Time flies when you’re having fun.
This phrase seems to have epitomized my summer, which, as every media outlet is sadly reminding me, is coming to an end.
I’ve done things this summer I’ve only dreamed – skydive out of a perfectly working airplane, swim in the frigid waters of a cave, and traveled across the country.
There were certainly some highs and lows experienced when it came to the travel. The highs being finally venturing to Napa Valley (post to come) for some much-needed vacation time and exploring, ahead of a good friend’s wedding.
Added on to this, was a multi-day work trip around the Gulf Coast, with a stop in Louisiana, for my first ever New Orleans experience. Bourbon Street is certainly something for all the senses and a bit of a shock, especially when your bosses and coworkers are walking with you!
The lows of travel seem to happen after the fact. My immune system was not a fan of the back-to-back trips and made sure I realized this. A series of colds, strep throat, and god knows what else to throw in there, and man was I a sick girl these last two weeks.
But I’ve come out the other side of it all, and as I sit here typing in the sunshine I’m looking forward to enjoying a “staycation” on this Labor Day weekend.
On one of the few Saturdays that I was home this summer, I ventured to the massive farmers market at Eastern Market. I’ve always heard everyone rave about the selection and vendors at the market, and crazy to think it took me living 5 years in the DC area to finally get my butt there!
Located along 7th Street SE, the outdoor market seems to go on forever. There are vendors selling fresh produce of every variety, gourmet cheeses, gorgeous flowers, and unique arts and crafts. Inside, there are a slew of bakers, meat and fish purveyors, and a variety of vendors, including this amazing deli that we stopped at for breakfast (Walk all the way to the back, last counter on the right).
Heading back outside, we wandered further down the vendors to the DC Donut stand, for some of the freshest donuts I have ever experienced. In literally two minutes, you have hot, melt in your mouth donuts. I had to fight myself to not go back for seconds!
Needless to say you will not leave this place hungry.
As we were starting to make our way back through the outdoor produce vendors, one caught my eye with their assortment of heirloom tomatoes. All of the vendors at the market are happy to let you try produce and equally as delighted to answer any and all questions. As the vendor cut open some tomatoes for me to try, I realized the bright-colored green “zebra” and beautiful pinkish red tomatoes were as tasty as visually pleasing.
Back home from the market and ready to serve up our purchases, I decided to make an Heirloom Tomato and Burrata Salad. From the outside, Burrata looks just like buffalo mozzarella, but when you cut it open, out oozes the mozzarella and cream center. It is definitely a tad pricier than your average mozzarella, but in my opinion the heavenly taste of the cheese is so worth it.
Hopefully you find some time this weekend to take a minute to relax whether it be at a market, a beach, or in the comfort of your own backyard. Enjoy!
Heirloom Tomato and Burrata Salad
Heirloom Tomatoes (go for a variety of colors and sizes = variety of flavors)
Burrata Mozzarella (comes in water)
good extra virgin olive oil
aged balsamic vinegar
freshly ground pepper
fresh basil , chiffonade
Wash your tomatoes and then cut them into large, chunky slices. Arrange them on a platter. Drain the burrata and then with your hands, break it apart over the tomatoes. There is no guide to this, just go with the flow.
Top with olive oil and a couple drops of the balsamic. Sprinkle some salt, freshly ground pepper and the basil on top. Serve to hungry company.