Saturday, June 29, 2013

absent but here

Where have I been for the last few weeks? Right here.

Life has cycles that sometimes are beyond our control.
 One Monday you're busy in the garden and the next day, it seems, waiting for the plumber and then you're at the car service station.
Then it's Friday. How did that happen?

I've had a few weeks like that so I must apology for not posting anything new here.
Life just happens sometimes.

All is good, so no worries. Just busy.......

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

the river

the river by Alida's Photos
the river, a photo by Alida's Photos on Flickr.

The golden hour, just before sunset, on Brown's River......

swim nets on Long Island

I've often wondered, is this to keep the swimmers in, or to keep the fish out?

Thursday, June 06, 2013

Jedediah Hawkins Inn

Jedediah Hawkins Inn by Alida's Photos
Jedediah Hawkins Inn, a photo by Alida's Photos on Flickr.

A group I belong to was given a special tour of the Jedediah Hawkins Inn, in Jamesport.  
All I can say is "Amazing, amazing!"
The last time I was there was in 2007 for a birthday celebration. So much has changed since then.
First of all, the landscaping and gardens are beautiful! The flowers this time of year are a treat for the eyes. There is a barn and pathways which are lined with wisteria, my favorite vine. The hanging purple flower clusters are beautiful!

The food was good back in 2007, but now they have a new chef, Lia Fallon, who produced the most amazing dishes.
After getting a tour of their herb garden, which is open to guests, we had those herbs incorporated into our sample dishes.
We began with a drink made with Vodka, lemonade and Lemonbalm, which looks and grows like mint but has a lemon taste. It was a refreshing drink while sitting on the porch overlooking the beautifully kept landscape. 
Then we were treated to a Duck Summer Roll, with duck cooked rare. Almost raw, this very unique spring roll, was a treat, paired with Pellegrini Vineyard's 2007 Cabernet Franc. 
We had this while touring the wine cellar with Pellegrini's chief winemaker, Tom Drozd!

Amazing, amazing!

We were given a tour of the Inn's guest rooms including the top floor suite which has access to the widow's walk. What an spectacular view! Each guest-room was decorated for a designer's showcase when the Inn first opened. The tour was given by Pam Hunt, a descendant of Jedediah Hawkins, who showed her passion for this historic building. 

Our tour of the kitchen included a demonstration by chef Lia Fallon, who made a salad with rare tuna, the Tuna Nicoise. What a delicious dish and the kitchen is, yes, you guessed it, amazing!
So modern and upscale, it was a dream kitchen for any chef!

The tour ended in the new solarium, with dessert. We had the chocolate marquise with pistachio anglaise, assorted macaroons and a lemon rhubarb parfait! 

Amazing, just amazing!!

Was the tour a success? You bet! Would we return for dinner and perhaps a special weekend retreat? It's already in the plans!

Wednesday, June 05, 2013

Davis Deer

Davis Deer by Alida's Photos
Davis Deer, a photo by Alida's Photos on Flickr.

Be careful of the deer on Fire Island. They certainly look cute, but they do carry ticks which transmit disease. Enjoy the experience at a distance, and do NOT feed them. Hope you all enjoy Fire Island this summer in good health!