I took a day off from work on Tuesday, October 27 and Mom, Dad and I spent the afternoon in City Centre. We ate lunch at the Silk Road Cafe at the Chester Beatty Library and then visited the Beatty’s collection of religious manuscripts. We also visited an exhibit at the Gallery of Photography, stopped for coffee and wound up drinking champagne at the Westbury.

After Mom and Dad returned from Cork, we came into City Centre again for the monthly combined service of our church’s three congregations on November 1. I’m so glad Mom and Dad got to attend one of these celebration services and see the progress of the restoration of our Georgian church building. It was a cold but sunny Sunday. After the service we had lunch at one of our favorite spots, The Winding Stair. Our lovely lunch ended with a bit of excitement when the server spilled a bit of their fabulously tasty aioli on Mom’s blouse. [Bill correctly guessed the secret of the aioli by the way--smoked paprika.] This mishap resulted in a free blackberry tarte, and the aioli left no stain on mom’s blouse, so a very happy ending.

For dinner, Bill made use of a wondrous find at St. Anne’s Market–tomatillos! I was very happy to enjoy a favorite Rick Bayless recipe–chorizo and potato tacos with tomatillo avocado salsa. I have no picture to showcase this terrific dish, so I’ll show you one of the tortillas in the making. This is the best part when the tortilla begins to puff up.

Mom and Dad left on Tuesday for their Sligo trip, and on Saturday November 7 we began our trip to Germany.

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