Gonna Try Our First Restaurant Lunch Today

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    May 27, 2020 1:31 PM GMT
    A favorite place of ours had a partial reopeing last week. They just texted us that they’re offering some Ipswich Bay clams from Boston today, my Boston husband’s favorite. He can’t resist those, They’ll text us again when they’re prepared.

    They’ll reserve an outdoor table for us, but by lunchtime we may have rain. There’s indoor seating with social distancing, but we’ll have to evaluate that when we see it. Otherwise they'll do it as a takeout, like we’ve been getting from them, and other places, for the last 2 months.

    More than the dining experience, the pleasure will be to see old friends, in familiar surroundings again. But only if we’re satisfied it’s safe.
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    May 27, 2020 5:56 PM GMT
    Did you know that most "Ipswich clams" come from Maine?

    My husband and I live in the Boston area and are friends with a noted chef at a local restaurant who told us this interesting information.

    My husband is also friends with the Shellfish Constable in the area.
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    May 27, 2020 6:00 PM GMT
    Here is an excerpt from a NY Times article that I found.

    But are Ipswich clams always, always from Ipswich? In fact, it's no secret among seafood suppliers and restaurants that most of the soft-shell clams currently sold as ''Ipswich'' clams -- even in Ipswich -- in fact come from Maine, where muddy tidal flats like those along the Damariscotta River and in Sagadahoc Bay yield a delicious harvest. An invasion of predatory green crabs, along with environmental pressures, have sharply reduced the number of local clams, experts say.
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    May 27, 2020 7:12 PM GMT
    FancyDress said
    Did you know that most "Ipswich clams" come from Maine?

    My husband and I live in the Boston area and are friends with a noted chef at a local restaurant who told us this interesting information.

    My husband is also friends with the Shellfish Constable in the area.

    What we DO know is that this chef formerly owned a restaurant north of Boston. And his previous local Ipswich clam sources still supply him here in South Florida.

    Clams from Ipswich Bay, north of Boston, are carefully regulated, but are still harvested. They are considered the best because of a combination of unique nutrients that flow into the bay. The range of the clam extends outside that bay, but without those nutrients from the bay they don’t taste the same.

    So we do know a little about this. And our friend gets his flown packed in dry ice directly from Ipswich Bay, from the local sources he knows. So that they are indeed genuine Ipswich clams, not from down Maine or elsewhere.

    Which, BTW, were delightful today. icon_biggrin.gif
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    May 27, 2020 10:10 PM GMT
    Art_Deco said
    FancyDress said
    Did you know that most "Ipswich clams" come from Maine?

    My husband and I live in the Boston area and are friends with a noted chef at a local restaurant who told us this interesting information.

    My husband is also friends with the Shellfish Constable in the area.

    What we DO know is that this chef formerly owned a restaurant north of Boston. And his previous local Ipswich clam sources still supply him here in South Florida.

    Clams from Ipswich Bay, north of Boston, are carefully regulated, but are still harvested. They are considered the best because of a combination of unique nutrients that flow into the bay. The range of the clam extends outside that bay, but without those nutrients from the bay they don’t taste the same.

    So we do know a little about this. And our friend gets his flown packed in dry ice directly from Ipswich Bay, from the local sources he knows. So that they are indeed genuine Ipswich clams, not from down Maine or elsewhere.

    Which, BTW, were delightful today.


    The clams constable has told me personally that many clams claiming to be from Ipswich are from Maine.
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    May 27, 2020 11:19 PM GMT
    FancyDress said
    The clams constable has told me personally that many clams claiming to be from Ipswich are from Maine.

    MANY? Well, apparently not these. Now STFU.

    And you personally know the “Clams Constable”? As Monty Python would say: “Pull the other one."
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    May 27, 2020 11:48 PM GMT
    Art_Deco said
    FancyDress said
    The clams constable has told me personally that many clams claiming to be from Ipswich are from Maine.

    MANY? Well, apparently not these. Now STFU.

    And you personally know the “Clams Constable”? As Monty Python would say: “Pull the other one."


    Why does it upset you so that my husband and I (we are married) know our local clams constable?
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    May 28, 2020 10:58 AM GMT
    FancyDress said
    Art_Deco said
    FancyDress said
    The clams constable has told me personally that many clams claiming to be from Ipswich are from Maine.

    MANY? Well, apparently not these. Now STFU.

    And you personally know the “Clams Constable”? As Monty Python would say: “Pull the other one."

    Why does it upset you so that my husband and I (we are married) know our local clams constable?

    Because you’ve claimed here, in your various socks, to be living in different places all over the US. And each time I or others catch you in a mistake, you then disappear, to reemerge with a new identity & location.

    So now you personally know the Clams Constable of Boston. Does he/she wear a uniform? What are the duties?

    BC2-ClamsGotLegsn.jpg

    ©B.C. by johnny hart
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    May 28, 2020 2:22 PM GMT
    Art_Deco said
    FancyDress said
    Art_Deco said
    FancyDress said
    The clams constable has told me personally that many clams claiming to be from Ipswich are from Maine.

    MANY? Well, apparently not these. Now STFU.

    And you personally know the “Clams Constable”? As Monty Python would say: “Pull the other one."

    Why does it upset you so that my husband and I (we are married) know our local clams constable?

    Because you’ve claimed here, in your various socks, to be living in different places all over the US. And each time I or others catch you in a mistake, you then disappear, to reemerge with a new identity & location.

    So now you personally know the Clams Constable of Boston. Does he/she wear a uniform? What are the duties?

    BC2-ClamsGotLegsn.jpg

    ©B.C. by johnny hart


    Calm down and stop beating on the guy. So what, he knows the guy who is in charge of the clams, big deal. You look like an idiot, not to mention a bully. Why not give the clams constable a call if you want to verify his existence?

    https://www.ipswichma.gov/175/Shellfish
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    May 28, 2020 6:18 PM GMT
    HikerCamper said
    Art_Deco said
    FancyDress said
    Art_Deco said
    FancyDress said
    The clams constable has told me personally that many clams claiming to be from Ipswich are from Maine.

    MANY? Well, apparently not these. Now STFU.

    And you personally know the “Clams Constable”? As Monty Python would say: “Pull the other one."

    Why does it upset you so that my husband and I (we are married) know our local clams constable?

    Because you’ve claimed here, in your various socks, to be living in different places all over the US. And each time I or others catch you in a mistake, you then disappear, to reemerge with a new identity & location.

    So now you personally know the Clams Constable of Boston. Does he/she wear a uniform? What are the duties?

    BC2-ClamsGotLegsn.jpg

    ©B.C. by johnny hart


    Calm down and stop beating on the guy. So what, he knows the guy who is in charge of the clams, big deal. You look like an idiot, not to mention a bully. Why not give the clams constable a call if you want to verify his existence?

    https://www.ipswichma.gov/175/Shellfish

    Oh my, seems our Hyacinth has had her nose put outta joint. As our Hyacinth is the only one here, who knows Very Important People here.
    Maybe it's time our Hyacinth shows some credentials. With all her outrageous clames of success.
    We do know she isn't a Gold Card Gay, and never been a married homosexual; or homosexual for that matter.
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    May 29, 2020 5:41 PM GMT
    Wombat said
    HikerCamper said
    Art_Deco said
    FancyDress said
    Art_Deco said
    FancyDress said
    The clams constable has told me personally that many clams claiming to be from Ipswich are from Maine.

    MANY? Well, apparently not these. Now STFU.

    And you personally know the “Clams Constable”? As Monty Python would say: “Pull the other one."

    Why does it upset you so that my husband and I (we are married) know our local clams constable?

    Because you’ve claimed here, in your various socks, to be living in different places all over the US. And each time I or others catch you in a mistake, you then disappear, to reemerge with a new identity & location.

    So now you personally know the Clams Constable of Boston. Does he/she wear a uniform? What are the duties?

    BC2-ClamsGotLegsn.jpg

    ©B.C. by johnny hart


    Calm down and stop beating on the guy. So what, he knows the guy who is in charge of the clams, big deal. You look like an idiot, not to mention a bully. Why not give the clams constable a call if you want to verify his existence?

    https://www.ipswichma.gov/175/Shellfish

    Oh my, seems our Hyacinth has had her nose put outta joint. As our Hyacinth is the only one here, who knows Very Important People here.
    Maybe it's time our Hyacinth shows some credentials. With all her outrageous clames of success.
    We do know she isn't a Gold Card Gay, and never been a married homosexual; or homosexual for that matter.



    For once, I actually appreciate one of his topics. If he hadn't posted this topic, I would never have known there was a clams constable.

    Why he is getting so agitated about that though is beyond me.
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    Jun 02, 2020 1:38 PM GMT
    ObscureAndFuzzy said
    Why he is getting so agitated about that though is beyond me.

    Because there is no such thing as a Clams Constable. Under laws dating to the colonial period, Massachusetts retains the position of Constables. That have limited civil authority, lesser than police authority. Essentially process servers and wardens.

    There is a shellfish course constables can take, and it would be proper to call those individuals Shellfish Constables. Not “Clam” Constables. Again, basically game wardens that check fishing & harvesting permits, who can issue citations but not make arrests.

    In the specific case of Ipswich Bay, clamming is closely regulated, as I mentioned earlier, to prevent over-harvesting. But it is still legal to draw clams from it, by state-licensed companies. And one of those supplies our restaurant-owner friend here. Who dealt with them when he owned a restaurant north of Boston, very near Ipswich Bay.

    So that when my husband gets Ipswich Clams, they really are from that bay. And rather than ask why I dwell on this point, ask rather why the trolls here argue that they know better when I mention those clams, and insist they come from somewhere else, and are misnamed.

    I’d say they are the ones creating a false argument here. Their standard tactic is to disrupt a gay site. Over clams, for gawd’s sake! Anything to create an argument and cause dissension among gays.
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    Jun 02, 2020 4:30 PM GMT
    BTW, we’ve been back there twice now. Yesterday I had a lovely late breakfast, just before noon. Eating outdoors in a light breeze, no one around us, the servers all wearing masks. Our Wilton Manors Mayor was there again, we visited with him awhile, learned some wonderful local scuttlebutt.

    But last night we stayed home, as we have for 2 months. Had more Omaha Steak hamburgers off the grill (I’m about hambergered & hot-dogged out).

    But the night before (Sunday) we had his Chicken Marsala. To die for! The way he sautés the chicken & mushrooms cannot be matched. And the pasta was Angel Hair, that we both love. And the creamy sauce was beyond belief.

    Problem is I’m continuing to gain weight. We both are. I went biking yesterday & Sunday but it’s still not enough to lose those pounds. I told him I’m not eating any more meals.

    He can cook for himself, but don’t plan on me. I’ll forage scraps. I love incredible meals, but I can pass when I see the grim numbers on the bathroom scale. icon_sad.gif
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    Jun 02, 2020 4:58 PM GMT
    Art_Deco said
    ObscureAndFuzzy said
    Why he is getting so agitated about that though is beyond me.

    Because there is no such thing as a Clams Constable. Under laws dating to the colonial period, Massachusetts retains the position of Constables. That have limited civil authority, lesser than police authority. Essentially process servers and wardens.

    There is a shellfish course constables can take, and it would be proper to call those individuals Shellfish Constables. Not “Clam” Constables. Again, basically game wardens that check fishing & harvesting permits, who can issue citations but not make arrests.

    In the specific case of Ipswich Bay, clamming is closely regulated, as I mentioned earlier, to prevent over-harvesting. But it is still legal to draw clams from it, by state-licensed companies. And one of those supplies our restaurant-owner friend here. Who dealt with them when he owned a restaurant north of Boston, very near Ipswich Bay.

    So that when my husband gets Ipswich Clams, they really are from that bay. And rather than ask why I dwell on this point, ask rather why the trolls here argue that they know better when I mention those clams, and insist they come from somewhere else, and are misnamed.

    I’d say they are the ones creating a false argument here. Their standard tactic is to disrupt a gay site. Over clams, for gawd’s sake! Anything to create an argument and cause dissension among gays.


    Oh good Lord. OK, a SHELLFISH constable.

    And you are NOT married to your boyfriend. He is not your husband. It's offensive to those of us who ARE in a same-sex MARRIAGE that you continue to cheapen it by trying to pass yourself off as married when you are not.
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    Jun 02, 2020 5:02 PM GMT
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    And you are NOT married to your boyfriend. He is not your husband. It's offensive to those of us who ARE in a same-sex MARRIAGE that you continue to cheapen it by trying to pass yourself off as married when you are not.

    And you are not even gay. Nor are you in a same-sex marriage.
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    Jun 02, 2020 7:23 PM GMT
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    ObscureAndFuzzy said
    And you are NOT married to your boyfriend. He is not your husband. It's offensive to those of us who ARE in a same-sex MARRIAGE that you continue to cheapen it by trying to pass yourself off as married when you are not.

    And you are not even gay. Nor are you in a same-sex marriage.

    Pot meet Kettle.
    Dearest half brother, yet your not gay either!
    You simply a bisexual, who gave up to straight life, o ce you didn't been it anymore, to live as a gay. Your simply Gay Bashing, another brother who doesn't see things your way.
    When your not gay, and never had a Bonafide Husband either, only ex-wives in your closet, dearest half brother.

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    Jun 02, 2020 11:31 PM GMT
    Art_Deco said
    ObscureAndFuzzy said
    And you are NOT married to your boyfriend. He is not your husband. It's offensive to those of us who ARE in a same-sex MARRIAGE that you continue to cheapen it by trying to pass yourself off as married when you are not.

    And you are not even gay. Nor are you in a same-sex marriage.



    How would you know either of those things?
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    Jun 05, 2020 9:51 PM GMT
    Do Y'all ever eat Moreton Bay bugs?