Saturday, June 30, 2012

2012 America’s Cup World Series, Newport, Rhode Island (Reposted From June 30, 2012)

The America's Cup World Series in Newport, Rhode Island may be easiest compared to Grand Prix de Monaco.  Except in the water.

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Salt Water Farm, Lincolnville, Maine


Salt Water Farm represents so much of what is important, combined with what is viscerally appealing.  Classes and supper clubs focus on "traditional methods of cooking locally sourced ingredients", in an exquisite coastal Maine setting.

Sunday, June 24, 2012

A little clique of themselves...

“[New Englanders] very contentedly made a little clique of themselves and intermarried very much, with a sure and cheerful faith that in such alliances there can be no blunder.”

John Morse, Jr., in Memoir of Colonel Henry Lee, as quoted by Judson Hale.

Children of the first settlers of the New Hampshire seacoast town of Hampton:  Here, from the family tree,  brothers from one family married sisters from another family, and a child from each of those marriages then got married and had children.  As a result, the fourth great grandfather had the same great grandparents on both sides.

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

The Belted Galloways of Aldermere Farm, Rockport, Maine

If you are headed in or out of Camden, be sure to bypass Route One and see the Scottish Belted Galloways of Aldemere Farm.

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Sartorial requirements...

“Casual. No denim.”

- Sartorial requirements for tonight’s pre-race dinner, New York Yacht Club’s Harbour Court, Newport, Rhode Island

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Maine's Lupines, Beach Roses, and Buttercups

While there is no question that "Leafing Season" has a better brand, "Lupine Season" on the Maine coast is just as wonderful.  Everywhere in late May and June are visual treats.

Saturday, June 9, 2012


Local Food, Minimally or Not Processed
It is easy to spend a lot on food.  One can buy five quarts of sugar snap peas and serve them, prepared only by a bit of culling and washing, to family and guests.

The type of food spending is ego-food (a great term heard a while back). Here, "clever" chefs do all sorts of machinations to food, including stack it, drizzle it, fuse it, or separate it to make it less recognizable, more expensive, and less good. As with modern art, it necessitates a response; and because we are polite, it comes out, often reluctantly, as positive. And this ego-food is often marketed falsely as dichotomous to the cheap, over industrialized, seasonless food that is ubiquitous today.

There are some amazing surprising combinations of flavors and textures.  But the freshest healthful foods, minimally prepared, are much more luxurious to me than any Rube Goldberg concoctions of an ambitious chef.

One half expects there to be less tolerance for the ego-food productions of ambitious chefs, such as this dessert.  

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

To survive, they had to be self-reliant...

“Many islanders lived their whole lives on the islands where they were born; there they died and there they were buried.  To survive, they had to be self-reliant, to build their own boats, to raise all of the food they did not take from the sea, to attend to their own sick, and to treat their own injuries...  

There was nothing anywhere that was unnecessary; nothing, whether the work of man or nature that existed without a purpose.”

- Eliot Porter, Summer Island, Penobscot Country (from a battered 1966 copy, about Great Spruce Head Island, Maine)

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Trinity Church, Newport, Rhode Island

Church steeples shape the skyline of many New England towns.  And Newport is no exception.

Friday, June 1, 2012

Guernsey Sweaters Have Arrived at Royal Male

The Guernsey sweaters had arrived at Royal Male in Newport.

Going By Sea

The Guernsey sweater, made on the Channel Island of Guernsey where they have been knitting this sweater for over 400 years.   It is virtually indestructible, densely woven of its famous water resistant oiled wool, and hand finished.   

The details are specific and symbolic.  Quoting a rib at the top of the sleeve represents a sailing ship’s rope ladder; a raised shoulder seam represents a rope; and the garter stitch panel represents waves breaking on the shore. 
It was Lord Admiral Nelson who suggested that the Guernsey be worn by the Royal Navy, and ordered them to be dyed Navy Blue from their original Natural.