¡Viva! El Mundo

August 15, 2012 5:00 am0 comments

While Mexican culture is known for many, many great things, from art to music to film, for us up here in New England, thoughts of Mexico often also drift towards sipping cocktails on beautiful beaches escaping the frigid northern winters. That’s why having a frozen tropical drink while looking out on Provincetown Harbor feels like a double whammy of chilling out, be you on vacation or just taking the afternoon off from work.  And El Mundo, the Mexican restaurant and bar across from Town Hall, creates the perfect atmosphere for a trip to the Mayan Riviera without leaving Commercial Street.

Owned by Bea Chamberlain and Michael Boyle, El Mundo opened in Provincetown several years ago creating a buzz based on the original El Mundo’s reputation in Louisville, Kentucky, which since its opening in 1995, continues to be a hot spot in the funky and artsy city. The connections to both Mexico and Kentucky were apparent this May when El Mundo held a joint party for both Cinco de Mayo and the Kentucky Derby.  Despite those divergent cultural connections, El Mundo also has some deep Provincetown roots.

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A New Spot for Lobsters, Oysters, and More. The Seafood Grille Stands Out.

August 1, 2012 5:00 am0 comments

Al Gordon has transformed what was once The Waterford Café into a hotspot for fresh, local seafood, the Seafood Grille. While still under his ownership, Gordon and Executive Chef Joe Martello have crafted a new and extensive menu that is strong on fresh fish, lobster, and the oyster. And, they’ve added an oyster and lobster bar.

The menu is as creative as it is extensive. On the first page of the dinner menu, Gordon writes a paragraph called “The Cape Cod Fishing Forecast,” a weekly, informal report on what kind of fish is being caught on the Cape, and consequently, what fresh fish diners can expect to find on their plates. On the day of this interview, “The Fresh Catch” included tuna, swordfish, haddock, and the elusive marlin. 

When asked about the Seafood Grille’s menu, Gordon responds, “Our focus is on fresh local fish. We change our menu weekly based upon what is runnin’ [sic]. For instance, our lobsters come directly from the local lobster man, who shows up every couple of days in his boots with his day’s haul.” 

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A Burger Lover’s Dream

July 18, 2012 5:00 am0 comments

Entrepreneurs Gui Yingling and Eric Jansen have transformed the former Enzo restaurant into Local 186, a “Burger Joint,” as Yingling proudly refers to it.  Yingling sits in the comfortable, renovated bar at 10 p.m. Local 186 is still busy with platters of burgers and crisp French fries exiting the kitchen.  For a burger lover, the smells were as near to perfection as one can get in a restaurant.  All appearances suggest a thriving new business based on the culinary evolution of the hamburger.  

Yingling and Jansen have worked together before, but the strength behind their business savvy may be due to an enduring friendship that dates back to their childhood.  Yingling explains, “Eric and I have known each other for 20 years; our families vacation together.  Eric and I had a few ideas on the burner and for years we talked about doing something together, maybe in New York, but our lives were here.  Eric and I worked together at Bubala’s and our first business partnership continues to be at Blackfish [in Truro], and from there we started a catering company and now, Local 186.”

When asked how the concept for Local 186 came about, Yingling responds, “Eric was in Miami and he said, ‘We need a burger place in Provincetown.’ I had Enzo’s with my father, [John Yingling], and we both thought it was a great idea.  This burger joint thing is huge in Miami and New York and is a trend that is only getting bigger.”

He adds, “Everyone has a burger on the menu, but to the best of my knowledge, no one else on the Cape is so burger-centric.”

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Catering to the Community – Sage Inn & Lounge

July 11, 2012 5:00 am0 comments

by Steve Desroches Creative and socially conscious entrepreneurs have for years now been operating on interesting and effective business models that allow customers to contribute to causes near and dear to their hearts. Be it companies like Working Assets or Ben and Jerry’s, there are new corporate models for how [...]

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Top Chefs of Provincetown

August 24, 2011 2:21 pm0 comments

It’s Top Chef meets LGBT concerns when The Taste of Provincetown, MassEquality’s annual fundraising event, takes over Provincetown’s Town Hall August 27. The art, food, and wine iinspired evening will feature delectable food from some of Provincetown’s most popular restaurants as well as a competition hosted by Top Chef finalist Tiffani Faison, pitting three of Provincetown’s finest chefs against each other in a five-ingredient cook-off, the QuickFire Challenge.
“This is our second year hosting this signature event,” says Miguel Rodriguez, director of development at MassEquality. “We do so many important things here, working with and for the LGBT community from the cradle to the grave, with so many new issues coming up all the time – anti-bullying, transgender equality, immigration issues – that engaging people to help is more important than ever.”
With Provincetown’s array of restaurants and chefs, “it was a no-brainer,” says Rodriguez. “It’s an opportunity to showcase these fantastic restaurants, with each contributing an amuse-bouche of some sort.”

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THE DISH: Dalla Cucina

June 23, 2011 6:37 pm0 comments

The smoky flavor of this Italian dish comes from the particular type of prosciutto used, according to Chef Michael Ceraldi of Dalla Cucina. Speck prosciutto is cured with juniper and black pepper and then cold-smoked, a process that reveals the Austrian/German influence in the region in Italy where it comes from – Alto Aidge. That lovely smokiness caresses the littleneck clams and al dente pasta, accented by a sprinkling of fresh parsley, giving this dish a bold taste. At the restaurant, Ceraldi makes this dish a more authentic “chitarra vongole,” with the unique chitarra pasta, which is a little hard to come by locally, so we’ve substituted spaghetti here. It’s a perfect marriage of Italy and Provincetown.

Buon Apetito!

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It’s Provincetown Restaurant Week!

May 19, 2011 7:00 am0 comments

by Steve Desroches Provincetown Restaurant Week and the Gallery Stroll includes 25 restaurants across town as well as over 30 galleries showcasing what Provincetown does best – food and art. On May 20th, participating restaurants will offer a fixed-price three-course dinner at $25 or $35. With both ferries in service [...]

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Chocolate to Soothe the Soul

April 14, 2011 6:00 am0 comments

by Rebecca M. Alvin Few foods generate as much delight as chocolate. In its nearly 4,000 years of existence, this food has been used for a variety of purposes – for nourishment, for spiritual ritual, and of course, for the pleasure of eating it. Its scent, its flavor, its texture, [...]

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Big Daddy’s Burritos.

April 13, 2011 3:24 pm0 comments

alt14 years providing fast, fresh, healthy, and very tasty meals – that’s what Big Daddy’s Burritos is all about. Take a moment out of your day…chill and pick up a delicious burrito, quesadilla, chicken fajita salad, taco, nachos, or the daily special. Meander out to the newly renovated outdoor patio/deck of the Aquarium.  Also offered are menu choices with an assortment of

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Yardarm Liquors, Inc.

March 4, 2011 7:24 pm0 comments

altThe largest full service liquor store on the Outer Cape, Yardarm Liquors carries a wide variety of beer and spirits, featuring over 500 hand picked wines from California,  Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Argentina, Chile, Spain, Italy, and France.

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