Photo by Marni Elyse Katz/StyleCarrot
Black-Eyed Susan, rosemary, Stoke’s Aster, and another type of purple flower, with hand-painted ceramics.
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When we were hanging at the bar at Blackfish restaurant in Truro last weekend (a common occurence in summer), co-owner Eric Jansen told us about his newest venture, Crush Pad, a gourmet food truck on Cape Cod, parked at the Truro Vineyards. The dishes are delicious (I’ve been to Crush Pad three times already) and the setting is totally lovely, very park like, with circular picnic tables and Adirondack chairs under big, old trees. The food truck is quite large, with plenty of ovens, burners, and prep space inside, which is good because I suspect they’ll soon be drawing a crowd. In addition to the dishes from the food truck, you can get wine by the glass a few steps away; Truro Vineyards recently got a license to sell individual glasses of wine.
The food truck menu changes daily, though you can get the Niman Ranch burger with goat cheddar or Berkshire bleu cheese and the Kobe beef hot dog anytime (both really yummy; Eric also co-owns Local 186 (check out my blog post from last summer), an upscale burger joint in Ptown). We had the onion strings the first time (never bad), along with tuna sliders with sweet Asian garlic sauce which was totally amazing. The local greens and tomatoes are fresh, as was the cucumber fennel salad. Other items on the menu when we went included fried cauliflower with capers, lemon, and Parmesan, lobster bisque, lobster roll on a brioche, prosciutto soppressata and fresh mozzarella on rustic Italian bread, Arancini (deep-fried risotto balls) with English peas, and eggplant and white bean spread with capers, pine nuts, and raisins. Not bad for a restaurant on wheels.
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It’s official. Stopping by the Truro Ag Fair on the Sunday of Labor Day weekend is our last Cape hurrah before heading home to Boston at the end of each summer. I seem to have skipped posting about it in 2010, but in 2009 I admired the bunnies, and 2011 was all about alpacas. This year I oohed and ahed over the pigs. Aren’t they so cute, all cuddled up napping? There was a great rooster too, who looked like something out of a Dr. Suess book. If course plenty of organically farmed local vegetables and some enormous pumpkins.
We recently went to a neighbor’s house warming party in Truro. They had just completed a renovation by Mark Hammer of Cambridge- and Truro-based Hammer Architects, who expertly blended the very old, existing cottage with an airy, new addition that took cues from the original design. The house was owned by a journalist who was a staff writer for the New Yorker for over 50 years. My husband had visited a few times when he was a kid, and we recently reconnected with his son and his son’s very lovely wife, who now own the home and commissioned the renovation. It looks beautiful. I love the blue door, the bar on the old staircase, the black granite kitchen, and the artwork.