“America’s Best Waterfront Seafood Shacks” [Peter Jon Lindberg, July] fails to mention three coastal states with important maritime heritages: North Carolina, Virginia, and Connecticut. As a Connecticut resident, I love Abbott’s Lobster-in-the-Rough (117 Pearl St., Groton, Conn.; 860/536-7719; dinner for two $50), which combines outstanding lobster and house-made chowder with an enjoyable view of the Mystic River and Long Island Sound. And while Sea Swirl of Mystic (30 Williams Ave., Mystic, Conn.; 860/536-3452; dinner for two $35) may lack architectural charm, it serves some of the best fried clams in the state. —Dave Poirier, Simsbury, Conn.
A Matter of Taste
Your article on 100-plus amazing places to eat like a local was the highlight of the July issue. We plan to check out the Boiler Room, in Omaha, Nebraska, when my wife and I visit the Old Market area next month. While high-end restaurants are an interesting splurge, it’s nice to see places that you could return to again and again. —Art Meier, Huntsville, Ala.
After reading Andrea Bennett’s “Hottest Hotel Loyalty Programs” [June], I must say, it’s unfortunate that the featured hotel-loyalty programs are based solely on the perks offered. In my experience, customer support is often horrible—poll any long-term loyalty-club member and I’m sure you’ll find horror stories of having to fight tooth and nail for points owed. Perhaps next time, a subcategory for the programs featured could be added—one that focuses on the best customer care. —Travelandleisure.com Member Adamdoban
Ready, Set, Cook
Bruno Maddox’s “The Influence of TV Cooking Shows” [July] reinforces everything I’ve noticed about changing food attitudes in America. These culinary shows—which rely on insane time constraints, guest judges, and bizarre ingredients in order to be entertaining—have created a monster, and the simple pleasure of eating and appreciating a good meal is not what it used to be. Turning cooking into a spectator sport takes away from the very reason why people cook.—Kirsten Stamn, Philadelphia, Pa.
Food for Thought
“World’s Strangest Supermarket Items” by Peter John Lindberg [July] was a delight. I spent four years in England and never tired of visiting the grocery stores, whether it was our local Tesco or the more upscale Marks & Spencer (lemon-curd yogurt, anyone?). I don’t feel quite as crazy, knowing there are others who share my passion—I even have a bottle of Amora moutarde (mustard) in my fridge right now from a recent trip to Paris. —Wendy Barley, via E-Mail
Reader’s Find: Bathtub Safari
Your hotel-bathrooms story, “World’s Coolest Hotel Bathrooms” [June], missed Sayari Camp (doubles from $980), in Tanzania, where my husband and I celebrated our 25th anniversary. During our stay, we had the good fortune to witness six lionesses hunt down a wildebeest and a grazing hippo mock-charge our car (apparently, he didn’t like us watching him eat). A highlight at Sayari was the bathtub in our tent, where we could soak and listen to the wildebeest migration in the distance. —Diane Day, Dover, N.H.