|The recently renovated roof was ready and waiting for some fun.|
|Here is something novel....a photo of me! Usually I am behind the lens. Having a quiet cocktail before our guests arrive.|
|With the tooting of horns in the background the sun went down and we were ready for some fun...and some FOOD!|
|In going with the Italian theme we set up a projector and played old Italian movies in the background. Roman Holiday anyone?|
|My wonderful husband and I living the dream in Ho Chi Minh City.|
|Meanwhile, back at the coalface, Ezio, from Italian Food Services (firstname.lastname@example.org or ph +84 0 128 6729411) was cooking up a storm.|
Crostini al mascarpone e limone
Home made mascarpone cheese, perfumed with lemon peel, pepper and fresh herbs.
Bocconcini di pane all'uvetta
Deep fried bread dumplings with raisins, pine nuts, herbs and spices.
|And what could be in these little delightful bowls?|
Closely followed by
Risotto all'Aceto Balsamico
Balsamic vinegar risotto with aromatized sausages and Parmesan cheese.
And lastly but by certainly no means least,
Spaghetti alla maggiorana
Spaghetti seasoned with a delicate ragú and perfumed with marjoram herb.
|...and in what has become a bit of a tradition....the BEST Banoffee cake in the world courtesy of Jaspas.|
|So as the clock ticked over to the big day I became another year older and hopefully wiser. Well, maybe not wiser. If I was wiser I would not have had that last cocktail!|
|After the last of the guests had gone, Nick and I settled onto the couch with the streets finally silent below and finished off watching...what else...the Italian Job. A birthday I will never forget.|