Thursday, August 26, 2010

Peaches, Pirates and Provincetown! Oh my!!

Over the course of last weekend I was lucky enough to experience everything from Restaurant Week to a museum that had real life PIRATE TREASURE!!! There are not many weekend where I can honestly say that I enjoyed every moment, but this past weekend my friends I did!! 

So lets start at the beginning, Friday night I met my fabulous roomie and our good friend Karen for an a post work cocktail and dinner at Union Bar & Grille in the South End.  WHAT A MEAL!

From the service to the food I was a very very happy girl.  To start off the night I had a Blood Orange Manhattan  that would make Don Draper himself squeal with delight.  It was the perfect mix of Rye, Vermouth, Bitters and a perfect luxardo cherry! Sadly there is no picture (I am still getting used to taking pics of everything... sorry everyone!) So you will have to take my word that it was perfection.

Once seated we plotted and schemed who would order what to ensure we could taste as many of the wonderful options!  You can see the full menu here.  I went with the Chilled Local Peach & Golden Tomato Gazpacho as my first course.  I am going to let the next two photos tell you what I thought of it.....
BEFORE.....


AFTER!!
I may or may not have licked the bowl...  I am just saying it was perfect! Sweet and tangy with the perfect bite from red onion.   I am still dreaming about it almost a week later!

For my entree I went with what I know and love Bluefish!  I know, not everyone is a fan of this heavier fish, but when cooked right it is such a perfect summer dish.  Here is the full description straight from the Union Menu: "Oven roasted cape bluefish with spicy watermelon pickle charred sweet onions, grilled summer corn and basmati rice pilaf"
This dark photo does not do this dish justice
For dessert we decided on the only practical solution when faced with 3 amazing desserts and 3 amazing ladies... We each order one!  Soon after our main entrees had been cleared and our wine refilled (did I mention we did a wine flight that came w/ each course...yup! HEAVEN) our adorable waiter brought us the following items:

As usual my photo does not convey the beauty we were presented... You are looking at a Strawberry Ice Cream Soda, Raspberry Spike Brownie and Bread & Butter pudding with roasted peaches and vanilla ice cream (yup more local peaches!)  They were all delicious but I have to admit that Erica's pudding was the winner dessert of the evening with the Ice Cream Soda a close runner up.  I could not have asked for better company or a more delicious Restaurant Week meal.  Union Bar & Grille truly brought their A game for this showcase.  They will be added to my list of favorite places to dine in the city!


Ok... now we must continue the weekends adventure and leave the city limits of Boston and escape to Eastham & Provincetown on Cape Cod.  I was lucky enough to get the invite from my second family (the lovely family of my BFF Heidi).  The plan was to relax, explore P-town and cook up a storm (did I mention Heidi is a trained Chef?! ) 

I arrived on the cape a few hours before everyone else so I took the oppurtunity to explore "1st Encounter" Beach in Eastham.  The beach is located on the Bay side of the cape and it was extreme low tide (which is perfect for this ocean loving nerd!).  Here are a few pics of my solo day at the beach
Snack time!
On my way back to meet up with the group I came across a random bit of New England History smack in the middle of Eastham....

How cool is that!?  Once settled at the cottage and after  I took the opportunity to snuggle with Baby Hannah who is a precious peanut at only 8 weeks old.  Good lord she is soo darn cute! We made our way into P-town for dinner.  We ended up at the quirkiest spot... It was called Nappy's.  The decor had everything from Christmas lights, Nordic shields and Christian stained glass windows... but the reason for our fist was the special for the evening.. The Portuguese Fisherman's Feast! 

Yes my friends... you are looking at a giant bowl of savory broth and seafood that included 1/2 lobster, mussels, clams, cod and linguica sausage.  I will let the next photo tell you what I thought of this dish....
It should be noted that for the Safety of others, never disturb a girl when she is armed with crackers and a lobster bib!

After an amazing meal and a fun time exploring the town we returned to crash at the cottage.  The next morning we awoke to a cloudy rainy day..  So what are a houseful of foodies to do?  Make a giant breakfast of course.  Since I was not fully caffeinated yet there are no pictures, but Heidi and Mary made us the most wonderful breakfast of TJ's pumpkin pancakes, scrambled eggs and perfectly crispy BACON (who can be gloomy on a rainy day when there is Bacon.. i say nobody!)

After a food induced nap we ventured back to P-town to explore the treasures at The Whydah Musuem This place was a great rainy day spot!  The museum goes over how the ship was found, what was onboard and all about the life of the actual pirates.  I highly recommend stopping here if you are ever in P-town.
Arrrggg.. Pirates!!

We finished off the rainy day with a giant dinner of Pork Schnitzel, Apple Raisin Sauce, noodles, snap peas and cauliflower.  It was the perfect ending to a great weekend and by the time we finished dinner I was able to tackle Rt 6 and Rt 3 with no traffic!

Thank you to everyone that made last weekend a very memorable weekend for 2010.  This weekend I am off to Martha's Vineyard for a whole week!!!  Several posts will be needed I am sure to capture this adventure!