A True Seafood Shack On Cape Sable Island

Westhead Takeout is the quintessential seafood shack complete with picnic tables and views of fishing vessels and the ocean.

The menu covers all things fried and we were there to experience the various seafood offerings.

Once you order you can take a few minutes to wander around the wharf where you can check out whatever Canadian Coast Guard vessel is in port and watch seaweed harvesters unload their haul. Or you can sit on the porch of the shack enjoying the smells coming from the kitchen.

When our food was ready we dove right in. The fried clams were the best I’ve had this summer and possibly ever. They were whole clams and very fresh. We loved the scallops, haddock sandwich, shrimp, and onion rings. It was a great meal!




Boston Marathon Family Style

ImageIt was a two-family affair heading up to Boston to cheer on Alice and Greg as they ran the 2012 Boston Marathon.  For the previous week, our runners received warning after warning about the temperature on race day so we were all bracing for the worst.  We surveyed the course on Sunday to establish where the cheering section would be and decided on Mile 20.  It had all the important elements.  It was easily identifiable to the runners, close to Panera Bread with a clean restroom, and included a shaded area for the kids to hang out and cool off.  The temperature did reach 88 degrees but we all managed to stay cool, even our runners.  What an incredible event to see.  The wheelchair bound athletes were truly inspiring and the elite runners impressive.  After Alice and Greg blew by Mile 20, we hopped on the T to Boston to meet them at the finish line.  Somehow we managed to meet our runners and hold on to all our children amidst the throngs of people.  Alice and Greg finished the race in style on a hot day and we all had a great experience.

Chasing Food Trucks

The idea came to us while we were watching a rerun of The Great Food Truck Race on the Food Network. A quick Google search lead us to Craig LeBan’s list of the top food trucks in Philly. Who knew there were so many in our city? Twitter provided the current location and off we went. Our first foray lead us to Lucky Old Souls, a truck specializing in burgers, fries, milkshakes and homemade soda. The salted caramel milkshake was delicious as was the Los Burger.  Anything that layers homemade bacon, smoked cheddar, and pickled tomatoes with a burger is great with us.

Since our Lucky Old Souls adventure, we chased down the Guapos Tacos and Pitruco Pizza trucks at Love Park.  Guapos is the creation of Jose Garces and features meaty tacos.  They were good but not extraordinary.  I have a particular love for fish tacos and they were not on the menu.  The Pitruco Pizza was delicious.  Who would have thought about installing a brick oven in a truck.  The pizza was better than most Philly pizza.

Our last outing was in search of Sugar Philly.  A truck that specializes in sweet treats like French Macarons, Crème Brulée, and Cheesecake.  The day we found them near Penn, they only had Macarons.  We got all the available flavors and loved them.   I don’t know where our next adventure will take us but Philly Magazine has an article on Philly Food Trucks and Yelp has a great food truck ranking.  Fine dining is available curbside!