Just a few photos from a beautiful summer weekend in Massachusetts, the best place to be this time of year!

 

farmers market peaches

Peaches at the Ashmont Farmers Market – now that I work from home I can get there before it closes, and I love it. I love that it’s another little piece of our community that brings people together for food and fellowship while supporting Massachusetts farmers and other producers.

  Westport Rivers grapes

Wine grapes at Westport Rivers – every summer I try to make at least one visit to Westport Rivers (last year for their sunset music series, well worth a visit). We were blessed with a sunny, blue sky, glorious day for drinking bubbles in the vineyard.

 

lobster burger

Lobster on a burger at the Bayside in Westport – We visited the Bayside last year, and we were happy to return this year. The food is SO good, and it has gorgeous beach views.

Westport, MA

We made the most of the perfect day with some jumping and swimming in a warm and salty sea. If I could swim in the ocean every day, I would be very happy.

Hull Harbor Illumination

Hull Harbor Illumination – I love going to this annual event which lights up Hull Harbor in flares for the Hull Lifesaving Museum. Once again we sat at the Sea Dog and watched the sun go down and the lights go up, a perfect way to spend the night with family visiting from Ireland.

 

Kama Lounge

Sunday was spent with friends, breakfast with one set of friends and their new baby and then later on dinner with another set of friends at Kama Lounge in Quincy. They do dollar oysters on Sunday nights, along with half priced appetizers during their happy hour. Everything we ate was so delicious, especially these clam chowder poutine fries. Sinful, and now I definitely need that 14 mile run this week!

  clam chowder poutine summer sunset

We finished the weekend out on Wollaston Beach with a perfect sunset and ice cream. Tired, happy, and with sandy feet, we went home to get ready for the work week.

What have you been up to these glorious summer weekends?

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With the earlier half of the week being gloriously sweltering (for me, the hotter the better, except for on my long run days), choosing a cold rosé was a must for brunch at Steel & Rye, which has been one of our favorite restaurants for more than two years now.

Liquid Farm Pink Crack

This time I had a date with two former co-workers who I have missed since I took the leap back into Communications Consulting, and the wine is what the winemakers refer to as #PinkCrack. It’s name is well-earned!

This 2014 Liquid Farm Rosé Mourvèdre is so perfectly refreshing and perfect with brunch food like this yummy ham, tomato, and asparagus omelet I had. It’s dry and tart, with notes of white peach, plum, and raspberry and a mineral-y finish. It’s also a beautiful pale pink color that always makes me think of my pointe shoes, elegant, satiny, and one of my first loves.

This wine would go well with a pool, a patio, or the beach, and for food pairings, according to Liquid Farm’s website, it goes well with everything but cereal. I am willing to try it with as many food pairings as possible to find out.

Have you been loving rosé this summer? We have been huge fans of dry rosé year round for many years, but it seems to be particularly trendy this year!

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It’s been months since our trip to Tanzania, and we still talk about it just about every day. I can’t say enough what an amazing place it was, and if you would like to read the rest of my Tanzania posts, please visit my Travel Blog page.

One of our stops on our trip was at the Cultural Heritage Centre in Arusha. The Centre is a really cool space full of art and information on Tanzanian culture. We toured the property on our own, taking in arts and crafts, animal sculptures, dishes, jewelry, antiques, and beautiful grounds. We also had the opportunity to do some shopping for arts and crafts as well as the rare gem Tanzanite, something I regret not buying as it will soon be gone.

It wasn’t quite as exciting as camping in the Serengeti, but this was still a really worthwhile stop and one I enjoyed. Tanzania is full of beauty, in its landscape, its people, and its arts and culture. and the Centre is a wonderful glimpse into that.

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