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ISO dining/food shopping recs in Barnstable/Dennis area

Second that on the free outdoor band concerts --attending one is a a true home town experience. The concerts are sponsored by the Arts Foundation of Cape Cod and Citizens Bank, and in addition to the Monday concerts in Dennis, there are also concerts in Harwich that night, not to mention Hyannis on Tuesdays, Eastham on Wednesday, Mashpee on Thursdays, and both Falmouth and Sandwich on Fridays. You can get the complete list of concert schedules and performers here: http://www.artsfoundation.org/summer-...
Enjoy!

Jun 25, 2009
Giuditta in All New England Archive

Honey-Mustard Chicken Skewers

This looks wonderful, but I think you'll have more control over cooking times if you thread the chicken and the peppers on separate skewers.

May 27, 2009
Giuditta in Recipes

Middle Eastern food on Cape Cod?

I understand completely, Phelana; the guys at work could never understand why I wouldn't go to what I call "red gravy" Italian restaurants with them. They thought sweet, spicy sauces were Italian. Ha! Finally, on a business trip, we went to an Italian restaurant where I was thrilled to see a menu that had pork chops with vinegar peppers. It was wonderful, but the co-worker next to me said, "That's a pretty strange choice for an Italian restaurant." Yes, right, very strange -- especially because it's something my Nonna cooked all the time.

Anyway, back to our topic of Middle Eastern food on the Cape . I tried the new Mediterranean Grill in Sandwich this week, and finally got my fix. They aren't officially opened until this weekend, but the owner was training the help. It's very attractively done; you order at the counter, but there are plenty of linen-covered tables to sit at.

The menu included sandwiches, wraps,rotisserie chicken, and more. Here's a list: gyro pitas, spinach pie, souvlaki, dolmades, tyropita pie, horiatiki, mousaka, pastitisio, and falafel.

I tried a combination platter for take out. I liked the spinach pie very much, and thought the souvlaki was good. Great pita, too.

I'll be trying the falafel soon!

Mediterranean Grille is located at 280 route 130, behind the movie theater in the Sandwich "triangle" area between Cotuit Road and Route 130. The phone number on their menu is 508 833-1448.

May 21, 2009
Giuditta in Southern New England

Fried Clams on Cape Cod

There are so many nods to Cooke's here, I thought I'd tell my "Cooke's and the tourist" story. One Saturday evening, different groups from my family met at Cooke's in Mashpee after 4:30 mass at "the Vatican." A group of summer visitors made up of several families was also waiting in line in front of us. It seems that someone local had told them that Cooke's was the best family place for fried seafood, but one of the men was obviously huffy about the lack of elegance.

So, he convinced the rest of his group to leave and eat elsewhere. They crossed the parking lot....and went to the Ninety-Nine.

What a you-know-what. We didn't even try to try him that they'd already made the best choice.

May 18, 2009
Giuditta in Southern New England

Middle Eastern food on Cape Cod?

Thanks for the reply, Phelana. Maybe chi-chi is the wrong description for Ardeo's; it's just that I'm looking for the type of place you'd find in Watertown Square. I'd like to just stop by for a quick lunch, or order at the counter or take out. BTW, I hear there may be something new in the Sandwich Triangle area, behind the movie theater on Cotuit Road. I'll check it out this week, and report back. By the way, I was telling my sister about a dish made out of bulgar and ground lamb called something like kibbey. When I was married to an Israeli and lived in the city, a Lebanese neighbor used to make it. Have you heard of it?

May 18, 2009
Giuditta in Southern New England

Middle Eastern food on Cape Cod?

Help, please. I'm so hungry for Middle-Eastern food, I've even picked grape vine rolls out of the salad bar at Stop & Shop! Is there anyplace on the Cape where I can get a good platter of moussaka, dolmatakis, falafel, and stuffed grape leaves? I've tried Ardeo, but thought it was too expensive and chi-chi.

May 17, 2009
Giuditta in Southern New England

Ingredient Meccas

In our family, we call J. Pace, Mecca. A real, old-fashioned Italian market. Make the trip -- then make yourself a sandwich in the car with fresh cold cuts and a hunk of bread. Heaven.

They have great pastries, too.

May 03, 2009
Giuditta in Greater Boston Area

Best of the Cape 2009

Gee, I'd say go with a group and try a variety, or just work your way down the menu. My favorite is something called Chemara (Kemara?), with either chicken or grilled shrimp. It's a salad served on a bed of rice with a light sweet & sour sauce. Very tasty and it has a healthy feeling, and won't weigh you down.

May 03, 2009
Giuditta in Southern New England

Screaming for Ice Cream!

Mad Maggie's on Route 125 in Andover is open year-round. The ice cream is made ON-SITE, by the owners. Great interesting new flavors are added often, and if you're a regular, you'll be greeted by name. Very fun place, very good ice cream -- it's been called the best in the Merrimack Valley, but it's my brother's shop so I'd say it's the best anywhere!

And an added bonus: no GenY attitude -- courtesy and fun is part of your slurping experience.

May 03, 2009
Giuditta in All New England Archive

Cape Cod and poor service

In a separate thread, hungrycc complained that when he wants a sandwich at Pain d'Avignon in Hyannis, he must practically beg the sullen staff for service.

I'm so in agreement on this, and I'd like to see what others here think about poor service.

So what's going on that we as consumers, clients and patrons are treated so badly on such a regular basis? When I was a 16-year-old (and plus!) server, no one had to tell me about thanking the customer. Nowadays, you're grateful if you get a relatively grunt-free "there you go" with your change. As someone who is first-generation, with European courtesy drilled into my very being, I find this hard to take -- and I find our visiting workers offer the best and most cheerful service. If I can work all day, and thank each customer I see, I can't understand why the cashiers at the Marstons Mills Stop & Shops can't summon up even basic manners when I lay my hard-earned money in their hands. The first thing my brother teaches the kids working in his ice cream shop is that they must be pleasant and friendly to the customers, and that they must ALWAYS thank them. Seems like this should be a given.

I would love to hear the comments on this -- particularly from business owners.

May 03, 2009
Giuditta in All New England Archive

Worst of the Cape?

Gee, Hungrycc, I so agree. We should start a new thread on poor surface -- what the heck is that all about? When I was a 16-year-old (and plus!) server, no one had to tell me about thanking the customer. Nowadays, you're grateful if you get a relatively grunt-free "there you go" with your change. I'm going to continue this ranting comment in a separate thread -- come join me?

May 03, 2009
Giuditta in Southern New England

Best of the Cape 2009

Gee, it's always so surprising when people have such different experiences. I've always had pleasant service, myself. The bartender experience sure does sound just a bit off-putting, huh?

Apr 27, 2009
Giuditta in Southern New England

Best of the Cape 2009

After this lovely weekend, it's clear that summer is upon us, and I think it's up to us as year-rounders and others familiar with Cape Cod dining to lay out our recommendations.

I continue to recommend Bleu at Mashpee Commons. Chef Frederic Feufeu is, um, fabulous! Oh, and his food is great, too...

Others have said they don't like the Barnstable Tavern, but I think Chef Bob Calderone cooks simple food perfectly. Do NOT miss his appetizer course take on Italian arrancini rice balls, crispy, delicately fried and served with an excellent red sauce on a bed of greens. So good, I want to look over my shoulder and lick the plate.

My favorite towney place is Stir Crazy on MacArthur Boulevard in Bourne, serving Cambodian specialties in a strange quasi-Yankee setting that used to be the western Cape branch of Mildred's. They're open for lunch on Fridays only, and if you stop by on your way to the ferry, you'll find yourself crowded shoulder to shoulder with contractors, seniors, and other Upper Cape residents. I've also heard great things about the latest reincarnation of the Kettle Ho here in Cotuit, but I haven't been there myself. I guess I remember it as a place for the bar crowd, but I've been told that is no longer the case.

Apr 27, 2009
Giuditta in Southern New England

Successes and Failures of a Garden Party

Now I really have to try making that gingerbread!

Apr 27, 2009
Giuditta in Home Cooking

Foods to enjoy at room temp/slightly warm

This is such a great discussion. I come from an Italian family and cooking tradition. We prefer many vegetables and salads at room temperature. I especially hate ice cold salads, and I laughed yesterday at Macy's, because I saw a Martha Stewart salad chiller! Italians generally eat the green salad at the end of the meal, so I usually push my salad to the side when I'm dining out -- then fight off the wait staff until I'm ready.

I'd say that even raw, most vegetables and fruits taste better at room temp or warmer -- what about a fresh tomato pulled off the plant, still warm from the sun? Heaven.

Apr 26, 2009
Giuditta in General Topics

Very Easy Chicken Marsala

I think this sounds like one of the worst version of chicken Marsala I've ever read.

Apr 26, 2009
Giuditta in Recipes

What I wish I could find on Cape Cod

No, Ardeo's doesn't do it for me.
Buckie's isn't bad at all; but it's a drive for me and I make my own biscotti. I miss the great bakery on every corner that I remember growing up.

Roche Brothers tries their best with produce. In summer, the best hope is your own backyard or produce stand. I tried a CSA from Bourne Farm last supper, and I wasn't too happy with it. They're great folks, but the selection wasn't up to other CSA's I've seen.

Apr 25, 2009
Giuditta in All New England Archive

Worst of the Cape?

Worst of the Cape; good topic CCG. But let's remember to keep all the factors in mind; Sometime I just want a good old-fashioned greasy spoon breakfast. But for Mother's day, no. And there's nothing wrong with grabbing a medium rare burger at Bobby Byrnes when it's a late night, but for a special date, gee I hope not. And Scargo Cafe does great lunch sandwiches -- and I could live on their grapenut pudding -- but dinner tends to be mediocre. Baxters is not known for its food, but it's still a fun place to meet friends, so will it kill us to have an app or two there?

But for what my mom calls a "nice meal," in all ways, in every circumstances, my all-time "don't eat there" list includes Sienna (as I've said before, I don't like the food, the kitchen strikes me as dirty, and the dining area is just plain noisy), Liam Maguires (go there to drink and sing, but oh gosh, don't eat there -- they served frozen quiche to the Falmouth Chamber luncheon. Twice..; the Taverna in Sandwich; and never, never to McMenamy's in Falmouth.

Apr 25, 2009
Giuditta in Southern New England

Worst of the Cape?

You are wrong on this; Bob Calderone, who owns the Barnstable Tavern never owned Sienna; he was the inital chef there.

But to praise Sienna! I'm at a loss -- I absolutely detest their so-called Italian food, and the stories about the dirtiness of the restaurant are legend. When there are flies at the front of the house, there are even more flies at the back of the house.

Apr 24, 2009
Giuditta in Southern New England

What I wish I could find on Cape Cod

1. Middle Eastern food - stuffed grape leaves, spinach pie, moussaka, lamb, falafel
2. Good, FRESH Italian pastries, cookies and bread
3. An Italian market and produce store (Lambert's just isn't getting it like it used to -- and what's with all the expensive prices?)

Apr 24, 2009
Giuditta in All New England Archive