A series of anecdotes with or without any connection to the running of a restaurant.

Thursday, October 27, 2005


Tapas, Meze, Kemia...what else?

I love to nibble at food! I am a grazer... Give me an array of little dishes and a three-hour lunch or dinner and I am in heaven!

I am at this present moment negociating to open a bar and grill.
This is really serious but I cannot think of a name!
It is situated on a marina... Loads of yachts...

I have about four weeks before it goes public so I need to work fast!

Somebody out there may tickle my imagination... Go on, give it a go!

Can't remember where the picture comes from but thanks to the author.


Blogger Shyha said...

I wish I could help but nothing comes to my mind. Maybe this could help a bit: google definition for tapas

27/10/05 10:07 AM  
Blogger cream said...

Thanks, shyha!
Good links!
A restaurant's name must convey everything about that restaurant. Type of cuisine, style of service, etc...

27/10/05 10:14 AM  
Blogger portuguesa nova said...

I love love love tapas.

Are they going to be of the Spanish or the N. African variety?

27/10/05 5:29 PM  
Blogger Guyana-Gyal said...

Sheepish grin. I don't know what 'tapas' is...I know, I can google and pretend I do but that's not me.

27/10/05 5:38 PM  
Blogger cream said...

GG.Tapas are tiny bits of various foods served in little dishes throughout the Med.
Around the Eastern and Southern Med from Greece to Egypt they are called Mézé. In Northern Africa they are called kémia and in Spain, Tapas...DcVer will tell us what they are called in Portugal.
You get fish, meats, vegetables, eggs, etc... It is a great way to socialize.
Portuguesa, they will be mainly Spanish tapas with a few additions from Northern Africa and Greece.

27/10/05 6:08 PM  
Blogger Chill Daddy said...

Hi Cream, this is my first visit to your blog and I really like it(no this is not blogspam).

I love eating food but reading here gives me the impression that I know absolutely nothing about it (except what I like) and that there are entire dimensions of food and food-related information that I never even knew existed.

I especially loved the picture of your Grand-daughter. Very very sweet.

Is that bongo-player sketch of you?

27/10/05 7:35 PM  
Blogger cream said...

Hi, CD...Thanks for the compliments. I hope you like the captions I placed on your log.
Yes, food should be a religion. It is the only thing that brings people together and makes them happy without sermoning them!

Our Evie is a gem!

The Bongo-holder (I keep trying to play...) is a sketch of me, by me on Corel Painter. I airbrushed at least 10 years and 16lbs off...

27/10/05 7:47 PM  
Blogger DCveR said...

In Portuguese that would be "petiscos".
And we even have the verb "petiscar" for "the action of eating little tidbits of this and that". I am not very creative lately, could get any good caption for CD and can't come up with any good name for you... but I'll try and think of something.

27/10/05 8:54 PM  
Blogger Ale said...

you can call your tapas bar "pieces of me"

AAAHAHHAAHHAAAA- like that Ashley Simpson song (very bad song) ehehehehe sorry i couldnt resist... i hope you do know who she is (Jessica Simpson's sister)

but seriously how about who will be your clientelle?? snobby? upscale people? younger? eclectic mix... that's probably the most important question.

but here are some that are just poping into my mind:

- Sea Monster
- Pieces of Paradise
- Love in the Marina

hmmm i like Sea Monster Tapas Bar and Grill!!! yeeeyyy!

27/10/05 9:09 PM  
Blogger cream said...

DC, I really thought Portuguese tapas would be "Tapas" but I am glad there is another name for them! And it is a great name!
"I am going to "petiscar" this evening! "

Ale, the clientele will be from 7 to 77 years old.
I need a name which conjures up the Med and Spain.
Like "La Mirada or El Mirador Tapas Bar" Something like this.
The name of restaurant needs to carry all the info about cuisine, style, kind of service, etc...
Sea Monster...sounds good! How do you say that in Spanish?

27/10/05 9:42 PM  
Blogger Ale said...

El Monstruo del Mar Tapas Bar

-sounds scarry in spanish... in english its just cute-- hmmm... this IS hard. maybe sea monster is too "american", English people may not like it...

28/10/05 5:41 PM  
Blogger cream said...

You are right. It sounds like "The Creature from the blue lagooooooon"!
I like sea monster but as you say, the English would associate it with a tapas bar...
We'll just have to keep looking!

28/10/05 6:12 PM  
Blogger Ale said...

casa del mar- great! why not! simple and pretty, easy to remember.

29/10/05 12:01 PM  
Blogger Guyana-Gyal said...

Tapas sound like what we serve too, but we don't call it 'tapas'...lots of little this and that.

I like Casa del mar.

29/10/05 12:59 PM  
Blogger Caroline said...

My favourite sort of food!

I mentioned your question to Jim and he said:

Q: Where do you get tapas from

A: A Tapas Tree

So how about

The Tapestry


The Tapas Tree

29/10/05 6:20 PM  
Blogger cream said...

Caro, I like it! I think I have seen one somewhere called the Tapas Tree!
Very appropriate!

GG, Ale, Everybody seems to like Casa del Mar because it is located in a Marina and it sounds like Café del Mar in Ibiza!

29/10/05 7:29 PM  

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