Last weekend was the end of our vacation and we took a little trip to New York City to visit our daughters on Friday. From there, we drove down to Scranton late in the day on Saturday, and came back home on Sunday.
This is an unusual August for us, because it’s the first year in over twenty that we haven’t been getting ready for at least one child (usually at least two) to go back to school. Our work here is through – in that respect, at least.
In celebration, I thought I’d share some food-related photos for Weekend Cooking from our empty-nesters road trip last weekend, starting with the delicious, gluten-free, and vegetarian dinner our daughters made for us in their shared apartment in Washington Heights.
Saturday morning we visited the farmers’ market near Fort Tryon Park, where everything from fresh duck to bee pollen was for sale.
Along with fresh fruit, we bought a couple of small wedges of cheese from a cheesemaker to eat as part of our picnic on Liberty Island, but I didn’t think to snap a photo of all of the varieties of cheese that were available. We tried a few samples before making our choices and they were all delicious.
After taking a ferry ride out to see the Statue of Liberty up close and then taking the subway back uptown from Battery Park, we got in the car and headed south to Scranton, Pennsylvania, where my husband was attending the annual meeting of the Anglican Use Society the next day.
On Saturday night, in Scranton, we went to the opposite extreme from vegetarianism and ate at the Ipanema Grille, a Brazilian steakhouse or churrascaria where you can order the rodizio. That’s where you can get your choice of side dishes from the buffet and get slices of different types of grilled meat cut for you right at the table until you can’t eat any more.
Along with dinner, we tried Brazil’s national cocktail, the caipirinha, a sweet-tart rum and lime drink that came with a sugarcane stirrer. I still can’t pronounce the name of it, but the drink was so good, we had two each! After my first sip, I did remember to take a picture.
Hmmm. Does the U.S. have a national cocktail…?