About — the Magic of Spanish Sunday
It’s all Spain’s fault.
I had given up on learning Spanish. I never got to practice, and I wasn’t getting any better. Then one day a co-worker stuck her head in my office and said “Hey, my daughter is studying in Spain and she met this kid that wants to come visit for a couple of months. . .” And that’s how I finally learned Spanish.
But that was just the beginning.
Of course we had to go visit Spain. I fell head over heels. Since that summer in 1998 we’ve spent several months each year in the land of rice, seafood, wine, and a culture that thumbs its nose at cram-down-a-hamburger lunches.
That was when I first experienced Spanish Sunday.
Not long after we started visiting Spain we were invited to Sunday lunch. It turned out to be a whole lot more than I bargained for. Lunch was a big meal, served at 2pm. But it wasn’t just about the food. Friends and family spent all afternoon in lively discussion, laughter, friendly arguments, and sometimes even a song or two. I wanted more of this. And I wanted to share it with my friends and family back home.
It was kinda like a snowball rolling downhill….
I learned everything I could about Spanish food and wine. Then we went to wine snob school, then cheesemaking school, then sausage-making school. And I even learned to draw cartoons, so I could do something fun with this site. I was (am) completely obsessed with helping people get connected — with their food, and with each other.
Nope, I’m not a professional chef.
But I am a pretty good cook. I started at the age of 2, “helping” my Mom make cookies. Then I learned even more from my Granny, including an appreciation of farm fresh ingredients.
So… cut to the chase, already!
OK, ok — keep your apron on. The reasons I’m here, are:
1. To help you experience the life you really want — with more time for good food and great people; and
2. Provide you with a community of other people who want the same things you want, so we can all live a teensy little bit more Spanish.
In other words I want to help you create a more connected life, using great food as the catalyst.
If you haven’t yet downloaded my free mini book The 6 Hour Lunch (with quick and simple step-by-step instructions) do it now!
P.S. If you, or friends and family, are from other cultures that have wonderful traditions for bringing people together, please share! I’ll write about Spain from my perspective, as a lucky visitor, but I know that lots of other countries have special traditions too, that are very much worth learning about. You may send your stories to me directly, at Denise [at] SpanishSunday.com, or join us in the Cooking Club.