Our First Restaurant Outing Today Since The Lockdown

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    May 27, 2020 8:02 PM GMT
    As I mentioned in another thread, a chef friend of ours texted us that he had fresh Ipswich clams from Boston today. Not essential you know what those are, only that my Boston husband lusts for them. That was the bait to break our semi-isolation at home. We even had an outside table reserved for us, because we were concerned about distancing, reluctant to sit indoors.

    Everything went lovely. Sat under an outdoor umbrella with a beautiful blue sky, everyone masked except when actually eating. And other than our masked server, no one near us by about 10 feet. The chef comped us a big bowl of spiralized fried onion rings, that we love, to thank us for our first visit back.

    The restaurant owner sat with us for a while, and then the owner of a local gay bar. We also saw our city Mayor there, and his husband. From them we learned what’s happening next in our community. No rumors, actual official timelines, that business owners are being given.

    That we think are going too quickly. Our Republican Governor DeSantis may try to continue suppressing virus testing results, and limiting testing itself, but overwhelmed hospitals and funeral homes will be more difficult to ignore.

    So we don’t know how long before another lock-down occurs. We felt fairly safe today, observing social distancing and mostly wearing masks, as were those around us.

    But I see images of idiotic Trump sycophants partying together with no masks in close contact, and I have to think this will not end well. Perhaps a welcome function of Darwinian natural selection.

    As an aside, I mentioned to our server the awkwardness of drinking while wearing a mask. He said they were selling masks with straw holes!

    OK, I'll buy one, I replied. More to help their sales, then any likelihood I would routinely use such a thing. Drinking wine through a straw would be a rather strange experience.

    My main problem was finding the small slot in the mask, once I was wearing it. And when I’m finished a sip, do I set the wine glass down, the straw still sticking out of my mask? Or pull it out, and have to go through the same search mode when I want another sip?

    Total silliness. But the mask will be a momento of this crazy & tragic moment in our country’s history. Of a great threat, met by incompetent leadership.
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    May 27, 2020 10:11 PM GMT
    Art_Deco saidAs I mentioned in another thread, a chef friend of ours texted us that he had fresh Ipswich clams from Boston today. Not essential you know what those are, only that my Boston husband lusts for them. That was the bait to break our semi-isolation at home. We even had an outside table reserved for us, because we were concerned about distancing, reluctant to sit indoors.

    Everything went lovely. Sat under an outdoor umbrella with a beautiful blue sky, everyone masked except when actually eating. And other than our masked server, no one near us by about 10 feet. The chef comped us a big bowl of spiralized fried onion rings, that we love, to thank us for our first visit back.

    The restaurant owner sat with us for a while, and then the owner of a local gay bar. We also saw our city Mayor there, and his husband. From them we learned what’s happening next in our community. No rumors, actual official timelines, that business owners are being given.

    That we think are going too quickly. Our Republican Governor DeSantis may try to continue suppressing virus testing results, and limiting testing itself, but overwhelmed hospitals and funeral homes will be more difficult to ignore.

    So we don’t know how long before another lock-down occurs. We felt fairly safe today, observing social distancing and mostly wearing masks, as were those around us.

    But I see images of idiotic Trump sycophants partying together with no masks in close contact, and I have to think this will not end well. Perhaps a welcome function of Darwinian natural selection.

    As an aside, I mentioned to our server the awkwardness of drinking while wearing a mask. He said they were selling masks with straw holes!

    OK, I'll buy one, I replied. More to help their sales, then any likelihood I would routinely use such a thing. Drinking wine through a straw would be a rather strange experience.

    My main problem was finding the small slot in the mask, once I was wearing it. And when I’m finished a sip, do I set the wine glass down, the straw still sticking out of my mask? Or pull it out, and have to go through the same search mode when I want another sip?

    Total silliness. But the mask will be a momento of this crazy & tragic moment in our country’s history. Of a great threat, met by incompetent leadership.



    Did you know that most "Ipswich clams" come from Maine?

    My husband and I (we are legally married) 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 10:12 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 10:13 PM GMT
    The clams constable has told me personally that many clams claiming to be from Ipswich are from Maine.
  • FancyDress

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    May 27, 2020 10:16 PM GMT
    What is the difference between this topic and this one? "Gonna Try Our First Restaurant Lunch Today "
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    May 27, 2020 11:14 PM GMT
    FancyDress said
    What is the difference between this topic and this one? "Gonna Try Our First Restaurant Lunch Today "

    You figure it out, since you monitor me so closely, with your assorted socks. Please tell us.
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    May 27, 2020 11:44 PM GMT
    BTW, the Ipswich Bay “Clams Constable” whom you personally know (what a remarkable coincidence) must have told you that some Ipswich Bay clams are still harvested. Those are the ones our chef friend, having had a restaurant there north of Boston, arranges to have delivered here by air.

    Now you wanna dispute that? Knock yourself out.
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    May 27, 2020 11:47 PM GMT
    Art_Deco saidBTW, the “Clams Constable” whom you personally know (what a remarkable coincidence) must have told you that some Ipswich Bay clams are still harvested. Those are the ones our chef friend, formerly from Boston, arranges to have delivered here by air.

    Now you wanna dispute that? Knock yourself out.


    What's so coincidental about knowing our local clams constable? My husband and I (we are married) know many officials. We also know many restaurant owners. Why does that agitate you so much?
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    May 27, 2020 11:51 PM GMT
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    Why does that agitate you so much?

    I ask you the same question. And why you stalk me with your socks, southbeach. Only you obsesse so much on my using the term husband. It’s one of your “tells”. When I use it I know I can alway bring you out.

    Sorry if your own life is so lonely & empty.