Monday, September 17, 2012

Family, Football, and Flying

Our weekend began with visitors from Texas.  The house was clean and well stocked with wine, whiskey, and baked goods (including these tasty Bacon Cheddar Scones) to welcome my in-laws from Austin to Boston. After they headed back home, we wrapped up the weekend with a flight to Sanford, Maine for breakfast, saying goodbye to my car which died this past week, and by starting a batch of homebrewed beer.

Highlights of the weekend:

Wood-fired pizzas at Posto in Davis Square

Drinks and desserts at Saloon, also in Davis Square. My favorite drink of the evening was hands down the Pimm's Up.

Sampling a long flight of beers at Portsmouth Brewery in Porstmouth, NH.  I really enjoyed their Cream Ale, their Oatmeal Stout, and their Saison, which was on cask.  Also, Portsmouth Brewery's gigantic pastrami sandwich, stuffed with house-cured pastrami, a ridiculous amount of sauerkraut  and melty swiss cheese on marbled rye.
Touring New England's branch of the Red Hook brewery. More beer samples? Twist my arm.

College football and the Longhorns victory over Ole Miss. Hook 'em!

Watching the sun rise over the ocean as we took off for our flight up to Sanford. Even better than your husband taking you on a flight somewhere? Chicken fried steak and eggs for breakfast!
Starting a batch of Pecan Porter homebrew with my husband. We spent a perfect fall afternoon out in our backyard sipping Slumbrew's Porter Square Porter while the brew kettle simmered.
I always have trouble with the transition from summer to fall, as it means both saying goodbye to my favorite season and knowing that the dreaded New England winter is right around the corner. Days like today seem to make that transition a lot easier. Soaking up the afternoon sun while a crisp fall breeze makes the leaves, edges tinged in yellow, start to dance can't be all bad.

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