Sunday, August 29, 2010

A Week at the Beach

Just back from a week in Corolla, North Carolina. It was a relaxing week with great friends, many laughs, and much reminiscing (I forgot all those Boston memories!). I shared a house with the Whites (B of the Whites is my college roommate), the Potts and Ms. Chopra. Six adults and 3 little kids (very cute kids I have to add).

The White family heading to the beach:

Some lessons learned from the week:
  • Spray sunscreen is great for touch ups at the beach, but there is nothing like the lotion for full coverage sun protection.
  • Beach tent is a must. Why didn't they have these growing up?
  • Sangria with the kids' mandarin oranges is a perfect pool side treat.
  • Steak-ums are underrated.
  • A self imposed technology ban is a great thing.
  • You can never laugh enough (and we had plenty of laughs).
  • Hermit crabs are still sold as pets, 20+ years after I had one.
  • Yahtzee! can be competitive.
  • You can never have enough wet ones or snacks for kids.
  • Put put / miniature golf at high noon is tough.

And we can't forget Candy and Sugar who joined us during the week:

And where we all stayed on Buck Island in Corolla:

Sunday, August 8, 2010

A Touch of Sweetness at Bouchon

How is it possible to have a head/chest cold in the summer? No fun, that is for sure. But we ventured out for a sweet treat this afternoon. One can't spend all day inside on such a nice weekend.

Eventually we made our way to Bouchon Bakery at the Time Warner Center. Pistachio Macaroon for me and a TKO for him. One of Thomas Keller''s favorite cookies is the oreo and the TKO is his reinterpreted version with ganache between 2 chocolate cooies. Both were a hit. These are the classic french macaroon with the light crispy outside and buttercream frosting inside. And the flavors are seasonal at the little take away bakery.

And these are a picture of the Linzer cookies because I really haven't seen any as pretty.


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