Nantucket Confidential IV

Along the Jersey shore, there are probably 1,000 seagulls per mile of beach. These are the loud “laughing gulls” which screech and fight each other for food. They have stolen food right out of a sandwich I’m holding. In Nantucket, the system is different. There is about one gull per quarter mile, and these gulls are herring gulls, larger, statelier, and not nearly as low class. They are somewhat aristocratic and have a large, protected rookery on part of the …


Nantucket Confidential III

Mitch was off last night, but I still managed my martini and continued to meet fascinating people at the bar here, one of the few places where I’m an extrovert. We then drove out to The Galley, watched Diane von Furstenberg arrive and the sun depart. (The sun has been setting in front of humans for thousands of years on a rather regular basis, but we still flock to see it.) The food was great, fluke muniere, and I actually …


Nantucket Confidential II

Dinner at The Pearl consisted of outstanding soft shell crab in black pepper sauce and very rare tuna. We had Conundrum, one of my favorite “casual” white wines. Then I actually had an espresso martini for dessert. Once we returned, a Montecristo #2 with an 1875 Madeira provided by Mitch (and Reese’s peanut butter cups, I’m sorry, I’m a heathen) out on the deck under the stars. We have a full breakfast when we go over to the ocean side, …


Nantucket Confidential

Had my martini with blue-cheese-stuffed olives at the bar last night, with Mitch doing honors once again. (You can see Mitch in the August, 2008 postings of Nantucket Journal here on the blog.) We had the chef’s eight-course tasting menu at Topper’s which, even with half-portions, was huge. The sommelier, whom I’ve trusted for many years, discussed a price, as is our habit, and then his task is to delight me. He chose a fantastic 1999 Shafer Cab, so outstanding …


Nantucket Confidential

The ferry docked, we drove in first gear through the traffic snarl over cobblestone streets, then on to normal roads, and then into fourth and through the countryside. (Two gears more in case needed, unlikely on winding single lanes. I’ve never hit sixth gear in Nantucket, ever.) We spent the afternoon on the lawn overlooking the bay after being graciously welcomed by this great staff at the Wauwinet, who provided some gifts for our grandchildren. Tonight we’re on to Topper’s, …



That Championship Attitude

Did you see where Tiger Woods lost the PGA Championship to a 37-year-old who has qualified for less tournaments than Tiger Woods has won? Y.E. Yang kept his cool and beat the greatest golfer in the world in one of the greatest tournaments in the world. If you don’t lose your cool, no matter who is standing next to you, and believe in your ability, and play your own game, you’re going to win your share. This was an incredible …