Summer Vacation Food Adventures!

We have just returned home from a great 12 day vacation. We spent a week in Cape Cod, with stops on our way in at Cooperstown, NY (during Hall of Fame weekend – awesome!), and also in Old Saybrook, CT where my cousin lives. We had an amazing time and of course I logged all things edible for the blog ; )

Cooperstown

We started off our trip in Cooperstown, NY as visiting during Hall of Fame weekend was on our to-do list. We are big baseball fans (go Jays!) and we had a great time and so did our girls. The Hall of Famers parade down Main St. was worth the trip alone. While in Cooperstown we had some good eats and drinks including dinner at the Hardball Cafe, lunch at the Lakefront Restaurant & Bar (beautiful view of Otseg0 Lake), sampling at the Brewery Ommegang store on Main St., and dinner at Dimaggio’s where they had awesome hot dogs and Philly Cheesesteaks.

essex

After 2 days in Cooperstown we headed down to Old Saybrook, Connecticut to stay with my cousin for 2 days. We were treated to great food and drinks from her husband who is an excellent cook (and who makes killer Martini’s). During our visit we ventured off to Essex which is right next to Old Saybrook to wander the historic Main Street. My cousin recommended we pop in to the historic Griswold Inn for lunch in the Tap Room and wow what a treat. The Inn feels like it should be at Disney next to Pirates of the Caribbean where sea captains and their crew are going to walk in the door. My husband and I enjoyed their signature chowder with half sandwich special which was delicious. Great place to check out if you are ever near Essex. Also while exploring we found a store called Truffle Shots and we of course had to check it out! The store’s specialty is individual truffle filling shots packaged beautifully in a tall shot glass which you get to keep. We tried the sea salted caramel and it was amazing. The owner was friendly and the product was great. Terrific idea for gifts or wedding favours.

capecodfood

Well now onto the main event which was our week stay in Cape Cod – my favourite vacation spot. My family has been going to the Cape (specifically Dennisport) since my Mom was a teenager. My parents took me, and now we have started going with our girls. We have a great time and of course have great eats! We have had 2 great stays at the Corsair & Crossrip. I would also like to give a shout-out to Dawn over at Vanilla Sugar Blog as I logged her recommendations that she makes (as she lives on the Cape), and they were great (Keltic Kitchen, PB Boulangerie and Emack & Bolio’s).

We always begin our visit with lunch at the Wee Packet which has been there since 1949 (my grandparents ate there, as well as my parents so it is a tradition). I always order the Wee Packet Combo of a stuffed Quahog and Crabcake.  The Week Packet also has a fantastic little gift shop which I love.

While in Dennisport we fell in love with Dennisport House of Pizza (or as we nicknamed it D-HOP). So good that we went back twice. The pizza was packed with toppings – almost a semi-deep dish and was absolutely delicious. We tried the House Special and Nik’s Special – both delicious. We also had the greek salad on both visits after reading in TripAdvisor that it was so good, and yes it is really good!

First stop for a lobster dinner was Swan River, somewhere we have been going to for a long time. The view is spectacular and it is where we like to have our first lobster dinner. Dinner was good, but it left us wondering if we could do better. Still love the place though as many memories there and the view is just so pretty.

Our favourite ice cream shop is Sundae School. It is however so popular and crazy-busy after dinner that we started the tradition of going at lunchtime. Their sundae is the best I have ever had – however this is from memory 2 years ago before I became lactose intolerant : (  This year I just had some mouthfuls of hot fudge and marshmallow cream while my husband and girls all enjoyed their delicious sundaes. We also really like the Holiday Hill Ice Cream Shop which the kids did on our last night.

Next up for dinner was a restaurant we heard about on our last visit and had tagged to visit on this trip. Brax Landing is located in Harwichport right on Saquatucket Harbour and it is a beautiful location. We had heard the steak tips were great and it had solid reviews online. My hubby and I decided to order a bunch of appetizers so we could sample several items off the menu. We started with the lobster bisque which was excellent, and then had the crab, spinach and artichoke dip which was delicious. We then shared the steak tips appetizer, and they are indeed excellent. Along with the steak tips we had the grilled seafood sampler of Oysters Rockefeller (OMG good!), grilled shrimp (delish), and Clams Casino (good but not as good as the Oysters Rockefeller). We ended by trying our first ever raw oyster – the Wellfleet oysters and it was amazing and so started my week long obsession with oysters : ) We will for sure visit Brax again on our next trip.

Our Friday night tradition on Cape Cod is to head to Chatham to see the Chatham Band play in the park. Before they play we head over to First United Methodist Church for their Friday night lobster roll dinner which our dear friends introduced us to 2 years ago and I am so glad they did. I tell you it is one of the best dinners we have on vacation! Lovely people, lovely food, and it feels like a home cooked meal.

So on a rainy Saturday we decided to take a drive up to Provincetown to visit some lighthouses and make it to the tip of the Cape. Along the way we got hungry and came upon a restaurant called Moby Dick’s in Wellfleet which had good reviews I was checking out in the car as we were passing through (love TripAdvisor!).  So we pulled in and we were glad we did! We started with the Wellfleet Oysters because when in Wellfleet! I had the fish taco and my husband had the fish and chips. Both were great – light, crisp and fresh.

On our way back down from Provincetown we stopped in at the much written about french bakery and bistro PB Boulangerie in Wellfleet. It has amazing french pastries and we tried the croissants, lemon tart, chocolate tart and chocolate eclairs. It really lived up to the hype, absolutely top notch authentic pastries.

Closer to our hotel we found Woolfie’s Bakery which had the best iced coffee and mammoth muffins! Their “Jamaican me Crazy” hot or iced coffee was excellent and their Blueberry-Cranberry Muffins were amazing. We made sure we stopped in before our drive home just for coffee and a muffin for the road. The muffin is so good it has inspired my post for Wednesday so stay tuned!

We decided to do one breakfast out and I had tagged Keltic Kitchen as Dawn over at Vanilla Kitchen had recommended it on her blog. They have authentic Irish Breakfast and wow was it amazing! There was also a long wait (we were prepared though – as it was a Sunday) – but it was worth it! I had the famous corned beef hash with 2 eggs (poached) and their homemade hash browns and brown bread. My husband had the 2 x 4 with 2 eggs, irish sausage, rashers and 2 pancakes. The girls had french toast and pancakes and all of it was excellent.

So our last dinner on the Cape was a major highlight and is one of the best dinners we have ever had. We ate at The Oyster Company in Dennisport and it knocked our socks off. Again my hubby and I sampled a bunch of appetizers so we could try a few different dishes and we are sure glad we did because it was all outstanding. We started with the raw Dennis Quivet Oysters which were amazing, best we had on our vacation. We then had Oyster Rockefeller again and WOW these were the best (our 7 year old even loved it!). We then shared 3 more dishes all of which were just amazing – the Spicy Seared Chatham Little Necks (the broth was unreal), the Lobster Quesadilla (decadent!) and the Cod Cake (delish). We ended dinner with espressos and sharing the Creme Brule of the day which was blueberry and it was also outstanding. We were stuffed and very happy : )

We had an amazing vacation and had so much fun taste testing along the way! The whole family got involved which was a lot of fun.

Coming Wednesday is my Woolfie’s Bakery inspired Blueberry-Cranberry Muffin so be sure to check back for the recipe!

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