"Bienvenidos"_from North Central Texas!Join me...
..as we explore the "Essence of Christmas in Spain".
Background:_Since 2001,I've given themed Christmas and Birthday parties.My amazing close "circle of friends"(about 8-10) attend_depending on various factors.That being said,a big shout-out to Karen(started a new job,YEAH!) & Amy( who lives in Tacoma,WA.area)_you were missed! Anyway,let's get this partee started!
Capturing "Christmas in Spain" was a hard one.After researching Spain,the many cultural differences_had me crazy!My objective in theme parties is to capture the country in Food,Music,Arts &Decor.Bottom line,I just juxtaposed a little of this and a little of that from all over Spain!
Another_of my specialities_"Paella"_with authentic Bomba "Calasparra"rice,Spanish Saffron & Smoked Sweet Pimenton Paprika. Good source: http://www.tienda.com/
Purchased most all authentic foods from this speedy great source_happy shopping!
The Star **********Getariako Txakolina*********
ERMG!!!!!!! My friend Jilly P. and I had been trying for two years to get this Wine!No luck_BUT_prior to my Amtrak Train Trip to Paso Robles Wine Country in October_I ordered from a supplier in California and had it shipped to my hotel for my arrival! I like to say_I traveled 3,790 miles to drink wine and buy wine. Note**This Wine CANNOT be shipped to Texas_something to do with Texas Laws...go figure that one!
Read about this "perfection" here:
The tradition in Spain_when served at the Tapas Bars_is to pour it "High" to create bubbles!
Pour it "High" to drink in this fashion...
Even though ,I've been collecting Porrons..
We all decided we DID NOT want Wine all over us_so we Drank the old fashion way_~Several Glasses at a Time~!!!!
My goodness this wine is unlike anything I've ever had! We want a CASE!And,we want to go to the next Txakoli Fest in Boston area...
Other libations included_Ergo(Tempranillo Rioja 2009) ,Campo Viejo (Reserva 2005 Tempranillo) and Non-Alcoholic Sangria for my friend Joy! She did have a little tasting of Getariako Txakolina at _our tradition of using my toasting glasses to get the PARTY started!
Long stemmed Red handled Toasting Glasses(far right).
BTW,Wine corks are made from the bark of the Cork Oak trees.The bark is stripped every ten years_Cork Oak Trees thrive in Extremadura and western Andalusia,Spain!
Here's my take on the"Essence of Christmas in Spain" via photos...enjoy!
Old-fashioned 60's West Bend Aluminum Tumblers,Stirrers & Coasters(I collect them)...love!
Awesome-NESS....This played in the background_here's two of my favorite pieces...Check out Amazon ad in right column to buy!
Other music_Reflections of Spain,David Russell and Romantic Spain(Nouveau Flamenco).
Shout-out to those that came a little later_I failed to take photos_as I was "toast" by then from the Getariako Txakolina! The tradition is to take the group photo upon arrival_after that time-no telling what the photos may look like_so here's to you ladies....Joy,Jilly P.Shelly.,Bev,Amy,Karen.....LOVE Y'all!
~Each lady was given a Spanish Fan as a Guest Gift from me ~many gifts were given to each other...prizes as Jilly P. calls them_But the Greatest Prize of All...
Was a beautiful Sunday SISTER Afternoon!
~The Essence of Christmas in Spain~
~Don't miss upcoming Blogs on_"All Things Spain" for December!~