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"You gotta love it"...

One of our yearly outings on Cape Cod is a visit to Chatham, a small town situated on the "elbow" of Cape Cod and surrounded by water on three sides. The main street is lined with restaurants, galleries and upscale shops. It's a beautiful ride and the town, itself...quaint in its own right. The people in Chatham are well-to-do and for lack of a better word, let's say, "charmed" or as Denny calls them..."The Swells"! This is another people-watching town. All the beautiful people...old money...not even aware that there are other folks in town beside themselves. Men, women and children are sporting the latest "Chatham" fashions, lime green, canary yellow and cotton-candy pink pants with matching tops and brimmed hats. Purchases made in the pricey shops are cookie cutter home goods, clothing, jewelry, and art. Everything matches, everything pretty much the same...hydraenga, starfish, seahorse and sea shell motifs in every pastel on the color wheel.

Rick and I choose to leave early, get to town and do our Chatham thing, the rest of the group following a bit later. The drive to Chatham is worth a trip...nice views and gardens along the way...several photo opportunities to be had. We make the annual stop at the Coast Guard Station and take in the the beach scene, the light house and the vast ocean views.


I pull right into a prime parking spot on Main Street and we are browsing the shops within minutes. An hour later, hunger strikes! Impudent Oyster is our choice for a leisurely lunch. This restaurant is owned by the son of a friend of Ricks. My choice for lunch today is a sandwich wrap..avocado, sprouts, tomato, grilled shrimp with a garlic aioli in a spinach wrap accompanied by a soy wasabi dipping sauce and handcut Parmesan Frites drizzled with Truffle Oil. Rick decides on Halibut Madeleine, grilled halibut wth a crab, caper and herb gratinee, haricot verts, roasted olives, Bibb lettuce, heirloom tomatoes, hard cooked eggs drizzled with a green goddess dressing and a garlic mashed potato cake on the side. Delish! The food is fabulous and needless to say, the Impudent Oyster is now my new favorite restaurant, Unfortunately, there is no room for dessert at this moment.

Crepes! Believe it or not, the main reason we come to Chatham is for the crepes. Kudos to Jo for discovering this little gem a few years ago and since we tried it and loved it, we haven't stopped talking about it and visiting Chatham due to these yummy treats. The favorite is the Nutella banana crepe with espresso bean ice cream..OMG, sweet deliciousness!; Mark this moment in history...Jo is the only one to partake. The rest of us left no room. I tried to justify a way to indulge but I had my fill at lunch and there is just no way I can handle it. Sad but true. I guess I'll have to wait til next year!

Our Chatham experience today is complete and we on are on the road again. A quick stop in Wellfleet on the way home for a missed photo op of Tims Bridge at the Salt Marsh and I'm ready for some sun on a lounge chair and a cocktail.


Back at the house Jo has the tunes playing, Bevie has the cocktails flowing, Jane and I are working on the tans, the guys are on the porch with their binoculars spying for seals ..we start singing ....it's a beautiful thing!

Posted by Linda Fluckiger 17:27 Archived in USA

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