Well, as usual, I’m delinquent in my writing. But this time I have a real excuse, I swear. It’s called a full house of visitors, Christmas dinner, playing tour guide and general holiday madness. Fun times were had though. The highlight for me was a last minute visit from my brother, Ken. He lives in NYC and had some time off, so he decided to pop by for a week. My little girl, Fiona was thrilled to have so much attention between Ken and her other two visiting uncles. Here are the highlights from our brother-sister touring-bonding sesh.
Day 1: Determined to show my brother just how adorable and totally cool my adopted hometown, Puigpunyent is, we tooled around the town square a bit and sat outside at one of the local bars to enjoy a glass of vino tinto and the surrounding views. Puigpunyent: 1; NYC: 0. No big deal.
Day 2: Christmas Day involved mostly cooking and eating, but who doesn’t love that! This year’s menu included ham and goose accompanied by ratatouille, pineapple soufflé, sweet potato casserole and of course mashed potatoes. Does this sound like a lot of food? Perhaps, but with a 14-top, we were a lot of people. Oh, and don’t forget the pumpkin and pecan pies! Yum!
Day 3: On Boxing Day we headed up to Galilea, the small town up the hill from Puigpunyent, to hang with hubbie’s family. We lunched leftovers, walked to the top of the hill for a hot chocolate at the local bar and then had way too much to eat and drink again at the local restaurant that makes the best thin crust pizza ever. Are you noticing an excessive eating theme? Me too.
Day 4: We finally ventured out of our local bubble and headed into Palma where we wandered, perused and snapped funny selfies and corny family shots. The eating theme continued with tapas at a typical Spanish tapas bar followed by an early dinner on the water at Pesquero.
Day 5: We took a day trip to Alaró home of the historic Castel Alaró, or lack therof as it’s in ruins, and after the eating and drinking marathon at Es Verger restaurant we had our butts kicked on the hike and a half up the hill. The view was worth it though.
Day 6: A quick breakfast of the beloved ensaimada with café cortado at our little casa, then on to one of my favorite and one of the most picturesque little hamlets in Mallorca, Valldemossa. Here we visited the local market and sampled the traditional Mallorquin fare, including fuet, sobrassada, pa amb oli and of course wine, then we wandered around a bit, began to feel the mountain chill and stopped for some hot chocolate and coco de patata (potato cakes with powdered sugar, a classic Valldemossa treat that goes great with the hot chocolate.) Okay, enough eating already!
Ken went home the following morning with his backpack stuffed with local treats, including some of the above and turrón, cheese and almonds. Don’t leave home without them!