.... which provides still more proof that I am, officially, married to the Most Awesome and Wonderful Husband in the Universe™. (Just so y'all know, y'know?)
In January of 1987, just about 6 months after we were married in Corpus Christi, TX, we arrived at our very first duty station in Rota, Spain - VQ-2 (Fleet Air Reconnaissance Squadron 2, which is now based out of Whidbey Island, WA)). Thus began what was kind of a three year honeymoon; we both loved our time in Spain and had lots of fun during those three years. We met lots of fun people, ate lots of excellent food (it's stayed with me - but I can't regret it!), traveled, and basically had the time of our life for the Beloved husband's first tour in the US Navy.
One of the things I loved about Spain was a drink called ponche ("pohn-CHAY"), more specifically, Ponche Caballero. I've always called it "Spain's answer to Gran Marnier," but it's not quite that - it's unique to Spain. Ponche is a much "softer" spirit than Gran Marnier; they both have that intense orange aroma, but Ponche is a sweeter liquor. We'd have it in our cafe con leche, we'd drizzle it over a little vanilla ice cream, we'd sip it neat - we'd enjoy it just about any way we could get it!
Well, we left Spain in January of 1990 to begin our journey to two tours in Hawaii (join the Navy and see the world, folks - we lived it!), and I haven't had ponche since. I've often searched for it in liquor stores and asked them to check their distribution lists, to no avail. Once the Internet got up and running and Google really came online (yes, I AM old enough to remember that - I was one of Google's first search customers, LOL), I'd do the occasional search to try and find an outlet for ponche. I did find one about 10 years ago in Miami, but had no way to get it across state lines via a mail service (I didn't think of having it sent to my parents' and picking it up from them [headsmack]), but that one dropped off the results in a couple of years. About a year ago, I did find one source, but didn't think my Beloved would appreciate me spending over $300 to buy six bottles and have them delivered. The price for the ponche wasn't so bad, it was the shipping that cost a fortune! Plus, considering we used to pay about $8 a bottle in Spain, I really couldn't justify such an extravagance.
Well. Enter the Most Awesome and Wonderful Husband in the Universe™!
SIX BOTTLES!!! Six bottles full of yummy deliciousness...!
I think, after I've put five of the bottles under lock and key (LOL), that I'm going to have to start plotting a Spanish dinner night. *grinz*
THANK YOU to my mostest awesomest wonderfulest Beloved Husband!!!!