I hope you've been having a wonderful summer. We've been on the road a bit - as soon as Den got home at the beginning of the summer, I spent a week in NYC for work, then we took the girls to Myrtle Beach for Ari's 5th birthday - more on that soon - and spent the holiday in Atlanta with my family. We've been trying to spend as much time together as possible - Den's autumn work schedule comes upon us much too quickly and I didn't want us looking back wondering where the summer had gone. I'm sure that those reflections will still tease us at the end of the summer - but as of right now, I feel like we are living a good sun-filled season. The girls - possessing the benefits of my husband's genetic disposition - are all golden skinned; I'm still pale but sun-kissed with freckles galore - we spend a lot of time in swimsuits right now. It's good.
So… Myrtle. Do keep in mind I’m new to the South. If you’ve never been to Myrtle Beach, I would love to say that I am about to wax poetic about the beauty of it all. Alas, that is not the case. It’s Panama City meets… I don’t even know what. There are lovely high-rise hotels cozied up next to places I could swear I’ve seen in horror movies. The beach is not the most pristine miles of sand I’ve walked upon and the food selection was not what I expected of a coastal town. But man did we have a good time (a few shots here). The girls conquered any remaining water fears they may have harbored in the crashing surf (pretty sure that Adie will be ready to learn to surf next summer) and we played skee ball for hours in an old boardwalk arcade, ate ice cream under the stars in the sand and yes, even partook in one of the famous, ridiculously oversized all you can eat seafood buffets and ate crab legs until we could barely walk. Will we do it again? Probably not. I was, and still am, looking for a more quintessential Southern beach experience – something quiet, something ours, something MUCH less commercial. In fact, I’m completely obsessed with this house and am planning on selling a kidney so we can rent it for a week next summer.
Work has been intense and I have such mixed feelings about this - as we all do about balancing work and parenthood and if we are so inclined - taking time for ourselves. It's a lesson I have yet to really learn. But some exciting things have been happening and I look forward to sharing them soon. And we have been cooking - mostly grilling. While I don't have a formal recipe and photos to share with you today, I will let you in on a little secret to the best burger in the entire universe. We've been filling the middle of our ground beef (80/20 - that's important!) with Brie. The cheese is so delicate it almost disappears into the burger yielding the richest of flavors. I glaze the burgers with equal parts olive oil, white balsamic vinegar and maple syrup (whisk all three together then using your hands, baste the entire burger with the glaze). The sugar content makes the outside of the burger crispy and the Brie makes the inside literally melt in your mouth. It's become addictive and we make them at least once a week now. Serve w/ a soft bun and a little whipped up balsamic mayo and happiness will surely follow. See that big smile above? That’s a post-Brie Burger smile.
I have another perfect summer meal coming up soon from a guest... in the meantime, here is our soundtrack to the season... more soon.
I SING I SWIM
Floating Vibes : Surfer Blood
June July : Apartment
Brand New Cadillac : The Clash
Clear Water : Field Music
Saltbreakers : Laura Veirs
I Sing I Swim : Seabear
Sunshine Superman : Donovan
Golden Star : My Brightest Diamond
On The Road Again : Canned Heat
Follow Me Down : Golden Animals
Hook and Ladder : Vetiver
The Wanderlust : Metric
Body of Work : The Mynabirds
Don't Play No Game That I Can't Win : Beastie Boys (featuring Santogold)
Rollercoaster : Black Mountain
Rise To The Sun : Alabama Shakes
The Crystal Ship : The Doors
You're Just A Drug : The Airlines
River By The Garden : Zeus
Summer Loans : The Isles
Cruel Summer : Karen Elson