|From the front yard, overlooking Lake Keuka|
|Their dock in the backyard|
|...Which we watched with fresh mojitos in hand|
|Dinner on the patio at sundown|
They had two other couples over for dinner as well: one lesbian (activists, journalists, and writers) and one straight (chefs, wine connoisseurs, and travel agency owners). Interesting company made for an interesting evening: I can't remember the last time I drank such fabulous wine and had several rather in-depth conversations about Freida Kahlo, the election, Japanese culture, lesbianism, the Mafia, and journalism all in one night. I'm so used to eating Italian and American food, but another thing I love about my cousin and her partner is their very global perspective and its integration into much of what they do, from cooking to living: we all helped cook a delicious meal of Japanese wheat noodle-stuffed tofu skin dumplings, peach-and-apple kimchi, and freshly caught and grilled salmon and trout.
We ended the evening (or at least I did) on a four-person lounge chair on the deck, drinking more wine and looking at the stars. In the morning, while my cousin and the rest of the guests got up for a wine tour, my sister and I made a delicious egg-tomato-avocado scrambler breakfast, sunned on the dock, swam and kayaked (which I think has become my new favorite activity) in the lake.
|Sunlight through the garden|
|Our 'thank you' gift- a thrifted glass jar with hand-picked wildflowers- on the kitchen counter where we made breakfast...|
|...Which we enjoyed on the dock|
|Our magnificent view|
|Lake Keuka- crystal clear|
|The shore line|