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The Modern Guide to The Thing Before Preppy

Thursday, May 23, 2024

In the Back Parking Lot Today...

Photos by Muffy Aldrich

I came upon this, just driven up last night from the Cape...

Tuesday, May 21, 2024

Mercer Shirt Arrival

Photo by Salt Water New England
A shirt, a backup, and a backup for the backup...

Alewives Run

Photos by Salt Water New England
Progenitors of Lobster Rolls.


Monday, May 20, 2024

Favorite Places for Crab Cakes, New England v. Baltimore.

 A reader question:

Dear Editor,

I admit I am finding the responses to favorite Clam Chowder interesting even though I am not a fan of Clam Chowder.  I do like Crab Cakes.  I am wondering if people have a favorite place for Crab Cakes?

My mother and I attended the Newport Folk Festival and driving back to Pittsburgh we stopped at a restaurant just inside Connecticut from Rhode Island and they had great Crab Cakes.  I forget the name.   I am sure this will generate competition between New England and Baltimore.

Sunday, May 19, 2024

Where to eat (outside) and buy seafood on Martha's Vineyard? (r)

 A reader question:

Since SWNE attracts a discerning crowd, these are a couple of questions from a neighbor.   Do you have any recommendations about where to eat (outside) on Martha's Vineyard?   How about markets where she can buy (sea)food and take back to the cottage to heat up later?   Any other info (she hasn't been there in a few years) or suggestions will be passed along and greatly appreciated!


The Harbor Deli (r)

Friendship, Maine - All Original Photographs

At any harbor deli, one can feel almost immediately at home. They are their own genre, familiar in their patterns and menus.

New England Clam Chowder (r)

New England Clam Chowder is a quintessential New England food, along with (to quote Judd Hale) baked beans, codfish, lobsters, maple syrup, jonnycake, and apple pie.
Who makes the best clam chowder?   Traditional clam chowder tastes best using fresh, local ingredients.  It can be served on the dock or at a wedding.  Or, at a wedding on the dock.  This question can elicit not only the digging up of old recipes, but a weekend-long road trip to taste samples first hand.
New Englanders are always arguing with each other and with outsiders as to the proper ingredients and/or correct preparation techniques. 
- Judd Hale

Monday, May 13, 2024

Thursday, May 9, 2024

Reader Question: Beach Reading?

Photo by Muffy Aldrich
A reader question:

Dear Muffy,

I am looking forward to spending far too many hours on the beach this summer devouring a stack of books.  Might you ask your readers to share what books they are enjoying or are looking forward to this season? 

Thank you,