Sunday, August 1, 2010

Perfection Weekend

Someone needs to give me French lessons, because I’m very iffy on how to pronounce this dish, but what I’m not iffy on is how much I love it.

Moules à la marinière (mussels with garlic and white wine) are awesome. They are more than easy to make. They make you feel refined and posh and edgy and talented in the kitchen. They make you want to share wine and stories and play Foodie Fight with friends over an hours-long Saturday evening meal.

From The Vagabond Table


Also, they’re gorgeous.


Courtesy of Lucy

From The Vagabond Table


Lucy was in town, and Roni and I went all-out on the relaxation factor. We had Ethiopian food and drinks at one of our fave bars, The Red Derby, Friday night. Saturday after a late breakfast we laid in a park for hours, sipping on wine while munching on peaches and napping in the shade of a big tree. We went shopping, came home, and Roni made her famous gazpacho with local heirloom tomatoes while I made moules à la marinière with crusty bread and brie and a lovely bottle of white wine. It was, I think, the most relaxed I’ve been in ages.

From The Vagabond Table
Lazing around in Meridian Hill park.

Gazpacho, courtesy of Lucy

Sunday morning we made fruit salad, asparagus-red pepper frittata, and blueberry whole-wheat scones while Stumptown coffee brewed as a big summer storm rolled in.

From The Vagabond Table
Stumptown coffee time

Courtesy of Lucy

This weekend has been more than lovely, with great food, good weather, and fun reunions with peeps I haven’t seen in a while. I’m also convinced I need to move to France for a year and apprentice to a baker and vintner. I see wineries, French wine, baguettes and more moules à la marinière in my future, mon amis!

3 comments:

DC said...

Whenenever you are ready for the French alphabet and counting to 10, I'll teach in a hearbeat. If you need to learn more complicated words, then FRANCE it is...:)) It was seriously delicious! Mmm...my taste buds cannot wait for your future experimentation with this...

Zabrinah said...

Wow! I didn't know mussels were so easy to make!

Best wishes from one blogger to another,

~Zabrinah

christian said...

Hi samantha i love you!!!!!1!!1!1one!!
These mussels look amazing!
Can't wait to see you
love, christian