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Some Pictures from My Summer Vacation

2011 August 5
by Mike

Apologies for the light posting of late, but I’ve been away on vacation. I’m up on Cape Cod with my family. We come here every summer for a few weeks of sun, sand, and seafood. Cape Cod, in addition to being a very beautiful place, has some of the best seafood in the world, and we spend two weeks gorging ourselves on the local bounty: lobster, clams, oysters, scallops, striped bass, cod, monkfish, halibut, tuna. Some wine is consumed, too, although the Burgundy premox plague hit us hard a few nights ago: I had to dump a bottle of the 2000 Bonneau du Martray Corton-Charlemagne and a bottle of the 2001 Louis Carillon Puligny Montrachet Les Perrières, both of which were completely shot. But aside from those hiccups, we’ve had our usual blissful sojourn. It is a very simple vacation, spent in a quaint cottage located down a dirt road, and it is heaven for us.

My 10-year-old son James is an avid fisherman, and for his birthday each year, we take a fishing trip on a charter boat out of Wellfleet Harbor. We go with the same guy every year—Jerre Austin, a former commercial fisherman (he once landed an 1100-pound blue fin tuna by himself) who now works as a police officer in Wellfleet and runs charters on the side (his wife Barbara is a celebrated clam and oyster farmer and supplies many of the local restaurants and fish stores, including the one we frequent). Jerre is a wonderful guy, and he always manages to find us fish. Usually, we land a mix of blues and striped bass. While the blues are fun to catch—they put up an epic fight—they are not great eating, so we toss them back. We love striped bass, so we keep those.

The fishing was challenging this year: we spent three futile hours jigging through the waters of Cape Cod Bay before we finally got a bite. In the span of five minutes, I pulled two 30-inch stripers aboard, and they were dinner that night. Needless to say, fish doesn’t get fresher than that. In fact, we are so spoiled by the seafood here that we hardly eat fish the rest of the year—the difference in quality is that hard to swallow. Anyway, I thought some of you might enjoy photos of our dinner’s journey from Bay to plate, along with a few other pictures from our feeding frenzy here on the Cape.

Me reeling in one of the fish while James signals his approval

James with our catch

Captain Jerre preps one of the fish

The end result, courtesy of my very talented wife

A plate of toro, about to be consumed sashimi style

The local specialty

We've had many dozens of these

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  1. August 13, 2011

    But man, that picture of the toro has me drooling a whole lot.

  2. August 12, 2011


    We’re crazy about fish, but have just never found much to like about bluefish. More for you, I guess! As an aside–Jerre told us that there have been very few blues around this year, which is pretty amazing. A couple years ago, blues were all but jumping in the boat, and the stripers were hard to find, at least where we were fishing. Now it’s the reverse.

  3. August 12, 2011

    Blues not great eating…..

    To quote the great Johnny Mac, “you can’t be serious”

  4. Bill Klapp permalink
    August 8, 2011

    I worry that clams will disappear in our lifetimes. Certainly long before premoxed white Burgundy does! For those that enjoy weeping, the link below is Maine rather than Cape Cod, but I am thinking about spending a month or so here:

  5. August 6, 2011

    Lovely pictures of someone who’s got their priorities right and is enjoying the good life Mike.

    Am enjoying your vacation updates on twitter – keep em coming!

  6. Jack Bulkin permalink
    August 6, 2011

    Nice pictures Mike. I miss the seafood from the Cape. The frozen or laughably “fresh” garbage available here in the desert are not even close.
    The Toro pictures remind me of an Offlline in Napa several years ago. My friend and great winemaker Mike Smith fromMyriad and Quivet vineyards and his great wife Leah brought 20 pounds of freshly caught Blue fin that they had just flown in with from N.E. that we ate sashimi style and I lightly charred on the grill. We also were cooking 50 pounds of Flannery’s Wagu for the carnivores.
    It was awesome.

  7. August 6, 2011

    Thanks for the comments, Bill and Francois. We’re leaving the Cape today, Bill, and I’m also weeping at those pictures! The quality of the seafood here is amazing, though I trust you are eating pretty well yourself at the moment.

    Francois, those two bottles were a disappointment, though a superb bottle of the 2000 Dauvissat Preuses the other night helped ease the sting just a bit! Glad you enjoyed the post, and I hope you are having a terrific summer.

  8. mauss permalink
    August 6, 2011

    Deeply sorry for those 2 Burgundy bottles :-(

    Bravo for this healthy reportage ! Wine is not eating 100 % of our time !

  9. Bill Klapp permalink
    August 5, 2011

    Nice tan there, Steinberger and welcome back to what is facetiously referred to as civilization! I am weeply openly at the sight of that seafood…

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