Friday, 21 December 2012

odds and ends of food and music


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.

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...

Octopus salad

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

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!

Sunset over the fishing boats in Palamós.

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

Whilst looking rather French.


Nina said...

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

Laura said...

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

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:

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 :))

Melissa said...

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

<3 Melissa

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.