Macondo

Courtyard dining, from Macondo to Coconut Cafe

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OK, something like this. One man's Macondo is another's -- what? -- Starbucks? Mine felt a bit like this place looks -- but not exactly!
OK, something like this. One man’s Macondo is another’s — what? — Starbucks? Mine felt a bit like this place looks — but not exactly!

A very long time ago, let’s call it 1982, I impulsively walked into the tropical courtyard of a Mexican restaurant in Old Town, San Diego, and felt like I’d landed in Macondo.

Palms and twisted old trees created a canopy over the rough wood tables and chairs. Ancient pink-bloomed bougainvillea scaled the walls and cascaded over the top.  A misty evening dew was seeping through the canopy. Firefly lights and torches gave just the right mix of light and shadow in which both ghosts and diners could flourish comfortably.

Whether I’d arrived there by accident or destiny, I’ll never know for sure. Read the rest of this entry »