Friday, September 27, 2013

More Fun in Kennebunkport, ME

Thanks for your patience on my vacation posts (sorry to rub it in-it was just SO good). Our other food adventures in Kennebunkport, ME involved champagne and lamb croquettes at Cape Arundel Inn. We watched the sun set and snacked on these meaty bites of goodness. 
For dinner we dined at the bar at the new David's KPT, right near the river. We certainly ate our fair share of lobster that day because in addition to our lobster roll at Mabel's, we ordered lobster fritters and pizza topped with lobster and steak. 
Everything was so good, including the complimentary, homemade garlic knots that were better than any late night pizza joint.  
I will certainly be visiting David's upon my next visit. 

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Mabel's Lobster Claw, Kennebunkport, ME

Our next stop after New Hampshire was a quick jaunt to the charming Kennebunkport, ME. We stayed at our favorite B&B, The Buffelhead Cove Inn. This inn is absolutely darling--the Colonial-style house is situated on a gorgeous cove. The rooms are cozy and the homemade breakfast, and evening wine and cheese overlooking the water is heavenly. 
For lunch we stopped at Mabel's Lobster Claw. We were slightly disappointed when we realized this lobster shack wasn't over looking the water. 
We ordered their famous lobster roll for $20. It was certainly good, but I found Luke's Lobster on the Upper West Side to be better. Go figure. 
One thing you must order at Mabel's Lobster Claw is the pie. We got the pecan pie, which arrived gooey and sweet, with a beautiful crust and char. One of the best pecan pies I've ever tasted. Make sure to save room for at least one slice!

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Restaurant Review: Garwoods, Wolfeboro, NH

Our Wolfeboro, NH vacation always includes a trip to Garwoods, an American and seafood-food inspired restaurant overlooking Lake Winnipesaukee. 
The restaurant reminds you of being inside a luxury yacht or on  top of a Chris-Craft boat with a beautiful wooden bar. We started our meal with French Martinis and chatted with locals at the bar. 
For our main courses we shared the Grilled Salmon with Five Spice Cabbage and Miso Dressing and the Braised Short Rib Lettuce Wraps with Homemade Kimchi. 

It was the perfect amount of food, because, of course, we ate the entire loaf of hot, steamy bread prior to our entrees arriving. Both dishes were well-seasoned and flavorful.
Somehow, we managed to find room for dessert; a decadent Peanut Butter Brownie. Garwoods is a must-visit whenever you're in Wolfeboro. During the daytime, I recommend sitting outside on the dock and or sitting at the sea-inspired bar once the sun goes down.

6 North Main Street
Wolfeboro, NH 03894
Phone: (603) 569-7788

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Dinners In at Lake Wentworth

For those of you who have visited Wolfeboro, NH, you know how special this place is. Wolfeboro is a quintessential New England town often referred to as "America's oldest summer resort,"  and is sandwiched between the great Lake Winnipesaukee and the smaller Lake Wentworth. I've been lucky enough to spend time at my in-law's family house on the tranquil Lake Wentworth. 
Our visits usually involve reading by the lake, exploring town and visiting the famous bakery the Yum Yum shop (note the above t shirt), eating a lot of food, cocktails on the porch, grilling, fires, movies, card games, and one dinner out at Garwoods.
Our night in this year included grilled steaks with rosemary, butter, and Maytag blue cheese, grilled asparagus and zucchini, and honey corn bread from the Yum Yum shop, served with a California Cabernet Sauvignon (don't mind the solo cup in background--it's very causal). 

Our dinners in are always cozy and warm, and are followed by epic fires in the fireplace, a game of cards, or a VHS movie. It's almost like going back in time to a simpler place that allows peace and relaxation at every moment. 

Monday, September 16, 2013

Vacation in September, Miss You New England!

And I'm back! I just returned from an extraordinary New England vacation filled with weddings, good meals, seascapes, and more. I have plenty of food-stories to share, but I'll start off with an "appetizer" of sorts to whet your appetite. When we're in New Hampshire, we tend to gravitate toward comfort foods and try to ward off anything that may appear too healthy. Our go-to cocktail hour on the tranquil Lake Wentworth consisted of (clockwise): carrots and snap peas (the token vegetables), marinated feta and Armenian string cheese with Stonewall Kitchen Mango Chutney, and Cracked Pepper and Olive Oil Triscuits, Lipton's onion dip (the one and only), Aged Cheddar and Sour Cream and Sea Salt Waffle Cut Cape Cod Chips, Shed IPA, and water (for hydration). And this was just the beginning...

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

An Ode to Jersey Tomatoes

I hope everyone had a restful and relaxing Labor Day Weekend. I spent mine at my parent's house in Summit, NJ. Naturally our weekend was focused around meals. 
We had a delightful belated birthday dinner for my brother Remy at Huntley Tavern, gobbled up seafood at the Parker House Restaurant in Sea Girt at the Jersey Shore, ordered lobsters, and visited several farmers markets. The tomatoes, corn, and eggplant were all fabulous this weekend. 
I'm a sucker for heirloom tomatoes. One night we made a simple Caprese Salad with burrata, sea salt, fresh basil, and a drizzle of olive oil, and balsamic.  I've even armed myself with tomato and mayonnaise sandwiches at work this week.  To the tomato!

Sunday, September 1, 2013

Restaurant Review: Return to Grand Sichuan in Jersey City, NJ

Jersey City is pretty up-and-coming with charming boutiques,  interesting storefronts, and a bevy of ethnic restaurants. On a recent sojourn to visit my Uncle Alan, we decided to stop by one of our favorite go-tos in the hood; Grand Sichuan. And it was better than I remembered. 

We started off with a sauteed Spinach with Ginger that was quite flavorful with a salty and gingery kick. 
We also loved the Salt and Pepper Shrimp; large, plump shrimp lightly tossed with a sweet and peppery sauce with a side of al dente cooked broccoli florets. The sauce was a tad sweet, but fit the bill if you are looking for a more American-Chinese experience.

Lastly, we needed a wild card, so we went with the Cumin Lamb. I don't know about you, but I rarely see lamb on Chinese restaurant menus. The lamb arrived in thin, crispy strips reminiscent of  gyro meat. The lamb was tender, lean, crispy, salty, and tasty. Two steam buns also accompanied the dish; make sure to order more.

This is probably my favorite Sichuan restaurant in the tri-state area. Oh, and did I mention that this restaurant is also BYO? Even better! 

Grand Sichuan  
342 Grove St, Jersey City, NJ 07302
Phone: (201) 451-1960