Living it up in Granada

Trip Start Nov 10, 2007
Trip End Nov 15, 2009

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Saturday, December 6, 2008

I was seriously craving some protein of the beef family and on Calle Calzada I found exactly what I was looking for.  Bonus: they had Tanqueray gin so I started things of with a yummy G&T.   The steak was smothered in garlic sauce (I'm thinking of my health here...) and accompanied by a glass of Merlot.  Life is good.  Mid-meal, a troupe of scraggly kids entertained us diners with their gymnastic routine.  Unfortunately, the light precluded photography but picture, if you will, a gang of 10 year old in torn jeans and t-shirts, some with shoes, doing flips and break dance moves.  When they passed by the tables with their donation can, I gave big time for their enthusiasm and daring. 

The restaurant did not have espresso so the obvious accompaniment to my chocolate cake was another glass of wine.  Double yum!  After paying my bill I strolled up the street and found an incredibly classy looking place that served me an espresso for 50 cents (!).  Now I was ready to head back to the Oasis and enjoy a mellow buzzed evening..when I heard  "Margaritha!".  No one knows me here, I thought.  Confused, I looked around and saw Silvio waving at me.  He had approached me a few days earlier to ask about my tattoos and we had chatted a while. He had given me his phone number and was now asking why I hadn't called him.  Did he really expect me to?  I felt a little bad about it.  He seemed slightly amused that I was, at 7:30, already heading home for a quiet evening of reading.  Party girl I am not, honey.   And did I mention the waiter who hit on me?  Well, they pretty much back off when I mention the novio in Holanda.  At least they try, which is more than I can say for the men in the US.  Anyway it was funny to realize just how small this city is and since then I have run into Silvio twice as well as shopkeepers and a lawyer I needed to consult (paperwork about the house sale in Colorado...). 

The following evening I happened to walk past Imagine Restaurant, with Beatles music playing, and decided to get a bite to eat there.  The interior of the restaurant has some beautiful colonial features such as the painted ceiling and the faux carpet floor tile.  You can eat out pretty cheaply in Granada; yesterday I ate a late lunch of fish, rice, fries, and salad for $3.50.  But you can also bump it up.  At Imagine I had 2 appetizers: a delicious cucumber and carrot salad with dill dressing and a small plate of beef teriyaki and my bill came to $35!  Oh, wait, maybe it was the martinis...Well t was all really good and great fun as there was live music courtesy of Anna  who hails from good old Boulder.  She plays bass and has a great bluesy voice.  All in all,  a fun, albeit pricey, evening.
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