Back in September 2008, I had this huge craving for clam chowda. Back in January, I went to Boston with my buddy Russell to catch the Spice Girls concert (Tickets were well over $2000 in Vancouver and Russell went to college in Boston so he knows the city well). That’s when I had my first taste of New England clam chowda. After having that, it made me wonder wtf I was eating all these years, it was NOTHING like the real thing. I couldn’t have chowder anywhere else afterwards.
So the chowda craving kicked in and I was bugging people to go back to Boston with me. My friend Colleen took the bait but on one condition. We go to New York first for a few days and drive up to Boston. Well, that was that and we were on our way. I wish I hadn’t gone to New York because it’s ruined a lot of food for me. Cheese cake and pastrami sandwiches just don’t taste the same anymore. In fact, to get the taste of NY Cheesecake, I went to Morton’s of Chicago in Vancouver and bought a whole cake for $150 a year later (They flew them in fresh daily from NYC).
It’s been 3 years since I took this trip so my memory is quite blurred. Let me know if some of my descriptions are wrong. I also apologize for the quality of the photos, I took them with a Canon SD750 and it has horrible low light capabilities. This was also before I figured out how to geotag my photos. I didn’t learn how to do that until my trip to China in 2010. Anyways, enjoy…
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Muffy, please point to a stellar clam chowdah recipe. Also, have you ever been to Jasper White’s Summer Shack for lobster?
Most local restaurant owners will tell you there’s no better place than here to find a hearty, rich, clam-heavy chowder — or “chowda” if you want to pronounce it like the locals do.