I hope you all had a good long weekend. Mine was a great mix of relaxing AND partying. Friday night out dancing was super fun, but left me motionless the next day so it was nice to get out on Sunday afternoon to attend the Valley Greek Festival. We're coming up on the two year anniversary of our trip and our friends' amazing wedding. Last year we celebrated with a Greek potluck, but this year we decided to check out the festival. I have to admit, I think we were all a little apprehensive at first. None of us really get out to Northridge very often and we hadn't really cemented down the plans. Eventually we all agreed to meet at 5 and see what the festival was all about.
The first thing we noticed when walking in was many booths serving up popular Greek dishes. The lines however, were a bit of a turn off. After watching a bit of a cooking demonstration where we learned how to stuff and roll grape leaves, we decided that we couldn't wait any longer to eat. On our way to grab food, we noticed the line for booze was pretty short so we started off with some Greek wine. Most of us went with calamari rings and gyros. Both were excellent. To the side of the calamari station, they had bottles of Cavender's seasoning which we all ended up buying some of later on. The calamari was perfectly cooked and nice and crispy on the outside. The gyro meat was amazingly seasoned and the soft, warm pitas were fantastic. I felt like I was back on the streets of Mykonos after eating one. Later we made our way to one of the vendors selling Greek pastries. Chris and I shared the chocolate baklava and Galatoboureko which was described as sweet custard between layers of pastry and topped with a light syrup. It was good, but the chocolate baklava with it's flaky layers and crunchy nuts was definitely the stand out.
After all that food and wine, we decided to burn some calories on the dance floor. There were live musicians playing and people were really getting into it. It was such a fun afternoon and evening, I love celebrating with these people so much and I am excited to see how we end up spending the occasion next year!
As I mentioned, we all ended up buying some of the Cavender's seasoning. Yesterday, I used some in scrambled eggs and it kicked my eggs up so much, I may use it all the time.