Saturday, July 17, 2010
You know when you meet someone and you immediately love them?
The month of June brought a new friend to our gang.
Adam, a friend of Wade's from the ship moved to NYC and was an immediate fit into our little NYC family.
Welcome to NYC Adam (and Happy Birthday)!
I am a firm believer that food always tastes better when eaten outdoors.
When that food has been grilled on a BBQ and served with watermelon and potato salad on a perfect summer night, well... that's about the most perfect meal setting I can imagine.
Grilling spaces are hard to come by in NYC- thankfully, Carlos and Joe have a backyard and Joe F has a roof that both sport a BBQ. I am SOOOooo glad I have friends that can provide not only the most amazing company- but glorious spaces to be together.
For Memorial Day weekend, I went with 7 of my nearest and dearest to the Dominican Republic.
There are no words for the house we stayed in. ENORMOUS private villa. Private beach. Expansive green grass lawn. Volleyball and basketball courts. Gym. Gorgeous pool and hottub. Each of us in our own private suite with bathrooms bigger than my bedroom (plus individual outdoor showers). Not to mention the staff of FIVE that cooked all our meals, chauffeured us around town, and waited on us hand and foot.
When we arrived at the house, I though we were at the main resort check in lobby. Nope. Our house was THAT BIG! Oh, did I mention this is the same house that Beyonce and Jay Z stay in when they vacation to the DR. Yup. I showered in Beyonce's shower.
We barely left the house all week. Morning yoga on the beach (led by Carlos), daily swimming in our pool, amazing meals cooked by Jose (our private chef), Daniel the butler bringing platters of appetizers and cocktails to the pool every two hours, music blasting, volleyball nightly at sunset, friendly battles of scrabble and ping pong, reading by the pool, dinners of local cuisine, and ending each night lounging on the couch watching episodes of Sex and the City. It was a perfect vacation.
Thanks to Seth, Devin, Paul, Joey, Carlos, Joe C, and especially Joe F for making it happen.