Celebration of love – 60 years strong!

This weekend was a special occasion…Noah’s grandparents celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary! We were lucky enough to get to go to Vermont to celebrate the day with them. And it was a celebration indeed! The festivities focused around a wonderful dinner.

The main event was a grilled trout that was stuffed with herbs and scallions and marinated for about an hour (we speculated that longer marination might have resulted in an even stronger flavor):

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The fish was a bit startling to look at – (EYEBALLS!) – but the yummy smells got going as soon as the fish was cooking. Getting the fish on the grill required a somewhat involved process of moving the fish from the pan to the grill without letting all the herbs and such from the inside spill out:

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Success!

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Meanwhile, the indoor preparations were also underway: setting the table, preparing a cucumber/radish/yogurt dressing side dish, and cooking a “salad” of sauteed peppers and green beans over lettuce:

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Soon enough, the fish was done!

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Everything was delicious, and it was really nice to see three generations of the family there!

The happy family – 60 years strong!

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Plus, there was lemon cake with passionfruit filling for dessert so…who could ever complain? 🙂

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❤ ❤ ❤

Vacation Weekend

After the long bike trip on Friday, we were overdue for some serious relaxation. On Saturday, we  woke up and prepped a breakfast of oatmeal, fruit, and coffee:

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I sported my new gear from Menemsha Blues:

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After breakfast, we plotted out our day:

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The plan was to relax at the house, visit the towns of Chilmark and Menemsha, and make dinner at home. The house had three beautiful porches:

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and we enjoyed taking in the incredible views and looking at boats through the binoculars:

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After enough time at home, we headed into the nearby town of Chilmark. We grabbed a quick lunch at the Chilmark General Store (they had pizza, sandwiches, salads, prepared foods, and a small grocery and convenient store):

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After lunch, it was time to head to the towns main attraction: Chilmark Chocolates. Chilmark Chocolates is – you guessed it – a chocolate shop selling homemade chocolates, truffles, toffee, caramel, and general forms of decadence. Not only is their chocolate universally praised, but they are also a socially-conscious organization, employing many people with special needs and partnering with the local community to give back. The only downside is that their hours are limited, so when they are open there’s a long line!

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The line moved quickly though, and before long we were in and out the door with this beautiful box:

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After safely tucking the chocolates into our bike bag, we were off for a second visit to Menemsha. We were exhausted and it was dark during our first visit to Menemsha, so we were excited to go back and get a better look at the town. Menemsha is a fishing village, and there was a lot to look at between the personal and commercial boats, gorgeous water views, and fishermen going through their day’s work:

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We even saw a special bike ferry to carry bikes between Menemsha and the nearby Aquinnah.

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Also, ice cream. Obviously.

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The last stop before leaving Menemsha was at Larsen’s Fish Market.

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Larsen’s sells fresh fish and seafood (all caught that day) and also serves up lobster sandwiches that appeared to be quite popular (judging from the length of the line!). We bought some halibut which we had with summer squash and potatoes that night:

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After a glorious day of relaxation, it was time to hit the road again on Sunday. Rather than reversing the trip from Friday, we took an alternate route that included two buses to get to Vineyard Haven, a ferry to Woods Hole, biking 20 miles to Bourne, and a 45-minute trip on the Cape Flyer back to South Station.

The CapeFlyer is a special train that runs only on the weekends and brings passengers between the city and Cape Cod. The train is very bike friendly; check out this special bike storage room onboard!

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When we finally arrived to South Station it was late, dark, and we were exhausted, so we took the T home. I’m already missing my vacation weekend. 🙂

Stella’s Fish Cafe

Even though I live only a few blocks from Stella’s Fish Cafe, I’ve never been there for a meal. One time I went for an event that offered appetizers (where I consumed a record-breaking amount of hummus and fish fingers), but I had yet to go for the sit-down-and-be-served experience. I like fish a lot, but for some reason fish restaurants are never on my radar when I’m thinking about places to eat out. I guess I’m too focused on burgers and pizza. Ummm, what?

Anyways…I finally went to Stella’s for dinner a few days ago. Since it is an A-plus beautiful summer, we sat on their rooftop. I liked that the rooftop tables had umbrellas, letting me enjoy the sunshine without getting sunburned.

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The table started with salads:

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And I ordered the red snapper special for my entree:

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It came with roasted potatoes and a corn/zucchini salad. Others ordered pasta with shrimp and the swordfish with asparagus:

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Everything was fresh and delicious! We decided to order dessert. WARNING: the desserts are humongous! The menu didn’t say anything about size, so we each ordered one. One probably would have been enough for the whole table though. We ordered red velvet cake, coconut cake, and creme brule:

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Needless to say, there was a lot leftover!

Stella’s was very good, and if you’re a big fish or seafood fan, then I would definitely give it a high recommendation.