Food, friends, and felines / Festín, familia, y felinos

La versión en español está después de la versión en inglés.

AS I MENTIONED A FEW days ago, our friends from Madrid, Alfonso and Cristina, were here for a long weekend with their daughter María. We met them at Mesón Salvador a year and a half ago when María was just a month old and we became immediate friends. We feel honoured they want to spend time with us whenever they visit. We met every morning at Mesón Salvador and then again one night for dinner. It’s become home away from home for them, as well. My mood crash Sunday could be explained by the fact that they went home.

There’s been a little book fair on the plaza near us and I picked up a couple of books in Spanish and English for María. I figured her parents could read stories to her from the books but she had a great time reading them herself, as you can see from the photos.

Dinner at Mesón Salvador was excellent as always. We have dinner at home most nights now and San Geraldo always makes me glad to follow after him in the kitchen for clean-up. My size 32s (42 Spanish) have gotten a bit snug, so it’s time to burn off about 5 pounds (2 kilos) of contentment.

Our 40 percent chance of rain yesterday brought us 12 seconds of drizzle. I didn’t see it. The current probability of rain is now 3 percent. That number will climb (slowly) as the week progresses. Maybe Friday’s 80 percent chance will come through.

The pilot light on our water heater won’t stay lit. It happens around the same time every year and just needs a simple cleaning. The plumber is on his way and the cats were driving me crazy because I wouldn’t give them their treats. If I did, they’d fly out of the kitchen when the doorbell rang. I tried explaining to them, but they just didn’t get it. So, I served them in SG’s office. And, of course, the plumber didn’t arrive. (But he’s here now, so excuse me while I welcome him.)

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COMO HE MENCIONADO hace unos días, nuestros amigos de Madrid, Alfonso y Cristina, estuvieron aquí un fin de semana largo con su hija María. Los conocimos en Mesón Salvador hace un año y medio cuando María tenía apenas un mes y nos hicimos amigos de inmediato. Nos sentimos honrados de que quieran pasar tiempo con nosotros cada vez que nos visitan. Nos reuníamos todas las mañanas en Mesón Salvador y luego una noche para cenar. También se ha convertido en un hogar lejos del hogar para ellos. Mi crisis de humor el domingo podría explicarse por el hecho de que se fueron a casa.

Ha habido una pequeña feria del libro en la plaza cercana a nosotros y compré un par de libros en español e inglés para María. Supuse que sus padres podrían leerle historias de los libros, pero ella se lo pasó genial leyéndolas ella misma, como se puede ver en las fotos.

La cena en Mesón Salvador fue excelente como siempre. Ahora cenamos en casa la mayoría de las noches y San Geraldo siempre me alegra seguirlo en la cocina para limpiar. Mi talla 42 Levis (32 Americano) se ha ajustado un poco, así que es hora de quemar unos 2 kilos (5 libras) de satisfacción.

Nuestro 40 por ciento de probabilidad de lluvia ayer nos trajo 12 segundos de llovizna. No lo vi. La probabilidad actual de lluvia es ahora del 3 por ciento. Ese número aumentará (lentamente) a medida que avance la semana. Quizás el 80 por ciento de posibilidades del viernes se materialice.

La luz piloto de nuestro calentador de agua no permanece encendida. Ocurre aproximadamente en la misma época todos los años y solo necesita una limpieza simple. El fontanero está en camino y los gatos me estaban volviendo loco porque no les daría sus golosinas. Si lo hiciera, saldrían volando de la cocina cuando sonara el timbre. Intenté explicárselo, pero no lo entendieron. Entonces, les serví en la oficina de SG. Y, por supuesto, el fontanero no llegó mientras comían. (Pero él está aquí ahora, así que discúlpeme mientras le doy la bienvenida).

Saturday night, my Secreto Iberico at Mesón Salvador (a cut of Iberian pork).
La noche del sábado, mi Secreto Iberico en Mesón Salvador.
San Geraldo’s meaty ribs.
Carnosas costillas de San Geraldo.
Maria’s octopus croquettes.
Croquettas de pulpo de Maria.
The family’s bacalao salad.
Ensalada de bacalao de la familia.
Friday night: My tropical salad.
La noche de viernes: Mi ensalada tropical.
Pionono!
San Geraldo’s non-alcoholic chupito.
Chupito sin alcohol de San Geraldo.
Maria with the books I picked up.
María con los libros que recogí.
Two books at once… And one sideways!
Dos libros a la vez … ¡Y uno de lado!
These two stayed until dark last night.
Estos dos se quedaron anoche hasta que anocheció.
Stir-fry dinner at home.
Cena salteada en casa.
Dudo (front) and Moose are the only ones around here that actually sit at the dining room table.
Dudo (frente) y Moose son los únicos por aquí que realmente se sientan a la mesa del comedor.

Author: Moving with Mitchell

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20 thoughts on “Food, friends, and felines / Festín, familia, y felinos”

  1. Maria shows early signs of being a bibliophile. Wonderful! I always buy books for my grandchildren. They enjoy them as much as Maria seems to.

    All your food photos look great. San Geraldo’s dish looks as enticing as Mesón Salvador’s.

    1. Mary:
      SG is an exceptional cook. He used to love to host big, elegant, multi-course dinners. Now, the cats use the small dining room table and he cooks only for me. (He shares his baking with everybody.)

    1. David:
      I love giving books to kids. Maria’s a bit young for what I gave her, but she didn’t seem to care. That pork dish is a specialty at Mesón Salvador. Served in a sweet wine sauce and SO good.

  2. Just maybe Meson Salvador would love to have SG working for them. I thought his dish was from from them before I read your caption.
    That couple at the beach want to savour every last second of their stay.

    1. Jim:
      SG has talked about baking one of his chocolate cakes for them. Their desserts are exceptional but they have no idea what an American chocolate cake tastes like… especially not the ones SG makes.

      That couple left the beach in the dark.

    1. Raybeard:
      Aren’t they the best? They grow more affectionate — and more bossy — with every passing day.

    1. Debra:
      We were spoiled last week. Two nights in a row at Mesón Salvador. And on the nights we’re not there, I get spoiled by SG.

    1. anne marie:
      I can’t remember what kind of berry is in that blue drink, but SG loves it and that’s unusual for him. Not too sweet. As for the cats, yes, always polite and mannerly — although I don’t know about the walking and sitting right on the table.

    1. Steve:
      I was surprised María took such an interest. I hope her parents have fun reading to her. Oh, the food. I’ve got SG at home and Mesón Salvador 3 minutes away. Not bad.

  3. Welcoming the plumber, huh? That last line sounds like something out of a cheesy ’70’s porn movie (or so I’ve heard). The food is making my mouth water, except for the octopus thingies. It’s not the cook, it’s the octopus 🙂 Ah, Maria! What a studious little doll baby! The kitties are a nice topper.

    1. Deedles:
      Why is it the plumbers never look like the guys in those porn movies. Oh wait, those cheesy ’70s porn movies? Maybe they do! The octopus croquettes are so far the only way I can enjoy octopus.. because you can’t tell what it is. The flavour is delicious and there are no tentacles or suction cups! María is a sweetheart and “a pistol” (as I remember hearing people in South Dakota say). She’s already keeping her parents very busy. So much personality AND energy.

    1. Jennifer:
      I love giving books to kids and reading with them. We’re hoping to see Maria (and her parents) again next month. I’ll have to see what I can find for her age level.

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