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Sunday, January 22, 2006


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Well, here we are! All the mosaics are finished! Thank Heavens! I was getting a bit sick of the pressure. Many evenings I worked till very late but I am very happy with most.

Tomorrow, we will finish cleaning and then the soft furnishing will come out! I have bought lots of things to go on the walls. So the electric screwdriver will get some hammer!
I will be working full time in the kitchen until the chefs are confident enough.
The young head-chef and I will begin experimenting and trying our food on a few selected guinea pigs.
Tuesday, finishing touches and more tastings.
Wednesday evening, Casa del Mar will finally open to the public. No advertising as we want to ease ourselves into our first week slowly so all the staff get a good grounding.
Adam will use some staff from the other two restaurants as trainers for the new recruits.
And that's it!
I told him that he can use my service for 3 weeks before I go on holiday and then I'm out!
But I will remain in the background. Blogging my heart out...


Blogger Viking054 said...

Super! I wish I could be one of those guinea pigs!

23/1/06 12:17 AM  
Blogger andrea said...

I'm lokoing forward to the next step. You should offer yourself out as a mosaic artist! I know -- with what remaining time, right?

23/1/06 4:03 AM  
Blogger annie said...

I especially like the one that looks like a bull. Muy espaƱol!

23/1/06 7:20 AM  
Blogger Wendy said...

Those are all wonderful...I like the colours in the restaurant..very much.

You're blessed to have a son who is 'in the business' with you - how rewarding! Hope it all goes swimmingly well this week and you are overtaken by 'walk-ins'! Best of luck with the opening.

23/1/06 8:28 AM  
Blogger cream said...

Viking, I hope that the guinea pigs enjoy it REALLY. Cos I only take compliments with a pinch of salt, especially when it's a free lunch. I want constructive criticisms!

Andrea, that would be a good idea if I were good. Photos don't show the lumps and bumps!

Yes, I like it too, Annie. It faces the front door. It only turned into a bull when I struggled with what to do with the top.

Wendy, colours are Karen's department. I know the primaries and that's my limit. But she had the finished thing in her mind's eye before a drop of paint went on the walls. She no longer work in the business but I trust 100% with details.
I never attempted to push Adam into the business, he decided to come into it. I am glad he's there!

23/1/06 8:47 AM  
Blogger hobbes said...

It's brilliant Cream - could you open your next restaurant somewhere a little closer to here please?

23/1/06 11:05 AM  
Blogger iluvnyc said...

right now i'm trying to finish a book, 'kitchen confidential' by tony bourdain. i learn a lot about chef world... it's very interesting, eh? :)

so is the working environment over there almost the same as said in the book (loud, noisy, testosterone atmosphere, etc.)? :)

23/1/06 12:48 PM  
Blogger euro-trac said...


23/1/06 1:08 PM  
Blogger Guyana-Gyal said...

Cream, I am so proud of you, I feel proud as if you were my own brother!

As euro-trac says, stunning!

You've inspired me, motivated me. I'm going to go write then sew.

23/1/06 2:02 PM  
Blogger Brian the Mennonite said...

Nicely done. I'll bet you're a little sick of breaking tiles by now, huh?

23/1/06 2:10 PM  
Blogger Caribbean Colors said...

Beautiful mosaics!

23/1/06 5:01 PM  
Blogger Caroline said...

Incredible cream! You've really done a great job on these mosaics!

If I were in the area I'd be begging to be a guinnea pig... but I'm not, so I won't!

Good luck!

23/1/06 6:49 PM  
Blogger DCveR said...

The place looks great already.
I'm sure the guinea pigs will enjoy the experience (which is far more than I can say about the guinea pigs I once used at lab work...).
Best of luck for Casa del Mar.

23/1/06 11:48 PM  
Blogger cream said...

Hobbes, opening a restaurant on your little island! What a dream!

Iluvnyc, kitchen life could be like that but in my kitchen we have a good laugh and work hard. Respect reigns.

Thanks, Trac!

Gigi, I've always thought of you as my sister! Karen's sister has just finished sewing 60 cushions for us! That IS mind-numbing!

Brian, absolutely! I've got lots of unbroken tiles left over! I think I'll just smash them for the hell of it!

Thanks, Lee!

Caro, I've enjoyed it very much! I feel like sticking a label on each mosaic stating how may hours it took me!
Yes, Bristol is a bit too far, isn't it!

DC, thanks very much! I hope my guinea pigs enjoy it otherwise I'd the one whose brain needs testing!

24/1/06 12:48 AM  
Blogger Toni Kelly said...

Wow! It looks beautiful. the restraunt will be very warm and cozy. just amazing.

24/1/06 2:05 AM  
Blogger ValGalArt said...

sooooo exciting cream! It looks so lovely! I am very happy for you and I know it will be great!!!

24/1/06 3:04 AM  
Blogger Hayden said...

This is SO great! And Wed is coming sooooooo fast! The place is going to look fabulous......

24/1/06 5:47 AM  
Blogger cream said...

Toni, it has turned out better than I imagined!

Thanks, Val. Last night, Karen and I put the finishing touches to the walls and we are very happy!

Hayden, time is flying! We've started preparing food and will be ready, for tomorrow, fingers crossed! Thanks!

24/1/06 8:42 AM  
Blogger turboslut said...

Just to let you know that I have moved you to the members list on Creme de la Creme. Sorry for the delay but I have been away. Enjoy, T xxx

24/1/06 11:03 AM  
Blogger Janet said...

I love all of the mosaics!Now, you will have to take photos of some of your dishes (so we can at least imagine we are there and about to eat them!)

24/1/06 3:38 PM  
Blogger cream said...

Janet, that's a good idea! I will have to perfect them first!

25/1/06 12:44 AM  
Blogger Hayden said...

best wishes on your opening today Cream!

26/1/06 12:05 AM  
Blogger Ale said...

absolutely GORGEOUS!!!! and congrads on doing them yourself.

happy opening today!!!!

26/1/06 6:15 AM  
Blogger cream said...

Thanks, Hayden and Ale!

26/1/06 8:35 AM  
Blogger Christine said...

Wow, they turned out fantastic!! I love the mosaic in the 3rd pic. Congratulations, Cream!! : )

27/1/06 8:45 AM  
Blogger DCveR said...

So???? How was the grand opening?

27/1/06 2:16 PM  
Blogger Wendy said...

Hope it all went well!!

27/1/06 7:13 PM  
Blogger The Whippy Curly Tails said...

So colorful! This is going to be a great place to hang out.

27/1/06 7:48 PM  
Blogger cream said...

Thank you all!

27/1/06 10:42 PM  

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