NG2 travel blog

Last night we had a fantastic dinner at Tom and Amy’s. The prime and Yorkshire pudding melted in our mouths. The conversation was warm and animated with the rain pouring down outside. It was just a great time.

The day before, Ben and Karen let me trash their kitchen making a new dish, ‘Vegetable Peccadillo Chile Relleno.' This was the most complex meal I have ever made. The stuffing had 15 main ingredients, not including spices. Like I said, I trashed the kitchen. Ben was great, he kept busy cleaning up behind me and still managed to make a great homemade gingerbread. Thanks you guys, it was a great way to spend a rainy Sunday afternoon.

The night before, Saturday, we had dinner at Ron and Suzanne’s house. A great chili accompanied by some brats was the fare for the night. We played a fun game, drank some wine and enjoyed the rainy Southern California night. We were going to cruise their manmade lake and see all the great Christmas lights on the lakefront houses in an electric boat. Our voyage was cancelled due to the rain.

And the night before that, Friday to be exact, we were going to walk over to Balboa Island and watch the world famous Festival of Lights on the bay. Well, it was raining pretty hard, so we passed and had a comfy night at home in ‘the Neighborhood’ listening to the rain pouring down. I made salmon with a Veracruzana sauce from our Elote cookbook.

So, if you are doing the math, that is 4 great dinners, AND 4 days of nonstop rain. According to the weather talking heads on TV this rainy Tuesday morning, we are looking at two more days of intense weather, tapering off to scattered showers for Christmas.

Enough already. It is of some comfort to be camped next to a marina filled with big boats, we may need them soon.

It sure has been great catching up with our friends.

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