Welcoming New Year 2007 at
On December 31st 2006 Evangelos and I were happy
to be at our ninth floor corner unit condo of
Starlight Tower St Pete Beach in sunny and warm
Florida, away from the cold North East weather of
The occasion was
special because a few days ago our 6 month old
granddaughter Nina arrived (for first time ever at
Starlight Tower) with her parents and not only we
would have a nice short vacation with her but as
added bonus we would have the pleasure of welcoming
the New Year 2007 together.
December 31st: Nina, parents and grandparents having
fun under the warm Florida sun in Starlight's pool
deck and background the Silver Sands while the North
East suffered a major Arctic cold attack!
So to celebrate the coming of the New Year we
invited some good friends Starlight owners present
and past who had also been at Demetra's and Bob's
wedding in Chicago the year before who were anxious
to meet the new baby.
It was a happy
gathering with a lot of spirit and traditional good
Greek food and I am happy to share some pictures
The gathering started at 8:30
pm with hot and cold appetizers,
red and white wine
displayed in three small tables and included
Guacamole spread, Taramosalata (Greek meze made out
of tarama -the salted and cured roe of the carp-
that is mixed with lemon juice, onions, garlic, and
olive oil and the overall color is pink and is eaten
with bread, crackers or raw vegetables), French
onion dip, Skordalia (Greek potato and garlic dip),
assortment of dipping crackers and hot bite size
triangles of Greek Spinach pies.
accommodate all our guests for a comfortable sit
down dinner we expanded our dinning room by adding
an extra table as you see in the above photo only
our "guest of honor" was in her bedroom and
blissfully abandoned in Morpheus arms!
Dinner started with Chicken Avgolemono Soup followed
by Greek salad and the main course was
Roasted Leg of Lamb with Potatoes, plus
Then dessert time came
with a Chocolate Fountain to everyone's delight and
an array of cut fresh fruits and
dry goods to be
dipped in the silky rich chocolate, accompanied by a
variety of liquors.
Just before midnight
on New Years Eve, we wore our funny hats,
distributed noise makers to all guests and watched
on TV the countdown from the Big Apple.
The Cutting of Vasilopita
We celebrated the
arrival of 2007 with a Champaign toast followed by
the traditional cutting of Vasilopita to bless our
house and our guests and bring us good luck the New
Year. Vasilopita is a special Greek cake that is
baked only once a year (on New Year's Eve) and is
combination of sweet bread and cake, on top of which
is written the actual number of the expected New
Year and inside a coin is hidden. A piece of cake is
sliced for each family member according to age
followed by cutting slices for the guests.
The person who finds the coin in his/her
slice of cake is considered blessed and will be
lucky the whole year. In our household this year's
lucky recipient of the coin was our daughter Maria
who coincidentally was last year's winner also!
This is how we celebrated that special day at
Starlight Tower with our family and friends and we
wish you all a very healthy, happy and prosperous
New Year 2007.
I would be remiss not
to mention that Nina slept soundly through all
commotion and racket between the fireworks on the
beach and our noise makers!