Summer Hours: Scott Bromley’s Vacation Pursuits

Travel: We’re headed to Canada where it’s slightly cooler. The farm country north of Toronto is spectacular, the farm stands are brimming . . . we’ll be serving lunch by waterfalls with homemade pies thrown in for dessert.

Southern Ontario Farm

The spectacularly beautiful Ontario farm country.

Eating Out: Back in New York, a new favorite restaurant is Aurora in Williamsburg, for simple but terrific Italian food.

Aurora Restaurant, Williamsburg

Aurora, a terrific Italian restaurant in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.

Shopping: Two or three doors down from Aurora is Moon River Chattel, a little shop with the most interesting old wood objects and vintage lighting to send one swooning. I bought some fantastic old wood pegs for a buck each, great for table decor.

Moon River Chattel, Williamsburg, Brooklyn

Moon River Chattel, a great source of decorative objects in Williamsburg.

Summer Reading: Real  history buffs and 24-karat royalty obsessives should read The Queen Mother, by William Shawcross, the 900-page official biography of the mother of the present queen. Absolutely fascinating!

The Queen Mother, the official biography by William Shawcross

Nine-hundred pages long, but really worth reading!

Movies: The documentary to see is All Aboard!, a short film about trains in the movies, commissioned for the opening of the second section of the High Line. Made by Wendy Keys and my partner Tony Impavido, it takes you on a ride through decades of movie history, made of clips of train scenes from over 100 well-known feature-length films. It’s about 30 minutes long and premieres on September 16.  Open to the public; more info here.

Train crossing bridge in Terrence Malick's Days of Heaven.

All Aboard! A stunning image of a train crossing a bridge, shot by Haskell Wexler, in Terrence Malick’s Days of Heaven.

Cocktail Conversation: Everyone is talking about the new summer drinks and salads made with watermelon. Try watermelon chunks on shredded arugula with feta cheese doused with Balsamic vinegar and top with torn basil leaves and a spritz of lemon. Mmmmmm.

Watermelon and feta salad

Watermelon and feta salad–delectable!