Wednesday, April 30, 2014

One Last April Fool... Turns Out it's ME!

What's wrong with this picture?
TheYearRounder's April Fool's Contest offered a prize of lunch for two for the winner, who had correctly answered the question "what's wrong with this picture," shown on the right. If more than one correct answer had come in, anyone who entered, even with the wrong answer, could win in a random drawing from all entries received on time.
Everyone who entered the contest had correctly answered that the van was driving the wrong way on Commercial Street, so I numbered the entries in the order they were received and chose a number out of the proverbial "hat." All had arrived by e-mail, and entry number three was drawn as the winner. So far, so good. So I sent an e-mail congratulating the winner, then began working my way down from the top of the list of e-mails, thanking each person for entering and wishing each better luck in a future contest. But when I got down toward the bottom of the list, toward the earliest entries, I realized I was off by one number, and had congratulated the wrong person!
So the joke is on me, and I am the April Fool… Seems the only fair thing to do is to give away two prizes, so that means that now two people who entered the contest will each be taking a friend out for a great lunch in Provincetown.
Mmm! Fresh Central House mussels and grilled, crusty bread.
Suzanne says that she and her wife live full-time in Weymouth, MA, and have had a home in PTown, too, for the past eight years. In her e-mail Suzanne says that Provincetown is "...such a beautiful place where we love spending time with friends when we aren't out enjoying the day at Hatches Harbor...Snail road is another favorite, along with cocktails at the Red Inn."
These two will be treated to lunch at Central House at the Crown. That's at 247 Commercial Street, at the Crown & Anchor. One of my favorite Central House dishes is always the mussels, shown here in a spicy varietal tomato broth. Fresh Cape Cod mussels are on the spring lunch menu, too, served with garlic, fennel, shallots, chilies and white wine.
Another favorite is the lobster mac 'n cheese, made with fontina, cheddar, gruyere and scallions. There's a grass fed burger, a veg burger, and the grilled chicken and avocado club has heirloom lettuce and aioli, with bacon smoked in-house. There are lots of other choices for lunch as well.
The other winner is Alex Colon, from Brooklyn, New York. He's been coming to PTown for nearly 20 years, starting out as a young child visiting here with his parents every summer, and he still manages to get to PTown once or twice a year. He says some of his favorite spots are "Long Point, Provincetown Bookshop, Yates & Kennedy, Tim's Used Books, Victor's, The Mews, Jimmy's Hideaway, Ciro & Sal's, Devon's, The Canteen, Spiritus, Fortune Cookie, Lewis Brothers, the list goes on... I pretty much love everywhere and everything about Ptown."
Lunch is served poolside at Harbor Hotel's Cabana Bar.
I know Alex is a lobster fan, too. In his e-mail he said he'd had a great lobster roll last summer at John's Footlong, which he discovered by reading my blog.
He and a friend will be treated to lunch poolside, at the Cabana Bar at Harbor Hotel Provincetown, at 698 Commercial Street. That's where Snail Road meets up with Route 6A, near where the shore route splits into Commercial Street and Bradford Street.
The Cabana Bar will start serving lunch around their beautiful pool by Memorial Day weekend, and although the new menu hasn't yet been finalized, I'm told it will include lobster sliders and other summer favorites. And, of course, there's just nothing else that tastes quite like a burger grilled outdoors, which will certainly be on the menu. Alex and his guest are invited to bring their swimsuits along and make an afternoon of it. Sounds like a great way to relax and unwind a bit this summer. By the way, Harbor Hotel Provincetown has just reopened their Whaler Lounge for dinner, and I was there Friday for their famous Fish Fry, the first of the season. I'll tell you all about it in an upcoming post.
Congratulations to the contest winners, and thanks to these two generous Provincetown restaurants for their support of my efforts to keep you all well informed, and well fed.

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