Some say that the way you start the year determines how you will spend the rest of it.
I’m not sure how true the saying is, but we broke the usual New Year’s celebration tradition this time, and decided to celebrate in style and amazing abundance.
Traditionally, Juan’s mum usually cooks dinner for the whole family, but we wanted to do something different this time.
Since there were only three of us at home for New Year’s, it made more sense to eat and count down in a restaurant instead of cooking a huge meal for just three people. After some frantic online searching for restaurants which still had tables available and which didn’t charge ridiculous cover rates, we finally settled on celebrating the night at T-Bone, a restaurant nearby. Phew!
A curtsey & good-bye, 2012!
At some point in the evening, I peered out of my window and saw the prettiest cotton-candy pink sunset overlooking our neighborhood , as if the sun were doing a little curtsey in its fairy tu-tu and waving good-bye to 2012. The soft color palette in the sky had me mesmerized, and I stayed staring for a while.
The new year deserved to be welcomed in style.
And because important occasions call for special clothes,
I pulled out a lovely chiffon dress from my cupboard,
to be used for the first time, on this special night.
2012 had been a tough year for Juan’s family, as his grandmother Trini had suffered a terrible fall.
It was a hard, emotionally and physically stressful year, and as we looked at the clock, counting down the remaining hours of the leap year 2012, we literally breathed a sigh of relief, anxiously awaiting 2013’s arrival.
As I mentioned, we decided to celebrate the new year in style.
Dressed up and seated at the restaurant, we prepared ourselves to feast on the final dinner of 2012, and embrace the year to come.
A tingling of anticipation filled the air.
Like invisible fireworks and sparklers you don’t see
but can feel in your soul.
We began the night with…
A dinner of absolute abundance..
The attentive waiters served incredibly tasty starters, including a ceviche cocktail with tomatoes and avocado, chorizo crostini and freshly baked bread.
Proceeding with beef carpacio dressed with rocket salad, olive oil, vinegar and capers..
Followed by grilled salmon and crispy potato slices, garnished with sauteed vegetables..
When we finally polished off dessert, vanilla ice cream with fresh berries, just before the stroke of midnight, we were ready to burst from all the richness and food.
And then the clock chimed twelve….and 2013 arrived, just like that!
We entered the new year with a table overflowing with rich, delicious food, champagne & beautiful company.
It’s still a little surreal that 2012 has passed by us, in a flash, and that we’re now firmly planted in 2013.
But celebrate we must, with style, abundance and fun!
With champagne coursing through our veins, toasting to the new year, looking back on 2012, and enjoying each other’s company, we shimmied on the dance floor, together with random German girls, Argentines, the waiters and everyone old and young alike.
We started the year on a high, with an abundance of energy and happiness, love and laughter.
And so shall 2013 be!
A HAPPY, HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL OF YOU!
(Not just as a conventional greeting, but because I really do wish it so,
from the bottom of my heart!)
This was how I spent my New Year’s.
How did you spend yours?