We had absolutely fabulous weekend! It started Friday when Issa made a very fancy tea party for lunch. I must admit I never imagined serving little smokies from my good china when I received it 13 years ago, but her recipe was particularly good. Along with the crudite and pita chips, we also had blooming tea:
While the tea was pretty outstanding, it couldn't compare to dinner. We left the kids with Miss Hannah and Brad and I went out for an anniversary date to Pancuito. Heavenly. We enjoyed a fabulous bottle of wine and an incredible meal. We decided to just share many things, so we started with their cheese plate appetizer. It might have been the highlight of the meal. It was five cheeses each paired with a different house-made preserve on perfectly toasted good bread. I would be hard pressed to choose a favorite, but the goat with strawberry and the stackhouse with fig rose to the top. We then had a lovely salad in which I discovered fennel with radish is actually quite lovely, and the steak with gnocci was incredible. We ended the meal with a strawberry panna cotta with lavender syrup. Blissful.
Saturday, we decided to spend the Fourth at the zoo. Because Brad was the photographer, you can enjoy this very fancy slide show of our day. The highlight was definitely feeding the giraffes. They are such graceful creatures, and their prehensile tongues are just amazing. We were also very surprised that the zoo was not at all crowded. We were also very proud of ourselves for being prepared with ponchos in our pack. We got caught in one downpour, but it made the rest of the day even more enjoyable! The animals seemed to enjoy playing in the puddles, which was very fun.
We came home and grilled burgers and corn, and then we settled in to watch the NYC fireworks on TV followed by sparklers in the front yard.
Yesterday, we enjoyed a quiet day at home, and now we are ready to start a new week!