Archive for September 10th, 2012

clearlyI have spent way too much time this week protecting my stuff from sand while visiting the gorgeous beaches of Cape Cod.  I bring way too much to the beach these days – but I really like to have my Kindle and iPod with me so I can read and listen to tunes (like those from my new obsession, British songstress Rumer) while lounging around. 

Although I have no shortage of beach totes, some fancy and some as simple as a zip lock bag, I wish I had the Clearly Cool Beach Set I just found from Echo Design.

About the Clearly Cool Beach Set from Echo Design: “Keep sand-free while you tweet by the sea! This beach set includes two clear, zippered cases in bright neon colors – one for your digital pad or reader and one for your smartphone.”

See the Clearly Cool Beach Set from and all the cool products available from Echo Design here.

pash2I am on vacation right now with some very good friends.  One of my friends, a very stylish lady who lives in New York City is fond of colorful pashminas to spice up her eveningwear and help keep the cool winds coming off of Cape Cod Bay under control.

I have seen these pashminas all over the place, mostly in street markets, and I have no doubt my friend has purchased one or two from a vendor cart or on Canal Street in New York’s bustling Chinatown.

But it occurred to me the perfect gift for her would be a littler nicer pashmina, one that has a traceable provenance and pedigree.  Something more like the Pashminas of DIMACCI.
About the Pashminas of DIMACCI: “DIMACCI Pashminas are renowned for their beautiful fall. The Pashminas can be worn as a casual item or dressed up for evening wear. Our Pashminas are hand spun and woven in Nepal and Kashmir blending 70% Pashmina with 30% Silk.”

As a guy who appreciates nice things on a lady, I can definitely see how the DIMACCI pashminas are a step up from the norm.  Pair it with a bracelet from DIMACCI’s collection and you can’t go wrong.

See all the fine accessories of DIMACCI here.

icoI don’t care for oysters.  It is one of my great regrets in life.  I like the idea of oysters.  I like the whole culture around them, from harvesting them to shucking them and eating them.  I love watching people who love oysters eat them and wish I could be one of them.

Right now, I am vacationing in Wellfleet, MA near the tip of Cape Cod.  Wellfleet is well known for their oysters which are harvested and shipped fresh all over the world for people to enjoy.  Sadly, as I sit in one of the great oyster capitals, I have to sit and watch others’ enjoyment of the mollusk.  I feel like I am back in high school sitting on the soccer bench.

Anyway, across Massachusetts Bay in the charming seaside town of Duxbury on Boston’s South Shore, the folks at Island Creek Oysters are also harvesting oysters and running a nice little business.

About Island Creek Oysters: “Island Creek Oysters is an idea. Skip Bennett planted his first oysters in 1992 after three years growing quahogs in Duxbury Bay. He was told by many he was moving from growing something bad to something even worse. After years of trial and error, and some undeniably delicious oysters, Skip was joined in his adventure by Christian Horne, an oyster farmer from Maine, and shortly thereafter by Don Merry, the owner of a local fish market. By 2000, the group had grown with the addition of Skip’s father Bill Bennett. Between these four, Island Creek began selling oysters to local restaurants. In the early days there weren’t enough oysters to supply the restaurants, so chefs simply said when you have them, we want them. Through this commitment to chefs, Island Creek Oysters has grown into one of the largest oyster companies in the United States.”

Island Creek Oysters has a nice online shop where you can order fresh oysters to be shipped to you – and I think they make an excellent gift for the oyster lover in your life.

Island Creek Oysters also has a catering arm – where they bring a raw bar to you, and they offer tours of their oyster “farm” in Duxbury Bay.

See more about Island Creek Oysters here.