I've just returned from a glorious weekend in Connecticut with my family. Today, the weather went back to the dark/dank/dreary business we've endured so much of recently, but Friday and Saturday shined on Connecticut in all the splendor we're meant to have during the summer in New England.
It's late on a Sunday night, and I've just gotten back to Brooklyn, so I'll let the pictures speak for themselves, but suffice it to say it was great to get away from it all and spend time with Mom, sister + BIL and niece.
There's a great diner nearby my parents' place, so Saturday's lunch was their "Veggie Salad," which is just a big salad with steamed vegetables on top. I smeared a side of guacamole all over it and called it a meal.
So awesome that you can get great stuff like this at diners nowadays! The guac was GOOD, too.
We spent the afternoon at Stew Leonard's, what to entertain the wee one...and the not-so-wee ones as well. I mean, there's live animals there--what's not fun about that?!
For those of you so unfortunate to be denied the glory of Stewie Lewie's, it's basically a glorified grocery store. I would rather call it an "experience," though--it's not the kind of place you go to just run in and grab a quart of milk and be done with it. No--you go in, grab a quart of milk, and see the cow too. Well, an animatronic cow. The real cows are out in the parking lot.
You can't make this stuff up!
One of the best parts of shopping at Stew Leonard's is the ice cream stand. Growing up, I knew this to be your standard vanilla and chocolate soft serve. Nowadays, however, they've upgraded to including gelato in their ice cream line-up (and local gelato at that!), so I was more than happy to enjoy a dish of coconut + some mocha-y flavor.
In the few moments when we weren't ogling the animatronics or sampling basically everything in the store (Peach cobbler! Fresh donut holes! Ceviche! Pom juice!), we did manage to pick up the fixins for some dinner, which we enjoyed on the patio, overlooking Candlewood Lake.
This is what I call "Pimp My Salad."
On a bed of greens, we have fresh mozzarella, tomatoes, basil, three or four kinds of olives, peppadew (new favorite!), balsamic and olive oil.
And of course, a bit of red vino, what for appreciating the view a little extra.
Since the weather was wonk today, we hit the mall, which is pretty much an amusement park as far as a three-year-old is concerned. She and my sister rode the train around the lower level and enjoyed nearly running over many a consumer.
There's also a whole big carousel in this mall, which is pretty neat. Although I guess I wouldn't know personally--I was too busy drinking a chocolate shake.
I'm back in my concrete jungle now, and it pretty much feels like a legit jungle in my 8th floor apartment, let me tell you. Forget the farmer's market--it's so humid in here right now, I think I could probably grow my own salad between the floor boards.