Eating our way through New England
25.04.2012 - 22.05.2012
I know it´s been a while since our last update, so ill try and bring you up to speed as quick as possible. Our initial plans on Singapore to South America needed to be rearranged with the surprise wedding of Tam's brother. So we made the necessary cancellations, and the bookings took our route via Rhode Island instead. The wedding was beautiful and the spring weather really turned it on. We had a great time picnicing and throwing horseshoes in the grass. A surprise (super RI) treat of Del's frozen lemonade was a lovely touch for all the wedding guests to enjoy. Some more big news to go with a new sister for Tam: A little baby is on the way and due around Tam's birthday.
One of the many perks of making this stop over was the cheap concert tickets in the US. We managed to time things well. A Santigold show in Providence and Tam's friend Ellen visiting home on the same weekend resulted in an hilarious night of dancing, DJ requests and the usual ¨laughing about it for a week afterwards¨kind of moments that we have come to expect when you put T and Ell together.
We had some amazing times with Tam's family and especially her parents, Marilyn and Elie, while we were back. We took some beautiful drives to Cape Cod, Newport and a weekend away to Maine.
It was my first trip to a lot of these places, and I especially enjoyed the Maine coastline and the Acadia national park. We did a few hikes there and spent two nights in the summer holiday town, Bar Harbor.
We dropped the parents back to their car further south in Maine and Tam, Izzy dog and I drove west through New Hampshire to the White Mountains. We did a few more hikes and were on a constant look out for black bears and moose. We didn't see any, but we did find moose tracks and a big bear paw print.
After enjoying the gorgeous views in NH we headed back towards RI with a stop in western Massachusettes to visit our friend Kayla. After Izzy traumatised her poor cat into a paralyzed state (he did not move from the window sill in her bedroom until the next day) we had a fun night out catching up with Kayla then headed back to RI for some more family time.
Tam and I were spoiled rotten during our time back here, we ate like kings at dinner parties with Lobsters and Clamboils, and that was just the begining of the seafood. Tam made her first clam chowder from scratch from the leftovers of the clam boil. Elie fried up some clam cakes to go with it. It probably sounds weird, but trust me clam cakes and chowder are a New England dish you cannot miss if you get the chance.
(Neil you really missed out but now T knows what she's doing so she can make it for you next time!)
We had such a good time hanging out in RI, enjoying Sunday family breakfasts, gardening with Marilyn, hanging out with Tom and Leah and getting to know this lovely new member of our family.
It was actually such a hard time leaving to head to South America, but if going to South America is the hardest thing one has to do we dont have too much to complain about. There has already been talk about meetin up with T´s family somewhere in south America. Fingers crossed.