It's been a long and wonderful summer visiting with family and friends here and there. We started in New Haven and I was lucky enough to share lunch with a girlfriend at the Union League Cafe, where I worked in College (learned French in the kitchen, true story) and later married Arnaud.
The beautiful brownstone and it's beaux-arts interior were designed by New Haven architect Richard Williams. It's situated on the site of the home of New Haven's first Mayor, Roger Sherman who happens to be the only American to have signed the Declaration of Independence, the Articles of Confederation and the Constitution. A hundred years later, Gaius Fenn Warnier, a leading New Haven industrialist, built this townhouse, which is now a Connecticut landmark.
We started out with Champagne à la Violette and I ate duck confit (even though I promised myself I would get something different as I do every time, but never do....) And as usual, I wasn't disappointed.
With some time to spare before picking up our four little organic farmers (Common Ground Day Camp, check it out CT Locals! I can't say enough good things about it, and Lulu kissed a toad there!) we headed to The English Building Market for some fun and funky eye candy. They have curated a great selection of antique & vintage wares for your perusal.....
It's so hard to leave Connecticut at the end of the summer. It's beautiful here, with a lot going on as the harvest season approaches, but there's nothing like Autumn in New England and I do long for it here where the mountains are covered in conifers.
Fortunately, we were headed to the Brittany Coast, but more on that later.