Two young 50-something females. One big adventure exploring the Americas. Have liquidated everything they own and packed a Saturn Vue with bare necessities to set out on this journey. Planting seeds at each juncture symbolizing their new growth. With an open mind and heart, ready to get a true view of this world.
Monday, March 29, 2010
After our scenic byway drive into Richmond, we are treated with royal treatment for dinner at Kathy's friend, Scott's welcoming and beautiful home. It is the quintessential Virginia hospitality event. A tour of his townhome reveals a fireplace in every room, amazing artwork, including a dining room ceiling mural he had a fellow artist friend create, and a crystal rich table set for our culinary pleasure. The meal that he brought forth perfectly matched the ambiance, one that certainly rivaled anything I've attempted, and it was pure heaven being a guest in his home.
First course was a mushroom risotto (one of my favorite dishes anyway) and it proved to be one of the best I've ever had. I could have licked the plate, I think perhaps someone might have. A perfectly prepared salmon was the entree accompanied by samosa-like patties that were indeed out of this world good. When it seemed not possible to reach any higher levels, Scott presented the finale Grand Marnier souffle - oh, yeah, complete ecstasy. As those who really know me, another absolute favorite dish of mine, and this one ranked right amongst the top of any I've ever had.
Wine flowed freely and champagne completed our incredible experience. Along with much laughter, good conversation and just an overall relaxing and inviting time, we can't thank Scott enough for providing such a wonderful evening for us. The man knows how to host a dinner party!
Morning brought a later than usual wake-up call, as the former night's festivities went far into the wee hours. This was to be spring planting day in Kathy's garden. Celeste and our dear friend, Vicki, were both there to aid in this very productive day. A most appropriate spot for the sunflower planting was found and, with the proper fanfare, played out for the camera. The effort proved fruitful as the front yard woke up a bit from it's winter dormancy.
A final farewell to family here in Richmond brought my sister and nephews together for a casual bite at the infamous Sandston Bistro down the street from their home. After really delicious lamb gyros and hamburgers, ice cream cones were had by all to commemorate the fun week we'd all been fortunate enough to share. It was difficult to say goodbye!
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