We're not ready to let go of summer.
In fact, we're still blissfully pretending it's August while we're hiding away at the beach in North Carolina for the week. So we won't be publishing this week. But don't worry -- we'll be back next week to kick off the first of our posts about the Cover to Cover project. The entries are pouring in and they look amazing -- you're going to love it!
We'll leave you with a few stories and photos from summer. Have an amazing week. Cook something fun. And be sure to tell us all about it.
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~ Zach and Clay
We traveled a lot more this summer than we were expecting. One of our first trips was to Lexington, Kentucky, for the wedding of our friends Sarah and Raymond. Clay went to college in Lexington and our friends Scott and Katie still live there, so we're always eager to visit. The food scene in Lexington keeps getting better. On this trip, we were excited to visit County Club, a new-to-us modern(ish) barbecue restaurant that was recommended by our friend Wendy. Excellent pulled pork sandwiches!
Clay ended up spending three days in Detroit for work. We've read a lot in the past few years about the city's burgeoning food scene. Clay was able to hit all the places that turn up constantly in Detroit food stories -- Astro Coffee (pictured above), Slow's Bar B Q, and Green Dot Stables.
All three were great, but Green Dot was especially good. The menu consists entirely of dishes that are either $2 or $3, a mix of sliders, salads and snacks. Clay ate a kimchi and peanut butter slider -- and it was good!
For Clay's birthday back in June, we did something he had never done before: went horseback riding. It. Was. Amazing. But don't look for us to be buying a pony anytime soon.
Another work trip: this time to New York. It was 105 degrees and, like a scene from a movie, it seemed that every fire hydrant in the city was open. We had planned to stay for the weekend and go see the much covered Rain Room exhibit at MoMA. That was a bust -- we arrived at 7:30 a.m. on a Sunday to find it was a 8 to 9 hour wait. No thank you. Instead we went for a walk in Central Park, and then saw one of our favorite things of the summer, the James Turrell exhibit in the rotunda of the Guggenheim. (It's on through the end of September if you happen to find yourself in New York).
These are three images, taken within a 20-minute period, looking up into the rotunda as the light and colors continue to change:
And here's the crowd, enjoying the show:
In early August we spent a wonderful week with friends in Provincetown on Cape Cod. We had a perfect trip: great weather, lots of cooking, and many, many laughs.
We actually didn't eat in many restaurants in Provincetown -- we had a large, fully equipped kitchen that inspired lots of meals in, including this dish, in which Zach is making a pan sauce using perhaps not the best wine available:
But we did make it to a few memorable places, including Canteen, where we had an obligatory (and delicious) lobster roll.
Also at Canteen, we ate this piece of amazingness. Behold: a grilled peanut butter and jelly sandwich with fresh strawberries and a spicy peanut brittle. Be still our hearts.
And we'll leave you with this, a panorama of the dunes and beach in Provincetown.
Let's not let go of summer, yet. There's still plenty summer(ish) left.