Vive la dinners internacional

Happy Monday to everyone.

Today is the 160th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar and there are 205 days remaining until the end of the year. We’re almost half way through the year!

Here in Australia, we’re enjoying a public holiday, more precisely, we’re celebrating Queen Elizabeth’s birthday. How lucky are we 😉 With my German background, may I also squeeze in, Germany is enjoying a public holiday as well, celebrating the Pentecost weekend.  

After my dismal post last week about “dancing”, we’re talking about “a dinner” today. Funny in a way, after reading Tonette’s post on Friday, I did remember a time in Canada, when I learnt the Canadian Two-Step – hilarious. I might fill you all in one day on a “free week”.

Dinner… I’m not big on dinners. Never have been, and now with my histamine intolerance, I don’t go out for dinners much anymore. Back in Germany, instead of dinners, we used to have “brunches”, the breakfast that lasts most of the day. I loved them, not only because of the relaxed nature, but breakfast is also my favourite meal of the day. I do not function before having a decent breakfast.

Here in Australia, BBQs are big “as dinners”. They’re pretty relaxed and laid back. I have come to love them as well. And, hey, how easy, I can even throw something “on the barbie” I can eat without side effects.

But the “dinners” that stand out most in my memory are the ones I had in Montreal. I lived in the Quebec city for a couple of months and attended a French course during some of the time. I was thrown into a class with students from all over the world. We quickly developed a friendship and after a few weeks organised dinners together – the host provided a traditional (or not so traditional) meal of the native country. We had German dishes, Mexican, American, Canadian and from memory and Israeli as well. The Mexican dish is the only one I can remember, and even though they were ALL good, that one is burnt in my mind, because it was so hot I was burning up after only a small amount. Everyone was cracking up laughing as I guzzled down one glass of milk after the other – and I hate milk! It took my husband a loooong time to convince me to try some fajitas years later. It’s one of my favourite dish nowadays, and I can’t wait for the day I will be able to eat them again 🙂

Anyway, that’s what I’ve got for when it comes to dinner.

What’s the dinner you’ve been to that stands out to you?


About Iris B

Iris Blobel writes warm, sexy, and sometimes witty Australian Contemporary Romance books for readers who, like herself, still strongly believe in love and Happily Ever Afters. And she knows HEAs. Her couples are hungry for life, done with the past, passionate about family, and emotionally hopeful for a future. The stories are mainly set in Australia but also in New Zealand and even the US, depending on where her travels take her. She loves nothing more than for her readers to join her on her journeys.
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10 Responses to Vive la dinners internacional

  1. Now you are going to have to make me go gung-ho American,(really,I am not that much of a flag-waver), and say that we have Independence Day,(the Fourth of July), coming up, which is sort of a trump over the Queen’s birthday…(just a little friendly ribbing here…it is the “celebration: of the Queen’s birthday,isn’t it? I heard that her b-day is in the winter sometime and they do this when the weather is nicer, right? I think that is a lovely idea! Not that any woman wants two birthdays! She looks wonderful, doesn’t she?)
    I have my Friday post up because I will be traveling that day but what I did not mention is that since my mother was Italian, we had all the holiday meals early,(2 PM would be a late start), and we ate most of the day. If we stayed up late,(and us usually did), then it was whoever wanted what of leftovers,(which lasted for days!)
    I have to laugh, I made mention of a friend’s hot-on-the-tongue dish in my post, too! I guess you and I are tongue-twins!


  2. jeff7salter says:

    There are several dishes of other countries/cultures which I have not even sampled because I’ve been told they are “spicy” or “hot” or some other word which turns me off. I guess I’m a wimp when it comes to food amplified by other agents. Once in a restaurant I ordered Buffalo Shrimp.. not having ANY idea WHATSOEVER that the word “buffalo” meant “so hot that your mouth is on fire”!
    After the first painful bite, I refused to eat it,


    • Sounds like the three of us would do well to go out together! Joe has ratcheted his penchant for fire-food a bit, but he can still take t hotter than most.It took me a while to realize that he had fewer taste buds than I do. He NEEDS sauces and strong flavors, whereas I enjoy subtleties in foods.


    • Iris B says:

      I just learnt to stay clear of “buffalo” lol… I give most of the dishes a miss as well just because of that. I’m not fond of spicy food at all. 🙂


  3. pjharjo says:

    A dinner I’ve been to that stands out to me will have to wait until I post tomorrow. 😉 That said, I have to add that Mexican is one of my FAVS! I Love hot stuff and I Love Mexican food! 🙂


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