Today is our fourth day in Cape Cod and I’m finally starting to feel like leaving the house and going out to do things. Yay things! Just before we left Richmond, I got an e-mail from my boss with the amount of my annual bonus check. I told him I was going to spend it all on lobster. I’ve actually had surprisingly little when you consider this area has figured out a way to incorporate lobster into damn near everything, including ice cream.
Yes, lobster ice cream. If your stomach just did a little bit of a flip, you’re not alone. On an afternoon trip into the nearby town of Falmouth, just a few minutes from our vacation home in Woods Hole, we discovered Ben & Bill’s Chocolate Emporium, located on Main Street. It’s a kind of a two-in-one shop offering various ice cream and chocolates. Their gelato machine is currently inoperable (I saw a note on the wall about a $1400 part that’s needed… ouch!) and we didn’t think to sample any of the ice cream.
Graham picked out some white chocolate cashew bark and a box of salt water taffy. While he was paying for that, I happened to notice lobster ice cream was one of the varieties offered for sale. He asked the employee behind the counter if people actually like it, since the thought made both of us nauseous. The guy said he hadn’t tried it personally but “people seem to like it.” After some further discussion amongst ourselves, we figured those “people” are the ones who are just getting free samples out of curiosity. I’d love to know how much they actually sell. The container did seem to be more full than any of the other flavors. I did capture a picture but it’s not worth sharing: imagine a big tub of vanilla ice cream, and then add in some sparsely-populated chunks of lobster meat. There you have it.
Lunch today was at Añejo Mexican Bistro, also on Main Street in downtown Falmouth. This cool little resturant has some authentic Mexican dishes with a local flair. (That “flair” being lobster, of course.) Graham wasn’t particularly hungry and got an appetizer of Langosta Taquitos, which are described as “local lobster lightly fried in a flour tortilla with chipotle crema, guacamole, and sour cream.” They were speaking his language.
I am not a huge lobster fan, so I wasn’t blown away by the taquitos, but he seemed to enjoy them and I’ll admit they were good, but to say I “like” them would be just a little bit of a stretch.
I got a classic burrito with grilled achiote marinated chicken, which is a steamed flour tortilla filled with pinto beans and Mexican rice, topped with Oaxaca jack cheese, and served with a side of pico de gallo and sour cream. I got mine with red sauce, one of the three choices available.
Something in the burrito (or the sauce) had chipotle peppers in it, which I don’t mind in small amounts, but in general I don’t care for the smoky flavor (I’m also not a fan of smoked salmon, smoked almonds, etc.) This unadvertised chipotle flavor was a bit off-putting but it was still a decent meal.
The restaurant was quite busy, with a 30-minute wait for outside seating. Our house up here doesn’t have air conditioning so I preferred to sit inside and cool off for a little while, since both the heat and humidity have been a little obnoxious so far this week.
We tried to come up with a five flush scale rating rating for this place but we were a little confused as to how to score it. At first we weren’t really sure whether regular flushes or fancy flushes would apply, but we decided to go with regular flushes. Either way, they were going to take a 1-flush penalty for having either cloth napkins or artificial candles. We were seated promptly, service was attentive enough but not overbearing, food arrived quickly and was plenty flavorful, and the price was not unreasonable ($27 for one appetizer, one entree, and two waters in a quaint New England tourist trap, and lobster was involved). I give it 3.75 flushes. After the 1-flush cloth napkin penalty, the net score is 2.75 flushes. Good enough to do it again!
After lunch and the chocolate shop, we popped in to a tea shop and Graham bought a small tin of loose leaf raspberry tea. We chatted with three of the employees for a short while about the weirdness of the lobster ice cream over at Ben & Bill’s. All of them were familiar with it, but out of the group only one of them knew someone who actually liked it.
In case you’re wondering, no, the tea shop didn’t have a lobster tea. I know, I’m surprised, too.
We’ve gone throuhg a hell of a lot of alcohol since we’ve been up here, and Graham and his mom are out replenishing the supplies right now. Nightly campfires are a tradition, and last night’s was really good. Like I said, it’s been pretty toasty up here. Fortunately it cools off quick when the sun goes down. S’mores are also a tradition, but neither of us have been in the mood for them this year. Maybe tonight?
Graham commented that he’s at the point that he feels recharged and ready to go back to work. I’m not quite there yet. We’re aiming to leave very early Friday, getting us back into Richmond late Friday afternoon. Two days in my own home will do wonders to finish recharging my batteries, though I’m dreading that return trip. At least this time we won’t be driving all night long. That was brutal. 🤕