I forgot to write about the weekend before last, I was distracted by writing about Mustafa's visit. It was fairly low-key, Max offered to cook a nice dinner on Saturday night as part of our anniversary celebrations. We opened our bottle of 95' Veuve Clicquot, which was incredible. For dinner we started off with pacific northwest smoked salmon with gherkins and a baguette, then Max coated two ahi tuna steaks with lavender and black pepper and pan-fried them (which was even better than the Silverwater's). He served that up with a roasted garlic and potato purée. With dinner we drank a bottle of Vouvray and for dessert I made fresh blackberry ice cream.
Last weekend we spent partially running errands for our trip to the states next week. We also stopped by the giant Chinese grocery store near us, Wing Yip. It's much bigger than the one in Cricklewood and Hoo Hing near Hendon. A kind English man married to a Chinese woman pointed out some of the best deals to us. We ended up buying a ton of supplies.
conjoined duck twins
This week we're going to Rachael's birthday party which is now easy to remember since it's on September 11th. We're also finalizing the plans for our trip, getting a discount on a car hire from a friend, and deciding how to divide up our time. It seems it will be about 4 days each in Port Townsend, Anacortes, and Spokane, and 1-2 days in Seattle. It's difficult to divide time up between families in a way that will make everyone happy. We're going to try to squeeze in seeing a few friends in Seattle and a friend from Vancouver may drive down to meet us since there's no way we can visit him in Vancouver this time around (as much as I'd love to). It is going to be so hectic, but I am really excited to see everyone and to be back home for awhile.
omg, please email me your blackberry ice cream recipe sometime!
gorgeous pics as usual. max sounds like a fantastic chef--must be the half-french thing. ;)
It's difficult to divide time up between families in a way that will make everyone happy.
true that. don't forget to make yourself happy, too! it's your vacation, after all.
No problem, I'll write it out and email it to you tonight or tomorrow. :) It was so good, but I might make it slightly sweeter next time.
Yes, he is a great chef. We have a lot of fun cooking together.
True, that's one reason we're spending a little more time in Seattle.. have a day or so on our own.
My schedule is crazy these days -- Wed-Sat, 5am-4pm -- but other than that I'm flexible... Assuming I'm someone you'd want to meet while in Seattle, of course. :)
If not, I understand, having been on hectic trips like that myself.