L.A. Burdick – Chocolate Dipped Fruit – Ginger

Maybe my fan-dom of Ginger has made it around the world and back?   And others are just making these ginger treats for my benefit.  I realize the reality that there are others that share the same passion.

LA Burdick, a small chain of shops, located in New England and New York City. One store, located in the Back Bay, I imagine is like the others – a chocolate lover’s haven.  It is also a ginger fan’s dream – Chocolate Dipped Ginger.

Dipped Ginger from The L. A. Burdick Website
Dipped Ginger from The L. A. Burdick Website

A Little Morsel
A Little Morsel

I have had more than one Dipped Ginger in my Time – it’s normally hard and bitter and completely covered in chocolate.  Frankly, I am rarely ever a fan.  The Burdick dipped ginger only covers half of the crystallized ginger.  It’s a high quality crystallized ginger as it firm to the initial bite, and then chewy once you get into it.  Along with the chocolatier’s mastery of his medium, the ginger is a highlight.When you purchase the ginger, the ginger comes in a well presented bag.

Badge of Honor
Badge of Honor

My Bag of Treats
My Bag of Treats

As you can see I sneaked some Ginger treats before taking my snapshots, I highly recommend these amazing treats.  I’ve had a number of bags of them, and I want more, as I am sure you will.

You can visit the shop in Back Bay, and experience it yourself.

Halibut Point 2011

Halibut Point 2011 – a set on SmugMug.

I determined once exams were over I was going to get out and exercise. I picked Halibut Point in Rockport.

To quote the website,

Halibut Point is a uniquely beautiful coastal seascape. Looking seaward on a clear day, the view stretches from Crane Beach in Ipswich to Mount Agamenticus in Maine and the Isles of Shoals off the coast of New Hampshire.

Formerly the Babson Farm granite quarry, the park is managed for scenic, historic and conservation purposes by the DCR and theTrustees of Reservations. An adjacent property, Sea Rocks, is owned by the Town of Rockport and open for public use. Here you can explore the park’s trails and tidepools, picnic on its rocky ledges, enjoy its sweeping views, and learn about Cape Ann’s historic granite industry.

http://www.mass.gov/dcr/parks/northeast/halb.htm

A beautiful place with a stiff breeze from the north east, and a nice day for a walk started my trek.   As I walked, I admired the modern parking, paths and pay-for-registration.  The Department of Conservation and Recreation makes it easy to come here and visit at any time.

I come to the fork in the path, this one had three different ways to go, left to the visitor center, right to the ocean, and straight – into the void.  I choose straight.  I stood at the edge and decided it was time to listen to something as I starred into the Quarry.

I brought up Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein as covered by Billy Bragg.  I started climbing up, over, down around – snap, snap, click, jump, snap snap, click, launch up.  The snaps were of my faithful camera capturing the surroundings.

I ran into another break, choosing to go to the outlook.  The wind and the cold tore through the clothing I was wearing, so I decided to head back to the car.  I highly recommend the trek.

 

On our way… We’re coming to you Omaha

OK

So we, Maddog and Pablo, are on our way. We left fashionably late at midday.

To start our trip, i pulled the maddog aside and whispered these sweet words:

Rule 1: no talking about the trip
Rule 2: make rumors about 1

One quick knuckle bump, and we agree.

We head to Cumberland Farms, fuel up and start the trip. The odometer read 130121. Our caffenine tolerance fueled as well ( red bull)

I begin driving and we go ipswich to elmira. 6 hours 30 min. Leg 1 down.

We begin calculating the drive… Omaha in 12 hours. 1 fillup

Thus rule 3…

Don’t let maddog do any road trip calculations ( for that matter garmin too)

Maddog just fueled the beast. My turn to nap.

Have a nice day! (thanks A and D)

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Fried Clams

For those with a craving for good fried clams….

Stop what you are doing.  Find your keys (it took me a couple tries to find the right set).

Grab a friend.  Drive!

Plot the course to Sir Cricket’s Fish and Chips 38 Rte 6A Orleans, MA 02653 -(508) 255-4453

Sir Cricket Fish and Chips - Map
Sir Cricket Fish and Chips - Map

Drive the 3 hours from the North Shore for these clams.

Uber-Fresh.  Clear taste.  Yummy!  Also grab the onion rings.  Maddog liked the scallops.

It’s a 5 out of 5.

http://capecod.citysearch.com/profile/4820840/orleans_ma/sir_cricket_s_fish_chips.html