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The food pictured is a small plate or "tapa" of what is called "fideua", which is a Valencian paella made with saffron-colored noodles and little bits of chicken, pork and shellfish mixed in; the wine is a robust, Ribera del Duero red and the whole thing, standing up, went for €2.50, this very morning in the center of Madrid.
I thought that today, for a change, I'd rather write about this little meal than about all the crap that is going on in the world.
I had a camera with me because my wife and I were out collecting wall graffiti for her to use in her digital artwork, which she hangs on her web page.
I am trying to learn flash, but it's pretty heavy going. All I can do for now is to take a film made in Corel Video Studio and turn it into something that opens quickly and runs smoothly on the web page. I still have no idea how to construct all the lovely bells and whistles that morph as you move the cursor across them.
Getting back to the photo: although I like to cook, to eat and to drink, I'm no foody. Good food and good wine, without too much ceremony, in the informal atmosphere of a noisy Spanish bar, on a busy morning is one of my pleasures. No big deal. That is important for me... that it be no big deal.
When people talk too much about food it makes me uncomfortable for some reason, like when people talk too much about sex and most dissertations about wine are insufferable.
Things that are better to do than to talk about.
The picture expresses some of that, I think. DS