Surfer Guy and I just got back from vacation that took us from west to east–Seattle, Boston, Rhode Island, Martha’s Vineyard, and New York City. We had plenty of opportunity to eat, obviously, and focused on local favorites. Lots of seafood with Italian sprinkled in. Memorable meals: our train from Rhode Island to NYC was delayed and we got in late evening…and hungry. Midtown hotel rec’d Ray’s Pizza and we called for take-out. When Surfer Guy was given the total, he said “That sounds kind of high,” not in objection to the prices they charged (he was looking at a menu) but thought perhaps he’d mis-communicated the order. The apparently offended New Yorker abruptly hung up on him. (We called back, then the delivery dude came with the salad but forgot the pizza and had to return for it.)
In Martha’s Vineyard we had memorable meals at The Outermost Inn. We stayed in one of the nine rooms and our window looked right onto an island lighthouses. The chef serves incredible meals in their dining room to guests and others on the Vineyard. I had a first lobster course (three different tastes) that made me consider becoming a New Englander. Breakfasts were awesome too. Pictured is the fruit we were served, with a ginger sorbet on top. Yum!
But the “weird” prize goes to something Surfer Guy ordered here in our town. He asked for a rec for his birthday dinner and the Italian restaurant suggested sea urchin. You see it here. I confess to being totally grossed out, particularly because the tentacles were moving the whole time it sat at the table and was consumed! They had fished it out of a tank, cut off the top and then served it with toast. I could not bring myself to taste it, but I did sniff it. Smelled like a tide pool–which is what Surfer Guy says it tasted like. Oh. Kay.
Have you eaten anything unusual or especially delicious this summer? I had a cantelope yesterday evening that might have been the best one I’ve ever tasted!