Friday, 21 December 2012

odds and ends of food and music

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Vacaaaaation!!!! Who else is starting the celebration today? I have to work a couple of days next week, and I'll probably work from home, but right now I am one happy camper, and even finished my Christmas shopping (she types, smiling smugly to herself).

It's been a crazy few weeks. There was a recent exciting trip, which I'll share more of when I get hold of all the pictures, but meanwhile:
Above: me and my favourite Joan Miró statue in the park near my house.

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I went on a fish cooking course in the Costa Brava, and learned to make some yummy things, including paella. It was even better because we got to watch and learn, then eat a four course lunch to try the results...

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Octopus salad

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"Suquet," a fish and potato soup (looked and tasted way better in real life than in this photo)

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We had our after lunch drink out of a porrón. These were apparently invented so the fishermen could take drinks out on the water with them, because glasses would fall over but these were sturdier. I managed to get it all over my sweater and up my nose, just like every other time I've tried drinking out of one!

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Sunset over the fishing boats in Palamós.

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Change of country: watching Albert and friends do open mic nights in Bristol

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Whilst looking rather French.



10 comments:

Nina said...

Wow the food looks amazing, and I don't even like seafood. Can't wait to see more pictures of your travels
xxx
Nina from little nomad

Laura said...

You do look rather French! I love that top. I hope you have a wonderful vacation :)

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Xavi said...

To drink with a Porrón ys a bit Crazy, yes. Sometimes is necessary put your hand under your chin just to not wet the sweater. :) That reminds me a popular song from my darling Terres de l'Ebre:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h5EpwOdlpfs

Well, have a nice chrismas and and a happy new year. Enjoy It!!!

daria said...

you're having some amazing times! that statue is stunning and your cooking course sounds like a blast! happy holidays!

Closet Fashionista said...

Yayy! It looks like you've been having tons of fun! That porron is so cool, haha..I want one even though I don't drink
(and yes, I do love family traditions, they're so fun :))
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Melissa said...

This looks like a wonderful time! That's a cool statue, too.

<3 Melissa
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Ashley said...

Blue flower pin on red coat = perfection.

Emily, Resplendent Tranquility said...

Enjoy your vacation, Emily! Will you be putting any of your new cooking skills to the test? Having lived in such a variety of places, is there any one cuisine you've enjoyed more than the others?

Emily, Ruby Slipper Journeys said...

@Emily: Not really... I still miss the ethnic variety of restaurants living in North America. But I do have a fondness for the cuisines of each place I've lived (less so with Mexico though, I found the food there a bit disappointing...)

dusanabotswana said...

didnt know Albert played music, how cool!! sounds like you've made quite a lovely life for yourself w/ good friends over there. so fun you took a fish cooking class, and about the fishermen drinks! def reminds me of my days in Spain.
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