Tonight’s dinner: Valdeón blue cheese, Serrano ham and fresh bread. In my glass: 2010 Quinta de Gomariz Alvarinho, a Portuguese version of the Spanish Albariño wine. Rich, fresh, utterly delicious.
When I first studied in Spain, I remember feeling somewhat perplexed with the idea of dinner at 10 pm. On top of that, “dinner” was almost nothing, no series of meat/potato/vegetable. In stark contrast, I had no trouble adjusting to the heavy midday meal, served around 2 pm. Fresh soups, fresh cooked french fries, meat and bread from the bakery that morning. That was pretty cool.
The adjustment did not take long. Now, when I am faced with a light dinner, like tonight with a mixture of strong flavors, tempered by the bright wine and fresh bread, well, it is a psychic delirium.
Yum. Heaven on Earth.