Archive for December, 2010

Tomate Frito

Posted in Food & Cooking with tags on December 12, 2010 by grandersons

Kyle and I recently discovered the most incredible 5 minute meal thanks to our new friends, Josh and Amanda Mischel, and couldn’t resist sharing it’s delecious simplicity!

Tomate Frito – fried egg served over white rice with tomate frito (sweet, tangy tomato sauce that’s basically tomato paste and sugar!).

Tomate Frito may very well be a staple over the coming year as we survive on my ‘sugar mamma,’ non-profit salary!  Delicious, fairly nutritions and totally affordable!


An American Thanksgiving in Madrid

Posted in Food & Cooking, Holidays, Special Occassions, Uncategorized with tags on December 12, 2010 by grandersons

I’ve spent 29 Thanksgivings in Boise, Idaho with my family and Kyle has spent every Thanksgiving of his life with his family too.  Even when we lived in Seattle, we’d join the hordes of travellers to make our way home for turkey and mashed potatoes.  There was only one year we almost didn’t make it – it was Thanksgiving 2001 following September 11th and  Kyle had recently had a cyst removed from his wrist and had to wear a pretty bulky cast while it healed.  On the way to the airport, Kyle realized that he didn’t have his wallet.  We raced home to look for it, then retraced our steps around Seattle, but couldn’t find it anywhere.  It was gone.  We went to the airport hoping for the best and expecting the worst as a college kid in a hooded sweatshirt with a cast on his arm tried to get on a plane without any form of ID beyond his check book.  My mom will never forgive herself for telling me to get on the plane without him and we laugh about it to this day, but amazingly enough he batted his baby blues and submitted to any search necessary (no, he didn’t actually have to be strip searched – thank goodness!) and managed to get on the plane right as it was ready to take off.  Our track record of being ‘home’ for Thanksgiving was impressive.

We knew that this Thanksgiving would be different.  We were halfway around the world in a wonderful country where canned pumpkin and brown sugar are hard to come by and not a single relative was in sight.  We quickly realized that in this case, different wasn’t a bad thing. 

Just like at home where we bounce from one dinner with Kyle’s family to a second dinner with my family, we maintained the tradition of having two Thanksgiving dinners in Madrid.  We started with an event hosted by the ‘Net Impact Club’ on IE’s campus. The Americans cooked traditional Thanksgiving foods and enjoyed dinner with students from all over the world.  For many international students, it was the first time they’d ever eaten turkey, stuffing, or pumpkin pie and we loved sharing our American Thanksgiving traditions with them.   

Next up was Thanksgiving at Erick and Mandy Bauman’s – a couple from New York who invited a crew of Americans to celebrate with them.  They roasted a beautiful turkey and everyone brought a traditional food item that they eat with their families at home on Thanksgiving.  It was AMAZING!  We devoured roasted veggies, green bean salad, deviled eggs, stuffing, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, and all the pumpkin pie (and whoopies) you could imagine.  We couldn’t have asked to spend our first Thanksgiving in Madrid with better food or better people.

No More Hiding Behind the 3rd Person

Posted in Uncategorized on December 12, 2010 by grandersons

When Anne and Kyle first started this blog – the Ultimate Granderson Getaway – they planned to capture the experience of living in Madrid and share it with friends, family, and anyone else who found their stories interesting and entertaining.  Anne is the author.  Kyle and Abby are the inspiration and main characters. 

Starting today, Anne will no longer hide behind the 3rd person – please welcome “I,” “We,” and “Our” to the Ultimate Graderson Getaway blog. 

It turns out it takes a lot of effort to write about your life as an observer and I’m tired of trying.  I’m looking forward to telling our story as ‘me’ from here on out.  Enjoy!