Week 10: Portugal

Porto
Porto

You know those TV episodes that start out as a complete disaster? You wonder how the characters ever got themselves into that particular situation. And then the scene pauses and these bold words appear… 24 hours earlier… Let’s imagine this is that episode. Start with me running around the kitchen, slightly drunk, nothing at all cooked, and the doorbell rings, “AHHH”… Continue reading

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Week 3: England

Grease fest
Grease fest

“Oh shoot 1 gallon of frying oil isn’t enough to do this right. Do you think you guys can get another gallon of plain old vegetable oil?” -Sergio

OH YES, yes we can. Week 3 and we’re on to England where I hear the food usually comes in one color- fried. I’m going to realllly tip my hat to Sergio this week as Bill and I were driving down from Tahoe and didn’t have time to prep something ahead for dinner. BUT we were able to pick up some very important and very British sustenance- beer. Bill and I stopped in two Tahoe Breweries to fill up two different growlers. In case you are my father and don’t know what a growler is (even after showing it to him he was still confused), it is a vessel to hold the magic potion of beer. Please see picture below for clarification. California actually has had but it’s hazy, an odd law stipulating that breweries may only fill beer in a growler bearing their own logo. This leads to certain people hoarding numerous growlers in their home. I’m not naming names or anything. In Truckee, at 50/50 we found a nice, thick English style beer called Donner Party Porter. Seeing as we were about to stuff ourselves silly, I believe the name suited the occasion. Just up the road at their tasting room, we picked up a seasonal IPA from Tahoe Brewing Company. Both styles of beer originated from England. Continue reading

Week 2: Spain

Adding the final touches
Adding the final touches

For our second week we moved to Spain. Sergio was set on making a bomb Paella and I was excited to make one of my favorite dishes- Gazpacho. There are certain foods and dishes that I absolutely love and I always want others to share in that love. I understand that sometimes I get overzealous and end up sounding like I’m being paid by that food’s foundation. But hey, I love what I love. Foods that I’m particularly fond of are beets, burrata, and gazpacho. I understand these may not seem appealing to everyone at first, but I think they are life changers. Continue reading