I hope you’re having fun!

Granseola e linguine
Birthday dinner: Granseola e linguine

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.

Valencia’s flag by Paolo Sammicheli on Flickr, CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

Palau de les Arts Reina Sofía, Valencia (Spain), HDR
Palau de les Arts Reina Sofia by Marc on Flickr, CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

Valencia - cathedral - Capillo Santo Caliz
Holy Grail Chapel by Martijn ten Napel on Flickr, CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

Churro stand, ValenciaValencia
Churro stand by Howard Batchelor | paella by Mauro Ventura on Flickr, CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

Valencia - Mercat Central - seafood
Mercat Central by Martijn ten Napel on Flickr, CC BY-NC-SA 2.0, best viewed large

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.

9 thoughts on “I hope you’re having fun!

    1. Rowena Post author

      We weren’t there to see them before they went into the pot but our neighbors did. According to them, the beasties waved their pincers at them à la Edward Scissorhands.


  1. annieparis

    I hope you can visit Spain soon too. Love Spain, not been to Valencia but my hubby has, fabulous. Cannot believe you mentioned the “C” word ..iwont mention it until I have been on holiday and grandkids gone back to school.!! Crab and Pasta, delicious. How wonderful your neighbours invites you both. Must say the Mercat looks delightful


    1. Rowena Post author

      Yes the dreaded “C” word! It just innocently inserted itself into the post while I typed, and then the next thought was of the cold, snow, and shoveling the driveway, etc etc.


    1. Rowena Post author

      I agree. Today we had GREAT weather – we all went for a short hike and came home to have lunch outdoors. Tomorrow it is supposed to rain again O_o



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