We Had It Coming / Lo Merecíamos

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IT WAS OUR third annual Halloween dinner at Mesón Salvador, so, yeah, we knew what to expect. We knew the place would be festive (and macabre) and we knew the food would be creative, beautiful, unusual, and dangerously delicious. Still, our wonderful family here in Los Boliches had some surprises up their tattoo sleeves.

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ERA NUESTRA TERCERA cena anual de Halloween en Mesón Salvador, así que, sí, sabíamos qué esperar. Sabíamos que el lugar sería festivo (y macabro) y sabíamos que la comida sería creativa, hermosa, inusual, y peligrosamente deliciosa. Aún así, nuestra maravillosa familia aquí en Los Boliches tuvo algunas sorpresas en sus mangas de tatuajes.

No one messes with “The Family.” They’ve got a crooked connection inside the FBI.
Nadie se mete con “La Familia”. Tienen una conexión corrupta en el FBI.
Pumpkin pie, anyone?
¿Tarta de calabaza, alguien?
I’m thinking: “We may be smiling, but Lolo still has that knife and I’m still a pumpkin.”
Estoy pensando: “Podemos estar sonriendo, pero Lolo todavía tiene ese cuchillo y yo soy todavía una calabaza”.
Paté de ciervo con vino Málaga y confitura de boletus.
Pate with Málaga wine and boletus jam.
Milhojas de berenjenas con queso de cabra y perlas de miel de caña.
Eggplant “strudel” with goat cheese and pearls of cane honey.
Crêpe negro de marisco con mahonesa de kimchi y salsa de crustáceos.
Black seafood crêpe (it was like a Mexican enchilada) with kimchi mayonnaise and crustacean sauce.
Carrilada de ternera a baja temperatua con hummus de zanahoria al carbón.
Veal cheek at low temperature with charcoal-grilled carrot hummus.
Ataúd de hojaldre relleno de chocolate y frutas con helado (con algodón de azúcar al lado).
Chocolate and fruit-filled puff pastry “casket” with ice cream (and a side of cotton candy/candy floss).
After-dinner shot.
Chupito.
Lolo showing off his Fuengirola style.
Lolo mostrando su estilo Fuengirola.
Sergio forced to hide that charming smile.
Sergio se vio obligado a ocultar esa sonrisa encantadora.
Adrían looked seriously tough, but not when he posed with Elena.
Adrían parecía seriamente duro, pero no cuando posó con Elena.

It’s The Demon Pumpkin, Charlie Brown!

We’ve made some new friends here in Fuengirola. Kathleen and Pedro moved here recently with their adorable son Luke. After telling Kathleen how much I, and especially San Geraldo, dislike the fact that Halloween (not a Spanish holiday) keeps growing more and more popular here, Kathleen admitted to me that she couldn’t wait to get Luke his first Halloween costume — if only because he would look so adorable. (I did mention that he’s adorable, didn’t I? Really adorable.)

We got together Sunday evening and they brought along what they needed for a Halloween photo shoot. Kathleen also shared photos of the first two Jack-O-Lanterns Pedro had ever carved. It was Halloween of last year, while Kathleen was still pregnant with Luke. Pedro has a natural gift for pumpkin carving.

(Click the images to see how adorable they all are.)

PEDRO’S HALLOWEEN 2015 JACK-O-LANTERNS.
DEVIL FETUS?
HALLOWEEN 2016.
IT’S THE ADORABLE PUMPKIN, CHARLIE BROWN!
LUKE’S FIRST BALLOON.
MOTHER AND SON.
PEDRO ANTICIPATING LUKE’S FIRST POPPED BALLOON.
(BEFORE STOPPING HIM.)