Spain and Portugal have been on my mind a lot lately.
Let me ‘splain you.
A while ago I ‘liked’ the Spanish Immigrants in the U.S. facebook page and have been enjoying their posts and communicating with them.
Concurrently, for the past few months, I’ve been working on a 2014 itinerary for my travel group. It’s finally settled and we’ll be spending 3 nights in Bilbao (with a side trip to San Sebastian), 4 nights in Lisbon and 3 nights in Algarve in May. Well, it was supposed to be 3 nights in Algarve but Iberia changed their schedule which necessitates our spending our last night in Seville. Not too much of a hardship.
Then my friend, Norma, announced she was going to Spain and Portugal too. Different cities and different time but we’ve been chit-chatting about our respective trips.
Wait. There’s more.
The other day when I went to my local Total Wines to stock up for the holiday, I found myself in the Portugal aisle and decided to pick up a bottle of Vinho Verde, a wine I enjoy for its effervescence and lightness. Plus, I have to start acquainting myself with the various labels for my stay in Portugal. It’s my homework.
Additionally, last week I hosted a tapas party for a few friends and family which was a great success although not recorded here. I only wore 2 hats that night, chef and hostess. I took the night off from photography and blogging!
So, it was only logical that this morning when my thoughts went to Mariscada en Salsa Verde, a dish that is popular in both countries, I just couldn’t wait till next May to eat it.
Here’s the version I created today.