Besides the fall Saturday ritual of watching the University of Michigan Wolverines playing for a victorious denouncement, only two other events deliver the equivalent athletic craze.  Each happens every four years, with a two-year hiatus between one and the other, and always in a different country. No, we are not talking about the winter and summer Olympics. The sporting events that get everyone stirred up around here are the World Cup and the Euro Cup. For three weeks, everything is planned around the games, with emphasis placed on what will be eaten and drank while watching each.

Euro Cup 2012 kicked off this passed Friday, igniting its engines in Kiev Ukraine. We started ours with lunch and the Russia/Czech game at Citta Nova in East Hampton. What better way to enjoy two European teams battle it out in their division than with a glass of rose, grilled pulpo, and pasta, all in close proximity to a bar and TV. Granted Italy would not play for another two days, but the fixings and atmosphere were just right. Besides, there are no Russian or Chzech restaurants on this side of the island.

With Russia taking the win, and our afternoon buzz calling for a relaxing few hours ocean side, we headed back to the house, picking up some soft shell crab on the way for later dinner grilling. That night we toasted the winners and danced to a few 80’s tunes at none other then Stephens Talkhouse.

No sun on Saturday meant guiltless in door game watching. The appetite inducing Germany win against Portugal sent us straight to Bostwicks for a quick lunch of clams on the half shell, steamers, and lobster tacos. Usually the Lobster Rolls type of breed, we couldn’t help reliving the flavorful feat from the weekend past. Savorly satisfied, it was back to the set to watch Holland take the game in a 1-0 defeat against Denmark.

With all of our players across the Atlantic asleep, our evening was open for some summer time fun in Montauk.  After mixed reviews across the entire Internet critiquing world, it was out on our own venture to decide just how good or bad Ruschmeyers truly is. Starting with cocktails and dinner, we kept to their conceiving cocktail list, the heirloom bean salad, and clam pizza. Clams were staring in this weekend’s show, and we aimed to experience them in ever outfit. The drinks, just as previously reviewed were delicious and strong. The heirloom salad was light and flavorful and we fully welcomed our little bivalve a top the cheese pizza. All carbed up, we moved over the bar for some more drinks and dancing. Granted, as described, the bar was indeed crowded, and the tunes varied from great to not so much, it was still a fun weekend at the point.

With the sun making a joyous appearance on Sunday, some of us spent a few hours relaxing on the beach, while others clammed for some delicious bivalves to be shucked, grilled, and slurped while watching Italy and Spain tie in their first divisional game. In only proper Hampton’s fashion, we decided to conclude the weekend with BBCs, more clams and lobster at Cyrils while watching the Croatia take the win over Ireland.

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