Busy Days

Wednesday I decided it would be a good day to make lunch at home. We had picked up some veal and mushrooms the day before.  This inspired me to sauté up some mushrooms with garlic and then add a little red wine.  I had one potato that was just begging to be turned into potato with fresh rosemary and garlic.  I tossed together a salad of lettuce, tomato, cucumber, and peppers and topped it with some Stilton cheese, dried cranberries and a few walnuts.  The two filetes de ternera (veal) spent a few minutes on the grill and we were ready to go.

A late afternoon walk to get coffee took us by the Louis Vuitton Store.  I couldn’t resist taking a shot of their whimsical window display.   We also walked by the Palacio del Marques de Dos Aguas which now serves as a museum of ceramics.  The rest of the afternoon was spent trying to find the perfect but inexpensive bedroom lamp.  We did not succeed at finding either perfect or inexpensive.

Palacio del Marques de Dos Aquas

Thursday,  I decided to go to the nail salon just a 5-minute walk from our place.  I’ve be going to the same person in South Pasadena for the last 10 years, so it is interesting to see how things are done elsewhere.  Eva did an okay job but she can’t live up to the standard set by Nancy.

When I finished I took a rather leisurely stroll around the neighborhood.  I decided to take a couple of street shots of people bundled up having their outdoors coffee.

Terrace dinning in December

Just gotta have that smoke

Marty and I decided to give our friends at el Molinon a visit with the hope that Quique would be there.  He was and it was nice to catch up with him.  We ordered our favorite dish, albondigas , and some revueltos con morcilla, (scrambled eggs with blood sausage) and the typical Valencian salad of tomato and tuna.


We passed up coffee and dessert.  Marty headed home for a nap and I went back to Zara Home to buy two gray-blue pillows.  The living room is officially done.  When I got home Marty was up and said he’d found a place with the perfect lamp for the bedroom.  Back out on the street, this time in the direction of Gran Via Fernán el Católico.  The store was nearby and it actually had a nice selection of lamps to choose from.  I picked one with nearly the same pattern as the wallpaper in the bedroom.

By then I was ready for some relax time.  Marty went to a meeting of a  magic group referred to as Los Veteranos.  I heated up some leftover turkey soup I’d made and enjoyed it along with a piece of cake that Miguel had made.   Then back to 1Q84 which only gets stranger and stranger the more I read.

About susanvida

Happily retired, I now spend much of my time in Valencia Spain. I fill my days with photography, cooking, dining and visiting with friends. In my "former life" I was a Director of Human Resources for Starwood Hotels and Resorts. I am married to Martin Kaplan, who shares my passion for Valencia, food and of course, our daughter, Rachel Sara.
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