Home Again, Results, Food Review
Tuesday, April 02, 2019
I arrived home with a bad cold. I am finally recovered; but now it is allergy season. I timed the trip to Spain and Portugal in order to avoid allergy season. But it was snowing when we left, so the pollen waited for my return.
I mentioned in a prior blog get my gutters were damaged by heavy snow. While I was in Europe, the heavy snow fell off the roof and the gutters suffered the consequence.
The replacement gutter cost won’t be too bad.
I also mentioned in a prior blog that after my weight crept up, I had rejoined weight watchers. After seven full weeks on WW, I have lost about 15 pounds. I’m very pleased with the progress that I am making, and I am finding the program easy. But I have suffered from cravings for sweet desserts since recovering from being sick. So far I have successfully sidetracked and outwitted the cravings. But last night I had vivid dreams about wonderful frosted cakes. I’d better stop watching baking shows at night!
Gail asked me about the food in Spain and Portugal. I loved the food. Lots of fresh fish, seafood, and chicken; great fruits and fresh salads. Plus the yeasty crusty breads were wonderful. Bread is served on the side in a basket, and you pay extra to eat the bread. Most foods were served very simply, which was difficult for my friend. Shrimp was cooked in olive oil with garlic; she could not eat it because it did not have cocktail sauce, and the fish was not served with tartar sauce. For me it was fresh and wonderful. We mostly had simple lunches; I liked bocadillos (simple sandwich on a crusty roll, often made with jamon which is Spanish ham). They did not place sauces such as mayonnaise and mustard on the bocadillos, which I preferred (but my friend hated). I love paella (seafood, chicken and rice with saffron, garlic and tomato). We both loved sangria. Tapas (rounds of appetizers) are very common in bars or tavernas, but we mostly preferred real meals. The only dish I really disliked was a Portuguese soup called Caldo Verde. The vegetable ingredients sounded good, but it tasted like dishwater.
Finally, I tried a new restaurant with friends last night. I really liked the presentation of their Thai chicken rice bowl, served on black forbidden rice. Beautifully designed a plate, and very tasty. The big round discs or thinly sliced specialty radishes.