It has been quite some time since we did a bit of socializing with the neighbors, so it was a surprise when the wife of one couple invited us to a restaurant birthday dinner. Her other half was turning the big – oops, maybe best not to share that here – and as far as birthdays go, the only part I care about is when the lights dim low and out comes cake and prosecco. Well these two did one better because they know the chef. Can you just imagine a gigantic plate coming at you with a spider crab on top? We each had one to ourselves.
Naturally the conversation turned to August vacations and my ears perked up when I heard the mention of Valencia. Spain has been on my travel destination list for the longest time, and according to birthday boy, Valencia’s climate is temperate year-round (it’s on the same longitude as Calabria in Italy). Lucky b*stards! My guess is that they’re drowning themselves in sangria at a seaside resort, but if it were us, the things in front of my lens would pretty much look like this. Please note: all flickr images licensed under creative commons.
Right now it feels like fall season has arrived in the chestnut forest so I want to get through the rest of my hot weather recipe experiments before it’s too cold to bother. Hard to believe that in 3 days Christmas will be just 4 months away.
Summer has left the building.