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Shacking Up

As I reflect on my lovely summer, I think of all the things that are quintessential to this lively season…farmer’s markets, evening beach strolls, lobster in any form, bike rides with no destination, and of course shack dining.

Tomatoes Galore

Tomatoes Galore

Sunsets By The Sea

Sunsets By The Sea

I have this magnetic tie to shacks. I love their grittiness, fleeting hours, chalkboard menus, and mom and pop pride.

The Easy Life

The Easy Life

For starters, I am fully obsessed with the East River Ferry. The boat pulls up directly in front of the pier in Dumbo and whisks me over to Williamsburg, whether it is to check out a cool eatery like Maison Premiere, attend a Sunday evening concert, graze through bountiful Shmorgasburg or simply embrace the ferry ride.

Mobile Magic Ride

Mobile Magic Ride

During a Sunday afternoon excursion, Travis and fell upon a gem that happens to be one of my new favorite urban shacks. Rosarito’s Fish Shack and Tequila Bar  http://www.rosaritofish.com/. With a fish case displaying the catch of the day and an endless list of tequila it is a reliable spot to add into the rotation.

A different kind of shack

A different kind of shack

Recently at the cape, circling a rotary, New England has a thing for rotaries, my mom and I headed over to the Lobster Trap, a definite shack, where I literally hand picked our dinner.

“Um, I will have the 1.3/4 pound lobster and my mom wants the 1 pound lobster. Oh sir, excuse me but can I have that one with the larger claws and preferably a girl, I mean female…I love the roe.”

Pick of the Pool

Pick of the Pool

The Lobster Trap conveniently neighbors a cute farmer’s market where we picked up the sweetest corn I can ever tasted and plump yellow tomatoes. Heavenly.

Another Cape day, post wedding errands my mom and I scooted over to Old Silver for an end of the day stroll and cat nap on the beach.

This stuff is the real deal

This stuff is the real deal

I strangely but not surprising was starving, even after we had a Greek spread from Athena Market in Brockton a few hours earlier.

“You eat more than anyone I know,” my mom said.

All that came out of my mouth was,

“I did take the shining sea 7.5 mile walk this morning”

True Blue

True Blue

And I scurried up to the Burger Shack where some teenagers manning the grill were playing some Dylan bootleg.

It had complete beach charm.

I didn’t even mind the 25-minute wait due to their NEVER FROZEN… ALWAYS-FRESH BURGER mantra.

Made with Love

Made with Love

I ordered a veggie burger with sautéed onions and mushrooms and all the fixings. It had this smoky flavor.  Super satisfying snack at the shack!

Healthy and Satisfying

Healthy and Satisfying

I will miss these seasonal treasures that dissipate when fall arrives but will always look forward to their opening day the following year.

But don’t worry there will be more shack scouting from this explorer.


Satisfy your senses,
Amanda (follow me on Twitter!)


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