These days it’s important that we all disconnect from time to time and enjoy some self-care. One of the best ways that I know how to unplug is by enjoying some R&R at Hippocrates Health Institute, which you’ll recall from my previous post. So, this summer, as I let the stresses of the world melt away, my husband enjoyed his own escapism. He took a fishing trip to one of his favorite lodges, Langara, off the coast of Vancouver.

While I returned refreshed and ready to dive deep into the many projects awaiting me at home, Michael returned with ample supply of inspiration for me. His fishing expedition sent him home with an impressive bounty of over 100 pounds of wild salmon, halibut, and cod. Naturally, as I’d already taken care of myself, I knew this meant time to spread the love with my friends and family. And just like that, a summer fish feast was underway! Last weekend we hosted a wonderful dinner party in the Hamptons:

Michael Caught It, Pamela Cooked It

I quickly found inspiration everywhere I looked for décor to tie my fish theme altogether. Starting with some simple and adorable paper placemats that brought some bright colors to the table. I found some great starfish online at Amazon. And when I began searching Pier One,  I found seashells and beautiful blue glass fish which tied together the tablescapes perfectly. To top it off, we discovered a wonderful little farmers market called Milk Pail on the way to Bridgehampton from Watermill which pumps out some beautiful produce and fresh cider donuts that we indulged in as we shopped. Their store is currently surrounded by huge pumpkins, so this truly was a summer send-off!

Here’s the menu:

The decadent food aromas had been filling our home all day as we readied for the crowd to arrive. Although we had some delightful hors-d’oeuvres and top of the line caviar on offer, as soon as the buffet was open for dinner our guests devoured every bite. Everything was fresh, seasonal and delicious!

With a little help from my friend Francois Payard, we put together a rather stunning dessert station w starfish cupcakes to cap off the meal.

As the tables were cleared and plates were washed, our friends gathered in the living room. There, my brother had set up the electric piano that he’d gifted me so that we could have an impromptu concert of sorts.  In his own escape from Florida’s storms, we wound up having a hurrication together, which meant he could provide his company and accompaniment for this wonderful evening of food, laughter, and song!

It was a great way to bid adieu to the summer season and it was very Flirting with Flavors!