This past weekend, Kristen and Mike invited me up to Mike's families beach house in Guilford, CT.
Oliver and I had been up a few times before and were looking forward to having a wonderful and
relaxing weekend! The train ride up from Grand Central was a close call, we almost did not make
our intended train however, with one minute left, we were able to hop on and head to Hogwarts!
By Hogwarts, I mean Yale. Our train to New Haven was delayed and therefore we missed our
connector train to Guilford. Mike's Dad was gracious enough to pick us up from New Haven
and since it was later in the evening, and they all just realized I had never been to Yale before,
the decision was made!
Mike had mentioned Louis Lunch to us while waiting for his Dad to arrive. Little did I know
this place was a landmark in New Haven, and also featured on some Food Network show.
My favorite kind of place! The burgers were made in these teeny tiny ovens where the burgers
were stacked vertically. The large burgers were sandwiches between two pieces of white
bread topped with the works, onions, tomato and cheese. It was delicious and gone quickly!
After dinner, Mike's Dad who is a professor of dental surgery at Yale and chief of
dentistry at Yale-New Haven Hospital, gave us a wonderful night tour of the Yale
campus. We were extremely interested in seeing the secret societies! The campus
really makes you think back to your own college experience and wonder if it would
be much different on a campus as prestigious as this.
After our tour of Yale, Oliver and I were ready for bed. I crashed quickly and thankfully
so because bright and early the next morning the little dude woke me up to go out way
too early! At least there was this view at 6:00am.
The neighbors have this stunning tree in their yard. I cannot help myself from
staring at it all the time. I was thankful enough to get this awesome shot of it!
The sun was still rising in the sky, the water was so calm it looked like glass
and the temperature was spectacular! No humidity at all!
Once everyone was awake, we cooked a delicious breakfast with some of the
most delicious oven baked potatoes with onions and red peppers I had ever had!
Kristen recently became the owner of a brand new paddle board and let me take
it out for a ride! It was my first time and although I was a little shaky at the start
it was a lot of fun! My sides were also extremely sore from a nice 20 min stroll.
After laying out at the beach house for a bit, we decided to head over to Mike's
Uncles pool for a dip. It was beginning to get hot and we needed some fresh cool
water. It was exactly what we needed! Later that evening, Mike's parents and Uncle
came down to the beach house and cooked dinner. They made veal chops, gazpacho,
fresh green beans and my new all time love, Salted Caramel gelato. I fell in love too
quickly and have had cravings ever since.
The moon that evening was a big bright beautiful harvest moon which lit up the ocean
top. We were all in awe and couldn't stop looking out the windows. Truly awesome.
The next morning, Oliver let me sleep in a little bit longer, after all he was exhausted from
all the weekend excitement as well. We waited on the screened in porch for everyone to
wake up and then we headed on a 2.5 mile walk into town for Breakfast. I had a yummy
strawberry, cinnamon and brie crepe. We walked through the town and stopped in some
shops before heading back to the beach house. Eventually, we cleaned up, packed and
headed back to town for Mike's Dad to drops us off at the train station after picking up
some sandwiches for the train. All weekend we caught a glimpse of the Potterhead
weekend on ABC Family so it was just perfect when Severus Snape was on our train
back to the city!
A huge thank you to Mike's family and Mike and Kristen for the wonderful
weekend! I can't wait to come back with Leif sometime soon!