I keep telling myself I’m going to slow down and relax when the weekend rolls around, but I just can’t seem to make it happen. There’s too much to do this time of year, too many opportunities to pass up – summer is fleeting, and I don’t want to regret not taking advantage of the things it has to offer. Our weekend began on a low-key note at home, with our traditional Friday night fizzy and a grilled clambake, but Saturday and Sunday were a whirl of fun, food and new friends.
We woke early on Saturday, and while Mike took care of a side project for work, I put together a batch of guacamole and a big green salad with two homemade dressings to take to the barbecue we went to later that day. Our bellies full of too much beer and smoky meats, we made it a relatively early night but were up early again on Sunday – we had a very full day ahead of us. I whipped up a couple of omelettes before we got ready to head out again, this time to the Brooklyn blogger meet-up in Greenpoint arranged by the lovely and charming Miss Heather. We had a great time chatting with everyone there, and particularly enjoyed the yummy spread of Dominican food provided by Casa Mon Amour.
We did an abbreviated version of our weekend food safari, stopping off at Bedford Cheese Shop, Uva Wines and Marlow and Sons to stock up on a few things before heading home. We had hoped to pick up a steak or two at Marlow, but when we got there they only had ground meats available. I decided to get a package each of ground beef and ground lamb and make burgers to go with the Syrah wine guy Dan from Uva had recommended to us.
As you may recall, I felt that my last batch of burgers was good, but not quite where I wanted them to be. Last night’s burgers, on the other hand, turned out darn near perfect – juicy and flavorful, grilled perfectly by my husband. Though the wine we had was recommended to go with steaks, it turned out to be a great match for the burgers, too – big and peppery and really delicious. We may have had to fall back and punt when our original plan for dinner didn’t work out, but I couldn’t have been happier with the meal we ended up with.