Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Happy Bastille Day and Hi to Charlotte Corday

Perplexed? You can bet these folks were, too.

Monday, July 05, 2010

Happy Fifth of July from Rhode Island

We passed the Fourth here in Providence staying cool although we did get  out and discover a bit more about this corner of the planet.

We enjoyed a wonderful Saturday grillfest down at Point Judith with Andie and her mom Barbara, and Dick and Dorothy as well -- flank steak on the grill, delicious potato salad and Susie brought dessert, of course: coconut pound cake with lime sherbet topped with Chantilly cream and candied pecans. Not bad!

Saturday we braved the heat and headed off to Lincoln, RI, just a few miles up Route 146 to catch the latest Cruise-Diaz action flick: "Knight and Day." Lots of great lines, plenty of action, really quite fun -- rather like the "screwball" comedies of the 1930s, actually. Just don't pay much attention to plot lines or be finicky about story details and you'll enjoy it.

We then walked a bit at nearby Lincoln Woods state park -- a place we've often seen from the highway but never visited -- until yesterday. Wonderful little lake, with kayak and boat rentals to boot!

After dinner -- burgers on the grill with Bern's broccoli-cauliflower salad -- we watched "Stolen," a mystery about missing children, and a story well told, which we rather enjoyed. The evening was finished off with a quick drive to Davol Square, where I work, parked right along the river and watched some spectacular fireworks. The city can't fix the streets -- the idea or competence eludes them -- but man, oh man, can they lay on the visual display!

Otherwise, things are quiet here in the Ocean State -- Susie leaves Tazza the end of this coming week. Not her cup of tea as it turns out. But then I didn't want her to do the gig in the first place. But she had to work -- that Midwest Dutch work ethic -- and now she feels even more directed to turn toward "Sweet Nell's Baking Co." Not her own shop -- not anytime soon, at any rate, but her doing her own thing.

Has a pretty fine ring to it, don't you think?

In the meantime, I've posted a few visuals of my own:

Susie helping Emily Luchetti prep the dessert for Sakonnet Vineyard's 35th anniversary party

Melissa and Daniel's wedding in 2003 (sorry Mel, I didn't have many photos)

And lastly, an animated version of Rachel getting married.

Take care, stay cool and be well! Life is short, remember.

Ciao,

Steve

Rachel gets married

Susie, Emily and the vineyards at Sakonnet

Susie joined her pastry inspiration, Emily Luchetti, at Sakonnet vineyards in southern Rhode Island to help prep the dessert for the winery's 35th anniversary celebration. The dessert was passion pound cake with strawberries and whipped cream. (Susie brought a fresh batch of her scones to get tasting feedback -- all of it good.)