A great way to spend a Sunday

Two weeks ago (4 October) we decided we needed a “play day”.  That is when we just get in the car and go off somewhere without specific plans.

After an early lunch we headed over to the Marine Consignment store in Fall River to look for a few items for Autumn Dream.  Boats always need bits!  Bill’s diving and mooring maintenance business is doing well, and he gave us some promotional coozies:

Diver for Hire, RI Coozies

Diver for Hire, RI Coozies

Next stop was the Gold Medal Bakery outlet in Fall River to pick up gourmet English muffins and their “bakery hot dog buns”.  This place is incredible as the bread is fresher than when you buy it from Stop & Shop, and they sell it at 1/4 of the price.

After picking up some bread we headed into 4 corners in Tiverton to wander around some of the shops.  We like going into “The Cottage“.  This used to be a Mitchell Gold & Bob Williams store, but it now has a different name.  Still sells their furniture, and lots of home furnishings.  Fun to look, but we usually don’t buy.  It is fascinating to see people spend $350 on a factory made linen tote bag.  We actually were looking for some proper Scotch tasting glasses so we can enjoy the bottle of Dalwhinnie 15 year single malt Scotch that Kevin received as a gift, but they didn’t have any.

After wandering around 4 Corners we did our usual drive around the area, stopping in Westport to watch the ocean for a while.  It was a beautiful day considering that Hurricane Joaquin was out there and making a mess in the Carolinas.  While there we saw a cruise ship pass by after completing their transit of the Cape Cod Canal.  I looked it up on the Marine Traffic web site but forgot… I think it was a Seaborne or Silversea ship on its way to New York.

We eventually made our way to New Bedford, where we had decided to try out the Black Whale restaurant.  I had a $100 gift card (thanks to Xfinity- got paid to watch Game of Thrones on my PC, LOL…), a “Dine Out” coupon for $20 off one entrée, and we had read really good reviews about the restaurant, so decided to give it a try.

WOW.  This is a very casual restaurant, with REALLY GOOD food.  Prices are reasonable, and the seafood was great.  We went for an early dinner (around 4:30-5pm) and the bar was FULL – people all enjoying good food and watching football.

They have a raw bar when you walk in… nothing like seeing shrimp and oysters on display…  We started with a jumbo Shrimp platter and a 1/2 bottle of prosecco.  The shrimp were crispy and really fresh, tasted like they should, and they really were JUMBO.  It’s been a long time since we had good shrimp like this.  Worth every penny.

Then because we both are sometimes a bit boring we both had the same thing for dinner:  pan seared yellowfin tuna (RARE) with a side of spinach-parmesian risotto and grilled asparagus.  The tuna was fork tender – like “buttah”.  It was amazingly good.  My mouth is watering as I write this.  We had a wonderful, enjoyable meal and can’t wait to go back and try something else!

Below is a picture of their “giant” chair – you can’t tell the scale without someone in or near it, but it sits about 10 feet tall.  Also below is a shot of the pier- with the fishing fleet in and tied up 3 deep to be safe from the storm.

New Bedford Fishing fleet

New Bedford Fishing fleet

Black Whale

Black Whale

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