Sandi, Mertz and I were in for a treat. We were invited by the Gonzales family at Catalina Island. Piero, our dance instructor was the instigator of this event. Mertz and I brought our favorite La Montina Rose Wine and Sandi made her special bread pudding. We left from San Pedro and took the Catalina Express and we arrived there in an hour and 15 minutes later. Yesterday was very hot in Los Angeles. Catalina Island was cooler plus there was always a nice breeze.
Piero and Inez met us at the dock and we walked to their cottage which was 10 minutes away. Sandra and Alvaro welcomed us with a big bowl of Shrimp & Seafood Ceviche with chips. The ceviche was fresh and delicious. We were all fascinated with the little coconut bowls for our individual ceviches. We all would have been happy with just the ceviche. Italian women are known for their love of cooking and loves having everyone eat and eat and eat more...Mangia, Mangia. Sandra had made some pasta with nice succulent shrimps. It was hard not to overeat. When she asked if we would like a second serving, the answer was yes.
After our lunch, it was time for Sandi's bread pudding. Everyone loved her pudding. It had blueberries and had a nutty top which I'm sure was made with lots of butter.
We were done eating and though I had visions of lying on a swing and taking a nap, someone suggested we walk. So we did walk and absorbed Catalina's local color. Piero suggested we go for Happy Hour at Luau Larry's to have their famous Buffalo Milk. In case you are not familiar with the drink, it is made with vodka, Kahlua, creme de cacao, milk, fresh bananas. This particular buffalo's milk also had nutmeg. It was delicious and refreshing. I did not particularly like the nutmeg but it was very drinkable. We all had no problem finishing our drinks. It was very nice of Mertz to treat us to the buffalos.
Good things don't last forever so it was time to sail back home. We left at 7 p.m. and witnessed a gorgeous sunset. It was a beautiful day spent with beautiful people thanks to the Gonzales family.