I hope you enjoyed looking at my vacation photos and finding out more about the Mediterranean lifestyle. The wonderful friends I made, the sights I saw and the things I learned on my trip will stay with me for life.
Here are just a few of the things I brought back with me from Andalucia.
- Extra virgin olive oil is your best choice for cooking and for salad dressings, and it makes food taste great.
- Diversity goes for food too: Tomatoes, lots of fresh fruit and vegetables. Color on your plate equals healthy food for your body.
- Meat in moderation: Think of meat as a side dish– good for taste and variety but just a part of the meal.
- Fish is more than a breaded fried fillet. I found all kinds of new fish plates to enjoy.
- Serve and eat small plates: Spanish tapas deliver variety.
- Sit down to eat: no self-respecting Spaniard will ever rush his food or eat on the run. Meals are an event. Enjoy them.
- Drink goes with food: In Spain, wine, beer, or cocktails are part of your meal. At minimum, try a few olives or pistachios.
- Take a siesta: President Lyndon Johnston took a daily nap. And so do many Mediterraneans.
- Walk around the block: Get out of your chair and walk around the neighborhood. In Spain people get out on the street every day to see and be seen.
- You're never too old to ride a motorbike. Mediterranean seniors are as likely to be on bikes and scooters than in cars. It's all in the attitude.
Wishing all The Skanner News readers long and healthy lives.