Dining Out

The chef in perpetual motion has made it all happen for more than 30 years at his Edgartown restaurant, l'étoile.

On my mind one August day, during an idyllic sail from Block Island to Vineyard Haven, was the prospect of a great meal at The Black Dog, complete with a BYOB of good champagne stored in a hold below the water line.

A fern is a fern is a fern is a fern, except for a brief time when it’s a fiddlehead.

It was with some trepidation that I approached the lunch counter of the Steamship Authority ferry Martha’s Vineyard, at lunchtime, alone, on a weekday, intent on ordering two alcoholic beverages.

Dandelions get no love; even its scientific name seems like a rebuke. And yet the hardy little weed is surprisingly useful: it provides an early food source for bees and nourishment for the soil.

Mull means to study, ponder, and ruminate, which is great if you don’t have any holiday guests, but in the drink context, it means to heat and spice.

If you have really good friends on Martha’s Vineyard, do not casually mention that you need beach plums.

What amazing creatures. What an honor to spend even a little time outside observing what they do to make the world go round.

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Dining Out