Cure: Hvar

We had an amazing birthday dinner for Mel on the little island of Hvar in Croatia.  They served strong herbal brandy to start the meal, then pieces of carob grown on the island before the appetizers.

We shared a bottle of a dry white wine from the Paship vineyards, gnocchi with squid ink and truffle oil, a stew with polenta and some local fish, and a traditional Croatian pastry for dessert filled with walnuts and crushed rose petals.

Cure: Oysters at Taylor Shellfish Farms Capitol Hill, Seattle

I recently had the most amazing Kumomato oysters at the Capitol Hill location of Taylor Shellfish Farms.  They were celebrating their anniversary by serving grilled, steamed and raw shellfish for local residents.

They have a great selection of local wines, champagnes and microbrews to compliment their incredible Oyster selection. Aaron also tells me they have excellent chowders, which I haven’t tried.

Photographs by Gabriela Herman.

Cure: Scottcakes Provincetown, MA

Never, never, never give up! -Scottcakes

Scottcakes in Provincetown, MA.  Scott has a loud, lovely, little store with one flavor of cupcakes – pink.

Scott’s story has been made into a musical which currently playing in Boston . . .

BOSTON, MA — CUPCAKE, a sexy, subversive, silly and sweet love letter to Summertown will make its World premiere at Boston’s Club Café May 10 — June 24, 2012. Book by Bradley Seeman, music by Michael Wartofsky (Car Talk: The Musical!!), and lyrics by David Reiffel, and directed and produced by Guy Ben-Aharon (GBA Productions, Israeli Stage). For cast announcement and more information visit Performances are Thursdays through Saturdays at 8pm and Sunday brunch/matinee shows (June10, 17, and 24 at 2pm). Ticket are $25 -$35 with Special Group discounts also available at