This week we are spending a few days in Alabama. We lived here once upon a time and I knew when we lived here a few years back that it was like no other place we had been. There is just something about the south and Alabama is truly the south. The people are true, genuine, fierce, friendly, loyal (specially to their football!), kind, hard working. They are colorful, hospitable and all about family.
Last night we went to dinner with a friend. The dinner was at said friend's sister's house. We thought we were "going to dinner" as in out to dinner...see, when the invite came in it was for MiB, unaware that I was along, but the invitation without a second thought was extended to me as well. So off we go to where we thought we were meeting for dinner and it turns out we are going to the home of the sister, she is preparing the dinner for us! Talk about feeling a bit out of sorts for adding to the dinner party.
True to form of a southern hostess she graciously welcomed us into her beautiful home, served us a most exquisite meal and allowed us to linger into the evening visiting and laughing, sharing and making memories! The evening was just fun! We even found we had old friends in common! That was such fun. Then we discovered her husband will be deployed to the same location MiB is going to be at.
Now I would like to hit on the very yummy meal she prepared for us...starting with the Caprese, of course, she had no idea this is an all time favorite at our house but it is and it was a great way to start the evening! We moved on to a great salad with mixed greens of romaine and baby spinach, mandarin oranges and red peppers, simple, yet loaded with color and tasty especially with the poppy seed dressing! The kicker was the Parmesan bowl that she made to serve it in! Yes, she made them, they were delicious, and yes, I ate the whole thing! The main dish was a nice lightly sauced spicy pasta with shrimp. It was delightful; she also served us a great little crusty french bread. It was better then any restaurant we would have gone to I'm sure of that! And the fact that she was just so overwhelmingly hospitable to us, took us in without a second thought just really brought back the memories of the south I hold. The people, as I said before, are true and genuine once you have been "introduced" they make you feel a part of them, just like family!
Off to the hotel gym! Ciao!!