Masked men / Hombres enmascarados

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

LAST NIGHT WOULD HAVE BEEN Mesón Salvador’s annual Halloween dinner (click here). It was too big an event to host during the pandemic, so the party was off. But, since we were already masked, San Geraldo and I decided to go there for a simple meal.

Dudo and I had spent most of the day in bed together. San Geraldo joined us for a siesta, which made Dudo (and me) ecstatic. So, my back had a good long rest and I was able to comfortably sit through a delicious dinner (the only kind of dinner at Mesón Salvador). And, even if we still aren’t permitted to hug, we feel hugged whenever we’re there.

Thanks to the curfew, we were home at 10:15. Everyone, including the staff of Mesón Salvador has to be off the streets by 11. Not a very traditional Halloween, but then Halloween isn’t a Spanish tradition. It looks like today will again be spent on my back in bed — doing nothing.


ANOCHE HABRÍA SIDO LA CENA anual de Halloween de Mesón Salvador (haz clic aquí). Fue un evento demasiado grande para albergarlo durante la pandemia, por lo que la fiesta se canceló. Pero, como ya estábamos enmascarados, San Geraldo y yo decidimos ir allí para una comida sencilla.

Dudo y yo habíamos pasado la mayor parte del día juntos en la cama. San Geraldo se unió a nosotros para una siesta, lo que hizo que Dudo (y yo) estuviéramos extasiados. Entonces, mi espalda tuvo un buen descanso y pude sentarme cómodamente a disfrutar de una deliciosa cena (el único tipo de cena en Mesón Salvador). E, incluso si todavía no se nos permite abrazar, nos sentimos abrazados cuando estamos allí.

Gracias al toque de queda, llegamos a casa a las 10:15. Todos, incluido el personal de Mesón Salvador, deben estar fuera de las calles a las 11. No es un Halloween muy tradicional, pero Halloween no es una tradición española. Parece que el día de hoy lo volveré a pasar boca arriba en la cama, sin hacer nada.

Who was that cold masked man?
¿Quién era ese hombre enmascarado?
Adrián strikes a pose.
Adrian hace una pose.
Our host, José.
Nuestro anfitrión, José.
Mesón Salvador’s olives are as beautiful as they are delicious.
Las aceitunas de Mesón Salvador son tan hermosas como deliciosas.
José concerned for San Geraldo’s mental health as he dunks bread in his Coke Zero.
José preocupado por la salud mental de San Geraldo mientras moja pan en su Coca Cola Zero.
San Geraldo’s swordfish.
Pez espada de San Geraldo.
My hake stuffed with seafood with alioli of grated piquillo peppers.
Mi merluza rellena de marisco con alioli de pimientos del piquillo gratinado.
Dramatic Lolo.
Lolo dramático.
Lolo over ice (and Pionono).
Lolo sobre hielo (y Pionono).
Adrián over ice (and Pionono).
Adrián sobre hielo (y Pionono).
The gifted Chef David on his way out.
El talentoso chef David a la salida.
• Halloween costumes 2020. I suppose I was a wolf in sheep’s clothing. San Geraldo might have been his great(s)-grandfather The Lion in Winter (from the film).
• Disfraces de Halloween 2020. Supongo que yo era un lobo con piel de oveja. San Geraldo pudo haber sido su tatarabuelo El León en Invierno (de la película).

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..

26 thoughts on “Masked men / Hombres enmascarados”

  1. Happy you had a good dinner at your favorite place. V. quiet Halloween here. Left the lights off, but almost didn’t matter. My DH said he only saw two kids walking around with flashlights and only a couple of houses with lights on signaling treats. Usually we have 50 or more kids–as folks usually drive their kids into our neighborhood from other areas. Hanging out in bed sounds about right…we did the time change this weekend. Everyone will be screwed up for the next few days…and then the election. Talk about screwed, if the Supreme Court decides…

    1. Mary:
      I’m not surprised by how few kids were out treat-or-treating. And I’m a bit relieved, although sad for the kids. What Trump and his cronies have managed to destroy in four years is unbelievable. And the Supreme Court is a nightmare. Hoping he’s not in for another four, but can’t imagine what’s going to happen as a result no matter who wins. Sorry! But back to Mesón Salvador. Sheer happiness!

  2. Rest is good.
    Be easy on yourself and you will be better in no time.
    A serious frost here last night……-3C right now. SG couldn’t handle it. Some days we can’t!! lol

    1. Jim:
      By last night, my mood had crashed. But, I’m getting there. Wish I had a clue what I did to cause this. –3C! Nope. SG couldn’t handle it. I couldn’t either.

    1. Bob:
      Chef David is a sweetheart, too. No chef attitude from him. Amazing talent. I wish we could enjoy Mesón Salvador every day. But we’re always kind of nervous being out AND we’re waiting to get our flu shots (appointments next week), which adds to our nervousness.

  3. if I came to visit, I would never want to leave meson salvador! menz, food, menz, drinks, menz. ay carumba! you and SG are so cute together.

    1. anne marie:
      Well, as you know, before covid we were at Mesón Salvador for something or other almost every day of the week.

  4. Two masked men went in a restaurant, and were treated to great service and wonderful food, how 2020.

    1. wickedhamster:
      I would send you one, but my mail rarely gets to my brother lately … and mail from the States to here has been problematic, too, so I don’t have confidence you’d ever get the mask.

    1. Steve:
      Lolo flirts with everyone and makes us ALL feel so loved. Before the restrictions, regular customers he knew would get kisses from him when they arrived. He is a charmer, and so kind. He’s got a son of about 4 who has the same exact eyes.

    1. Wilma:
      Dinner out was just what the doctor ordered. But I wish he’d order something else for these last two days. It’s getting better. I need to shut up and take it.

    1. Janie:
      Most of our masks were made by our friend Judy in Seattle. SG’s wearing one in the photo. The sheep mask was made by two women with a sewing shop nearby. They’ve got hundreds in their windows and I wanted to support them. This was the first one I spotted. I love it. And it holds up really well in the wash. All of Judy’s do.

    1. larrymuffin:
      Of course every Spanish place serves olives here and they’re usually good. But Mesón Salvador always serves the best. I thought that bowl was a work of art. I usually devour the entire bowl myself. SG hates olives. Fortunately, we’re not [yet — again] in lockdown. The curfew is a bit challenging for a culture that dines late, but we need to do what we can. It’s frustrating that there are scattered protests. But it’s nothing like the USA. Wishing you both well!

    1. Urspo:
      It didn’t eat it. Both comments came in. Don’t know what’s up. Also, like you, I’m on WordPress. (And blogger is driving me crazy when I comment.)

  5. Hola Primo,
    No he estado recibiendo su blog pero espero que ahora eso se ha arreglado. Voy a tratar leer muchos de ahora en adelante. Es muy util para mejorar mi español. Buena suerte con su espalda y besos a SG y a tu.

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