Friday, October 28, 2011

Ladies Who Lunch

That's my good friend, the lovely GB on the left.  She and I go way back -  we used to work together and although we don't see each other as often as we'd like, we're able to pick right up where we left off whenever we get together.   I love the saying, "Good friends are a gift we give ourselves".  I'm so grateful for my good friends - strong, smart and beautiful women who just keep getting better and better.

And no, we didn't call each other last night to coordinate our outfits.  We laughed as we sat down and  realized we were channeling each other! 

We met  at the Nashoba Valley Winery in Bolton, Massachusetts.   Today was a sunny fall day (pretty chilly after last night's untimely snow!), and the fall colors and decorations were just beautiful.

The restaurant, in an old farmhouse, overlooks the  orchards and gardens.  It's an intimate setting, with dark wood paneling, great lighting and  nature-inspired accents.

 The menu features local food with an emphasis on creative presentation and helpfully suggests which Nashoba wines complement the food.  We had the Apple Cranberry wine - yummy!  The little cup is their autumn squash bisque with a swirled heart of sour cream and a granola garnish.  I never thought of granola as a soup garnish, but it's perfect for squash  soup.   We both scraped the cup clean!

Desert  wasn't too shabby, either. We shared this fudgey chocolate cake- Bananas Foster- sorbet- pear nectar melange of goodness!

 We bought some of our lunch wine,and an apple and a peach brandy - all fruity, so all healthy! 

Isn't this cute?  Its tag said it's a wine holder,  but it makes a great spot for little pumpkins.  Some clever person could totally do a knock-off for lots less than the $450 price on this one.

I love burlap and we could definitely make this topper - I think the tree is silk-screened, but a big stamp or even a free-hand painting of a tree wouldn't be hard.  Note to self- add to growing list of winter projects!

Spending time with a good friend in a beautiful setting with a good glass  of vino - priceless!

1 comment:

  1. You both look so beautiful! And happy! The winery looks lovely, too!


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