Monday, April 30, 2012

Guess who’s coming to dinner?? The Men of La Mancha…

…Sancho, Don Quixote and Chef Gar!


The weather is beautiful and perfect for long, leisurely meals down on the dock.  We wait for that perfect combo, not too hot, not too cold, just right.  There is nothing worse than cooking up that special dish and having it cold by the time you are ready to eat. Last night, Chef Gar did one of his best country paellas and pa amb tomaquet, something we discovered in Barcelona many, many years ago.








Pa amb Tomaquet…crunchy bread, garlic, olive oil, tomatoes and a little salt. Doesn’t get any better than this!!



Never tire of this view.


Chef Gar hard at work.  We love the outdoor kitchen and the paella cooker from La Tienda .  It is one of the best investment we have ever made.  The paella pan came home from Spain in our garment bag.  As they say, “Where there’s a will, there’s a way!”



Dinner is served!


I think Sancho and Don Q had a great experience here on the Bayou!  Till next time!!


Tablecloth: Linens shop in Grasse, France
Rattan Chargers: Pier One
Napkins: Pottery Barn
Napkin Rings: Pier One
Yellow Plates: Have had forever...don't remember
White Salad Plates with Silver Rim: Gibson Everyday, Old Time Pottery
Silverware: 1881 Rogers Stainless by Oneida
Steak Knives: New West Knife Works
Wine Glasses: Dollar Tree
Water Goblets: Gift

This week I’ll be sharing with:
Southern Hospitality's Thrifty Treasures Monday
House in the Roses Show Off Your Cottage Monday
Boogie Board Cottage's Masterpiece Monday
Coastal Charm's Nifty Thrifty Tuesday
A Stroll Through Life's Tabletop Tuesday
Cozy Home Scene's Your Cozy Home Tuesday
Ivy and Elephants’s What's It Wednesday
Faded Charm's White Wednesday
Savvy Southern Style's Wow Us Wednesday
Between Naps on the Porch's Tablescape Thursday
No Minimalist Here's Open House Thursday
Shabby Creek Cottage's Transformation Thursday
French Country Cottage's Feather Your Nest Friday
My Romantic Home's Show and Tell Friday
At the Picket Fence's Inspiration Friday
The Charm of the Home's Home Sweet Home Friday
The Tablescaper Seasonal Sundays


  1. Well, you caught me with this wonderful title... Love Man of La Mancha... but then when I arrived... all I can say is "WOW!"

    1. Thanks Schotzy. Having a great time finding items around the house to build a theme around. Come back and visit often. You never know what you will find!

  2. The paella looks wonderful! It is a very pretty dish as well as delicious looking. Your photos are really nice, too! Sorry that I am a little late thanking you for joining the party but I've had a ton of work that has slowed me down. Hope to see you next week.------ Shannon

    1. The Paella is awesome and it has so many variations it will please just about anyone. See you next week. :)

  3. Talk about a perfect combo, and your colors are just right for the paella which just happens to be one of my favorite foods.

    1. We love it too. Fun and easy to make and just great for about anyone.

  4. Love it! Paella always reminds me of my high school Spanish teacher, Ms. Lee. She invited all her favorite students to her home for a big pan of paella as a year end party. I've never made it myself - must try it after seeing your beautiful dish. Enjoy - who couldn't have a good time with that beautiful view.

    1. We have loved paella since a trip to Spain many years ago. With so many variations, it is bound to please just about anyone. And it is easy and great fun to make. I would like to start linking the recipes back to Chef Gar's blog but think that project may have to wait until he retires in November.

  5. Love this very colorful table.

    Great to have you be a part of Seasonal Sundays.

    - The Tablescaper

    1. Thank you for hosting a great Party! Just love all the wonderful tables!

  6. What a great table! I love the colors. I have to confess, I have never had paella but your photos will have me looking for a recipes. What a beautiful view to enjoy your wonderful meal.

    1. Thanks Barbara. You have to give Paella a try. Great dish and so many variations. I have been trying to get Chef Gar to get back to his cooking blog so I can link the recipes to the tablescapes. Maybe when he retires in November. Have my fingers crossed.