Thursday, 1 November 2007

Please sir can I have some more.... Vida


October's issue of Gourmet Traveller had caught my eye. It's RED cover was a huge drawing card (my favourite colour) and it read Taste of Spain...
Sumptuous seafood feast
Melbourne's (amazing) MoVida
Modern tapas & sexy saffron
Churros, paella... all the classics
You get the picture, I mean I see my name in lights and I am off... no I am joking, it's that MoVida just happens to be named after me..... NO NO NO, I am just joking again, though the poor waiter in the restaurant did believe me briefly and I spotted him checking my credit card and wondering. MoVida is a wonderful spanish restaurant in Melbourne. My favourite in fact with Lola coming up a close second, but Santiago has the best hot chocolate.
Vida in Spanish means "Life", not that my parents had any idea of that when they named me. It is a shortened version of my paternal grandmother's name and she had passed away just prior to my birth. My father gave me the name. His mother had died very young and she was very loved and sorely missed. Obviously I never met her but I am told I look very like her. I did see photos but it's hard to see yourself in someone you never met.
I went on to marry a man who speaks Spanish and all I can say is, life is funny!! Sometimes I believe our paths are set....
Anyway this was just a little something I wanted to share with you all.... I think Paul and Chef Jules will appreciate this story...
Vida x

10 comments:

Paul said...

Vida, I love your work. I must say , you are doing exceptionally well for a beginner!
My name means "small"(I think in Hebrew). And I am small! A tiny 170 cm in height!
Actually when I was in my mothers womb she thought I was going to be born a girl. Her instincts were right in a way. Im more feminine than masculine in both appearance and behaviour. Anyway she had chosen a Russian name for me- Natasha. And guess what? My partner is Russian! I think your right about our lives having a certain sense of destiny.
Oh and I loved that issue of Gourmet- the best this year. X

vida said...

Paul, thank you, thank you, thank you, I am a beginner but I am also a talker so it serves me well in life. My name in Hebrew is Princess I think, it's the feminine form of David, am I am feminine!! Didn't we both go to the opposite side of the world for our partners!! I met Luis when he was 14 and I had just turned 16 and he lied and said he was 15, so I had thought it only a 5 month difference... that was 27 and a half years ago... you get less for murder!!! You know what long term relationships - bloody hard work!! Yes, you are right about Gourmet, that was the best all year, I hope the xmas one is good. Vida x x x

paris parfait said...

Vida, isn't that the best meaning for your name, no matter how it came to be??!! And I adore Spanish food! xo

vida said...

Tara, we must meet one day in Spain and have all tapas our hearts desire!! You are right, it does not matter how I came to get such a name, it is the best, I gave my last daughter Vida as a middle name so it would continue somehow. I am blessed!!! x x x V

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Gloria said...

Vida I find so lovely your name and the history of your father so nice, really!! xxxx Gloria

vida said...

Thanks Gloria. I am very lucky. Vida x x x

Gloria said...

I know Vida, xxxGloria

Christie said...

MORE vida!! here, here xxxxx

vida said...

Christie, you make me laugh!!! When are you coming over for lunch?? I will bake too!! Vida x