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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.

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    All the food sounded good except the Portuguese soup. Love Thai food...our fave! Congrats on WW 15 pound loss!
    Hope your gutters are fixed soon. Have a great week Alison! emoticon emoticon

    243 days ago
    Thanks for the review of the food you had on your trip, Alison. I think I would like it, as I don't like a lot of sauces, which seem to me to hide the fresh taste of the main ingredients. When I lived in Toronto there was a tapas restaurant which I used to go to with friends, and I really enjoyed it.

    You are doing really well with WW. Down 15 pounds during a period which included vacation is wonderful.

    Too bad about the gutters, but at least they didn't damage anything; i.e., going through a window or something.

    Spring will come...

    248 days ago
    The food looks nice
    248 days ago
    That food looks amazing! emoticon on your WW achievement emoticon
    248 days ago
    The food in Spain sounds fresh and healthy. We are too quick to cover food with sauces that are NOT really needed. The soup in Portugal would have to be skipped though.

    I love the presentation of the meal you had last night. Could you eat the radishes? They are HUGE!!!

    I am so glad to hear that your cold is gone. My sinus infection is worse and I will be calling my doctor again. I did hear on the news this noon though that the pollen count is going to be much higher this Spring and has already begun (even with the snow we had this morning). I hope that your allergies aren't too bothersome.
    248 days ago
    emoticon The food sounds wonderful!

    Sorry about your cold and allergy problems! emoticon
    248 days ago
  • EISSA7
    Love to read about your travel experiences!! My food preferences align with yours and I’d have enjoyed every last bite.....AND....congrats on your WW success! emoticon
    249 days ago
    Wow, you are quite the world traveler. Happy trails.
    249 days ago
  • no profile photo IDAEVE
    The food looks so delicious and wonderful! I love that type of quinine. Lucky you!😊👍
    249 days ago
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