I was doing some price-comparisons at the local bakeries earlier this week in preparation for the Farmer's Market, and was ensconsed at our Portuguese bakery with some delectable cupcakes and tarts. Labor Day weekend is a huge holiday for the big Portuguese population (Boas Festas). Another patron heard me asking about the festival, and she gave me some pointers, and then said, "Hey, this might be weird, but I'm having a bunch of friends over on Friday night for some Portuguese food, and you're welcome to come." Once I found out that it was just going to be girls + good food, I was so in.
Portuguese food! Anyone seen/read "Silence of the Lambs"? Let me tell you, Hannibal Lecter had it going on when he was eating favish: baked fava beans with fabulous spices. I'm such a convert!
The whole gathering was so surreal - reminded me of our days in Utah - there were 4 elected officals there, including a candidate for U.S. Congress. And so rad that they were all women!