Round red pitcher. Footed crystal. Petal-shaped bowl.
Basil on the cheese and fruit plate. Cherry tomatoes adorning the omelet. Fancy folded napkin.
Bread in a basket and three kinds of spread in a special three-part dish.
Every now and then, I go to my friend Yelena's house for lunch.
And every time, she makes me feel like a queen.
The food itself is always delicious.
Cold veggie salad with chicken and dill.
An omelet stuffed with a medley of meats and vegetables.
Soft cheese and finely sliced apples.
Crunchy crackers and artichoke spread.
A far cry from my usual lunchtime tomato sandwich scarfed down as I stand over the sink
While I enjoy every scrumptious bite, it's Yelena's beautiful table settings that make her meals so special to me.
As I take in every beautiful detail, I imagine her preparing this feast for me, laying out her pretty dishes and arranging everything just so.
At this week's lunch, Yelena went with a minimalistic presentation and I loved it every bit as much.
And as we sit and talk, I find myself thinking again and again what a lovely thing it is to have lunch with Yelena.