Nantucket Island and Lobster Scramble Brunch

Years ago we used to vacation on the island of Nantucket.  Before the high speed ferry, the trip over was a little too long to attract day trippers and housing development on the island was minimal.  Yes, the island is more crowded but it’s as beautiful and charming as ever.

Although Nantucket was always a vacation island for the affluent, it still had plenty to offer for those of more modest means.  Bill Gates has a home there, and I caught this guy coming off the ferry we were about to board:

John Kerry, Massachusetts Senator, former Presidential candidate

And I understand that Mitt Romney headed over there for a fund raiser a couple days later.  He heard they had a bank there and being an island, that it was “off-shore”…sorry I couldn’t resist that one.

Of course prices have risen since we were there 25 years ago.  We used to stay at the Cliff Lodge, a quaint inn a short walk from downtown.  If I’m remembering correctly, our first year there, rooms were $25 per night, our last year they had skyrocketed to $35 per night.  Of course I had to check their website to see what the going rate is now.  Wow!  Okay, it’s been 25 years, but the starting rate for a single bed is $155 per night, in season.  Here I am standing on the porch of the Cliff Lodge – that was free.

I guess prices have jumped a little.  I remember always walking by the real estate office in town, ogling the houses for sale and remember saying to my husband, “Can you imagine somebody paying $125,000 for a house here!?”  Of course we’re kicking ourselves as we look at 2 bedroom cottages for over $1,000,000.  Hindsight – it does crazy things to your brain doesn’t it?

A landmark inn on Nantucket is the Jared Coffin House.  Built in the mid- 1800’s, it’s a 3 story brick mansion offering rooms, elegant meals, and a patio bar.  The patio bar was a daily stop for us after a bike to Surfside Beach – again, needed those margarita’s to re-hydrate and replenish the lost salt from a day in the sun.  Since it was mid morning and we hadn’t been to the beach, we decided to just have brunch…well a mimosa is fine with brunch right?  We both had to try their Lobster Scramble which I think I’ve successfully recreated here.  It’s very easy although if you’re like me – not a morning person – I would steam the lobster & pull out the meat the night before since that part doesn’t work out well for me in the morning.  Since we’re coming to the end of lobster season and I’m guessing prices will go up, I may not be having so many lobster dishes but while I can, I’ll have this over Special K any morning.

LOBSTER SCRAMBLE as easy as can be

Scramble up a couple of eggs, toss in chopped lobster meat, and just as the eggs are started to cook, add about 3 tablespoons of the best triple creme Brie you can find.  If you happen to have a mimosa standing by, all the better.