Monday, July 11, 2011
We rented a house, something I had never done before. Vacation houses are a bit of an adventure. There's no front desk to call when the cable goes out (which it did), no tiny soaps in the shower. But there was a comfy, overstuffed couch to sink into, a long, rustic dining table, and a pretty little backyard where we sat and drank wine almost every evening.
On our last night in town, after many glasses of wine, Dad and I stumbled around the front yard trying to catch them. My toes squished in the soft, wet ground but I didn't care. It was one of those perfect moments in life that you know you'll always remember, even as it is happening.
There were a lot of moments like that on this trip. Getting caught in a downpour while hiking along a long, muddy trail. Playing cards around the dining table, my mom laughing so hard her shoulders shook. Running my fingers over baskets of fuzzy, sun-warmed peaches at a roadside market. Driving along winding roads, listening to Tom Petty and Dr. John. There was even something nice about riding in the backseat of the rental car, looking at the backs of my parents' heads. It's one of those things in life that can bring you right back to being a kid, having someone else ferry you around while you look out the window and enjoy the ride.
But what about the food, you ask? Right. This is still a food blog, I guess.
Like with other things in the house, the kitchen required a little MacGyvering. I envisioned a weekend spent in front of the grill with frequent breaks for rosé and dips in the pool. But the pool was ice cold and the grill was out of propane. Luckily there was rosé.
favorite salads: arugula, blue cheese, and yellow and red cherry tomatoes. I grilled slices of olive oil-drizzled bread in a pan on the stovetop and rubbed a clove of garlic over them when they were toasted. Our side dish was a bowl of watermelon.
The meal was nothing fancy, nothing blog-worthy, really. But dining on that breezy patio, surrounded by the people I love more than anything, it felt like a million bucks.