Wednesday, July 27, 2016

A Family Visit to Cumberland Falls

Peyton came to visit on Monday, July 11th.
While he was here, I cooked some of his favorite foods, went to Lexington
to run errands, and out to eat at P.F.Chang's,
I drove the "scenic" route across the Kentucky River on the one-lane bridge.
The family swam in the pool, enjoyed the hot tub, and played games all week.
Austin took the kids out for milkshakes and to the local fudge shop.
And, we all drove to Cumberland Falls State Resort Park in southeastern KY near Corbin..
The Cumberland River was muddy due to several recent strong storms in the area.
It was Peyton's fist visit to the scenic Cumberland Falls, known as the
"Niagara of the South."  The falls has been a popular tourist attraction since the 1870's,
it is 65 feet high and 125 feet wide. It is very famous for its moonbow.
A moonbow is like a rainbow in the mist of the falls, only seen on nights
with a full moon and clear skies.  

It was a very hot and humid July day, but it was a great family outing.

Monday, July 25, 2016

Afternoon Tea at the NYC Peninsula

We were pleased we were able to have afternoon tea at the NYC Peninsula Hotel,
Gotham Lounge on July 4th.  We enjoyed afternoon tea at the hotel several
years ago before becoming gluten free.  When I contacted them, they said
they could accommodate gluten free. (YAY!)

Our table was reserved and set when we arrived after
a few blocks walk from the Radio City Music Hall. 

I know it's not proper etiquette, but I always peek at the bottom of the china.  
Below: Glenn's beautiful and delicious Traditional Afternoon Tea
(Double-click on the menu above to read the lovely descriptions)

I almost forgot to take a photo of the jam, clotted cream and lemon curd.
And, his pastries.
The gluten free sandwiches and desserts were brought on serving plates.
Austin and I had the same four amazing and delicious  sandwiches, except ours were gluten free.
I chose the Peninsula Blend Tea
Austin had the Kenyan Sunrise TGFOP
and Glenn selected the Earl Grey

Below is my plate of gluten free sweets.  We didn't have scones,
but it was fine, because I put a dab of cream and curd on my Madeleines. 
The small glass held a peach "something", tiny peach slices in a syrup.
We didn't have a written GF menu.  
While sitting at tea on this last day of our vacation, we rated
our tea experiences during the trip. Our 1st, 2nd, and 3rd afternoon teas
were unanimous, but confidential, between the three of us.
 In addition, Glenn and Austin thoroughly enjoyed the two
tea houses in Maine, and learning about the Gaiwan brewing method. 
We have so many special memories from Summer Vacation 2016.

Friday, July 22, 2016

July 4th in NYC

 We returned to NYC on July 4th for an overnight
to see the New York Spectacular 2016 at Radio City Music Hall

 This was Austin and Glenn's first time to see the Rockets.
We had 2nd row seats for the fabulous 90-minute show. 

 Dinner reservations were for 9:00 p.m.
at The View, the revolving restaurant on Times Square 
at the top of the Marriott Marquis. 
The NYC fireworks were scheduled at 9:25 p.m. on the East River.
We watched from our dinner table. 

 My gluten free appetizer and dessert were pretty and delicious! 
I forgot to take a photo of the entree.  
Our last NYC Afternoon Tea in the next post.

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Dobrá Tea in Portland, Maine

 Between the Scenic Lighthouse Cruise and the Historic Trolley Tour, 
we had lunch and walked around historic Old Port. 
I read about Dobrá Tea House prior to visiting Portland, and was pleased
we were able to work in a quick stop for tea.  
Dobrá Tea is an International (franchised) chain of Bohemian style tea rooms
in Europe and the U.S.A.  
There are several in the Asheville, North Carolina area, but the
Portland Dobrá Tea was our first experience. 
 The menu is 73 pages with descriptions of the teas
and fabulous photos of tea plantations, tea pickers, etc. 
The bell in the top photo is to signal for service.  

 I wish I had a copy of the menu.  It was an amazing 
educational experience to read and select a tea. 
Austin absolutely fell in love with the Russian Caravan,
a blend of Chinese black tea and Lapsang Souchong.
Glenn chose the Sweet Smell of Jerusalem,
 a black Indian Tea flavored with ground cinnamon. 
 My Yin Zehn (Silver Needles) was brought to me for Giawan brewing.  
The server poured their first cups and demonstrated and explained 
the Gaiwan brewing method,  and left a pot of hot water to re-infuse my tea leaves. 

 I am so proud of Austin and Glenn for their great tea attitudes 
and willingness to try new places and methods of tea. 
I love to travel with my guys! 

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Two Nights in Portland

 We departed Bar Harbor on Saturday and drove back to Portland
where we checked into a suite hotel located in Old Port,
a fun area of hotels, restaurants and shops on the historic waterfront. 
We ate a very late lunch and went to Bam Bam Bakery, the most amazing 
Gluten Free Bakery we have ever visited for a to-go box of nibbles 
we ate for our supper.  We were so excited, we forgot to take photos. 
 Sunday morning we took a cruise from the harbor by five lighthouses
and other scenic areas.  

 After Austin and I discovered we could not eat the provided
breakfast buffet at the hotel
 (gluten-filled scrambled "eggs" and "sausage", waffles, etc.), 
we walked to the famous Holy Donut,and thoroughly enjoyed
the gluten free Maple Glazed Donuts for our breakfast, prior to the cruise. 

 In addition to all their regular donuts, they had FOUR types of gluten free donuts,
and a long line of customers out the front door! 
 Oh my, delicious!  
How I wish we could easily find GF foods everywhere we travel!  
Thank goodness for the "FIND ME GLUTEN FREE" app on my iPhone!
It is gluten free traveler's life saver!  
 After the morning cruise and lunch, we enjoyed the trolley tour of Portland, Maine.  

We had dinner at a very busy waterfront restaurant before 
walking back to the hotel. 

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