the serenity and peaceful setting has the feel of the Italian countryside. Everywhere you pass, lovely, vast stretches of farmland and vineyards.
Friday night potluck features the "lasagna smack-down" competition...here are some of the entries.
Yummy...so different from one another and each one a winner!
Here Pete is explaining his mushroom bechamel lasagna.
Pete making his own pasta for the lasagna...
MMmmmm let's eat!
Barb with Palma, cook extraordinaire!
Palma's spicy teralli's. Bet you can't eat just one.
Alessia is our resident native Italian slowtraveller. She hails from northern Italy. Besides speaking perfect english imagine my surprise when I found out she lived in Denmark and speaks Danish! When I heard that I greeted her with, "Hvordan har du det?" (How are you?) She had the most surprised look on her face. We had so much fun conversing in her very good Danish and my "not so much" version.
We celebrated David's birthday with a big, wonderful chocolate cake.
Laughter and smiles from every room abound.
Now it's time to eat. Who's your vote for Marcia?
Here' Pete and his wife Marcy. After Pete received his doctorate from Berkeley they lived in Sienna ,Italy for several years where he continued his research in Microbiology. Both speak italian and their son Nico was born in Italy.
This is Shannon, our slowbowl "Skipper". We owe all the planning and choreography of this cool event to her. She coordinated all the weekend winery tours, meals and fun activities.. Here she is announcing the winner of the lasagna smack-down. And the winner is:
" PETE" !
Shannon is busy prepping the aeration wine test....same bottle of wine decanted in different ways.
Paul taking the "aeration" test
After you taste each one you must order your favorites from 1 to 4.
Fun and games throughout the night
The third annual "SlowBowl" Paso Robles was held last weekend. This gathering is always held on SuperBowl weekend but has little to do with football and everything to do with slowtraveller friends (new and old from all parts of the country) coming together for food, fun and comradery. Now that a week has passed I have had time to reflect on what a perfect weekend it was: Simply divine in all respects. This was the first year that Mike and I had attended. It was nothing short of "wonderful" -completely easy, comfortable, hilarious, invigorating, and joyfully fulfilling. The setting, the company, the food and wine beyond compare.
*Please note that most all photos on this post were taken by slowtravellers, Wendy, Palma, CathyT, Marcy and others. Thank you for sharing your great photos with all of us.