down one of the side alley ways off Main Street in Hyannis lies a small quaint Restaurant with Peruvian and Italian delights called Tumi Ceviche. One of their popular offerings is Ceviche which is a popular dish from Peru and Latin America made of fresh raw fish cured in citrus juices and spiced with aji or chile peppers. It is also flavored with varies seasoning like chopped onions, cilantro and complemented with sweet potato, lettuce, corn, avocado and plantations. They offer a good variety of choices of cerviche and although I was not adventerous to try it, my friend loves it and alway makes sure to order it whenevershe goes to Tumi. I tried an Peruvian Empanadas, which is a turnover stuffed with chicken and Peruvian spices. It was very favorful and a must try for anyone looking for a safe but delicious exploration in Peruvian cuisine. Since I am on Cape Cod I had to try some seafood and ordered Jalea which is Peruvian fried seafood (flounder,scallops, shrimp,calamari, clams),served with choclo (Peruvian corn), fried yucca, salsa criolla. The fresh flavors from their the salsa criolla made what might be a bland dish so very flavorful and earthy and the fried yucca was delicious with a lightly spicy dipping sauce. If you are a lover of lamb then order their Lamb Osso Bucco, Peruvian style, braised lamb shank with aji amarillo, Peruvian beer, vegetables, cilantro, served with shiitake mushrooms risotto, white kidney beans pure. A friend who loves lamb say it is the best. Lomo Saltado is Sautéed beef sirloin, tomatoes, onions, aji amarillo, served with roasted garlic rice and crispy potatoes. The beef is cut into strips and very flavorful and aji amarillo is a lightly spicy sauce. And if you are a paella fan then try their Peruvian Paella with shrimp, scallops, clams, mussels, ½ wood grilled lobster, calamari, jazmin rice, aji panca, romesco pepper. It comes served up in a big bowl and will be one of the best tasting and most memoriable paella that you will experience.

This is a restaurant that I will be returning to because the presentation is just as good as the food and the ingredients are fresh. They are open for lunch thursday through sunday and have a Prefixed Menu until 530pm for those of us who would like to explore more of the menu.

LUNCH: Thursday through Sunday from 11:30am to 4:00pm
DINNER: Everyday from 4:00pm to close

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Hidden Treasure in Chatham

Traveling Along My Breakfast Trail has given me the opportunity to meet some great people in my varies restauarant stops and find some great hidden treasures. On one of my trips through Chatham I found a great bakery at the Chatham Village Market off of Route 28 on Queen Anne Road and some of the busy summer shoppers there didn't even notice just how great this place was. A must try is a buttery crossiant square filled with a choice of leeks and cheese, tomatoes and olives, or spinach and cheese. I have tried all three and they are delicious cold or warm and I have made Chatham a weekly stop for me just to get them. My hunt for a good bread has been satisfied at this great stop and I believe that they have some of the best breads on Cape Cod. You may think I am foolish, but I come from a town where there were tons of Portuguese bakeries and they know how to make good bread and I found it difficult to find good bread here on Cape Cod. They also have some great breakfast sandwiches for those of us who love to sit by ocean and enjoy the fresh air with a good cup of coffee. All it takes is just a quick stop and a good look around and you will be hooked as I am when you see all the great bakery items and prepared foods that this market has to offer.

Along the Breakfast Trail at The Mill Restaurant

Still haven't run out of great places for breakfast and this week's trail took me to the The Mills Restaurant off of Route 149 in Marston Mills.It's off the beaten path and offers some great innovative and traditional breakfast and lunch choices sure to please anyone. It is a modern cafe atmosphere and the hard decision will be deciding on what to try.  One of my friends always seems to chose the two egg special scrambled with home fries and toast which was great and a bargain for under five dollars. The home fries were delicious red bliss potatoes roasted and lightly seasoned. The "Whole Farm" is two eggs, two silver dollar pancakes, two sausage, two bacon, and a fresh fruit cup which was enough to satisfy anyone sweet and savory appetite. I chose the "Meat Lover Omelet" which was packed with crispy bacon, diced ham, bite size pieces of savory sausage and Vermont Cheddar Cheese with toast and home fries, which was very good blend for the person who can't decide on their breakfast meats. The coffee they serve is Beanstock which is good and rich. It's clean and their menu leaves me wanting to try more and it is difinitely a restaurant that I would return to.

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