San Valentin

Skeleton on the door

Skeleton on the door

Nothing much happens in Las Negras on Valentines Day. It is out of season here and there are few people about. However, Julio and Miguel did offer a San Valentin dinner in their bar/restaurant El Brindi Negro and, as we are in credit there because Margaret has done a couple of pieces of artwork for them recently, we decided to indulge. The first piece of art is this mannequin hanging on the door which  Julio asked us to transform into a skeleton.

Mexican death mask on the bar

Mexican death mask on the bar

The second piece is the Mexican death mask painted on this other mannequin which is placed on the bar.

Menu on a bottle

Menu on a bottle

The menu was very imaginative. The 8 courses were listed on a wine bottle on the tables.

Almejas Perfumadas

Almejas Perfumadas

For example the second course, “almejas perfumadas”, was clam ice cream on a bed of creamed avocado.

Yoko y Jhon

Yoko y Jhon

This course, “Yoko y Jhon” (their spelling not ours), was a spring roll stuffed with smoked salmon.

Diners in El Brindi on San Valentin

Diners in El Brindi on San Valentin

The small restaurant was full and everybody seemed to enjoy the interesting ambience and food. We hope you like the photos. They were taken in candlelight without flash.


About Margaret Merry

I grew up in Falmouth, Cornwall, England where, after leaving Falmouth High School, I spent a year at Falmouth School of Art. Then followed three years at Hornsey College of Art in London where I obtained a Diploma in Art and Design. I then spent a post-graduate year at the West of England College of Art in Bristol where I gained an Art Teacher?s Diploma and a Certificate in Education of the University of Bristol. I lived and worked in Truro for over 30 years and became one of Cornwall's most popular artists. My paintings have been exhibited in New York, Tokyo, Paris and London and have been bought by collectors from all over the world. I have published 4 books which became local bestsellers - 'The Natural History of a Westcountry City', 'Margaret Merry's Cornish Garden Sketchbook', 'Sea & Sail' and 'Tidal Reaches'. In 2002 I moved to Spain and now live pn a small farmer the town of Alhabia in the Alpujarra Almeriense in the Province of Almeria. I now get my inspiration from the dramatic scenery of Andalucia and its old cities, towns and villages which I usually capture in watercolour. I also enjoy portraiture and figurative art, particularly nudes and dancers. For these paintings I use artists' soft pastels. I have written and illustrated 3 children's books - The Wise Old Boar, The Lonely Digger and The Adventure of Princess The Pony - which have been published in the USA.
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6 Responses to San Valentin

  1. Reblogged this on Smorgasbord – Variety is the spice of life and commented:
    I love this, skeletons and San Valentin and some delicious food..

  2. Now here is the lovely blog to know about and enjoy with Spain. Thank you Margaret for the efforts.

  3. Love the mannequins’ transformations, but I’m not sure about the ice cream and avocado.
    😀 😀 😀 Cozy place for a special dinner, though.

  4. coastalcrone says:

    What an interesting place to dine!

  5. The food sounds challenging, but I would definitely try it! Great photos!

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