I have returned from my Martha’s Vineyard getaway with more appreciation for those remaining diligent in stopping the spread of this world-wide virus. It was reassuring to see everyone from the ferry to the businesses and all the people in between doing their part. Thank you. I will quarantine for a spell.

I hope this series is inspiring you to get out of your bubble safely. Whether that is a walk, a bike ride, hopping in your car or on public transportation to a destination unknown, we all need to get a little perspective on our current state of the state. This holiday weekend is certainly not your last chance to do so, but let it be your springboard to future opportunities.

Last I left you on the first day of my MV trip and my first of many food wishes granted by my cousin Quinn and her man Bob (a.k.a. Salad+Entrée, respectively). Lobster roll and fried clam strips with a couple of Aperol spritzes I prepared. I can still taste it all.

The next night, Bob and I were talking about fast food burgers which brought me to my second Aladdin food wish. Quinn mentioned the burger menu at one of their fave MV restaurants, Atria. Amongst the outstanding burgers was a version of one I never had but wanted to try. GRANTED! “Entrée” kicks out what I am calling the Big Bob. That’s two all kobe-beef patties, special sauce, lettuce, cheese, pickles, onions on a bun, plus twice-fried fries. Nary a morsel was left on my plate.

The next day Quinn and I headed off to my first day at the beach. We packed the car with the necessary provisions: chairs, towels, cooler, ice and wine. The only thing missing was my favorite sammie from Slice of Life. Sadly Quinn said they were no more so we stopped in at Stella Salumeria in Oak Bluffs for their spicy Italian with all the fixings and a red pepper mash. Delish after a dip in the ocean!

While Quinn and I were at the beach, Bob was at home making one of my last food wishes come true and preparing to blow my mind. The wish: simply king crab (in a lobster town). GRANTED!

Salad+Entrée served up (brace yourself)…raw bar for dinner! “Salad” made a burrata and heirloom tomato salad with basil and edible flowers from the garden. “Entrée” blessed us with Old Bay shrimp, hand-shucked local clams, and oysters on the half shell with a bright mignonette, horseradish and cocktail sauces, and the dun-dah-dah KING CRAB with drawn butter. A fabulous Shramsberg rosé and you could not tell us were not on one of the mega yachts in the harbor. Thank you!

There is so much more to share of this trip, but I will save it for when it is needed. Now GET OUT and enjoy your Labor Day holiday weekend.

Stay safe, wear a mask, eat well and thanks for reading!

Kysha Harris is a food writer and editor, culinary producer, consultant and owner of SCHOP!, a personalized food service in NYC for over 15 years. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram, @SCHOPgirl, on Facebook, /SCHOPnyc, and her blog, www.talkingSCHOP.wordpress.com. Questions? Comments? Requests? Feedback? Invitations! Email AmNewsFOOD at AmNewsFOOD@SCHOPnyc.com. Follow us on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook @NYAmNewsFOOD and tag us with #SoAmNewsFOOD with your food finds!