Is it really Monday already? And is June almost over? The weekends in summer fly by like sparrows, especially at the peak of the season: the solstice. It was quite a busy and eventful weekend for us – and I can’t complain about any of it, even though I’m thoroughly tired out and sun drenched today. Below is a recap/roundup from Thursday night through Saturday. But first! A word from our sponsors!
Just kidding, I don’t have sponsors. But Front Street Bistro is hosting this awesome cigar dinner tomorrow night, and you should go.
One of my favorite events of the year:
The Faith Middleton Food Schmooze Martini Competition. Pictured here with Kerry Burrows and the lady herself
Faith Middleton is a popular host on WNPR, and her show focuses on “the richness of life and everything in it.” The topics vary, but overwhelmingly, the show is about food. Glorious, delicious food. And the Food Schmooze brings together top restaurants to compete for the accolade of best martini – which makes for some very good sampling:
And this year’s venue, the Riverview in Simsbury, is simply gorgeous!
The first drink we tried upon entering was ‘Smoking with James’ by Plan B – which also won the entire competition!
In addition to the smoked peach cocktail, Plan B provided burger sliders. I would have photographed one, but I was too busy eating it. Sorry. I did manage to grab photos of a couple other food pairings:
Thank you Chef Tyler – so very much – for saving me this decadent little crab bite. It paired delectably well with Millwrights Kyokai #7 – a tequila based cocktail which I’ll soon go back for a full sized version of.
Another favorite – a Beet Martini from Burger Baby!
A refreshing basil concoction from Sal e Peppa
A very unique and hoppy cocktail (that’s a hop ice cube!) courtesy of The Half Door
One of my favorites from Rizuttos – a Spicy Sriracha Lemonade Bourbon, which I sampled before in this post. The cotton candy garnish was a nice touch!
Infinity Hall Bistro provided a summer strawberry rhubarb cocktail. I’m stoked for their new location to open in Hartford.
Barley Vine’s “The Richness of Life” cocktail, featuring aromatic gin and pretty flower garnish
On 20‘s cocktail was bold and classic
Cavey‘s cocktail had an unexpected and welcome Thai twist, and was paired with a (not pictured) spring roll
I didn’t necessarily sample in this order precisely, but I tried to move from dinner to dessert cocktails – and there were many rich and sweet ones to choose from:
First up: a savory dessert – goat cheese rasberry profiterole from the Riverview, which paired nicely with their “bridezilla” spicy and sweet rasberry jalapeno cocktail
A pretty, whimsical Crackerjack Cocktail from the new Bobby V’s Sports Bar!
My personal favorite of the event: Doubletree by Hilston Bristol‘s Signature Cookie Cocktail, with crushed cookie rim and home made chocolate caviar at the bottom. I went back for another. Ok I had three.
A more ‘meh’ pairing – J Christian‘s banana fudge liqueur, paired with a chocolate covered pineapple ball from Edible Arrangements. Pineapple and chocolate are just strange bedfellows.
There were over thirty restaurants participating and competing. There was no way I was trying thirty cocktails. I’m happy with the selection I did sample, but I would have loved to try more! A photo gallery including some of the lovely looking ones I missed (alas!) is available here.
Friday morning, I had the pleasure of attending the Traveler’s Championship. I took a couple lovely photos from our corporate greenside box, before reading the literature that clearly stated NO PHOTOS. Whoops. So in lieue of sharing any putting shots, here’s a little picture of my sunblock swag, which was much needed on a hot sunny day:
It’s very cute and it’s currently in my purse
Friday evening, I had the pleasure of visiting Blo West Hartford, where Stacey hooked me up with, quite possibly, no scratch that – definitely – my best blow out yet
I asked for beachy waves and the stylist nailed it.
What was the special occasion, you ask? Why none other than the Hartford Magazine Best of Hartford Party – which took place at the Hartford Public Library
All glass everything
And we pregamed at Cuvee with rose and champagne cocktails. It was a fancy evening
Lilly Pulitzer and Tracy Negoshian fancy. Pictured with the lovely Erica from Silkworm in West Hartford!
Big books and cocktail gowns fancy. Pictured: me, Yurah, Caitlin, Carolyn, and Emily!
“Someone won Best Runner Up for Best Blogger” fancy (hint: it wasn’t me! congrats Cait!)
Macaroons from a’Vert and cabernet fancy
Ripe mini-cocktails (always fancy)
Aerial view of the ladies and their NoRa mini cupcakes (fancy fancy)
Aeriel view of: Erika Arias, Michael Guinan of Hartford Magazine, Brad Hoffman of Hoffman Auto and Nancy Meyer – Courant Publisher (yeah, kinda fancy)
More goofy than fancy – but always delightful – the Hoffman Auto crew!
Trio of mini NoRa cupcakes, prosecco, and candy cigarettes from the Food Schmooze (all vary fancy)
And Billings Forge fancy salmon pastrami with cream cheese on toast and green beans for dessert. Because I’m a weirdo.
I’m just going to leave this here:
All this and it was only Friday night! Whew! Like I mentioned before, quite the weekend.
Saturday, we headed down to Watch Hill, Rhode Island with the family.
Happiness is a chocolate donut and a day at the beach!
And such a pretty beach it is!
This is why we always come to Watch Hill. Before Taylor Swift made it… cool?
And this year, P was really old enough to enjoy playing in the sand!
A big improvement from last year, where we had matching Lilly swimsuits but only stayed at the beach for – wait for it – 5 minutes
This year, Katlin and I wore the matching Lilly’s. This just happened. I dig it.
The above picture was snapped at the Kitchen at Pleasant View Inn in Westerly. The view was magnificent – the food – adequate? I loved the spicy bloody mary which I ordered, and the bacon wrapped scallops were quite nice:
Plus! Lovely presentation
However, my scallops were advertised to contain fried onions and instead came topped with onion rings, which threw me and also threw off the salt balance of the dish:
Pretty, but not necessary
From speaking with my fellow diners, I believe I just ordered a dish that I didn’t quite care for – I should have stuck with my instincts and ordered the enormous lobster roll! Oh well, there’s always next time. P spent most of the meal asleep:
Which is how I felt for most of the following Sunday!
So there you have it – a tremendous weekend indeed. Even tho I feel like I’m too busy at times, I probably shouldn’t lose sight of how blessed I am to get to attend and experience so many terrific local events, not to mention to have such a wonderful family. Hope everyone else is enjoying the summer and long weekends full of fun as well.