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One look at this labrynth of a fire pot & we all shoved into the car to find something to heat on it.   We found ourselves on a 3 1/2 hour, baby-nap-inducing jaunt to all sides of Sandwich, Cape Cod, including about 45 minutes lost in a gorgeous low-end neighborhood surrounded by tidal marshes.  The salt-eaten homes with chair-covered lawns were just my idea of charming, but for the boys, not so much.  But never mind how they felt. (Not really, of course.  I was lost, after all)  We were on a mission to celebrate our family & D & I married for 10 years.  sigh. 

 

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They just wanted to get home & eat the fudge, rub the salmon & burn the wood planks we found at the Gallery Gourmet.  If you ever pop in there, ask the owners how to prepare your goods - they really know their stuff.  She helped me pick out a selection of ridiculously inexpensive wooden planks to infuse our fish with olive, cherry, maple & walnut.  How cheap?  25 single-serving rounds for under $20.  And, if used correctly, they could be used again.  The local fisherman bring in their daily treasures & pick their woods accordingly.   Being a Maine native, her husband suggested I find a bit of slate on the beach to lay on the rocks.  I didn't find any, & at one point the fire went all raging on me, but my inner-fire-starter gets all proud of that kind of thing, so it was fine.  I'd like to get my hands on some slate, though.   

 

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More important than all that, though, was the small bottle of green sushi rice they handed me.  Green.  Sushi Rice.  green sushi rice!  If I had to listen to one soundtrack for the rest of my life, I couldn't pick.  But if I had to look at at one food item the rest of my life, it would be a sticky-sweet-short-grain the color of the foamy tea that gathers at the edges of rice terraces & water-loving bamboos.  I never knew this.  But now I do.  And the most most magical part, aside from the very adorable darker-green dots that live in the corners of each grain?  They actually taste like all that.   Green tea, bamboo, fresh herbal fields with a bit of the sea.  Perfect for salmon & jumbo prawns rubbed with a powder of black peppers & maple syrup.

 

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Goodies from the shop...

 

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And the seafood, which speaks for itself, was from Joe's Lobster & Fish Mart by the canal.   We drove all over town, & apparently folks only go to one place for their shells & fish.  The line was long, the girls who worked there adorable & the selection was being brought in while we waited.

 

There's nothing like learning about the local eats, putting a bit of effort into the meal & then falling asleep to a bit of sandy fudge to say I Love You Guys.  I do  I love you guys.

 

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