Medieval Love / Amor Medieval

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A FEW MONTHS back, our great niece Alice was very excited about her new costume. “I’m going to be a medieval princess,” she told her cousin Natalie. Natalie asked, “What’s medieval?” Alice thought for a moment and explained, “Well, it means she’s kinda good … and kinda evil.”

Well… the only thing evil about last night’s medieval themed Valentine’s dinner at Mesón Salvador was that it was wickedly good. Nothing “kinda” about it. We were joined by friends and, once again, we were so busy enjoying each other’s company that I never got around to ensuring there were photos of us all. At least I managed to remember the food. We finished with Mesón Salvador’s Valentine’s Day Aperol Spritz (Aperol, orange juice, and cava).

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HACE UNOS MESES, nuestra sobrina nieta Alice estaba muy entusiasmada con su nuevo disfraz. “Voy a ser príncipes medievales”, le dijo a su prima Natalie. Natalie preguntó: “¿Qué es medieval?” Alice pensó por un momento y explicó: “Bueno, significa que es un poco buena … y un poco malvada”.

[NOTA: Cuando rompió la palabra “medieval” en dos partes, decidió que “med” significaba “media”. “Evil” en inglés es malvada.]

Bueno … lo único malvada de la cena de San Valentín con temática medieval de anoche en Mesón Salvador fue que fue malvadamente bueno. Nada “un poco” al respecto. Nos acompañaron nuestras amigas y, una vez más, estábamos tan ocupados disfrutando de la compañía del otro que nunca estuve para asegurarme de que hubiera fotos de todos nosotros. De alguna manera logré recordar la comida. Terminamos con Mesón Salvador San Valentín Aperol Spritz (Aperol, jugo de naranja y cava).

With Sir Lolo the Charming.

Con Señor Lolo el Encantador.

San Geraldo and Sir Angel Lancelot
(or maybe it was Merlin).

San Geraldo y Señor Angel Lancelot
(o tal vez él era Merlin).


Wild rice salad.
Roast beef with black spaghetti, green mustard, and radishes.
Roasted bacalao with asparagus and crispy gula (baby eels).
My glasses after I dropped them in my plate.
Mis gafas después de dejarlos caer en mi plato.
Wellington pork tenderloin with mushrooms, chestnut sauce, and Málaga wine
Bread dunked in Coke. At least he shaved and combed his hair.
Pan sumergido en Coca Cola. Al menos se afeitó, se cortó la barba, y se peinó.

SG watching out for
bread-and-gravy thieves.

SG vigilando a los
ladrones de pan y salsa.

Valentine’s heart (raspberry sorbet, chocolate mousse, caramel, and mint)

Author: Moving with Mitchell

From Brooklyn, New York; to North Massapequa; back to Brooklyn; Brockport, New York; back to Brooklyn... To Boston, Massachusetts, where I met Jerry... To Marina del Rey, California; Washington, DC; New Haven and Guilford, Connecticut; San Diego, San Francisco, Palm Springs, and Santa Barbara, California; Las Vegas, Nevada; Irvine, California; Sevilla, Spain. And Fuengirola, Málaga..

27 thoughts on “Medieval Love / Amor Medieval”

    1. Jim:
      These gula were good because they’re crispy. The normal ones are not and although they’re delicious, it’s like eating worms! Actually … these aren’t real gula, but fish processed to look like them (like that fake crab meat that’s su popular). Real gula is absurdly expensive (after years of overfishing).

  1. Nothing evil there. Aperol, when I can find it here, it is about $35 a bottle – I think I paid 10E in Italy.

  2. A great way to spend Valentines Day! Your great-niece Alice’s definition of “medieval” is so cute!

    1. Debra:
      I loved that story about Alice (there are SO many). This seemed like the perfect time to share this one.

  3. Not to be a party pooper (contrary to popular belief, I’ve never pooped a party) but BLACK SPAGHETTI AND BABY EELS?! What the hell are you guys eating over there?! After all that, you’re turning your nose up at bread dunked in coke? I need smelling salts (not that I’ve ever smelt a salt) STAT! Anyway, to each their own, blurg. By the way, SG looked especially handsome all shaved and combed. Be still my heart! You ain’t half bad yourself darling Scoot 🙂

    1. Deedles:
      OK, the black spaghetti was merely dyed with squid ink. It’s a very popular (and cool) thing to do. The gula, here’s what I told Jim: These gula were good because they’re crispy. The normal ones are not and although they’re delicious, it’s like eating worms! Actually … these aren’t real gula, but fish processed to look like them (like that fake crab meat that’s su popular). Real gula is absurdly expensive (after years of overfishing).

      1. Hmm, dyed with squid ink is so much more appetizing 🙁 ICK! This is probably one of the reasons why you’re so much healthier than me 🙂 Fish is my nemesis. Squid ink in a meal is just weird. Yes, I’m being judgmental. Can’t help it when it comes to food.

      2. Deedles:
        I’m much more daring than I used to be. Still really not daring enough to actually enjoy a mouthful of (non-fried) gula, but I’m proud I did try it … once.

  4. I am not a fan of bacalau (or fish of any kind, shrimp crab and lobster are ok though) so would have gone to the wellington. Hm, bread in cola? Maybe he’s starting a new trend?

    1. Cheapchick:
      When I was growing up, I would only eat shellfish and no other kind of fish. Now, I love most (not all though) and I really enjoy bacalao. SG started the bread in Coke thing when he was a kid with braces. He never kicked the habit. Unbelievable!

  5. Yippee! I’m all caught up! What a delightful way to spend some time this sábado morning. I got to go all the way back to the hilarious story of the ticket in Málaga — and loved all the stories along the way. Now… what exactly is black spaghetti????

      1. Judy:
        Oh, I’m so glad you’re caught up. The exam is Monday! The spaghetti was delicious. I’m not even sure if squid ink actually has a flavor. It always taste “like the sea” to me. Not strong but a sea salt kind of flavor. In any case, the spaghetti was delicious.

  6. I was enjoying the food until Baby Eels. I don’t know if I could ….
    SG looks could cleaned up and ready for dinner, no?
    Lastly … did you wipe the glasses off,or lick them.
    I know what I would have done!

    1. Bob:
      These were fake baby eels. I don’t even think you’d find the real thing anymore; it was over-fished and prohibitively expensive. These is processed fish that’s then inked to look like baby eels. You know they’re not because there are no eyes. These crispy one were delicious. The UNcrispy ones are also delicious but I can’t get past the feeling that I’m eating worms. SG was really sexy that night! And, trust me, I am not one to lick the glasses. As a matter of fact, SG carefully cleaned them for me with water and one of his ever-handy IKEA dish towels (what a guy). It took a lot of work!

    1. Urspo:
      Clearly, we weren’t eating medieval food (unless baby eel…). I think they chose the same so the owners could wear crowns and the waiters could wear “under” armour!

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