Thursday, October 11, 2012

chestnuts roasting in a controlled environment

the days are getting cooler now.  there’s a certain crispness in the air.  people huddle more and duck inside cafes more… to talk, to read, to schedule, to plan last minute get-aways.  somehow there’s more time for everything now that Fall is rambling down the streets of Gib. 

you know what else we have time for this Fall?  chestnuts!IMG_0541 in front of Watergardens, just across Ramson’s, is a promenade with a statue of Mr. Rooke (some guy who used to command a big boat and fought against the French and therefore captured Gibraltar in the 1700’s).  and next to it is a little blue-and-white striped hut with two guys selling the tastiest roasted chestnuts in the whole of the Mediterranean :)  (not sure about this but ill get back to you on that one)IMG_0538 people queue up for this warm and sweet-smelling stall on their way home (just like what we did one fine October day).  this old-timer roasts them nuts in this ingenius contraption and they come out crunchy on the outside and melty and soft on the inside! really helps you to realize that christmas is just around the corner! 
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a pound for a cone-full of tasty, fuzzy, glossy brown nut goodness:)IMG_0540 we couldn’t wait to eat them at home so we sat down in one of the benches enjoying the rest of that crisp October afternoon chomping away like two squirrels :)IMG_0542

8 comments:

  1. Believe it or not, I've never eaten roasted chestnuts!
    Liz @ Shortbread & Ginger

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  2. Me either! How wonderful they look!

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    1. u gotta try them one of these days jeanne theyre delicious :)

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  3. I love love love roasted chestnuts, they sum up christmas to me!

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    1. me too anne! cant wait to buy a bunch again on monday :)

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  4. Your post title cracked me up! That song will never be the same again!! Mmmm I don't have chestnuts often but I'm going to remedy that after reading this

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    1. hahahaha nope that song will never be the same ever again ;)

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