More parents...and rain
This weekend closed a busy week for me. Beginning with Matt’s parents, who were here last Friday for the races (Saratoga), and then ending today with my parents leaving after being up here for the weekend, it was parent- and action-packed. In the middle of the week, Matt and I went to Boston for “work”---I had to attend an olive oil tasting dinner at the Boston InterContinental Hotel. Since we stayed (gratis) in an enormous suite that was bigger than my first apartment, and were wined and dined, it wasn’t too tough of a trip. I also learned a bit about tea through Cynthia Gold (no relation) who is the tea sommelier at the Boston Park Plaza Hotel. She mixed us up some amazing tea cocktails, beginning with a tea-infused white port, moving into tea-tinis and other delightful mixed drinks, iced tea, and finally a cup of 15-year old pu-erh. We got a behind-the-scenes tour of Formaggio Kitchen the next day. They have a couple of “caves” or climate-controlled cool, damp rooms where they age huge wheels of cheese from all over the world. We wound up getting way too much cheese, as I was giddy with the selection and felt like I must stock up until the next time we come to Boston. Three pounds of cheese, salami, and olives later, we were headed back to sleepy Pownal. It was really inspiring to see how passionate and knowledgeable people can be about their work, and how excited to educate others about what they love. Anyway, it’s back to the real world for now. I’m swimming in work, but hopefully there’s another break for me soon.
Mon, August 4, 2008