Monday, October 15, 2012

Mango-nificent Music

San Geraldo has been mixing up unbelievable salads for lunch several days a week. Sunday's included a smattering of lettuce as a base, spiced shrimp, sweet and juicy tomatoes, cubes of herb cheese, and the absolute best fresh mango. Just the thought of it today makes my mouth water.

SWEET MANGO (AND OTHER GOOD STUFF).

After lunch, and a brief siesta for San Geraldo, we went for a walk through the southern edge of the nearby neighborhood of La Macarena. Like La Alameda, La Macarena is known for being a bit more eclectic and counter-culture than our neighborhood. Lots of hippie-types, dreadlocks, dogs with bandanas, and general coolness.

CONTINUING ON CALLE FERIA.

We headed up Calle Feria, which starts as a hodgepodge of shops, restaurants, and churches with small plazas here and there, before becoming a busier residential and business street. When it was still that hodgepodge, we came upon a a singer and a guitar player outside a tiny bar. I recorded one song. The music was as sweet and fresh as San Geraldo's mango.

JAMMING AND HAVING A BALL.


FURTHER ALONG CALLE FERIA. SUNDAY DRIVERS.

28 comments:

  1. As usual, I love your photos... but the video of the entertainment was outstanding! I started counting the number of perros ... couldn't keep track... what fun!

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    1. The Odd Essay:
      The dogs were entertaining entirely on their own. A very common sight in this neighborhood to, at times, San Geraldo's displeasure!

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  2. That salad looks fabulous! Avocado in there too. Wow, I have such salad-envy right now.

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    1. Victor:
      How could I have forgotten to mention the fresh avocado?!? Had another incredible salad for lunch today... followed by nectarine and peach cobbler for dessert.

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  3. The music, paired with the dancing dogs, is a sure-fire mood enhancer. perfect for a Monday.

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    1. Bob:
      I'll have to pass by that bar more often and maybe just park myself there with a beer and listen all afternoon.

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  4. I don't think I ever had really fresh mangoes.....always very unripe here. That salad loos delicious!
    The music.....LOVED IT! So easy and relaxing. I can see why one could stay all afternoon!
    Even the dogs got into the act....I was half expecting San Geraldo to appear on camera grooving to the music!!

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    1. Jim:
      We used to get great fresh-ish tropical fruit in Southern California, but I've never tasted mangoes (or avocados) like the ones I've had here.

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  5. San Geraldo can cook for me anytime. He has such a flair for ingredients.

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    1. Stephen:
      I have no clue what to mix. San Geraldo just looks around the kitchen and he knows. He can cook for ME anytime, too.

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  6. You have the most wonderful photos!

    I enjoyed the video too. Thanks for allowing me to immerse myself into the culture for a few minutes. :)

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    1. darkeyedbrunette:
      Musicians are so much more visible here. People walking down the street will suddenly break into song (flamenco-sounding to my untrained ears) and it's amazing how many of them sound good!

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    2. Please, call me Debora. Have a great Monday!

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    3. Thanks, Debora! It's almost 6 p.m. here and has been a very good day. Hope yours turns out the same!

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  7. I've said it before and I will say it again, he is a master in the kitchen, it looks fabulous...I think it is so cool how every big city has an area like that no matter what part of the world.

    Happy Monday friend

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    1. Monkey:
      You should have tasted San Geraldo's latest cobbler! They just keep getting better.

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  8. Salad-envy, (thank you Viktor), I have it too. Geraldo's salad looks magnificent, especially the mango. No fresh mangos here, they have to be imported - from Fiji, usually.

    I loved the video. The dogs made me laugh. I can see why an afternoon spent there would be time well spent.

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    1. Judith:
      I love mango, but I've never tasted anything like these! San Geraldo made us another exceptional salad for lunch today (well, yesterday now... Monday). He's a keeper.

      I can't wait to go back to that bar and see if those guys are performing again.

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  9. Dogs with bandanas? I hope Callie doesn't read this...

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    1. Walt the Fourth:
      So, in France, the dogs just run around naked? Shameful!

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  10. Yummm-o! Mango ! Great little video, too. I enjoyed learning about this other neighborhood. Gracias, chico :)
    Judy

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  11. I think I was in my sixties the first time I tasted mango. I never knew what I was missing!

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    1. Ms. Sparrow:
      One of the drawbacks of earlier years in the Midwest. Now you can find just about everything. But nothing beats the fresh mango I've had here (until I pick one right off a tree)!

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  12. That plate looks scrumdiddlyumptious!

    Come and visit me Mitch, I have a surprise for you!!!

    Send me your mailing address to yonks@hotmail.co.uk

    :-)
    Di
    xxxx

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    1. Di:
      I've been falling behind on my reading, so thanks for the heads up! I am SO excited to have been selected by the beautiful Sooks. But, as I said, do not send if the cost is prohibitive! Hugs!

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  13. Lovely music Mitch...I see 2 doggies enjoying every minute too. Mango salad ....mmm...mouth watering for sure. This is the type of area we are drawn too...'eclectic dreads'!

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    1. Ron:
      I love these neighborhoods and the people I see. The dogs were having a ball (there were three).

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