No seriously i mean its almost the end of another amazing season.
Bar talk first as always.
Oct is very quiet now but I'm still getting people in even up until last night i was getting at least 20 customers through the door which is more than last year at this time but i think from tonight onwards that will drop off but as long as I'm covering my 4 euro opening costs then its all a bonus and may even be able to afford a donkey who i shall name "Jebus" or at a push a lovely fluffy wavy tail squizzle.
Got enough stock to cover the next 7 days till my flight on the 28th. The resort is empty. 6 accommodations left open and 3 of them are all inclusive so you can see where the school holiday tourists will be staying.
Some businesses are staying open even though not one tourists is going in, I'd cut my losses and close as soon as no one came in on a night.
In saying all that Oct has been better for me than the last 2 years which is when the tour operators decided to cut flights and airports to the island from the first week of Oct. I remember when you could get here from every airport up until the 3rd week of Oct. The tour companies are slowly killing the island off to a 4 month season, maybe Zakynthos should take a leaf out of Crete's book and open up in April and Close end of November that way we will get 6 full months, even Easyjet have cancelled their first 3 flights that began end of March even though the flight i was on 30th March this year was packed, not one empty seat. Oh well, Athens flight for me next year.
I had a young lady in my bar this season over a few nights who drew a very good detailed picture of Oceanic for me but she didn't sign it. As you can see even down to the red and yellow connect 4 counters, how amazing is that. If she or her parents read this could they please get in touch.
Best drawing ever. Who needs Dali.
After doing the washing one day i had run out of space on the washing line and had to drape my socks over the wall. I'm rubbish at collecting washing in and they were out there for 4 days. When i eventually run out of socks and had to get them underneath one of the pairs of socks was a big fatty lizard. To say was surprised was and understatement. He was the biggest I've seen. He'd obviously been in a fight as tail had gone but think with his size he kicked ass. I went real close, no movement. I kicked the wall near him, not a flicker. I beeped the horn of my bike, did not blink and eye lid. I decided to leave him there thinking he had died and was just clung to wall. Come home that night and the big fella was gone. So strange.
Lip up fatty ah, lip up fatty fatty lizard.
Welcome to another edition of "Cooking with Kevlar"
This update we're talking Stodge, Dunking and Greek cuisine.
I just love it when a certain food pops in your head and that's it, you just got to have it. Good job Yeti burgers don't pop in to my head that often, very hard to come by.
Sausage, Mash and Gravy. Now is that proper food or what? Forget fancy pants, gourmet, pretentious food, you can't beat good old stodge.
Now in saying that in my 14 years on the island i haven't eaten much British food, I've only ever had 4 full English breakfasts and one season a few Sunday roasts at The Lighthouse and that's it but i do like to make my own every now and again, why would i want British food when Greek food is just amazing and love it (I do like my crumpets and black pudding though).
The only problem was could only find village sausage so was a bit to spicy for a traditional sausage and mash but never mind still tasted good.
If you want British fare then Express Market in Tsilivi has more than anywhere else.
Look at this 3 biscuit pack. I'm in dunking heaven. Better than those luxury dunking biscuits i bought from there last time.
I've had more cups of tea the past week than in maybe 3 years. Just dunking, dunking, dunking, not had a cup of tea since i munched them all which I'm afraid to say was in one day.
Packet of nice in morning, Custard creams for lunch and Malted Milk for supper,mmmmmmmm.
This is a microwave curry. now I'm not at all in to microwave food at all but I've been that busy at bar and closing late i just wanted simple quick food. On first getting it out of microwave it looked more like curry soup but once i let it congeal again after a few minutes cooling down it was really good and just the right size portion for a very small child or Victoria Beckham. I could have done with at least 4.
For 14 years i have never known what cheese is used in Saganaki (my favourite starter) but in the same supermarket i decided to ask at their deli counter. I bought 4 slices of it and promptly went home and made myself some. WOW, it was so good and tasted just as good as anywhere i have had it. Oh my god, i can feel a cheesy roly poly pudding belly coming on.
My relaxation lately has been at the Alexandra Beach Hotel. Its a nice location, pool is really deep and clean and the sunbeds are comfy. 2 weeks ago all sunbeds were full. I took this picture last week, just 3 people. Crazy. Its amazing how quickly the season just cuts off now instead of of just fading out.
Don't forget Kevin's Big Last Adventure on my final update from the rock next week but until then he has been trying his hand at cocktail making. I don't think he got the idea of it if I'm being honest. Archers Peach Schnapps, Whiskey, Tabasco, Lemon Juice, Choc milkshake and sliced cucumber. He called it "The Stomach Pump". Yeah buddy, i don't think even the name would make people want to order it never mind whats in it. He drank it and passed out. You have a lot to learn little one.
I've been trying to get up and out early every day as running out of days to enjoy the island. In all honesty i haven't had hardly any time to myself this season so these last few days have been a welcome break to clear my head and re-charge my energy but the one morning i got up a bit late and rushed to get ready and out. I have 2 pairs of trainers that are exactly the same apart from one pair are black the other white. It was only until i put my feet up while sorting the bar that i noticed i had put one of each on, DOH! Its not to bad when your sat on bike as people only see one side of you but when i went to the pool i must have looked like either a trend setter or a village idiot. no comments please.
Who says i got no fashion sense.
Well its only a short one (like myself) to keep you going till my big final update with my seasons report, Kevin the Minions Big adventure and my winter plans. So I'm going to make the most of my last 6 days, i think i deserve it don't you? After all I've worked bloody hard this season and I'll be back in good old grey wet blighty with the rest of you before i know it.
So until my last blog from Zakynthos,
Serve all, Love All, Peace All, Kevlar Out!