Made it to he taverna albeit late - after 10 pm! Only two tables occupied. Decided to start with the small fried fish & the waiter said he would get me a small portion as it was on the menu as a main dish. To follow I ordered the pork with Skopelos plums. The starter arrived with my dining companion for the evening, a small black pregnant cat with patches of hair missing from the top of her head, behind her ears, back of her neck and over one of her shoulders. Think it may have been caused by mites?
The waiter showed her away but she was having none of that and a couple of minutes later she was back! The fish was already beheaded but with tail remaining, a little bed of lettuce and a large wedge of lemon. Cut off the tails to give to the puss. I enjoyed. Had also ordered a quarter carafe of red & a small water. The mains arrived, two thick slices off pork which had been cooked as a roll around the plums, rice substituted for the normal potato accompaniment and a gravy. I slipped the puss her fish and took the first bite of pork with plum. You know the smell of a rubber band, that's what it tasted like! Really disappointing. Tried the outside of the pork and that was better. Puss having finished her starter was waiting for her mains so I cut up some of the inner pork and slipped it to her. She finished it rubbed herself against my legs and received a second helping.
This went on until she had eaten most of the pork each time getting more bold! Claw on my thigh first then, cheeky madam, both paws claws out and stretching! I reckon she had received a good meal and didn't need to scavenging in the dustbin. Bill came to 14 euros and I left 15 (the tip was for the fish). First disappointing meal of the holiday so far.
Walking back to the apartment I passed the burger van and it seemed the busiest place I'd seen all evening! Think I may have chosen the wrong dining experience! :-).
Breakfast arrived this morning - yay a normal sized ham omelette with two small mounds of shredded carrots & herbs with a slightly sweetish dressing. I am not a big lover of carrots but thought I would try it out and did manage to eat a few forkfulls. There was also a glass of juice, mug of water for tea & two small seseme seed buns toasted whole with the usual butter,jam etc. But the piece de resistance (right or wrong spelling?) was a joy to behold. When I had paid for my stay the day before Maria had asked that if she made me something with a sugar substitute would I be able to eat it,to which I said yes. Well there it was in all its glory. A perfectly moulded pink confection turned out in the middle of the plate with a river of strawberry puree starting at the top and running down around half the plate, with a whole strawberry at one side and two thick fingers of avocado pear pointing away from the strawberry. My goodness it look like a dish presented by a 5 star chef! I left it for an hour to let the omelette settle then decided it was time! First mouthful, one of my favorite childhood sweets, blancmange! It was delicious! I ate everything except the strawberry stalk!
This morning I noticed a lot of traffic travelling the road just outside my apartment so I decided I would turn left instead of right and see if there was anything of interest in that direction. Unfortunately not but it would appear that it is he main road to Panormos & Elios, s apart from admiring a couple of gardens I turned around and walked into town. I did think about climbing the lanes of town again but yesterday I twisted my right knee, only slightly, but have noticed twinge when I climb up and down steps so thought th best course of action would be to withhold down in a taverna and watch the world go by with a coffee or two. I watched the Protomos ferry arrive just after 3.15 and depart at 3.30 and the flying dolphin arrive at 4.10 and depart at 4.20. Paid for my coffees (6 euros) and returned to the apartment.
This time of day on the balcony facing the hills is hot. The wind has died down and the late afternoon sun just hits the balcony. It's a nice time to sit and chill before getting ready for the evening.
Thank you Amy, you have a real talent, so enjoying reading your blog, almost like being there. Looking forward to lots more. Only 6 weeks to wait & we will be back in Skiathos but your beautiful reports are making the wait easier!!
The route I travel to the harbour and back takes me through a square although technically it is more a triangular shape. On the straight side is a grill called Magali and on one of the (here my math fails me) so I will call it the triangle side and hope you know what I mean, is another grill called Platanos but what makes it really Greek for me is the very old tree in the centre of the square , which is as high as the buildings and whose canopy of branches span the whole of the area like a great big umbrella. This is what drew me so decided I would eat dinner there tonight. I took a table in front of the Platanos but realised that it was closed and I was in fact seated for the Megali. No problem.
Waiter brought the menu but as I am not a big meat eater, preferring fish, and I had already had beef, bolognese and pork, I wanted something lighter tonight, so spotted they had tzatsiki (can't resist!) I ordered that as my starter and a tuna salad, with a glass of red and small bottle of water. The tzatiki arrived with my first black olive off the holiday, on a saucer sized plate along with a hot pittance round. Lovely thick creamy texture and I am sure this one had a tad more garlic than the last! Really enjoyed.
Then the salad. Could I grab a passing stranger and force them to share it with me? It was a big bowl. Ate what I could but barely made a dent. Felt bad about leaving that much food but I couldn't eat it and if I was going to be extra polite I would need to dump it in my handbag! I did save what tuna was left to give to a cat on my way back to the apartment.
It's been quite a hot day today even though there have been clouds this afternoon but tonight felt really cold so I asked for the bill (13.25 euros, charged 13 & left 2 for tip) and walked the few yards to the harbour in search of a coffee to warm me up. Went into one I had visited yesterday but stayed under cover near the rear. Had my coffee, paid (3 euros) and made my way back. Spotted a skinny black cat that was searching for food and gave it the tuna.
I arrived in Skopelos yesterday, discovered your reports today and have enjoyed reading them with my breakfast this morning.
One suggestion about your posting problems; I don't know what tablet you have, but I'm sure most have a similar facility to my iPad mini. If I press and hold in the typing area I get the option to 'Select All' which, when chosen gives the further option to 'Copy' all the text.
You could use this to save what you have already typed, or even better if predictive text is better elsewhere you could compose your report in a notepad/text App if you have one, or if not compose it as an email then copy and paste it here.
I'll look out for you with your straw hat. I'll be wearing a flat cap, probably backwards to facilitate taking pictures with my camera which is always slung over my shoulder