20/09/2018

ALFREDO'S - a story in one hundred words


ALFREDO’S

There’s a secret hidden in the side streets of our town, known only to the locals. Tourists are directed to promenade restaurants with music, free entertainment and lights reflected in the night-dark sea.

On rare occasions some will venture further and discover Alfredo’s, where they will be shown to a table outside – only the kitchen is indoors – and given a carafe of local wine. There is no menu. Alfredo serves whatever his sons caught that day – sardines, swordfish, octopus – with salty potatoes, salsa picante and tomato salad.

The alley breeze keeps the diners cool, and if it rains there are Alfredo’s famous umbrellas.
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This week's image - thank you, Dale Rogerson - took me straight back to Tenerife, where there is a restaurant much as I describe here. It is in Los Cristianos, called El Cine, and has been in the same family since the 1970s. We spent many a happy evening there, usually with family or friends. 
Thanks to https://rochellewisoff.com/  for hosting Friday Fictioneers. If you follow the links from her blog you can read how other writers interpreted the image.

I have been busy these past few weeks with a house move, and apart from a prodigious amount of painting still to do, we are settled in comfortably for the duration. ie - until they carry us out! See my previous post for a photo.

35 comments:

  1. I like it - it sounds similar to some of the great little bars and cafes in Andalusia where our son lives.

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    1. Those off-the-beaten-track ones are the best.

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  2. Sounds like a lovely place

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    1. It is - fresh sardines eaten an hour after they're caught.

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    1. you would, believe me - the queue at the weekend can be half an hour, sitting on a wall with the boss taking drink orders while you wait!

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  4. You painted a whole site and Alfredo's with just 100 words! Awesome.

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  5. Wonderful restaurant. Love to be there.

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  6. So would I, writing this has made me long for those sardines!

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  7. I like the idea of a secret restaurant, hidden where only the most intrepid will find it :-)

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    1. If too many people found it, it wouldn't be secret any longer. Note that I haven't revealed the exact location😊

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  8. Sounds delightful. Now I want to go out to get fresh seafood instead of the frozen supermarket variety.

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  9. Dear Liz,

    It sounds like an interesting place to go. Happy settling into the new place.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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  10. It sounds like a charming place to dine. So glad you are settled in and staying awhile. It's nice to put down roots. Take care! =)

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    1. Thanks Brenda. And we're here for good, God willing.

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  11. Love this! Made me want to return to Tuscany with your lovely descriptions...

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    1. Don't forget to drop in on me en route!

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    2. Wouldn't that be a hoot?

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  12. Great little story. Made me nostalgic for those family run restaurants in Spain!

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    1. Me too - and the day after I wrote it my daughters invited me to join them on a girly week in Tenerife next spring :)

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  13. Now I am hungry and longing for some of our favorite hidden restaurants in Italy. Nice take on the prompt

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    1. Seems that everyone has a favourite hidden restaurant - my story has struck a chord all over. I should get commission from holiday Companies!

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  14. Wonderful... this sounds like those restaurants a tourist never find.

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    1. They wouldn't be the same if they were overrun with tourists,.

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  15. Well done--you made me wish I could find a restaurant like that one :)

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    1. Go to any small town and ask a friendly local, in their own language. 🐟

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  16. You've described a wonderful place!

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    1. Which I shall visit next March - my daughter's have arranged a girly week back visiting friends there!

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  17. Beautifully described. What a lovely place. Jilly, Sugar on the Bee.

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    1. You're right, Jilly, it is. And thanks.

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