Friday, August 28, 2009

Steph’s Visit: Day Two

So, Thursday night was absolutely gorgeous, and Friday at the Cape featured a bit of storminess in the air but nothing that could genuinely be referred to as “bad weather,” but the forecast all along had been predicting a rainy Saturday, and the weather gods did not disappoint. This was exactly the kind of weather I love, but doesn’t make for good touristy activities, so we spent a large portion of the day grocery shopping, cooking, and eating. Our first stop was Russo’s, which I have raved about here many times before. Steph snapped a few pictures of the gorgeous produce on display, and agreed that it is the most awesome produce store ever (I may be paraphrasing that one).
After our grocery quest took us to a couple more stores, we found ourselves at 1:30pm and in need of some lunch. With a fair amount of dinner-cooking still ahead of us, we decided to go out for lunch and stopped at one of my favorite places in the neighborhood: Watch City Brewing Company. We ordered a fried artichoke heart with garlic aioli appetizer:
which was pretty darned tasty. I realize this is a weird thing to praise, but the BrewCo is really good at frying things. Always perfectly crispy… Never greasy… This is an important skill for a brew pub kitchen to master, and they have done so. I ordered the Lamb Burger with Feta Spread (as I do almost every time I go there) and, as it has been every time since the first time (when it was a bit over-cooked) it came perfectly medium-rare, juicy, and super-delicious.
Steph went with their burger with bacon and cheddar, and was impressed by it as well. A big, juicy, flavorful burger. Who can complain?
While out on our grocery extravaganza, we once again picked up a couple new pets. Their names were Bob and Mr. Pinchy.
We didn’t introduce them to Pedro and Rico like we did with our last new pets, though. Pedro still has a betrayed look in his eyes, as if he’s wondering what happened to his new friend Mr. Pinchy and he suspects we had something to do with it… Anyway, Steph wanted a classic Clam Bake, but I feel like every component of a classic Clam Bake is better cooked individually (and Steph isn’t a potato fan), so this is what we ended up with:
Grilled corn. Clams steamed in shallots, garlic, and wine. A couple lobsters cooked Emily-style. A few slices of baguette for soaking up yummy sauce from the clams. I don’t think I really need to tell you that it was the bomb.

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