I was late getting my patio garden started this year due to our early June vacation to St. Martin. As a result of that and the extra rainy season we've had, it hasn't done so well. I am just now getting some small red cherry tomatoes. I went out one day to look at the plants and found this:
That, my friends, is a tomato hornworm that has been infested with Braconid wasp larvae. In all my years of tomato growing, I've never seen one of these - had to google it to figure out what it was. But it explains why my heirloom tomato was suddenly brown and died. Once the wasps lay their eggs in the worm, you're supposed to leave it alone because then they hatch and keep other worms from getting on your tomatoes. Gross and fascinating all at the same time!
Since we'd never been to the jazz festival before, we decided to spend the night before and night of in a hotel in the area. Of course, they were really booked up or $1,000 a night to stay at the Marriott. Ridiculous. I found us a tiny roadside motel that was still ridiculous but something we could afford. I read reviews on Yelp and Trip Advisor and hoped for the best. It was described as dated, but scrupulously clean with very nice staff. That's exactly what we found. I wish I had been better at taking photos because we had a pink and black tiled bathroom! Best of all, when we checked in, the very nice lady told us that first of all, even though they advertised as having breakfast, they didn't actually have breakfast but would give each of us a $5 gift card for Dunkin' Donuts each day. As we were biting our lips trying not to laugh, she reached behind the counter and handed us a welcome bag, that had the wifi password stapled on it and inside were two water bottles, a bag of doritos, two granola bars, two bananas, two apples, some skittles and some tootsie rolls. We loved the good old fashioned hospitality and yes, it was scrupulously clean!
That night we went out to eat at a place called Rhea's Kitchen, and again found a sort of old-fashioned menu, but the food was fabulous and I had a cucumber martini that was to die for! Mr. Helen got clams casino for an appetizer. Then we both had seafood dinners. It was yummy.
Saturday we got up and I took my bread-loving sister-in-law to the new bagel place in our area before our hike. We have sorely needed a good bagel around here and this place opened over the winter. The bagels are perfect NY style and are not overly big or doughy and they have some really innovative flavors: sundried tomato pesto, asiago, jalapeno cheddar, and whole wheat everything, to name a few. They also make flavored cream cheeses and sell them in a couple sizes so if you just want a small container you don't have to buy 8 oz. My SIL snapped a photo of me walking in and I stole a photo of their bagels off their FB page so you could see.