Thursday, May 25, 2006

Traditions

Last week, after a visit with Nick, we enjoyed a most flavourful and inexpensive roast lamb dinner at Minerva's at 3207 West Broadway. The unusually warm evening warranted dinner on the patio, where we sat next to the owner, Mike Georgiopoulos and his buddy Nick. It wasn't long before Jesee and the guys were exchanging dirty sheep jokes over a cup of Greek coffee (the kind that put hairs on your chest) and baklava. I guess some Mediterranean traditions never die?

Be sure to stop by their booth during
Greek Day on June 25th and sample the traditions for yourself!

Pancho and Sal joined us for a quick bite before we ventured next door together to the Chai Gallery for an evening of flamenco. They introduced us to their friends
Juan de Marias and Luis Gutierrez, the guitarists/vocals. It was impressive watching them jam together as we sat back and allowed our souls to feel the sol emitting from their inspiring sounds.

One would never have known that bailadora
Edie Orenstein is not a native of Spain, as she has captured the essence of flamenco and expressed it with such heartfelt passion that it left us in complete awe. We could feel Edie's every emotion as her feet stomped along with the rhythmic beats of the cajón, the palmas and guitars. Olé!

Karen Pitkethly is the face plastered around town on the
España Living billboards. While watching Karen perform her art, do not let her lily-white ballerina body fool you. This talented and professionally trained bailadora can seduce and hypnotize you with the castañetas all in one go!

Get your dose of flamenco at the
Chai Gallery or the Kino Cafe located at 3456 Cambie Street. For more information about flamenco in Vancouver, visit Centro Flamenco for details.

Current Music: Mimbre - Juan de Marias