Home is where the tasty food is

Alternative title: I came to eat!

So, things I know about myself are while I don’t mind change (I travel for a living!), I do like a little bit of control over how things go. There are travelers who can wait until the last week of their current contract before they start looking for their next one. That can work to their advantage as they find the highest paying at the moment because the need is immediate. It can also be a disadvantage if contracts aren’t plentiful or they are looking in a specific place or, or, or…

Forget. That. Noise.

Did you note my panic just typing out the things that could go wrong waiting until the last minute? All the things. I like some control so I look (and book) early. Some say wait until 4-6 weeks before looking and securing. I’ve gotten my next contracts within 4 weeks of completing my current contract. It’s how I have a little control over what comes next and, if I don’t like where I am or have worn out my welcome, I can say I know where I’m going next.

I start my next 5 week contract in Plymouth shortly. Unfortunately, I have no idea where I’m going next. I thought I did, was sure if it actually, but life is funny, ain’t it?

Anyway, I wanted to talk about one of – and of course I have more than one – my favorite places I have to stop at when I’m home.

Provence Market 

I may only be home for a week, but odds are good you’ll catch me here for lunch one day that week.

Listen, I’m not here to advertise or convince you to like or go to a place, but if I’m home and I want to go someplace to eat, I’m going here.

I can’t say I’m a lover of French food. I tend to think it’s a bit… perfect, pretentious, pompous… over done. But I like the versions of the food they do here.

They do a delicious French dip with some Brie added. A side of house made chips with truffle dip and I’m set.

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Or their Croque Monsieur – American style

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Atmosphere has an upscale air, but it’s not stuffy. Colorful plates with paper across the table, it has a nice feel that’s not off-putting in the lest.

The part I most appreciate about this place is the prices aren’t crippling. That French dip? $9. I don’t know that may be more than most want to spend, but with my eating habits (and subsequent food spending habits) that’s a deal daggonit!

I’ve eaten at more expensive places, but something about this one always draws me back. The heart (stomach) wants what the heart (stomach) wants.

There are places in my home town that I want to boost up and this is one of them. Homegrown restaurants aiming for that big city is worth noting.

Man, I need to change my title to say “Traveling Nurse: baby catching with a side of traveling and eating.”

Next up? Boston Comic Con plus their restaurant week, and then back to work. As always, get out there and enjoy where you are even if socializing isn’t your strong suit. And eat the dang cupcake. Until next week

Travel on, road warrior

How I know a place 

I’ll do the weekly wrap up in a day or two, but wanted to touch on my favorite thing to do when I go to a new place. 

EAT! 

A place that has plenty of different restaurants makes me happy. 

I like seeing what my options for restaurants are because I love diverse foods. Thai, sushi, Mexican, seafood. I love eating out and do so once a week at least. 

This week in Nantucket is restaurant week. If I’ve said nothing about this place, I’ve mentioned how expensive it is. The restaurants are far higher than main land prices, but most have good to beyond excellent quality food. I jumped at eating at some of the pricier places this week to have an idea of how the rich and famous eat. 

Work and travel have hampered my ability to eat out every day. That and money because $45 a pop is not something I should spend multiple meals in a row. 

Here are pictures from The Pearl, one of nicest/priciest places on island. 

 Menu

   Mussels

  Tuna “pizza”

  Crusted grey sole

  Madame butterfly 

 (Cookies and milk)

While eating here more than once would be nice, I know normal folk can’t spend $30 on a burger and fries. Well, I can’t. 

But enjoying the restaurants on a week when prices are reasonable and I can sample what they offer? Yes! 

If you’d like to follow my eating adventures, I’m on Yelp: http://cdotc.yelp.com/

People travel to a new place and find their own way of exploring. While eating isn’t the only way I do it (sightseeing/driving around/tours), it is my favorite. Ask my waist line! 

Here’s to my fellow gastronomes and all the ways we travelers explore

Travel on, road warrior.