Tuesday, April 6, 2010

The Boardwalk, Sandwich, MA

IMG_0188 File this one under simple pleasures.  Stop by Paul's Bean and Bagel for a cup of coffee or iced tea, and maybe a snack, then head across Main Street on Jarves, take a left on Factory, then a right on Boardwalk, follow that to the little parking area.  Grab your coffee, and take a walk along the boardwalk, crossing Town Creek and the marshes, then keep walking out to the beach.  Take your dog if you have one (just make sure you pick up after it), and relax.  Some days the foghorn IMG_0244 will be sounding at the nearby canal entrance, some days the wind will be howling, some days will be sunny and calm.  Most days there will be plenty of waterfowl- gulls, swans, great blue herons, more- and every day you will be able to see the @#$% eyesore of the electric plant (just pretend it isn't there, sorry, nothing I can do about it).



Thursday, April 1, 2010

Driskill Hotel Bakery Cafe

The Driskill Hotel is an Austin, Texas landmark, built in 1886 as the showplace of cattle baron Jesse Driskill.  While the Driskill has many things to recommend it, the 1886 Cafe and Bakery is a favorite of mine.

What's so great about it?  It is a great bakery cafe, with friendly staff, outdoor seating is available, in a beautiful old hotel full of history, centrally located in a great city.

The menus are varied and include the expected, and a few unexpected items for a "cafe" menu.  I like to hit the cafe for breakfast, and their "Ultimate Skillet Breakfast", is my preferred meal to start the day, but you will have plenty of choices.

It isn't just about a nice place and good food, the Driskill is also a good place for people watching, hang around the Cafe and you will see some interesting folks, and may get to meet one of "the Dons" or other local characters (not "Dons" as in Mafia "Dons", but a couple of colorful Texans named Don who hold court in the Cafe).

Oh, and they have a bar.