¡Ay, caramba! Latin Lover is @Fiesta Friday!
Introducing Fiesta Friday #10 co-hosts – Julianna@Foodie On Board and Hilda@Along The Grapevine, two Canadian bloggers and two of my very best blogger friends. Let’s thank them for being so gracious as to let us intrude into their space. Julianna and Hilda, are you ready? Tables set up, floors scrubbed and shined, furniture dusted, etc., and most importantly, red carpet laid out?
No, no, just kidding! You don’t have to do anything of the sort. We’re all old friends by now. We’ll help you set up. But as far as dealing with the rowdy bunch, you’re on your own. I’ll give you a few pointers so you know what to expect.
Watch out especially for Queen Sassy Pants Victoria and Eclectic Justine. Don’t let them get their hands on the Latin Lover or you may have mayhem on your hands. And keep your eyes on Jhuls, Saucy, and possibly Indira. Indira just recently swore off coffee, so I’m not sure how long she’ll be able to last before she snaps.
Jhuls and Saucy? Jhuls just downed way too many cupcakes before she showed up, so she’s very likely hyper. And Saucy might bring along several gatecrashers with her, something she is apt to do, although in our case, the more the merrier. Just make sure food and beverage is fully stocked to accommodate the extra guests, okay?
All right, it’s time now for features, the most exciting part of Fiesta Friday, and the most nerve-wracking at the same time. It’s getting more and more difficult to select features. All the linked posts are top-notch and if I could, I would pick all of them, but it won’t be feasible. I must choose among the best! So, I’m so glad I don’t have to do it alone anymore. My co-hosts will have to help decide from now on. I am so grateful for this.
One last time, however, I’m doing it solo. These are my picks:
Ngan@ngan made it took us to the San Francisco Farmers Market, where we spent pretty much the entire day getting a load of oh, so many fabulous finds. From female date blossoms and arugula blossoms (spicy) to cardoons (grew them once, not successfully) and colorful tulips. From fresh breads and bombolini to sunchokes and a ginormous 4-pound porcini – How many meals would that one mushroom make, I wonder? – we saw them all. Thank you, Ngan, for such a delightful day!
Shari@Cook AZ I Do came with a Fiesta Friday favorite, Spicy Pork Carnitas, and let us take a peek into her childhood scrapbook of how she spent her Fridays. Shari loves Fridays as much as we do. She was born on a Friday. Shari, you just got yourself a lifetime membership to the Fiesta Friday Club!
Prudy@BB&B (No, not Bed, Bath & Beyond! Butter, Basil and Breadcrumbs!) tried so hard to make for us strawberry shortcake cupcakes, but it was not to be. Well, Prudy, we love you for trying and it’s true what they say. It’s the thought that counts. Besides, you came with your Open Face Steak and Radish Sliders. Oh, they are marvelous! So haute cuisine, Prudy!
Noony@Noony Tales created and brought this thingy. No really, she called it Protein energy bites-cum-cake-thingy. It’s one-of-a-kind, je ne sais quoi, no-bake tart with an even harder to describe glaze. Yet, when you read about it, you know it’s all going to work somehow, and that it would make a delicious, healthy and fruity treat. Noony, I’m going to make that thingy. I swear!
Alrighty then, Fiesta Friday #10 is now officially open, for all to come and join. I’m bringing my Latin Lover with me. Who wants a little taste?
Latin Lover Cocktail
4 tbsp frozen pineapple juice concentrate
2 tbsp frozen orange juice concentrate
4 tbsp frozen cranberry juice concentrate
1 tbsp fresh lemon juice
2 oz rum
2 cups crushed ice
Combine all the juices, rum, and ice in a blender. Process until smooth. Pour into 2 glasses.
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