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Doug the Quahog Predicts the Summer

Quahog Day on Cape Cod and time for Doug the Quahog to predict our summer weather. Yesterday at the Flying Bridge Restaurant in Falmouth the weather was sunny and cool as Doug entered the harbour escorted by the harbour patrol boat and a crowd was eagerly awaiting his arrival at dockside. It's a tradition that has been going on for seven years now and is the launch to a Cape Cod summer of fun. The Flying Bridge did an awesome job serving chowder and their version of "spa water" which was free to all. Nicole Oliverio, a news reporter from channel 7 WHGH  was the guest host and took the stage with Doug for the prediciton.  Matt Pitta who does the morning news on WFCC 107.5  looked like one of the body guards for Doug dressed in black. Also present were Karen Blake and Ralphie Marino from WQRC 99.9 our Cape Cod ambassadors for news and fun every morning. All in all it was fun and the food was delicious. Doug predicted 80 days of good weather but no matter what the weather, we are in control of what we love to do. Let the summer begin and enjoy. Be safe and drive careful.

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Along the Breakfast Trail at Jack's Ouback2

It's like a treasure hunt finding Jack's Outback2 at 161 Route 6a in Yarmouth Port, but one well worth it. In previous years when owner Jack Braginton was alive it was a crazy fun place to go where you were your own waitress and picked up your food at the kitchen window once it was prepared and there was always Jack's antics that made it fun. But the good food continues and a great friendly staff now serves you a breakfast you will not long forget. It's a cute cozy place to eat with all the charm of being in New Engand and if you find a Golden Retriever or two on the steps on your way in, don't be afraid. They are your welcome embassors to an awesome breakfast experience. Popovers seem to be the great new breakfast crave and Jack's outback does it up well. They are light fluffy and melt in your mouth as are any of their homebaked muffins and more. The home fries are delicious and seasoned lightly with onions and their homebaked beans are awesome with onions and molasses goodness. My friend had Poached Eggs with Spinach and Hollandaise on top of potato pancake which was a delicious special. I had the Portugues Omelet with linguica, peppers, onions and cheese that was cooked to perfection. They also serve a Lobster Benedict that is one of the best I have eaten. Breakfast choices could leave you dizzy but whatever choice you make will be a good one and making you want to return to try more. They even give you choices of kielbasa or Italian sausage with eggs. Thanks to Jack's and their super staff.

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Rolling Back Prices at Marshland Restaurant

It's Marshland's 14th Anniversary this year and they are celebrating the 14th of every month by sharing a "Rollback Menu" with prices of some of their specials at 2001 prices. I have been to Marshland for breakfast and the food was good, so I thought that I would try their "Rollback Menu" and I walked away impressed with some leftovers for later and an awesome food experience. I ordered the Clam Chowder which was thick and creamy with a nice clam taste and good bites of clam. Their Stuffed Quahog was big with a savory cracker crumb stuffing with good bites of quahogs and it was everything as promised from the Food Channel Best Bites with Duff Goldman. The Cobb Salad was fresh with tender flavorful grilled chicken and one of the best Cobb Salad that I have had out. My friend chose the Meat Loaf, which was well seasoned with squash, mashed potaotes and a tasty mushroom gravy. I have to say that I couldn't finish all my salad and took the rest home, but only because I had to make room for desert and I am so happy I did. The Grapenut Custard was a rich thick square of creamy grapenut heaven with a dollop of whipped cream which was so good I didn't stop until it was gone. Mashland has several locations but two on Cape Cod. The original Marshland is on Rte 6a in Sandwich and Marshland Too and Too's Tavern is next door to the Heitage Plaze in Sandwich. Whichever one you choose you will be sure to experience good food and a favorite restaurant that you will return to. Thanks Marshland your waitresses are great and food awesome.

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Quahog Hunting for the Best Stuffie at Wee Packet Restaurant

Quahog hunting can be a fun experience because along the way you meet great people and may find an awesome restaurant or two . After 65 years in the business, you can bet that Wee Packet is a good family restaurant that knows how to keep you happy. Their quahog is a lite bread stuffing with simple seasonings, a hint of bacon and lots of bits size pieces of Quahogs. For just under $5, I love it and would return again but next time would get more than one. They also make a great Lobster Blt as well as other great Cape Cod favorites on their menu.

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Along the Breakfast Trail at The Egg & I

Hyannis is not short on good places to have a good breakfast and now we add The Egg & I to that list. It is a great little place on Main Street that offers outside dining if desired, that has been serving up breakfast for well over thirty years. They only had one waitress to start but a big cheer to that girl because she did an awesome job making sure that everyone was happy on this busy morning. One of my friends chose the two eggs which she had scrambled with bacon, marbled toast and homefries and her eggs were light and fluffy for under $8. Another friend chose the Florentine Benedict with three poached eggs on toasted english muffins with creamed spinach and Hollandaise for under $12. And I chose the Italian Omelette with sausage, onions and peppers served with homefries and toast. My omelette was topped with a marina sauce and although it didn't have cheese, it's was good and for just under $12 and I felt less quilty without the cheese. Their coffee was delicious mild and fresh and our super waitress kept it comimg. The Egg & I had lots of other good choices but unfortunately no menu to go so that I could copy or no link on the internet. They offered a Portuguese Benedict, Southern Biscuits and Gravy, Rasberry Cream Cheese Stuffed Toast and many more interesting options. I have to say that they did an awesome job with the homefries as they sliced the potatoes thin and saute them with onions and seasoning, making them a stand out winner for creating something a little different. All in well they did a great job and I would return.

It's Burger Time at Five Guys

Five Guys is in the Cape Cod Mall in Hyannis near the Sears entrance and it's been a popular place since it first opened. I had some shopping to do and it was open at 11am so you know I had to see what the hype is all about. It's clean and it's not your average fast food place and the service is fast and friendly. I ordered the Bacon Cheeseburger "All the Way" and didn't know what I was in for. It was a double patty burger with mayo, lettuce, pickles, tomatoes, grilled onions, grilled mushrooms, ketchup and mustard. What I should have ordered was the little Bacon Cheeseburger. The hamburger was delicious with no fillers or preservatives as they promised. It tasted like a burger from home and the toppings made it even better. They also have relish, onions, jalapeno peppers, green peppers, A1 Steak sauce, Bar-B-Q sauce and hot sauce to top your burger as you desire.The fries were fresh cut potatoes fried in peanut oil and so good, except that I would have rather put my salt on them. Check out their menu and give them a try....it's worth a stop.

Quahog Hunting for the Best Stuffie at Roche Bros.

Markets have come a long way and provide us with good hearty meals when we are on the go and one of my favorite places to get soup or a  tasty lunch to go is Roche Bros in Mashpee on Route 28. A visit to the back end of the store will leave you finding it hard to make a decision and comtemplating a good spot to enjoy your choosen feast. On a visit one friday I found stuffed quahogs at their hot bar and decided to try one. Prepared by the Roche Bros kitchen, it was a savory buttery herb stuffing with lots of clam bites. It was just under $4 and my only regret was that I didn't buy more. If you are ever in Mashpee give them a chance and you might find more than just quahogs calling your name.

Along the Breakfast Trail at The Optimist Cafe

The Optimist Cafe has got free WiFi and breakfast all in a cute and cozy cottage along Route 6a and an outdoor patio for dining in the fresh air. Their menu is good with lots of breakfast choices and they offer some home baked goods. The "House Specialty which included a Belgian waffle or 2 pancake or 2 triangles of thick cut  cinnamon swirled French toast with 2 eggs any style and your choice of bacon,sausage or ham for $10.99. I chose the Belgian waffle, eggs over easy, bacon and ordered the breakfast potatoes for $2.50 more. Everything was cooked to perfection except for the Breakfast patotes, which were a little bit under cooked but well seasoned. My friend ordered the "Optimist Breakfast" with 2 eggs scrambled , breakfast potatoes and an english muffin for $7.00.The coffee was strong  and our waiter kept it coming which always makes a breaksfast good. Check out their menu and give them a try.

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Grinding Through the Week at Aegean's

You would think finding a good place that serves awesome grinders would be easy, but it isn't. I have been to many pizza stops that can make a great pizza but when it comes to something you would think would be simple like a grinder they lose it in the preparation. For me its all about a good fresh bread and then its the execution of finding the best ingredients to make that grinder a memoriable and pleasant experience. I think what works is someone who makes a grinder like they were serving family and friends and for me Aegean does it well. Their menu is good and they are always willing to prepare your grinder the way you like it. I love their sliced thin linguica sub with green peppers on an roll and their Italian with the works is a symphony of fresh flavors. Aegean is located in Hyannis across from the airport in the complex that has TJ Maxx. Stop by and see what they have to offer and you won't be sorry.

 

Along the Breakfast Trail at The Daily Paper

Rainy days and mondays always make me think of heading out for breakfast and letting someone else do the cooking. The Daily Paper is located at two great locations in Hyannis and they are ready to cheer you up and help start your day on a positve note. The staff is all very cheerful and helpful which makes this stop an extra pleasant one and the menu choices are great with a good variety of options. I chose the "Daily Paper Special" with French Toast, Siver dollars Pancakes, two eggs, two slices of Bacon and two sausage links. The french toast was light with a hint of cinnamon and the silver dollar pancakes were fluffy and cooked to perfection. My friend decided on the "Double Trouble" with two eggs which she had scrambled, two slices of bacon, two links of sausage, and two pancakes. When my waitress told me that they made their own honey wheat bread, I ordered a side of toast and it was delicious, thick with a nice savory flavor of honey and it was well worth the price.(1.25). I have been been to a lot of restaurants for breakfast and you would think that it gets old and they are all the same but each one has something special and for me I will return to The Daily Paper because they leave me wanting to try more of what's on the menu and that toast I just got to have it again. And if you are an early risers there are specials under $5 with coffee or a small juice that will surely make you a regular. Thanks Daily Paper!!

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