You come up with some pretty creative threads, CC.
I vote for truffle hunting. It sounds like a more exotic/educational vacation, as much as I love lobster (and I'm sure I could learn a lot on that excursion as well).
The grape picking is over rated. Trust me I've done it. In the village the cafés were selling postcards of smilling people picking grtapes in the vineyard under a warm September sun.
The harvest took 12 days. For 12 days it rained daily. It was very cold and so damp. We slept in a concrete garage on small cots with no heat. Of course there had to be this loud guy snoring. About 25 people slept in this garage and there was one shower.
We work form 8 until 1 and 2:30 until 7. The grapes were moulding on the vine. I still have scares on my hands form the knife I used.
While I love truffles and hunting them in the woods and then having true fresh Perigord Truffles to eat is enormously appealing, the lure of pristine, cold Atlantic waters, nature at it's most beautiful and dangerous. The rocky shores of Maine is irresistible to me! Maine lobstering wins hands down:bounce: Maybe this summer finally.
It was not as easy to reply to this question as I thought It would be when I first saw the thread...
Hunting truffles with a special dog would be something
Fishing lobsters in the cold waters... what an experiece ! So different from the waters of Mare Nostrum (this is how Julius Caesar called the Mediterranean , Our sea)
But... I am too old fashioned.
I will do what I am used in doing every early September.
I will go for the grapes...
PS Cape chef allow me please a remark. It would be fun to add " pick olives in Greece or Spain or in Greece. Yes, in Greece "
Actually Athenaeus, Thats a great idea.
I thought it would be fun to use the forth option for people who just wanted to sit back and enjoy the others work
Two people voted for that, But they didn't post to the thread
I actually voted for the fourth option, just sit back and enjoy. However, if I had to choose another option it would be the truffles.
I have pretty much lived in the woods my whole life. I am orginally from the midwest, and every year around the middle of april Morels start popping up everywhere. My family always goes on walks through the woods together looking for them. Plus the added benfit of looking for Morels or Truffles, is that you feel so wealthy afterwards. I have found up to six pounds of Morels on one hunt, but I could only imagine finding Tuffles that I could use entirely for my own satisfaction.