Thursday, April 7, 2016

Feast among the Palms - Flora Reigada

In a scene from "Love's Sweetest Revenge" join Liz and Rosa in a luxurious oceanfront condominium, while waves crash onto Florida's sundrenched shore. The condo belongs to Carlos Martín, an international linguist who has worked with the President and flown aboard Air Force One.

Sipping wine from sparkling crystal, Liz and Rosa smile toward the open kitchen where Carlos and his brother Jack, are preparing Cuban cuisine for the foursome.

In their prime with rugged good looks, the brothers smile back, while romantic Spanish music plays in the background. Its castanets and guitars seem to dance in the fragrance of perfectly seasoned meat sizzling on the burner.
Seated on the plush sofa, Liz sways her well-proportioned form to the sensuous strains. Beside her, Rosa claps with the rhythm, its passion reflecting in her dark eyes.

It seemed almost pre-ordained that the attraction between Liz and Carlos would prove irresistible, as would the chemistry between Rosa and Jack, an Army hero.

Rosa smoothes back her velvet-black hair. "I wouldn't change a thing about this trip or this moment."
Soon the table is set, candles are lit and generous portions of food are served.
The meat is crowned with onions and accompanied by yellow rice, black beans and sweet plantains, all cooked to perfection.
"Delicious!" Liz exclaims, closing her eyes for a moment to focus her senses on the mouth-watering food.
Being Latina, Rosa has made similar dishes. Liz is more familiar with the Italian recipes her parents brought from their native Italy.
"Please tell me what everything is and how you prepared it, especially the meat," she asks the brothers. "I might just try making it at home."
Carlos and Jack explain in turn. "The meat is vaca frita, meaning literally, fried cow. It's shredded beef we cook in red wine, lemon and spices such as garlic, oregano and cumin."

The brothers make sure Liz has the recipe. It is similar to one posted as follows:
The complete meal would look like the mouth-watering spread I enjoyed at Roberto's Little Havana Cuban restaurant in Cocoa Beach, Florida.

Even if you can't go there, in "Love's Sweetest Revenge," the first in my "Castle in the Sun," romance series, you can join Liz and Carlos, Jack and Rosa on their romantic adventures. Fly away with them to visit a castle and lose your cares in the warm ocean, during a dream Florida vacation seasoned with a pinch of mystery.

Flora invites you to visit her blog:
Amazon Author Page: Gods/dp/1622085868/ref=sr_1_25?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1450646558&sr=1-25&keywords=helping+hands+press


  1. Oh, the meal looks so delicious! Thank you for the links. I can almost smell the aromas wafting off my screen!

  2. Dan and I eat at Roberto's Little Havana every so often to get our fill. I think we are due.