29 June 2011


"Winning" is sooo overused, I know. But it still makes me laugh.

I hope to win one of these three not-to-be-missed giveaways courtesy of my sweet friends in the blogosphere...

23 June 2011

The hair, the makeup, the bling... If I had jewels like this, I'd wear them to the beach.

22 June 2011

Gimme Wings

After an abysmal showing in a 5k a couple of weekends ago, I went to buy some new kicks. I figured it had to be the sneakers holding me back. Because, contrary to what Lance Armstrong may say, it's all about the gear. Or at least that's one of the lies I tell myself to make it seem better.

19 June 2011

Happy Father's Day, Big T!

Happy Father’s Day to Big T, the man who:
Tolerated the nightly ritual of bouncing me on his knee while I tugged on his ears;
Took me tothe diner, where we played table hockey with a straw wrapper (while Mom thought we were at church);
Introduced me to the Hardy Boys, Sherlock Holmes and King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table, so my book list didn’t just include Babysitters’ Club and Sweet Valley High paperbacks;
Encouraged the growth of my imagination by playing the Thinking Game for hours and hours on end;
Kept his opinions to himself when he took me shopping, and I insisted on having a hot pink beret and pink and turquoise pin striped  jeans (worn with a charm necklace and jellies);
Bought me my first kitten and convinced me to be patient when I cried the first night, “I don’t think he likes me, Dad”;
Secretly spilled the beans about the Christmas present I wanted most in life…the original Nintendo;
Took me driving in a parking lot in Cape Cod when I was 15, and didn’t blink when I came this far from taking out a fence;
Navigated the labyrinth of clothes, books, art supplies, cassette tapes, sports equipment and whatever else was on my bedroom floor as a teenager, to wake me up in the morning;   
Embodied the adage, “The best thing a father can do for his children is love their mother”;
Used the word “different” – as in “Oh, that’s different-- rather than “What the heck are you thinking wearing/doing that???”;
Waited up for me to come home when I was in high school all those years when I thought he just fell asleep in the recliner (like he does now);
Made mid-week visits to take me to dinner and cure my homesickness freshman year  of college;
Supported my financial security  through my mid-twenties  (okay, in all honesty late, late twenties);
Tracked down a used Cabrio in “perfect condition” and helped with maintenance when it constantly broke down;
Allowed me to make my own decisions (and my own mistakes) with the guidance, “Don’t disappoint us”;
Taught me tolerance, when he took the time to listen to the Jehovah’s Witnesses, who used to come to the front door every weekend for a long, long time;
Taught me service and leadership through his involvement in community organizations;
Taught me the importance of finding a career that you love, not just getting a job (…I’m still working on that one…) ;
Taught me persistence by working full-time and going to school to get his doctorate, regardless of the obstacles or time constraints;
Taught me that learning is a lifelong activity, and no one can ever take knowledge away.

Thanks, Big T, for all that you’ve done for me and for making me who I am today! Love you lots!

14 June 2011

Best Berry Delights

Three things I am loving these days: All summer, berry-related. Berries are low cal, high in vitamins and antioxidants - a perfect food!

12 June 2011

ACK: Gluttony

Truth be told, my commitment to the P90X workout lasted less than a month. After two weeks, I gained weight (muscle?!), so I ditched it and went back to running.  Well, the aftermath of the Nantucket food fest might require that I not only run but also get on the "program," which entails logging serious gym time, limiting or abstaining from alcohol and eating healthy (all the time and no dessert whatsoever). The Sailor has had big success losing weight this way (Not a suprise. It's logical, I know). Me -- I'm just miserable when I join him on the "program."

It's nearly impossible to go to the island without indulging in the bounty of seafood and other world-class cuisine. With so many restaurants that we went to last year and eagerly awaited visiting again, planning our dinners required serious prioritization. We managed to fit in The Pearl, Galley Beach, Lola, Straight Wharf and Toppers for dinner, and Brant Point Grill, Nantucket Gourmet, Something Natural, Ropewalk and Slip 14 for lunch.

Click on the pink to follow the links. In order of preference...


Far and away the best food anywhere, and the service is unmatched. Plus, on a clear day, the view at sunset rivals that of Galley Beach (see below).

My favorite restaurant in the world. 'Nuf said.

The Sailor:  Spring Vegetables 
Serendipity:  English Pea Soup
Amuse bouche: Fried Oyster
The Sailor: Milk Fed Piglet
Serendipity: Butter Poached Lobster (divine!)
Amuse bouche: Hazelnut creme brulee
The Sailor: Strawberry-lime, mango and kiwi sorbet
Serendipity: Lemon Meringue between thin crispy wafers with blueberries on the side (Shocking I didn't get something chocolate, I know!)


Assiette of Young Spring Vegetables
Black Quinoa Tabbouleh, Smoked Sheep’s Milk Ricotta, Herbs and Flowers

Lobster and Crab Cake
Roasted Corn, Jalapeño Olive, Mustard Cream

Variation of Asparagus
Slow-Poached Local Hen’s Egg, Parmesan, Edward’s Country Ham

Hudson Valley Foie Gras Terrine
Rabbit Rillettes, Various Beets, Strawberry Mostrada, Pistachio

English Pea Soup
Citrus-Cured Wild King Salmon, Kefir, Dill, French Breakfast Radish

 Lightly Poached Island Creek Oysters
Sea Urchin Butter, Potato and Horseradish Tortellini, Red Ribbon Sorrel


St-Canut Farms Milk-Fed Piglet
Rhubarb, Various Onions, Mustard Spaetzle

Butter-Poached Lobster
Crab Brandade, Peas and their Shoots, Vin Jaune Sabayon, Savory Onion Granola

North Atlantic Halibut
Local Razor Clams, Tiny Leeks, Hearts of Palm, Romaine

Four Story Hill Farm’s Veal Tenderloin
Cheek Raviolo, Heirloom Carrots, Sweetbreads, Morels

Spring Harvest Vegetable "Minestrone"
Fregola Sarda, Manni Olive Oil, Ramp Infusion

New England Diver Scallops
Seawater-Brined Foie Gras, Fava Beans, Tokyo Turnips, Black Garlic

If I had to choose a place to eat my last supper, I'd die happy after a meal here.

In addition to having world-class food, The Galley has THE BEST SUNSET ON THE ISLAND! We managed to score some soft seating right out on the beach, which gave us an unbelieveable view.

Sailor: Spring Vegetables & Porcelet Three Ways
Serendipity: Roasted Beet Salad & Flounder Mouniere
Shared Dessert: Brownie a la mode
Wine: Pillow Road Pinot Noir


Pickled Grapes, Sauterne Reduction
Leeks, Shallots, Cucumber, Baby Potatoes, Espelette
Tomato, Cucumber & Mint Salad, Champagne Buerre Blanc
Invierno, Mache, Flax Seed Tuile, Fennel- Orange Vinaigrette
Mascerated Tomatoes, Champagne Vinaigrette
Seasonal and Local Vegetables in Various Forms
Toasted Walnuts, Dried Cranberries, Bacon & Banyuls Vinegar

Cauliflower, Golden Raisins, Puff Pastry, Brandy
Cabbage, Carrot, Duck Confit, RiceWine
Creamed Leeks&Spinach, Roasted Fingerlings, Lemon
Gingered Rice, Baby Bok Choy,Wasabi Butter
St. Canut’s Milk Fed Pork, Farro, Buttermilk Crepe, Chimichurri
Quinoa, Pearl Onions,Haricot Verts, Cherry Reduction
Caramelized Shallots, Kale, Potato & Herb Cake

Lola 41

As someone who grew up eating the real basics, like white bread and bologna sandwiches for lunch, and sirloin with a baked potato for dinner, I never imagined I would crave sushi. My mouth watered every time I thought about the Asian fusion fare from the time of our 2010 visit to Lola until last week.

Plus, it has a certain je ne sais quoi that makes it such a hot spot that they only take same day reservations beginning at 4:00 p.m., and the place is always packed.

Nantucket Today summarizes the vibe:
" No single demographic dominates Lo La 41’s 48-seat cozy interior or its outdoor summer patio. But everyone – graying hipsters, dressed-down high-powered professionals, dressed-up students, bearded islanders in designer shirts – is here to have a good time.

Coelho and co-owners Ed Schmidt and Ozivaldo “Ozzie” Medeiros demand nothing less as they serve up flavors culled from across the planet’s 41st latitude: hence, the name.

The final product approximates the spirit of neighborhood tapas bars in Spain, sushi bars in Japan and Californian burger joints: a second place to satisfy appetites for community and fun. Lo La’s flavors can be by turns an exotic revelation or an eye-opening reinvention.

Beginning a meal with sea urchin roe topped by raw quail egg (which deserves acclaim) and then moving to bouillabaisse, mac-and-cheese or a Lo La burger (which deserves knighthood, be it the beef or tuna variety) before finishing with a signature tres leches cake (which deserves a sonnet) makes perfect sense here."  

Straight Wharf

Shared appetizers: Taquitos of the day (a must)
The Sailor: Whole wheat pasta with artichokes and shitake mushrooms and parmesan
Serendipity: Skirt Steak with aoili dipping sauce

bar grill

marinated olives

spiced nuts

crostini with ricotta, sweet peas, garden mint & walnut

potato & spring leek soup with house bacon

smoked bluefish paté with melba toast & pickled vegetables

antipasti of house cured meats & marinated vegetables

artisan cheeses with red wine crackers & truffle honey

patty’s island lettuces with extra virgin olive oil & aged sherry vinaigrette

whole wheat spaghetti with baby artichokes, roasted mushrooms & parmesan

grilled all-natural skirt steak with spring vegetable panzanella & meyer lemon aioli

chicken marbella with potato puree, garlicky greens, prunes & capers

grilled halibut with whole wheat couscous, almonds, zucchini & spiced yogurt

swordfish skewer with garbanzo beans, sweet 100’s, red peppers & roasted garlic aioli

The Pearl

Dining Room at the Pearl
Shared Appetizer: Pork Belly Lettuce Wraps
The Sailor: Beef with lemongrass and cilantro
Serendipity: Panko crusted halibut with jasmine rice and pea shoots

Pearl Yellow Fin Tuna Martini
wasabi tobiko, crisp gyoza red rooster crème fraîche
Shooters of Tuna + Uni
cucumber sake + red ginger

dumplings- dimsum
Soup Dumplings
chinese black vinegar
brown butter
Steamed Crab Dumplings-
hot oil, lovage leaves + crushed peanuts
Lobster Rangoons -
sweet + sour dipping
Golden Pork Shiitake Gyozas -
Hong Kong XO sauce
Steamed Buns
lacquered pork belly + umami mayo
Lobster Takoyaki
japanese lobster fritters

Crispy Lobster Crêpe -
tamarind dipping sauce
Spicy Grilled Nantucket Squid -
shishito peppers + fried garlic
Vietnamese Lettuce Wraps -
crispy spring rolls of pork + crab + shrimp butter lettuce, mint + basil
Jacq’s Island Creek Razor Clams -
Tempura of Soft Shell Crab
salt + pepper local lobsters sushi rice cake + avocado lobster, king crab, scallops + tempura of jumbo prawns crisp spring roll + rice noodles, watercress, nuoc mam + herbs chili-pineapple sweet-n-sour, toasted almond fried rice + fried farm egg green thai coconut curry, eggplant + peppers + potato + jasmine rice + pea greens sumo fries + mizuna greens red miso butter + pickled onion rings Maitake Mushroom Tempura

Wok fried lobster

I love seafood, and enjoyed the halibut. But if we go there next time we're on Nantucket, I'm definitely getting the Salt and Pepper Wok Fried Lobster. We ran into a friend from college, and he said it's out of this word. Little did I know,  it is the pearl's "signature entrée" and Travel & Leisure magazine gave it a World’s Best Award.

09 June 2011

ACK: The Loot

In addition to the charming cottages and  seafaring history, Nantucket is known for its food and shopping. Never one to miss a chance to check out retail establishments and the local wares, I sought out sales with little success. While there are few bargains to be found, visiting Nantucket early in the season almost guarantees that the stores will be fully stocked with merchandise and you won't have to elbow your way through other tourists to browse.

08 June 2011

ACK: The White Elephant

"To many people holidays are not voyages of discovery but a ritual of reassurance."

The Sailor and I just returned from a few days of R&R to celebrate our first anniversary at one of my favorite places on earth- The White Elephant in Nantucket.

It's no exaggeration when the brilliant Nantucket Island Resort PR team describes it as a luxury boutique hotel, where exquisite comfort and attentive service are a way of life.

Our home-away-from-home during our getaway -- the lawn chairs overlooking the harbor at the hotel.