Monday, February 14, 2011

A BIRTHDAY LUNCH IN POZZALLO

Valentine's Night is a night to stay in for many single people, as who, when they are on their own,  wants to tread a restaurant floor covered in rose petals, listen to romantic music or watch couples gazing into each other's eyes all evening? It would be like twisting a knife further into your own wound and it never ceases to amaze me that couples don't get this.

However, it's my birthday and it's been a lovely day in Sicily so I was delighted when my friend Carol invited me to lunch at a restaurant in Pozzallo, a town whose main street backs directly onto the beach.  First, here are a few photos of Pozzallo as it looked this afternoon:



XV century Cabrera Tower



Now I want to introduce you to Carol.  She writes about Sicily and other places where she has lived or which she has visited and you can find some of her articles here.


OK, let's get to the food and these are the dishes we ordered:

Cavatieddi pasta with ricotta and peas for me


and lolli pasta with fava beans for Carol:


Then I had what Italians call a "mixed roast" but is really a mixed grill 




with a mixed salad


while Carol enjoyed chicken cutlet and chips:


There was my favourite gel al limone for dessert and you could just tell that this had been made with the freshest Sicilian lemons:

Simple food, perfectly cooked - the best!

And finally, here is your birthday girl blogger:




I had a great time.  Thanks, Carol. xx

27 comments:

Anne in Oxfordshire said...

How wonderful that you got to spend your birthday with another lovely friend (and a blogger).. also looks such a lovely place. And what a feast , delicious. xox

Bella Baita View said...

It looks like a lovely birthday spent with a friend, even better. Happy Birthday!

Patricia said...

Auguri di Compleanno! The photos with your post are wonderful. Makes me salivate. and you strike a wonderful bella figura!

rosaria said...

Happy, happy, happy Birthday, Pat! What a delicious lunch you had; thanks for sharing it with us.

Betty (picture circa 1951) said...

Happy Birthday! That food looked delicious! Sounds like you had a great day.

By the way, we never go out to eat on Valentine's Day. The places are crowded, the wait is forever, and the food arrives cold. There are two days when we never go out to eat...Valentine's Day and Mother's Day. I'd much rather stay home on those days and watch TV or read a book.

Wish I knew how to say Happy Birthday in Italian. I'ts Buon something I'm sure.

Betty (picture circa 1951) said...

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Laura said...

Looks like it was a wonderful day! Thank you for sharing it with us. The photo of the gel al limone made my little sour sensors react just looking at it. Yum! Happy day and happy year to you.

Claude said...

Meilleurs Voeux, Welshcakes! Belle journée et splendides lendemains. Avec toute mon amitié!

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

Happy birthday! Your lunch looks wonderful, with such generous portions, all served in a beautiful location.

Winchester whisperer said...

Buon compleanno, WL!

Devonshire Dumpling said...

What a lovely way to spend the day.I'm jealous!

Saretta said...

Happy birthday! Looks like a great lunch. Is it annoying to have your birthday on a holiday? I was born on the U.S.'s flag day, which is a holiday, but a big deal like Christmas or Valentine's Day.

Liz said...

Glad you had a good day, welshcakes!

Lucia said...

You look fabulous! Looks like fun!

LindyLouMac said...

I know I already wished you Tanti Auguri Pat but I wanted to add my greetings to these and say how pleased I was to see this post confirming that you did get a treat for your special day. xx

jams o donnell said...

Sorry I missed this post yesterday. Belated best wishes for your birthday

Ellee Seymour said...

What a splendid birthday feast. Many happy returns. x

Welshcakes Limoncello said...

Hi, Anne. Yes, it was a good day. Thanks, Bella. I enjoyed it. Thank you, Patricia. You are very kind. Many thanks, Rosaria. Thanks, Betty. Yes, I'd rather read a book, too! It's "buon compleanno". Thanks so much, Laura. I'm sure you'd love the gel! Je t'en remercie, Claude. Amitiés à toi. Thanks, Pat. It was lovely. Many thanks, WW. Thanks, DD. How are you? Hi, Saretta. It's fun in some ways, as the postman thinks my birthday cards are Valentines! Thanks, Liz and Lucia. Thanks, LindyLouMac. Much appreciated. Many thanks, jams and Ellee.

Welshcakes Limoncello said...

Hi again, Betty. Thanks for the update.

Marian said...

Many Happy Returns Pat. What a lovely day you had at the beach in Sicily - it looks absolutely fantastic. And then there's the food. What could be better - enjoying wonderful food with a good friend in a lovely place.

Jade said...

Grattis på Födelsedagen, Happy Birthday and a Buon Compleanno to you! Nice weather and food along with a friend in lovely Sicily, wonderful! Grattis!

sally in norfolk said...

sounds like a great birthday to me :-)and such lovely food too x x

Welshcakes Limoncello said...

Thanks, Marian. I agree - what could be better? Thanks you, Jade and Sally. Yes, it was wonderful.

rochambeau said...

Happy Birthday~to a nice Birthday girl!!
So happy you were born ~ You are sweet just like Limoncello!
Your meal looked divine~
xox
Constance

Welshcakes Limoncello said...

You are very kind, Constance - thank you. xx

CherryPie said...

It sounds like you had a fabulous birthday with your friend :-)

Welshcakes Limoncello said...

Hi, Cherie. Yes, I really enjoyed it.

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