SUNDAYS WITH CELIA VOL 30

Greetings and welcome to Sundays With Celia Vol 30. I’m so happy you stopped in today.

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Looking Back On Sunday

If you’ve been following along here on After Orange County you know that this past week has been restuarant/food & travel heavy. First you joined me in Washington, DC for our double date night that started at famed Off The Record for cocktails and ended at Joe’s Seafood, Prime Steaks and Stone Crab. With all eyes on Washington, DC these days, this post may be of particular interest to those gripped by what’s taking place in our nation’s capital, but are looking for something more than simply what’s going on at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. Washington, DC really is an amazing city, and it’s full of wonderful drinking and dining establishments, with these 2 among the best of the bunch. Plus it’s President’s Day weekend, time to dine in DC!

DOUBLE DATE NIGHT IN DC | Off The Record | The Hay Adams Hotel | www.AfterOrangeCounty.com

Next I invited you to join me at my favorite breakfast spot, Onefold in Denver, Colorado. It’s been a very delicious week!

DENVER'S BEST BREAKFAST | One Fold | www.AfterOrangeCounty.com

A Look Forward On Sunday

As someone who loves to cook, I also love to dine in good restaurants and believe that to become a good cook you must experience great food prepared by others. My husband gets a kick out of the fact that whenever we visit a restaurant and I eat something particularly delicious or new to me, I’ll invariably come home and try to prepare what I enjoyed while dining out. So this week I decided I needed to learn how to prepare Arepas, the soft, warm Venezuelan/Colombian style corn based flat bread that is grilled, baked, split open and then stuffed with a variety of ingredients and is then eaten like a sandwich. I swooned over one while dining at Denver’s Avanti Food & Beverage, a collective eatery that houses 7 different restaurants under 1 roof.

SUNDAYS WITH CELIA VOL 30 | Avanti F & B | Denver | www.AfterOrangeCounty.com

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One of these eateries is called Quiero Arepas. “Quiero” in Spanish has 2 meanings, either to “want” or to “love”, thus Quiero Arepas means I Want/Love Arepas, which is exactly my sentiments after eating one of these sensational sandwiches. Since there is no Quiero Arepas in my backyard, this week I set out to learn how to make my own. Stay tuned and I’ll be sharing my Quiero Arepas knockoff recipe on the blog very soon. Stuffed with fried plantains, avocado, fresh mozzarella and grated muenster cheese, it was one of the most delicious things I’ve ever put in my mouth.

SUNDAYS WITH CELIA VOL 30 | Queso Arepas at Quiero Arepas | Denver | www.AfterOrangeCounty.com

Have you ever eaten an Arepas? Do you love them too?

Well, speaking of food…

What To Watch On Sunday

Anyone who enjoys eating will delight in the latest installment of 6 new episodes of the Emmy-nominated docuseries, Chef’s Table. Season 3 made its debut on Friday and as usual, takes the viewer on an amazing culinary tour of the world. All 6 episodes are now streaming on Netflix for your binge-watching delight. They include a visit to the kitchen of a Buddhist Nun in South Korea who considers cooking a spiritual exercise, the results of which are heavenly. The series traverses the planet, taking salivating viewers to European culinary outposts in Berlin & Moscow, to Peru and then on to New York City. Season 3 of Chefs table also features one of my favorite Southern California chefs, Nancy Silverton, the chef Mario Batali calls a “Goddess of deliciousness”.

There are now 3 full seasons of “Chef’s Table” on Netflix, plus a spin-off season dedicated to French chefs. Here’s the official trailer for Season 3. Bon appetite.

Some Travel Advice On Sunday

My husband Brad and I travel a good deal and try to make it to Europe as soon as we accumulate enough AMEX & airline points to fly there First Class for free. Our experience has shown us that we get the best bang for our buck when using our points for airline travel. And since at our age we can’t imagine flying from the west coast of the U.S. to Europe in anything less than a premium seat, we do everything possible to accumulate points as quickly as we can. So, I paid particular attention when I ran across this article on AFAR.com entitled            7 Ways to Pad Your Miles in 2017 | How to earn and multiply your miles even when you’re on the ground. They’ve got some pretty sound advice and taught me a thing or two, including the fact that both Delta and Alaska airlines offer a mileage bonus if passengers are made to wait more than 20 minutes for the arrival of their checked bag. Who knew?  

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I hope you’re enjoying a relaxing Sunday doing everything you love to do.

So there you have it:  SUNDAYS WITH CELIA VOL 30

Thanks so much for dropping in! 

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Comments

  • I have never tried Arepas but sure would love to! I am glad you had a great time on your trips to Denver and Washington. I have a tentative trip to make it back again to Washington next year. I might have to pick your brain for a few additional recommendations. Travel has been on my mind a lot lately also so thanks for the travel tip. The timing was interesting since I was online yesterday and all morning today searching for flights using points that I have been hoarding. Have a great week.

  • If you ever get the chance try an Arepas, they are really special. Let me know when you go to DC and I’ll try and hook you up with some special opportunities. Enjoy your week as well.