Local Heart, Global Soul

September 4, 2011

Service with a Snarl… Luckily we Find an Exception…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

In yesterday’s post I described our journey to Espargo and back, but left out much of what we did whilst we were there.

We walked around many of the streets in the centre of town checked out the fruit and vegetable sellers, and the kids spotted a rudimentry playground, which had them dragging their feet everywhere else we went after we passed it and making lots of persistant and hopeful noises about wanting to go there and play.

Kiwi Best Friend and I hadn’t had breakfast and wished for brunch, Himself had one mega early breakfast and then an early lunch when the kids got up for breakfast so none of them were hungry thus  it was swiftly arranged that he would take the kids to the playground and we would go eat at a cafe situated on the side of the little square pictured in my previous post.

It’s very simply laid out,  our  view (and table)  to the left…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

… and to the right…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

The girl in yellow could not have been more dis-interested in the customers… it was clear that she hated every moment of her work.

We didn’t get a smile out of her at all and she dumped our food on the table in a manner that we saw repeated in various other food establishments … service here is more “service with a snarl” then “service with a smile ”

…Luckily, the lady in pink WAS friendly, and after asking where we were from and discovering that we lived in the Netherlands, she enthusiastically told us about her relatives in Rotterdam. She was genuinely pleased that we’d come to Cape Verde and her cheerful disposition more than made up for Miss Surly Assistant.

the decoration on the walls consisted of…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

Kiwi’s Best Friend ordered Beef … it was ok.. but considering the amount of fish eaten here, I was already suspecting that cooking beef wouldn’t be their speciality. (I was right, it was tough as old boots.)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

I.. on the other hand, hit the jackpot with this little number of simple excellence…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

… not only did this dish entice us back to Espargos, ( Kiwi Best Friend wanted a plate of this all to herself and not just some spoonfuls of mine LOL) but I also immediately tried my hand at replicating it once we were home.

By the time we had finished lunch, Himself and the kids had returned from the playground, hot and begging to get back to the hotel for a swim.  And with that excellent idea,  and one ear-shattering, wind-blasted  minibus journey later, that’s exactly what we did.


  1. Chips and rice? – Funny.

    The funny thing is, if they gave service with a smile, they’d probably end up enjoying the day a lot more themselves!

    Comment by sarsm — September 4, 2011 @ 8:06 am | Reply

  2. What exactly IS the second dish?? Do tell.

    Yes, we’ve all encountered the disgruntled employee. I imagine the ‘nice’ woman was an owner.

    Comment by milkayphoto — September 4, 2011 @ 2:35 pm | Reply

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