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Foodie Tour of Hyannis

I know it has been a while since posting and just wanted you all to know that we are still enjoying the RV lifestyle!  Our jobs in Cape Cod were pretty strenuous.  Working 40 hours per week at a very physical job, keeping my websites up and Etsy shop full, took a toll on me.  Something had to go to the wayside.

We have completed our job in Cape Cod and are now on the road headed to our winter destination in Apache Junction, AZ.  You can see where we are by clicking here.

So…I wanted to take time to create a few final posts of the Cape Cod area.  We actually were able to take a few days off here and there and enjoy the area.  And because we were both on diets, it seems that food was on our minds.

We took advantage of the Hungry in Hyannis Tour to not only see a bit of the town of Hyannis, but enjoy some of the great food they had to offer.

Hungry in Hyannis is a walking and eating excursion.  The walk is about 2 miles long and takes you to seven different eateries where you sample food along the way.  You get insight into the foods, history and culture of the port town of Hyannis.

We met our tour guide at the Brazilian Grill.  The Brazilian Grill offers an authentic Brazilian dining experience as they serve you Churrasco a Rodizio, which means “Rotisserie Barbeque.”  And the best part? It’s all you can eat!

Brazilian Grill

They offer a wide variety of different cuts of beef, pork, lamb and chicken that are slowly cooked over natural wood to preserve all their natural juices and flavors. Tender morsels are brought to you on skewers and carved at your table.

Our group of ten “foodies” were allowed to sample quite a bit of food before our tour guide moved us along.  Frankly, we could have spent the afternoon there.

Tumi Ceviche

Our next stop was a short walk down the street to a Peruvian-Italian Kitchen called Tumi Ceviche.  They are known for their Peruvian ceviche, housemade pastas and wood burned grill steaks.

Here we sampled the Peruvian Ceviche!  The basic ingredient is raw fish, cut into bite-size pieces and marinated in the juice of an acidic fruit (usually lime), salt, and seasonings (usually chili peppers).

The citric acid in the juice changes the texture of the fish, without changing its “raw” taste. Ceviche is an old tradition in South America, dating back to the earliest inhabitants.

I have to say that it is totally not something I would normally order.  But it was in fact, delicious!

Caffe Gelato Bertini

If we were not on a tour, I think we would have missed this little gem.  The Cafe Gelato Bertini sits back from the main road in a tiny little white frame house.

Inside is amazing-ness!

They specialize in gelato (the Italian version of ice cream) from scratch, one batch at a time, according to the old Florentine recipes of the Bertini family.

They feature unique flavors such as Stracciatella – a cream flavored gelato, drizzled with dark Italian chocolate and Zabaglione – a custard gelato flavored with oranges, pine nuts and Marsala.

Just wow.

Pizza Barbone

Here is another little restaurant that we would have missed if we had been off on our own.  At Pizza Barbone, they bake their pizza in a beautifully handcrafted oven, which was built from scratch out of rock and ash from Mt. Vesuvius and covered in hand painted glass tiles before being shipped from Naples, Italy.

The oven is so hot that this pizza took only a few minutes to bake.  And as pizza experts (after our Pizza and Beer Tour in Boston), we give their pizza an A+!  Just wait for it to cool before you take a big bite…

Ocean Street Cafe and Deli

Ocean Street Café & Deli offers a diverse array of Mediterranean and Eastern European food, from Russian crepes and borscht to a salad bar featuring tabouli, stuffed grape leaves, Greek olives, roasted red peppers and lukanta antipasto, a Bulgarian salami.

Here, we tried the Baba Ghanoush.  It is a dish consisting of cooked eggplant mixed with tahina (made from sesame seeds), olive oil and various seasonings.

It was quite good!  To this day, Dave does not know he ate eggplant.  (Let’s keep it to ourselves…)

Good Butter Bakery

The bakery is located in an old, historic warehouse in Hyannis, just 1/2 a block south of the east end of Main Street. Upon entering, it’s like inhaling a little piece of heaven!

Here we sampled “Kayak Cookies“.  Born as a hearty snack for kayaking trips, they took a classic cookie and give it some depth. Rolled oats add texture, while the raisins and salt combine beautifully to give a perfect blend of sweet and savory.

Our final stop in the Foodie tour took us along the docks in this pretty fishing town.

Black Cat Harbor Shack

The Black Cat Harbor Shack is located next to The Black Cat Tavern on beautiful Hyannis Harbor.  Here we finished off our tour with a sample of their clam chowder!

We loved the Hungry in Hyannis Tour!  It was a great one-on-one experience.  They limit the tours to 12 at the max which gives you the opportunity to ask questions, learn the history of the restaurants and the area around them.

It was a fun way to spend a day off!

For more info on Hungry in Hyannis, click here!

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Boston Pizza and Beer Tour!

Well, we’ve been in the Boston Cape Cod area for about a month now.  Life has been busy and with a full time job at the campground, we are still managing to get out once a week to see the area. The beaches are incredibly crowded this time of year and we will have to wait until September to truly check them out.

In the meantime, we decided to get a first hand look at the City of Boston with a fun Boston Pizza and Beer Tour.  Because I simply can’t think of too many things better than pizza and beer.  What a great way to check out Boston!

According to the locals, the best way to get around Boston is by subway.  The rail system through the city is quite extensive and is a great way to avoid traffic, honking cars and irate drivers.

It may be my imagination, but it seems like everyone here is a very aggressive driver.  Stop signs are just suggestions, cross walks mean take your life in your hands, and they just love to honk horns.

So with that in mind, we took the red line into Boston.  Our destination was North Boston, the oldest part of the city.  Parking at the subway station was just $7 for the day and two round tip tickets was about $11.

Our destination?  The North End!

The North End, Boston’s oldest neighborhood, was settled in 1630. It is also known as Little Italy, and Italian is still spoken in the streets.  Visitors flock to the North End largely to eat. Within the 1 square mile of The North End, there are around 100 restaurants and bakeries to choose from.

There was a huge Farmers Market which made me instantly wish I had brought the car rather than taken the subway.  Prices were amazing and the fruits and vegetables were beautiful.

We would definitely be back another time with the car.

We were told to check out Bova Bakery.  And of course had to buy a couple of Cannolis.  I mean, how can you walk by a bakery and not stop?

Bova Bakery is actually open 24 hours, so if you get a hankering for a Cannoli or baked good in the middle of the night, they have your back.

The North  End was beautiful.  Not only was there lots of historic buildings to see, but a new park with fountains and a carousel.

After looking around a bit, we met up with our guide for the Pizza and Beer Tour.

The Boston Pizza and Beer Tour is a walking tour that takes you through the North End, Charlestown Navy Yard and the Blackstone block.

On the tour, we would get to eat pizza at three different pizza places and stop at three different historic taverns.   A scenic ferry ride across the harbor is also included.  The walk would be about 4 miles long, and our guide, Nicole, would fill us in along the way on local history and fun facts.

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A visit to the New England Coast

I’m a little behind on posts.  We are currently in St. Petersburg, FL at our current campground job.  Over the past month, we’ve traveled south,  attended a beautiful wedding, and even had some major RV issues.  Lot’s of ground to cover!  So I’m going pick where we left off…

After leaving New Hampshire, we headed toward the coast to check out Boston Cape Cod KOA.  Upon arrival, we were greeted by the manager who told us that Bar Harbor Oceanside KOA had won the Founders Award!

This is one of the top awards given out by KOA based on customer satisfaction.  We were thrilled to be part of it!  And how awesome to be recognized as part of a successful team!

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And speaking of great campgrounds, Boston Cape Cod had lots of green space and large shady RV spots.  We made ourselves at home and pulled out some maps to check out the area.

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We wanted to see the beach and decided to start with Nobska Point Lighthouse.  The Nobska Point Light is located at the southwestern tip of Cape Cod, in Massachusetts. It overlooks Martha’s Vineyard and Nonamessett Island.

The light station was established in 1826, and the current tower dates to 1876.

If you don’t know by now, I simply cannot pass up a lighthouse photo.

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Or a fun bird photo for that matter.  It was rainy that day and the ocean was full of white caps and foam which made for a cool background in this seagull photo.

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And look at the rocks!  Have I mentioned before how much I love fun rocks?  In fact, last time we were in Massachusetts, I found rocks to love.

After a day of perusing the beaches, we stopped at the local diner.

massachusettes diner

One of the many things I love about the New England area is all the vintage diners.  Yummy food served quickly and in a nostalgic atmosphere.  This diner, interesting enough is called “Dave’s Diner“.  Easy to remember, right?

While it looks like a vintage diner, it was actually built in 1998.  The diner colors, layout and decor were carefully chosen to create the fun and colorful look of the 50’s era.

And the food was delicious!

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Of course, no trip to Cape Cod would be complete without a visit to Plymouth Rock, right?

Upon entering the town of Plymouth, we saw this impressive structure along the shore.  The rock was waiting for us inside! We prepared ourselves to be duly impressed.  This rock had seen so much history!

Here is where the pilgrims first stepped onto shore from their ship, the Mayflower!

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Well…it must have been a small ship.  Or the rock shrunk.  Or something.  I wasn’t prepared for how small it actually was.

And it turns out after some research that no historical evidence exists to confirm this rock as the Pilgrim’s actual stepping stone to the New World.  Plymouth rock is more of a symbol of the courage and faith of the men and women who founded the first colony in New England.

And that is okay with me.  Even if it was slightly underwhelming.

plymouth rock

According to my research, the rock as it exists today is estimated to be only about 1/3 to 1/2 of it’s original size due to being broken and chipped away at by 18th and 19th century souvenir hunters.

Oh, and notice the scar across it?  Apparently sometime in the 1800’s, it was decided to move part of the rock to the center of town where folks could better enjoy it.  That part was eventually moved back to join the rest of the rock a few years later, and “frankensteined” back onto the other half.

plymouth rock

We might have been a tiny bit disappointed by the rock, but the replica of the Mayflower definitely made up for it.  And the beautiful sunset behind it.

Red skies at night means “sailors delight”.

New England was beautiful.  Someday, we hope to return and spend a bit more time there.  But time was going fast.  We had to be in Atlanta by November 1 for my daughter’s wedding and then onto our new job in St. Pete.

So we hit the road again.

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The dog’s snagged their favorite spots in the front of the coach, and we set out for our next stop, Lake Hopatcong, NJ.

New Jersey, you say? What the heck is in New Jersey?  Well, you just might be surprised…

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The New England Coast

We decided to add another stop on our route to Maine in order to make the drive times less strenuous for Dave.  Seems that keeping the distance no longer than 320 miles was a perfect scenario for him.  So with that in mind, our next stop was a small campground in Salisbury, MA.

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The weather?  Well, it was not cooperating.  Seems that skies are sunny unless we are hitching up the car and getting ready to hit the road.  It poured down rain on us as we prepared to leave Connecticut behind.

Fortunately there was sun waiting for us in Massachusetts.

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It was too late, though.  I officially had Rosanne Rosannadanna hair, much to Dave’s amusement.

Salisbury?  Well, because of the rainy weather, and the fact that we were only in town a day, we did not get to see a whole lot of it.  The community is a popular summer resort beach town situated on the Atlantic Ocean, north of Boston, right on the New Hampshire border.

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We can, however, recommend the Seaglass Restaurant, located right on the ocean in downtown Salisbury.  After a chilly, rainy day, a hot bowl of New England Clam Chowder certainly hit the spot.

And the great thing about the Seaglass Restaurant is the fact that you can sit and watch the ocean while enjoying your meal!

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And this is what is called a Lobster Roll.  It is a mix of lobster, veggies and special sauce in a hotdog bun.  We will find out later that this particular item is hugely popular in New England.

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The sun came out the next day and as we headed north, we made a pitstop in the town of Hampton, NH.   What beautiful scenery!

Hampton Beach boasts a mile long boardwalk and Hampton Center which is lined with fast food and full service restaurants  offering seafood, onion rings, fried dough and much more.  You’ll also find lounges offering nightly entertainment, candy stores, gift shops and mini golf and amusement arcades.

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And just look at the rocks!  Yep, that is where my mind goes.  You can take a crafter anywhere, and they just see potential.

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This is what I see!  Painted Paisley Stones – of course!

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Hampton Beach was full of activity including this lone scuba diver.

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We noted that there is a RV park located right down the road from this beautiful spot.  Hampton Beach State Park has RV campsites right on the ocean.  The campground, with 28 sites, is open for reservations from Memorial Day weekend through Columbus Day weekend.

It is definitely a spot we will keep in mind if we are in the area when it is open.

So… our next stop is Bar Harbor, Maine!  We are excited and just a tad nervous to find out what is on the horizon.  See you there!

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