Dining Out

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.

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.

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.

The venerable concoction is popular on the Island, in part because sailing is a big deal here, and most anywhere more than one sailor gathers, rum is probably going to show up.

The secret is out. Black Sheep, a picnic-to-pantry specialty food shop and take-out operation is the place to be at lunchtime in Edgartown, thanks to Chef Judy Klumick's specials.

Will you join me in raising a glass?

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Dining Out