18 Oct 2016 Leave a comment
A Seabourn Signature Event in the Caribbean is something called Caviar in the Surf. During a beachside picnic, senior staff arrives in uniform and wades into the ocean to serve caviar and champagne off of a surfboard. In the Mediterranean it’s done in one of the swimming pools onboard. We prefer to have ours delivered by room service. 🙂
14 Oct 2016 2 Comments
Valencia, Spain was our first port and we immediately called to sign up for Shopping with the Chef as soon as we saw it on the Valencia schedule. We did this last year in Livorno, Italy and it was a highlight of our trip. It’s a free excursion that included a guided tour of the city.
11 Oct 2016 2 Comments
We booked a Culinary Backstreets Walk in Barcelona after reading superb reviews of them online. We selected their Made in Catalonia tour, which lasted 6.5 hours. There were six of us on the tour, plus our guide.
09 Oct 2016 2 Comments
We spent three days before boarding our cruise in Barcelona and were so happy to do it! At the top of our list of things to do on our food and wine vacation was to visit Bodega 1900 for tapas. This is one of the restaurants in Barcelona opened by Albert and Ferran Adria, known for their three star Michelin restaurant elBulli which was renowned as the world’s best restaurant for many years. Since elBulli closed in 2012 and was way out of our price range anyways, we were thrilled to try something currently offered by them.
08 Oct 2016 1 Comment
We got away from the farm, and I mean really far away for a few weeks in the Mediterranean once again on the Seabourn Sojourn. What we really wanted to do was a food and wine themed cruise with Seabourn but they only do 1-2 a year and they are always either to a destination we’re not interested in or in a time of year we’re unable to travel so we decided to come up with our own food and wine vacation. Autumn is a really easy time for us to get away. Nothing much left in the garden, no seeds to plant, no lambs being born, etc. My folks were kind enough to come watch our place and they almost made it the entire time we were gone except they live in a direct hit area for Hurricane Matthew, so they left a day early to batten down the hatches. I’m still getting over jet lag and have mountain of laundry so will take my time over the next few days documenting our amazing travels. Welcome aboard!
10 Sep 2016 1 Comment
Every year it’s my goal to grow a pumpkin. I’m not greedy, just one is all I need. I have failed miserably over and over again and decided this year to increase the odds by planting two full raised beds of pumpkin seeds plus plant some in the greenhouse and some along the edge of our property far away from our vegetable garden to try to hide from the squash bugs. I bought new plant-based pesticides at great expense to add to our arsenal. Pretty much everything I could think of besides getting a commercial pesticide license which allows us to use the really harmful stuff (and I’ve considered it, believe me). I’ve been fighting squash bugs for months. Spraying them, picking them off, ripping off the leaves that have squash bug eggs on them, looking under every leaf of every vine. Every. Single. Morning. Two days ago I gave up and ripped all the vines out of our raised beds, I couldn’t look at the insect-damaged vines any more. October is next month and we hadn’t produced a single pumpkin. Yesterday I ripped out the ones in our greenhouse for the same reason. Today Brian found this along the edge of our property while mowing. It was growing on a vine that had every single leaf eaten away. Happy early Halloween, everyone!