Tuesday, March 26, 2013

First tinto of 2013!

Sunday was sunny. That might not seem that exciting, but after a week nearly full of rainy days and a forecast for even more rain this week, it was noteworthy, an event. Life in El Puerto revolves around being outdoors - the beach, long meals eaten outside, leisurely strolls. When it rains, people are forced indoors, life slows, monotony and boredom set in. Everyone is miserable. Or maybe that's just me, I don't deal well with a lack of sunshine...

So, when Sunday turned out to be gorgeous - in the high sixties, sun shining - I knew we had to take advantage. Sunday was also Domingo de Ramos (Palm Sunday) which marks the beginning of Semana Santa, a holiday week for many Spanish. We took the dogs for a 2 mile walk on the beach, passing many people out for a start-of-spring-break seaside paseo.

Later we went downtown for lunch and the feeling was even more festive - families out for lunch, some people still carrying their branches from church, sidewalk musicians playing, flowers blooming, everyone enjoying the weather. We sat down outside at one of our favorite places (Antojito, if you're in the area, go now!).

And I just knew...

that the time was right for the first tinto de verano of the season! 

I haven't had one in months, since tintos de verano are definitely a warm weather drink, and vino tinto (red wine) takes their place as soon as the cool weather sets in.

This is my version of wearing white after Easter. How do you celebrate the start of spring?

p.s. Want to make your own tinto de verano? Yes, you do, they're delicious. Here's a quick recipe (and appropriate substitutions, for those in the States). 

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