This past weekend we were very lucky to have some beautiful weather so we took advantage of our recently purchased patio furniture. Friday night Dan picked up some Kocë, or Sea Bream fish, from the fish truck on his way home. What can I say other than that we love the fish here. It is so tender, fresh and absolutely delicious. Saturday we walked down to the Saint Tropez bar for a seaside lunch. That night we met up with Bashkim, Kastriot and Ilya to watch the Albania vs. Belarus football match in the Euro Lotto bar.
On Sunday we walked into central Vlora to do some shopping. We went to the Old Bazaar and picked up a few things things for the house along with some “Mountain Tea”. I have yet to try it but we will let you know how it is. That afternoon Ilya picked us up as he had invited us over for dinner that evening. We drove out to his place, a small village named Peshkëpi, located just outside of Vlora. He lives there with his mother, wife and two children. They have a garden out front and right now they have a turkey and little turkey babies(poult). They were super cute!
We enjoyed a Turkish coffee at his house and then we went for a drive to the town of Drashovicë to see the monument constructed there to honour those lifes that were lost in the war in 1920 against the Italians as well as the war in 1944 against the Germans.
Then we returned back to Ilya’s house where his wife Fetia showed us how to make Byrek. It is traditionally made with 7 layers of thinly sliced dough that have been made by hand. The most common fillings include a mixture of cheese, eggs or spinach but can also included meat. Fetia made hers with a mixure of greens with some mint. We plan to go to the bazaar to get the rolling pin and proper baking dish so we can try making this at home. We enjoyed a feast that night of byrek, lamb, chicken, roasted potatoes, salad and fresh bread around the table with Ilya, Fetia, Nana, Ilya’s sister, and Nephew, along with the kids table which sat his two children and his niece. It was our best meal in Albania yet and we hope to visit them again soon.