Not necessarily in any order:
#1-Vacation Spot: Ambergris Caye, Belize
Lodging: Xanadau Resort
Xanadau more highly.
#2-Vacation spot: Oak Island, NC (OKI)
Lodging: Family cottage on the beach front
this post. I never really appreciated the
casual Carolina coast as a kid, always wishing for something a bit more exciting. Now as an adult, give me a few days where all I really need to pack is a bathing suit, the dog the the hubby and I'm in heaven.
#3-Vacation Spot: NYC
Lodging: The couch, floor or air mattresses in friends apartments
Those are the top three. I've got great plans to share 2 baby showers, upholstered headboard completion, a quick spicy dinner option and two weekend trips just as soon as I find some time to type things up.
It really was so cute and I had the perfect cooking companion to see the movie with (Thanks JL:)
I think I may be missing out on some key techniques or pairings, not to mention what may come before or after the actual collection of recipies. I may have found some new nightime reading, though I am not sure what Carolina Husband is going to say when I bring my copy of "How to Cook Everything" (Mark Bittman) to bed with me.
Also for those of you who have seen the movie, I have a distinct hankering to cook Julia's Beef Bourguignon some time soon.
(I'm not really sure why the last paragraph is underlined.)
We headed to Oak Island, NC where my family has a beach cottage in the true sense of the word. It was build in the 1960's; and it's literally a rectangle house cut up into three bedrooms on one side of the house with an open kitchen, eating, and living area on the other side. We do also have a nice sun porch with a wall of windows on the beach side of the house.
Hurricane Floyd took out several homes on the island when it hit the NC coast on September 1999. I can't express how difficult it was to watch the news coverage of the storm and not know if our house survived. No it is not any one's primary residence and no one was down there in the storm, but this house does hold 40 years of family and friend vacation memories for 3 generations. It would have been devastating to loose it.
A little google search and I was reminded of some of the damage Floyd caused from these pictures. Our house is only about 11 houses down the beach from this shot. We lost our entire front porch and huge gazebo, as well as the utility and shower area below the house, not to mention the utility connections. The main living area is on stilts and actually sustained little damage on the inside. There were limits to what was able to be built back and clean up took the better part of 9 months not only for our little house but also for rest of the island.
The past few days have been a reminder how important this spot is for my family. We spent most of our time as well always do eating, playing cards, napping, sunning and relaxing on the beach. The pup even got out of the house to play in the water with Carolina Husband and chill in a shady spot next to me under our beach tent.
Provision Company Restaurant in Southport, NC. Which is so good I think it deserves its own post later on this week, so be on the lookout.
On the docks waiting for our table at PC.