Queen Bee Eats for a Day

Seafood and Sunflowers July 22, 2010

We spent a wonderful weekend in New England… full of seafood and sunflowers.

The journey began with oysters for breakfast actually. Well sort of, we had an early lunch at Matunuck Oyster Bar in Rhode Island as a pit-stop as we drove from Massachusetts to Connecticut after taking the red-eye in from Cali. But oh the oysters were so good – and fresh!! Some were even plucked right out of the waters behind the restaurant.  We definitely recommend eating outside, but it is worth peeking your head in to check out the bountiful oyster selection on ice.

After settling in, next up was for dinner at Abbott’s lobster in the rough in Noank, CT. Is a seasonal BYOB diamond in the rough sort of joint. Steamed lobsters, mussels & clams, huge steamers, clam chowder. You get your elbows dirty and have a perfect picnic table feast. Note – you will definitely need to map to find this place, it is sort off of the beaten path, but worth the scenic drive.

Just recently we were reading an article about breakfast spots state by state, and heard about a tiny place in Mystic, CT. Since we were to be in the area we thought we’d check it out. Kitchen Little is the name, and that pretty well describes the restaurant as well. Its a tiny little peanut of a place, but that’s all it needed to be. The view of the seaport from the outside patio was kinda perfect for an early morn. Hubby ordered their claim to fame dish – the Portuguese fisherman (spicy hot chourico and linguica from Fall River, scrambled together with eggs, peppers, onions, and jalapeño cheese in a lightly spiced sauce served with a Portuguese English muffin). I had scrambled eggs with cream cheese and crab. We definitely recommend asking if they have any specials. And if in season get an order of blueberries and creme.

Oh yeah, for a bit on silly tourist fun, we went to Mystic Pizza!

And finally, to complete our weekend in New England, we embarked on a hay ride. I’ll admit, that part of the afternoon nerved me, but the rest of the day was beautiful. Buttonwood Farm participated in a sunflower festival fundraiser for the Make a Wish foundation. The hay ride took us through 4 of the 14 acres of sunflowers, sold sunflower bouquets, and their farm fresh ice cream. And so, to wind down our weekend, we delighted in caramel ice cream with sunflower seeds.


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13 Responses to “Seafood and Sunflowers”

  1. Loll Says:

    What a wonderful trip! Your stories really make me want to see America!!
    My mom used to make me cream-cheese sandwishes with sunflower seeds, I love them now. 🙂

  2. queenbeeeatsforaday Says:

    Lovely! Thanks!

  3. jillyann Says:

    Though I am allergic to seafood/shellfish…the pictures are lovely and it sounds like a wonderful day. The sunflowers are just gorgeous!

  4. Queen Bee Says:

    Lovely trip…only wish your hater husband would have booked a flight into JFK or Laguardia to see us on your way out! We will remember this!

  5. queenbeeeatsforaday Says:

    Too bad for you! But we’d rather have you around than fall prey to eating seafood! (One of my best friends is severely allergic to all seafood/shellfish as well and each time we would go out to dinner I would be afraid to order anything in case something touched his food!)

  6. fooddreamer Says:

    Hey, you were in my neck of the woods! Sounds like you had a good trip!

  7. queenbeeeatsforaday Says:

    Yep, looks like they did! I was born there and was looking forward to seeing if the other bee went to any of our family’s favorite restaurants or hang-outs!

  8. I have never been to New England, but your post is really making me want to go!

  9. Oh my goodness, new england looks (and must taste) beautiful. I don’t know about those oysters though… ;-). I hope you keep on having a great trip, and keep tasting wonderful local fare.

  10. Emily Says:

    What a fantastic trip! Truly turned out to be a nice vacation, huh! Next NY trip I want to go to grand central for oysters, kay bee girls?

  11. Emily Says:

    I’m also in love with the Mystic Pizza movie, how was it in real life?

  12. queenbeeeatsforaday Says:

    Absolutely, though my husband may sit that one out! But we might need him for photographs! tee hee

  13. queenbeeeatsforaday Says:

    I know, I am waiting for her reply…I only remember it (the restaurant) from being a child.


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