I have seen SO MANY bad menu translations over the years, always a cause for amusement. But this one totally takes the cake. Thanks Victor for sending this to me. It’s fabulous.
For non-Spanish speakers the empadronamiento is the census.
First off I want to say that of course I support the bars and restaurants here, many of which I love like my own second home and the people who own and run these places are like my family. And there are plenty of others that I respect and enjoy visiting. BUT… I have always felt it was my right to express my personal opinion about any of these places because, well, why not? It’s not like I’m anybody important.
But the ironic thing is that, since Covid, you are suddenly not allowed to say anything critical about any bar or restaurant because they are suffering, under pressure, doing their best, etc, etc. Well, I call bullshit.
Learned a new word this morning. Streeteries. A new term for enclosed outdoor eating spaces (think it was first coined in NYC). And yes, you don’t really want to be using that word. Or go to one of these places. My friend Julie @woollygee sent me this photo today, taken in northern England. I mean WTAF. How is this any different from eating indoors? In fact, it’s probably worse because it’s a small enclosed space without proper ventilation. Can’t you just SEE all those Covid droplets forming on the inside of the plastic??? Looks like a giant petri dish to me. With a lid.
Sevilla, along with Córdoba and Jaén, is getting hit with the same new restrictions that Madrid and Granada had imposed on them a couple of weeks ago. The measures will come into effect this Sunday, once they are published in the Official Gazette of the Junta de Andalucía. This
rant post is mostly about how it’s going to affect the hospitality industry here.
Among the new measures announced by the Minister of Health…
Every year the second Tuesday in October is designated as the annual Día de la Hostelería. This year it’s more important, and also more poignant, than ever. I’m watching my friends struggling to stay afloat, most are not even making ends meet but they keep on working, they keep on trying. Sadly others have lost their businesses. It’s been a heartbreaking year.
The jury is still out on how safe indoor dining is. Luckily in Sevilla people can eat outdoors pretty much all year round. But for those without terraces it’s harder to comply with the health and safety regulations and still cover costs. Though I do see most trying, in spite of the difficulties.
There has been a scandalous lack of government support for the hospitality industry here in Spain, as well as elsewhere in the world. Even though these places are our second homes, they are where we go to celebrate, to commiserate, to enjoy our lives, to meet up with friends, to not feel alone. They are the heart and soul of our neighbourhoods. And they need our support.
So even if, like me, you can’t afford to go out like before, then change it up. Just stop by a favourite place for a couple of tapas. You don’t have to spend a lot, but it will all add up if enough people do it. Also, go midweek when bars and restaurants are quieter, because that’s when they need us the most. And remember to help them keep things safe for everyone by wearing your mask when you’re not actually eating or drinking, or any time you get up from your table. Also when the waiter comes to your table… if you pull your mask up then you’re helping to protect them too.
We’re all in this together. Ánimo amigos. ❤