A few weeks ago, we escaped to the Berkshires. This was our first vacation in two years and the first excursion amidst the pandemic. We were lucky enough to get tickets to watch “John Williams-Film Night” at Tanglewood, which really initiated the whole getaway plan. At first, we were cautious about Covid restrictions and were thinking of just driving out for the concert. But, the restrictions had lifted a little bit, we were fully vaccinated and frankly a little stir-crazy from being home. So if you ever manage to go to the Berkshires, here are some suggestions.
Try to have lunch or dinner at Bistro Zinc–I had a delicious Tuna Nicoise salad and my husband had a duck confit grilled cheese. The food was delicious and I managed to get a picture with the “Queen”.
We stayed at the Red Lion Inn, which is full of New England charm. The front porch is a peaceful place to people watch and sip your morning coffee–which I recommend you buy from the nearby Stockbridge Coffee & Tea. The staff is friendly and they have fresh, locally made biscotti– a perfect pairing with your morning coffee.
Before the concert, we had dinner at The Gateway Inn. They have a new chef and food is delicious, I am really looking forward to going back when they have a full brunch menu. The bartender was really nice–they don’t have a cocktail menu, but he will personalize a cocktail for you. For me, it had to light, refreshing and with St. Germain. Also, on their bar menu, there is an Eggplant Caviar which is to die for!
One thing that I like to do after a vacations, is to try to recreate some of the food that I have had during the course of my travels. This time around, I chose something really simple, primarily because I remember enjoying it thoroughly at dinner one night. It was a tomato watermelon salad; and let me tell you, the ingredients might be humble, but when you have been walking around amidst a heat wave, this refreshing salad hits the spot. So, last night, I made it at home and it was just as refreshing and delicious as it was at the Red Lion.
The salad is super simple to make. I used heirloom cherry tomatoes, cut in half, watermelon balls and baby arugula. For the dressing, you could balsamic dressing, but I decided to blend lemon juice, honey, olive oil and basil together for a light sweet dressing to complement the tart tomatoes and juicy watermelon.
I like to dress just the arugula and then sprinkle the tomatoes and watermelon on top of it. If you like crunch, you can add crushed pistachios and almonds. Of course, then best paring with this would be crumbled feta cheese, but we are not cheese fans. I paired this with Sea Bass (recipe here) and it was a quite the elegant saturday night super !
I hope you are inspired by my travels and head out to the Berkshires. Till then, enjoy this salad!