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

Friday, March 17, 2006

Indian Spice...

















Last night, I had a visit from our neighbourly Indian restaurant owner. His name is Lucky and his restaurant is called Spice...
Lucky's Spice... Spice's Lucky? Should be in the Aftershave business...

Lucky is from Bengladesh really. Most Indian restaurants in Britain are owned by Bengladeshis! What the hell, as Viking once said if you can cook it, you can call it yours!

Lucky is opening another restaurant in a town a few miles away. He came to pick a few tips! Yeah!
He saw the mosaic under the bar and fell in love with it!
"You must make me one! I'll pay you!"
Indian mosaics? I've always associated mosaics with the Med.
"Lucky, man! This one took me 25 hours and to be honest, with this trapped nerve of mine, you'll have to add at least another 25! You see, I do mosaics for fun and if I was put under pressure, I am sure I'll end up botching them!"

He looked down like a chastised puppy and his eye caught our candle holders.
"Where did you get these?"
"I designed them (honest) and a friend of mine who's into wrought iron made them for me!"

"Can you get me 25? Please..."

Well, this morning, I got in touch with our welder friend. They'll be ready next week!

For a second I thought about making a little profit but then, as Lucky has invited me to his opening night, I'll just settle for a bloody good Indian meal! Posted by Picasa

22 Comments:

Blogger Brian the Mennonite said...

I can never get enough of looking at that bar shot. It looks so full of life with everything else put in their places. I think I see some of my favourite drinks in the spotlight.
Are those also tiled mosaics above the bottles?
Looks great, Cream.
I hope you stay around for at least another 10 years...I don't see myself being in your area anytime soon.

18/3/06 12:05 AM  
Blogger cream said...

Hi, Brian! Thanks!
No, the stuff on top of the bar is transfers on plexiglass so that the lights shine through.
Can you see the Ipod next to the music player? We have about 200 songs shuffling about at all time!
Great atmosphere!
We'll be here a while yet!

18/3/06 12:13 AM  
Blogger carla said...

Your restauarant looks so colorful and happy and inviting! I would certainly be a customer if i lived in the area...

I just scrolled down and saw your feline Romeo and Juliet pics...I had a cat named Romeo. He was a feral cat who would come around every day and sit underneath the window where my pretty cat Samantha sat. Naturally, I named him Romeo. He was a regular visitor, so I started to feed him, and when winter came along, I "adopted" him as a real member of my feline household. It turned out that he was actually much more interested in my boy cat Willie! They became almost inseparable...they'd sleep all tangled up with each other, and if Willie got up to go somewhere, Romeo would be right behind him. I loved those two, but sadly both died last year - Willie from liver disease and Romeo from being hit by a car. I still miss them:<

Anyway...sorry for the sad story. I was actually remembering the happy parts. I guess your shoulder is still hurting...have you started your physical therapy yet?

18/3/06 1:09 AM  
Blogger Viking054 said...

I'm like Brian-- I won't be in your town anytime soon, but when I am I'll be stopping by for my fill of tapas! And why not, I'll help you empty that wine rack as well ;)

18/3/06 1:43 AM  
Blogger gudbrandsdottir said...

Your mosaics are just great!! Warm inviting colours, the strongest ones are of course yellow and red...just as in the Spanish flag :)
And great picture of the tiny little street below, I love those!

18/3/06 10:23 AM  
Blogger cream said...

Carla, what a great cat story! So Romeo had other tendencies, eh! Maybe he couldn't stand life without Willy!
Physio started last week, and the guy says he sees improvements! Still hurts like toothache!

Viking, you are welcome to stop by and share my wine!

Thanks, Elin! Yes, just like the Spanish flag! I wish I had the time to open a restaurant in your San Miguel de Salinas! I'd do the same mosaics!

18/3/06 11:20 AM  
Blogger hobbes said...

If you did do an Indian mosaic what would it feature?

18/3/06 12:25 PM  
Blogger Cherrypie said...

There's an outside chance that I could be in your neighbourhood any time soon. So I'll have Brian's and Viking's portions too. So selfless am I, not greedy in the least.

Love the colours and particularly the Bulls, being a Taurean xx

18/3/06 1:11 PM  
Blogger euro-trac said...

No I never get tired of your Mosaic shots either! They're just fab!

I went to Mojacar last year and I posted a pic of a cat from there too! :o)

Love that idea - They should have put you in charge of the Dome project!! :o)

18/3/06 4:32 PM  
Blogger Ale said...

boy that's a nice restaurant you got going on! - make me one! :)

that lucky- i'm going to use that tactic from now on! hahahah

18/3/06 7:08 PM  
Blogger cream said...

Hobbes, if I was ever to do an Indian mosaic it would have to feature a centrepiece of the Indian god with many arms and then work outwards with Indian colours...

Cherry Pie, you're welcome anytime! Viking might get here before you do, though!


Thanks, Trac! I'll have to check out whether your cat is Romeo or Juliet!
Great idea to use the Dome for a giant Paella, eh!

18/3/06 7:10 PM  
Blogger cream said...

Ale, thanks! It's going great!
I'll be trying Lucky's Indian wares tonight!

18/3/06 7:17 PM  
Blogger Guyana-Gyal said...

Waaow. What a vivid, alive restaurant it is, Cream. What sort of music do you play?

That Lucky sure is lucky he knows you.

How about suggesting to him that he brings art / craft from his country and decorate his restaurant with them?

Enjoy your dinnah.

18/3/06 7:57 PM  
Blogger cream said...

Gigi, Adam has an Ipod. So he has around 200 Spanish, South American songs, Salsa, Flamenco, Merengue stuff which gets shuffled all night long!
I think Lucky wants his new place to be hip! No flock wallpaper, no carpet....

I ended up having a Chinese meal tonight! Great!

18/3/06 11:57 PM  
Blogger ValGalArt said...

Cream you sure have been posting up a storm since you have been home! I caught up on all your wonderful pictures and it seems as though they did a great job with the restaurant while you were away! Your mosaics are gorgeous so how flattering that your friend would want you to do one for his place!

19/3/06 5:03 AM  
Blogger Hayden said...

that is just so gorgeous! those colors make my heart happy!

19/3/06 7:13 PM  
Blogger Hayden said...

(fingers crossed, I'll be in the UK the month of July. If so, I will definately make it to your restaurant over a weekend .... I know, Saturday's are the worst, but what is a poor tourist to do?)

19/3/06 7:17 PM  
Blogger cream said...

Val, I'm making up for the missed posts. Yes, I agree, I was quite proud that Lucky wanted me to do a mosaic for him.

Hayden, you are welcome to come and visit!

19/3/06 11:46 PM  
Blogger Christine said...

Oh Cream, it's stunning!!!!!

22/3/06 3:32 AM  
Blogger Mary said...

Beautiful mosaic!

25/3/06 12:54 AM  
Blogger cream said...

Thanks, Mary! Your bathroom too looks great!

25/3/06 3:35 PM  
Blogger Fluff said...

WOW what a fab place your restaurant looks like.

1/4/06 10:44 AM  

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