Allow me first to say that being new to the area, I have a heck of a lot to learn. I fell in love with the North Shore a few years back, when my daughter started at Salem State. Being from "elsewhere," we'd heard of Harvard...the sports teams out of Boston, and quite frankly very little else.
Allow me to say I have never set foot in Boston. Ipswich is where I call home. I'm getting used to Danvers, and occasionally drive out to Cape Ann...but as of yet, I haven't gone into the city. That surprises people around here. The assumption is that I have been there, liked the city and came here. No, indeed. I came here, fell in love with the area, and came to stay. Someday I might actually visit the city...but not until I've done some serious exploring here in Essex, and other lovely places.
I don't antique.
I hate the New York and Philly teams - so you can't get a rise out me with that.
I also think it is just awful of you guys to hide what an amazing place this is. I have never met such nice, charming, genuine people in my life. But I swear, I will keep the secret. I won't tell anyone. It will be between you and I.
I have a hundred questions already - and hope to make each one into a blog. No, I'm not a tourist, just a person who was ready to begin a new life, in a new place. I'm hoping the people around here will tolerate the questions. Fresh eyes, and great curiosity will be my hallmark. So, let's start out with this one - what's with the roast beef? When I first visted Salem I was stunned by the sheer number of restaurants that had "& Roast Beef" in their signage. I mean, dozens of places. A friend suggested it was sort of like the "Philly Cheesesteak" - but I am brazen enough to ask.
So, why Roast Beef? When did it start? And while you're at it, do you have a favorite place for yours, and why? Is there a way to eat it, that is better than another? I am eagerly looking forward to the replies - and I already have an idea for my next blog, so have at it! Where's the beef? And why? Oh, and just call me Lisa. Pleased to meet you.