Summer Sun Shingles
From the publishers of Architecture of the Cape Cod Summer comes another sampling of beautiful Cape homes designed by 2010 National Custom Home Builder of the Year winner, Polhemus Savery DaSilva Architects Builders of Chatham and Osterville. Shingled Houses in the Summer Sun ($19.95) highlights the work of Polhemus Savery DaSilva with a sampling of exquisite entry porches, family rooms, kitchens, and more. Featuring over 400 breathtaking images captured by leading photographers, this is an excellent guide to decorating and designing your very own dream home in the Cape’s famous summer sun. For more information, visit www.psdab.com/media.
Snapshots of New England
When it comes to icons, New England offers a wide variety of sights and sounds that provide a comforting sense of place. Bruce Irving, former producer of This Old House, taps into New England’s wealth of beauty in his book New England Icons ($19.95). With pitch-perfect images by photographer Greg Premru paired with a collection of short essays, this book acts as an excellent guide to exploring all that New England celebrates. From stonewalls, village greens, and lobster boats to ski runs and Cape Cod homes, Irving covers the heritage of New England. Go to www.countrymanpress.com for more information
Barn Again ($34.99) by Ashley Rooney offers a creative perspective on ways to update and reinvent old barns into beautiful living and working spaces. With over 240 gorgeous color photos, homeowners, architects, and designers alike will delight in the many different ideas and designs on how to transform these unique and fl exible spaces into comfortable and warm places. For more information, visit www.schifferbooks.com.
By the Bay
The wonders of exploration along the water come to life in Every Day by the Bay. Whether it’s high tide or low, warm weather or cold, the families in author Gail Gompper’s colorful children’s book have fun. This board book is an engaging read that encourages little ones to get out and explore all that a day at the beach has to offer. Gail Gompper bases her book on her own childhood experiences visiting Cape Cod and its bay beaches. For more information, visit www.puddlejumppress.com.
Made With Love
Created by two sisters from Scituate, One 4 Three Designs is a unique jewelry line with an inspiring tale. Each intricate necklace design is influenced by the sea, featuring shells, anchors, lighthouse, and more. The sisters created the jewelry line after hearing of the story of 1-4-3, a flashing light sequence used at a Scituate lighthouse that has come to mean “I love you” or “I miss you” to those out at sea. Visit www.one4threedesigns.com for more information.
Donna Thomas, a Sandwich resident, captures breathtaking local scenes in greeting cards sold in her family’s business, Snow Goose Gift and Christmas Shops. This beautiful image of the famous Sandwich Boardwalk is just one of about 40 to 50 designs depicting Sandwich and other Cape towns sold at the store. Each 4’’ by 6’’ image is mounted on a delicately designed card with a blank inside. Snow Goose Gift and Christmas Shops, on Tupper Road in Sandwich, has been a family business for more than 28 years. For more information, call 508-888-8441.
Corazon del Mar is a creative fiesta jazzing up Nantucket’s dining scene, especially in the off-season. This Latin kitchen and Tequileria specializes in entrees with flair in a hot spot offering relaxed dining ambiance and a fun atmosphere. We started off with zippy Margaritas followed by warm tortilla chips served with excellent guacamole ($11)—recommended by our helpful waitress. In the salsa-colored Tequileria bar and cafe, we enjoyed chef-recommended Warm Stuffed Medjool Dates ($7.50) and our favorite appetizer of the night, fresh Nantucket Fluke Teradito marinated in lemon and Yuzu juice–so so good. Next we chowed down on a Lobster & Shrimp Ceviche Tostada ($18) stuffed with local lobster and Key West shrimp. The Ceviche is a specialty here, spiced up with Corazon’s special green chili crack sauce. Next we enjoyed Grilled Baby Octopus Stew ($15), tender octopus bits in delicate ham broth with fresh chick peas and marinated tomatoes, perfectly complemented by our entree of three Tecate-Battered Baja Codfish Tacos ($23) with Jicama cabbage and a chipolte cole slaw of pickled carrots, Chipolta mayo, and avocado salsa with beans and red rice—tender fish, perfectly spiced sauce and slaw—just superb. On a cool island night, Corazon del Mar was a soul-warming culinary delight.—Susan Dewey
27 South Water Street, Nantucket, 508 228-0815,
Stroll up to the take-out window at Porky’s Barbeque and Grill at Sandy Neck Beach and you’ll find a menu of hamburgers, hotdogs, ice cream, and other comfort food for beach bums. But more importantly, you’ll find some of the meanest barbeque pulled pork and beef brisket on the Cape. The family-run restaurant uses their secret barbeque seasoning recipe, developed over 18 years, to marinate the succulent, smoky, slow-cooked pork and beef, giving it an irresistible taste—at first subtle sweetness, then a bite of spiciness, then finishing off sweet again. And this is all before dousing it with Porky’s three special sauces—the sweet, the tangy, or the spicy chipotle. Try the BBQ beef brisket sandwich, a mound of black angus beef chopped into tender cuts and mounded on a roll ($7) with a side of homemade baked beans or Cole slaw ($1.75 each). Just place your order, carry your food-filled tray over to a picnic table, and enjoy the perfect no-frills beachside feast. At their main restaurant location in Hyannis, Porky’s has an extensive selection of hearty, southern-style favorites like mac n’ cheese and shepherds pie that are sure to curb a craving The meat is smoking and the sauces are simmering—it’s time to take a taste of some sweet and spicy Southern barbeque while looking out to the Cape beach!—Jill Jansson
Sandy Neck Road, East Sandwich, (508) 375-9200. Open 8 a.m.-9 p.m. daily during the summer.
12 Thornton Drive, Hyannis, (508) 775-4227. Serving breakfast and lunch Monday-Saturday and dinner Thursday-Saturday, 5 p.m.-9 p.m.
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When President Obama touched down in Cape Cod for his 2011 Martha’s Vineyard getaway, Cape Cod Life Publications’ office manager was there with her triplet granddaughters to greet him!
Seaside living at its best can be found in this exquisite five-bedroom architect designed home in peaceful Cataumet. Take in marvelous sunsets and south west breezes, or head out from your own mooring float to picturesque harbors and sandy island beaches. Relax and enjoy the fishing, shellfishing, birding and sunbathing right outside your door.
Don’t be fooled by the simple exterior of the Ocean House in Dennisport. A fancy meal awaits—leave your car with the valet and enjoy an unforgettable evening. On a recent visit with a table overlooking Nantucket Sound and Friday night’s musical entertainment in full swing, a great start to our meal was the New Age Bento Box. This tasty appetizer offers something for everyone—five mini servings vary each night. Shiso fried oysters, tagliatelle pasta, hoisin grilled lobster tail, heirloom tomato and fresh mozzarella salad, and grilled bison sliders put our hungry stomachs at ease as the entrees were prepared. The menu is full of mouthwatering selections. The two-pound roasted lobster was extraordinary, and its four unique dipping sauces added an unusual kick. The grilled swordfish over jade rice and baby bok choy was melt-in-your-mouth delicious. From the elegant interior design and waterfront view right down to the last bite of dessert, an evening at the Ocean House should be added to any discerning Cape Codder’s dining-to-do-list.—Emma Haselton Read more…
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