a fun lunch!

with apologies to those on facebook – i just cut and pasted my posting from facebook here.  will put photos in next time!!

i had a delightful lunch today at a tahitian restaurant in collioure – “restaurant le parc aux couleurs de tahiti”. i was checking out the menu in the window and one of the owners came out and started talking to me. he asked me if i was tahitian, as he is, and i said, no, i was from hawaii. he told me his dad worked for continental airlines so he got to visit hawaii many times. we chatted for awhile, and i ended up having lunch there and it was so much fun!
peter, the guy i had spoken with, is a riot! he bursts into song at the drop of a hat and did impromptu tahitian dancing as he brought food to the tables. he told me they have a “spectacle” every nite with tahitian dancing. it’s a pretty small restaurant so i asked him where they danced and he said “right here!”, gesturing towards the middle of the restaurant and demonstrated where he stood to dance. i’ll have to go back to check it out!
i had a long, leisurely lunch and felt a bit homesick for hawaii – he played hawaiian and tahitian songs and the whole restaurant is packed with decorations from tahiti, which look just like the kinds of things you’d find in hawaii – lauhala hats, necklaces and “candelabras” made of shells, paper flower leis, flower prints on the walls, etc.
it seemed that all the customers in the restaurants enjoyed their lunch as much as i did. it was fun to spend time with such a free spirit, so full of joy!! next time i’ll have to bring my camera!!

Perpignan!

perpignan is known for an international photojournalist film festival that is held here every year.  i went with my buddy louis, who grew up in perpignan and just recently moved back there from paris (at the same time as me – a nice quinkydink!)

exhibitions are set up all over the city and we only went to two of them (one of them was huge!!).  some of the images are so powerful, about difficult subjects like war in afghanistan, the demonstrations in egypt, child brides in afghanistan, etc etc, that it’s hard to take it all in.  nevertheless, it was fascinating and re-inspired me to do more photography.

actually, the real highlight of the day was when louis and i had agua limone, a refreshing drink that is served only during the summer.  we had the agua limone panache (there should be an accent over the e) which is lemonade with ice cream – YUM!!

here’s a photo of me enjoying my little treat.  i have my “hurry up and take the picture, already” face, but it really was a happy moment! 🙂  i wanted to take a photo of louis but he’s even more camera shy than i am!!  i hope this photo shows up in the right place!

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something to balance out that last photo!!

i guess my plate of half finished sardines was a little gross so i’m posting a photo of the figs michel brought from his garden.  they were delicious!!!Image

aha!! i think i figured out how to publish more than one photo at a time!!!

so the previous photos were of the sardines being put on the grill and the second photo is of the fire where they got the hot coals to grill the sardines.  the photos in this posting will show a guy putting hot coals on the ground, then the grills over the coals, two men turning the grills, and then the sardines being served on plates. i’m also adding my half finished plate with the civilized de-boning of my sardines!  ha ha!!ImageImageImageImageImage

the process of grilling the sardines

fresh (i hope!) sardines were put on a grill, coals were brought over from a big fire in the back part of the marketplace and the grill was put on the hot coals. periodically the grills would be turned and when they were ready, they were brought to a table where the freshly grilled sardines were heaped on plates.  when the food got to our table, i noticed there were no eating utensils, so i watched for a minute and saw that everyone was just digging in with their hands, so i did, too! i ate the first sardine completely (it was very well grilled and crispy) and the guy next to me looked a little shocked and asked me if i had eaten the head, too.  hee!  yes, i had!!

so then i watched people some more and they separated the meat from the bones – so much more civilized!  besides, i couldn’t eat the other fish whole because they weren’t crispy enuf, so i had to do the less savage method.  oh well, it tasted good both ways! 🙂

will publish a series of photos of the grilling process i just described.ImageImage

food (part 2)

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the food! (part 1)

here’s what we got for 10 euros (plus a drink).  2 photos coming!Image

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