Family, friends, the beach, and good eats are my recipe for the perfect weekend. Last weekend was just that.
Friday night I took it easy because I knew I was getting up early to head to the beach with my grammy. I so look forward to Fridays because it’s my favorite day to stay in. I watched a little bit of Stranger Things (anyone else watching this?) and then read a little. Then Saturday, it was beach time.
It’s impossible not to grab a snack while you’re walking around. I always like to stop in Roy Moore Lobster; this visit we picked up shrimp cocktail and some delicious smoked salmon.
We took the scenic route home, and with seafood still on our mind, we decided to stop for an early dinner. Looking specifically for fried clams and outdoor seating, I randomly found the The Clam Shack in Salem. Thank goodness for Yelp! I had gone to Farnham’s the week before so I wanted to see how it compared.
This place is a gem! The service was super friendly and the food fantastic. Grammy got fried scallops and clam (bellies, for the win!) and I got baked haddock and scallops. All the seafood was so fresh and flavorful. And this sounds silly, but I was so impressed with the fries and tartar sauce. You often find these seafood shacks slacking on those two items, but they knocked it out of the park. And do yourself a favor and dip your fries in the tartar sauce. It’s that good.
Later that night my fave girl Taylor spent the night for some wine, girl talk, and for our brunch day on Sunday.
We started the day with a nice church service. I almost always go to church by myself so it was really special having someone tag along. It made for a great start to the day!
On to brunch! We decided to check out Worden Hall in Southie and it did not disappoint. We started with the most delicious Strawberry Bellinis with St. Elder, strawberry shrub, and prosecco. Bellinis are where it’s at you guys. No more mimosas.
To eat, I had the Roasted Vegetable Ragout with poached eggs and a romesco sauce. The vegetables consisted of broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, and kale. Taylor got the Grilled Bacon Apple Cheddar Croque. Trust us, it was goooood. A side of black pepper bacon and fruit and the meal was complete!
After brunch we hopped around a bit to The Maiden, Moonshine 152, Coppersmith. The Maiden’s atmosphere was a little too stale, Moonshine is my next go-to for brunch, and Coppersmith was really neat space. It was a weekend for the books!
What’s your go-to item at brunch? And cocktail? I always go for anything with eggs (savory over sweet) and I’ll drink bellinis or Bloodys.