Sep 29 2019

Cutting the lines

JFK Delta (terminal 4)

It’s my first time using the service by the curbside. People working there are very casual and happy – they joke all the time and laughing. On top of that, they actually check you in, take your baggages and issue you your boarding pass or passes, in my case. But at the end, they also ask for a tip. I was a little dumbfounded but I thanked him and gave him $5. (The cart is $6 – airport charges cart … hmmm) Once in side, I saw the line to Delta check in counter is packed. Guess I was lucky to have chose the curbside service. I asked one Delta lady, “oh, they’re legit, our contractors …” And on the tipping side, she said they’re aware of it and will do something about it. “They’re being paid very little..” If tipping is expected, either raise their salary/wages or post it visibly so travelers wouldn’t be surprised?


Sep 19 2019

Blue Lobster Grille 

15 Dock Square
Rockport, MA 01966

Will return.

The decoration could be better but we certainly got the best table in the restaurant. The service is good and the food is even better. The fried Haddock is excellent!

I enjoyed a glass of Sauvignon Blanc Line 39, without any trouble – alcohol wasn’t too welcome in this little dry town:

In 1856, a gang of 200 women led by Hannah Jumper swept through the town and destroyed anything containing alcohol in what is called “Rockport’s revolt against rum” and banned alcohol from the town. Except for a period in the 1930s, the town remained one of 15 Massachusetts dry towns. The town remained dry for many years until 2005, when it was voted that alcohol could be served at restaurants. Sales at stores were not allowed until March 2019, when a local market was granted a liquor license and began to sell beer and wine.

Oh may I go at the right time -:)


Sep 18 2019

Gloucester, MA

A house in the middle of a pond …
We passed by this little charming house on the way into Rockport. Feeling enchanted and decided to go there, to discover.

A little disappointing, or we didn’t give her enough time. Anyway, we drove in and out quickly. Didn’t find her attractive, and left.

Sep 18 2019

Bean & Leaf Cafe

12 Bear Skin Neck
Rockport, MA 01966

Loving it.

Great view and vibe. Cute. Small. Neat.

What not to like? Two bay windows are used as condiments stations. They serve simple fares, so it could be a whole day affair.


Sep 18 2019

Roy Moore Lobster Co.

39 Bearskin Neck,
Rockport, MA 01966

Will return.

This little shack is a good place for a quick bit or slow chow (BYOB) on their patio at the back, by the Rockport Harbor. Although I don’t find their fish cake delicious (dead & thick: floury) but the crab s and lobsters are good. The service is amiable and efficient.

The two seater by the door is made from lobster trap – neat.


Sep 17 2019

Kennebunkport, ME

On our way down from Acadia, we stopped at Arundel Wharf Restaurant for lunch and walked around the downtown. This town is made famous by the elder George Bush, the #41. But reportedly according to the New Englanders, the town is well known to the locals as a favorite summer vacation spot. Tourists are plentiful.


We left for Rockport, MA.

Sep 17 2019

Sunset @ Rockport

An evening at Rockport, MA. The clouds add charm to the sunset.

Sep 17 2019

Shalin Liu Performance Center

A web file photo
37 Main St,
Rockport, MA 01966

Rockport Music-Shalin Liu Performance Center is awesome. The backdrop of the stage is spectacular. And the interior is elegant and simple. Unfortunately our event is a movie: The Lehman Trilogy, which screen blocked the view. Oh well, we’ll just have to visit it again.

The Lehman Trilogy is an interesting play turned into a movie. Three actors and a piano – the pianist is a girl. It’s about the Wall Street firm that fall in 2008 – still remember Glucksman and Peterson … the trader won. ..

雷曼三部曲 … 三个男人一台戏 + 钢琴

Shalin Liu 是谁 – Now, who’s Liu?


Sep 17 2019

Rockport, MA

Very glad to have found this little arty town on way down from Acadia Park. It’s 40 miles north of Boston and a little north from Salem.

Granite was or is big so is arts, streets are lined with galleries. The comfy chair and stone sculptures. We got there early enough to see the sunset, then went to the Shalin Liu Performance Center for the Lehman Trilogy.

We dined at Bean & Leaf Cafe, Blue Lobster GrilleRoy Moore Lobster. Hula Moon Cafe is a good place for breakfast too. The town next door Gloucester isn’t much.


Bearskin Neck

Sep 17 2019

Arundel Wharf Restaurant

43 Ocean Ave
Kennebunkport, ME 04046

Will return.

The restaurant is on a wharf that served as chandlery in her previous life. It has indoor dining section which opens after 5 pm and outdoor which is on the Kennebunk River, is where we’ve our lunch.

We were treated to a world class ballerina‘s performance. Thank you 🙂

The reception lady is bit stern but efficient. She helps out to clean tables. A good team player with cold demeanor.

The deck is on the narrow Kennebunk River that’s filled with boats. A sailing school shares the parking lot with the restaurant. Boats, canoes and kayaks go by constantly.

The service is good so is the food. My Riesling is on the sweet side; fried calamari has a few pickled Greek pepper which is an excellent addition. Salad feels old. Avocado lobster is very good. An enjoyable lunch in a tranquil setting.

The restaurant is a few steps from the downtown. It’s our first time to #41’s home turf and are surprised at the hustle and bustle of their downtown, which isn’t exactly small given to the 3,474 population (2010 census). People milling on the street are decidedly older (so are the diners …). Later we saw a big group of tour buses (coaches) parked discretely by the Shack – wondering if they’re retirees from some organizations – which may explain the over crowding …

Another restaurant Alisson’s which is in the town square, with 575 ratings (this one has 127) but we liked our choice.