Red, orange and yellow filled trees line the streets as the cold crisp air caresses your cheeks and nose. Apple orchards and pumpkin patches receive a gaggle of visitors both young and old alike.
Cider is warmed and spiked and is accompanied by home made soups and apple crumbles. Chunky sweaters and neutral colored clothing drape the figures of the oh-so stylish.
That is the scene all over New England when Autumn falls upon us, and it is glorious!
This weekend was a typical fall weekend in New England for me. It was filled with laughter, friends, loved ones and lots of food.
Friday night, my roommate and I (and her Airdale puppy named Gerdy) had a scary movie party and watched “The Rite” starring Anthony Hopkins. I made a delicious steak bomb (minus the cheese). My steak bomb was very simple: shaved beef cooked medium rare, sauteed yellow onions and green bell peppers with an assortment of spicy things and seasonings (a full recipe video coming soon!)
Saturday was date night. My boyfriend and I are both food lovers; we live to eat rather than eat to live. We appreciate great flavors and different types of food. One genre of food that we love the most is Asian: sushi, thai, japanese and chinese. We do not discriminate.
We dined at an authentic Thai restaurant in Newton, MA called Amarin of Thailand. The ambiance was calming, warm and made you feel like you stepped into another world. You’re greeted by such awesome service and feel very well cared for all night. (I couldn’t stop raving about how wonderful our server was)
Our appetizers at the Amarin were: shrimp in a blanket with a sweet plum sauce and pineapple fried rice with shrimp, chicken, crab meat, pineapples (duh), mushrooms, green peas and curry powder. The only thing I did not like in regard to the fried rice was that the crab meat was not fresh, but it was imitation crab meat. Other than that everything was perfect.
Our main courses were a seafood madness (shrimp, scallops, squid, salmon and other chunks of fish in a hot chili sauce) and crazy noodles.
The busy weekend came to end on Sunday with a harvest moon fest that my boyfriend’s family throws every year. It started as a get together for the children, but I think the adults enjoy it just as much, if not more, than the kids. The smell of cinnamon infused apple cider martinis, freshly carved pumpkins, slow cooked meatball subs, vegetarian chili and apple crumble gently engulfed me and filled my heart with content. The sounds of laughter of everyone and the true look of happiness on my boyfriend’s 100 year old grandmother’s face made me really appreciative of life in general.
We may get stressed and caught up in the busyness of life, but let’s never forget to decompress, grab a hot plate of food and enjoy!