Monday, January 16, 2017

We Have Had A Heavy Cold

I have a cold.

San Geraldo, Judy, and I have all have colds. However, my cold decided to knock me off my feet. I have barely been out of bed for three days. When I finally saw Judy briefly this afternoon and she wondered if I might have had the flu, I told her I have simply had a very bad cold. 

Judy reminded me that it was at least a Heavy Cold — like The Queen's. I am grateful to Judy. I should not have to tell you the quality of my cold. That should be left to The Staff.

Speaking of "The Staff," San Geraldo has been a gem. Tender-loving care. Kindness. Soup. Grilled cheese sandwiches. Ginger biscuits. Patience. He even went to the pharamacy yesterday and picked up "Propalgina Plus" recommended by a nurse friend of Elena's. Within 20 minutes the symptoms eased.

I've decided to keep San Geraldo on permanent retainer. I don't like to call out to him to fetch and serve, so I simply wait for him to come into view. Even then, I don't tend to ask for anything. I just whine (maybe a bit more than I used to).

The first couple of days, I felt like I had only a Light Cold. One day, we drove up to Viveros Guzman, our now-favorite garden center. Pictured below are some of the things we did not buy. Looking at them now, I wonder if they didn't have something to do with the severity of my illness.

SANSEVIERIA CYLINDRICA
(DIPPED IN PAINT AND GLITTER)
CACTUS DECOLORATIONEM
(I MADE THAT UP)
I WAS GOING TO INCLUDE THE SONG "BLUE ORCHID" BY THE WHITE STRIPES,
BUT IT WAS JUST TOO NOISY FOR ME.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Chef Show-Off

We often go downstairs for our morning coffee at Cafe BarBoru by the Sea. Chef Robbie loves to bake and usually has something special to get us through these cold winter days.
I know. I know. I should just shut up. But our blood has thinned after years of living in the desert and in Mediterranean climates. We did, however, have San Geraldo's cyclonic winds Tuesday night. We even had to close a window that was open on the terrace! Then again, we were out all day today in just T-shirts (well, pants, too).
But back to Chef Robbie and his baked goods.

As long as Robbie keeps up with the printed menu, he's free to create anything that strikes his fancy. We're lucky his fancy is always being struck.

(Click the images and your mouth will water.)

MINCE PIES AND CREME ANGLAIS. (FOR THOSE WHO MAY NOT KNOW,
MINCEMEAT IS A MIXTURE OF DRIED FRUIT AND SPICES.)
RASPBERRY CHEESECAKE.
A BIRTHDAY CAKE FOR CHEF ROBBIE'S FRIEND.
(THE PURSE IS NOT MY STYLE, BUT — INSIDE —  CHOCOLATE!!!)

If you ask me, Robbie is just showing off. I made TEA!

A blend of teas. From scratch. I filled the bag myself. Do you have any idea how much work that is?!

FROM LEFT: MANZANILLA (CHAMOMILE); VAINILLA Y ANÍS (VANILLA AND ANISE); I PUT IT IN THE BAG; I PULLED THE DRAWSTRING. AND I USED THE ELECTRIC KETTLE, NOT THE MICROWAVE.

Everything stops for tea.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Coín For Food

Upon on our arrival in Coín Monday (see yesterday's post), we parked the car under Plaza Mercado and headed to the street for lunch.

San Geraldo was leading the way and suggested we stop at the very first place we passed. It looked charming and popular.

The first letter in the logotype was impossible for us to decipher; we couldn't figure out the name of the place. But we headed inside.

We were greeted warmly and the interior was surprisingly cool and trendy. The theme was American (mostly) music. Vinyl discs amid photos of famous rock & rollers adorned the walls.

I was pleased to see the menu was all Spanish with some very unique (and delicious) tapas. It turned out to be a brilliant choice.

After careful study, we decided the name of the restaurant was (a) Bommara.


Or (b) Pommara.

Or maybe (c) Rommara.

So I Googled it while we ate.

We should have included (d) Other...

Welcome to Jommara.

OPEN THE BREADBASKET.
THE AROMA OF FRESH BREAD WAS EXQUISITE.
PATATAS BRAVAS, AN EXCEPTIONAL VERSION OF A LOCAL TRADITION.
I CAN'T REEMEMBER WHAT THIS WAS CALLED.
HOJALDRE CON ESPINACA
(PUFF PASTRY WITH SPINACH)
THE BOSS AND THE KING.
OUTSIDE AFTER OUR WALK.
WE WERE THE LAST CUSTOMERS OF THE DAY.

This was playing when we walked in...