- Audible Audiobook
- Listening Length: 10 hours and 3 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Joe Cawley
- Audible.com Release Date: June 13, 2017
- Whispersync for Voice: Ready
- Language: English
- ASIN: B071GD6XQ7
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More Ketchup Than Salsa: Confessions of a Tenerife Barman Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
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With wit and consummate skill, Joe Cawley tells how he and his wife Faye left one job in Bolton food market for another running a restaurant-bar in a largely English tourist enclave on a beach in the sun. That it happens to be on the Canary island of Tenerife is less significant than the mind-boggling array of characters that their bar attracts: wanna-bees, hangers-on, spongers, free-loaders, leeches, felons, hoodlums, crooks, mobsters and hit-men. There’s also the occasional mob of dogs, cats and a universe of cockroaches who treat the restaurant as a freebie. When well-behaved customers make a reservation, sit quietly, order drinks, and expect value for money, they provide as much fodder for humour as the delinquents and, oddly, more ridicule.
Joe Cawley gets away with poking fun at absolutely everybody because he does it so well. He writes beautifully, captures significant moments and makes clear and incisive observations about both people and incidents. His stories are insightful and told with precisely the right words and phrases.
More Ketchup than Salsa is an enjoyable read. I learned enough about the stereotypical tourist enclave to research my vacation destinations very, very carefully. Most of all I appreciated Joe Cawley’s excellent writing and finished the book willing to read the next one.
I would have rated this a five had their been a glossary of terms for some of the British slang. And of course I will soon be reading "The Last Dollop"
The variety of characters that visited the bar as Joe, Joy, David and Faith until she gave it all up was quite funny. They adjusted to the responsibilities of owning and operating a bar in a resort area with ever changing customers. It is written from Joe's point of view and his insights into the crazies of operating a bar/restaurant when none of them knew what they were doing. It was a sink or swim situation and with determination, learning on the job and keeping a positive attitude they made the first six months, the mile stone test for success. Living on an island in the tropics compared to the no future job selling fish in Bolton's Fish Market was worth all the stress and putting up with the conglomerate of the population the frequented the bar know as Smuggler's Tavern. It was written with very funny dry British humor, often sarcastic, which is my favorite kind of humor; I enjoyed reading this account of owning a business in paradise, cockroaches an all.
One cannot say too much for fear of spoiling the story. I was pleased that I had the sense (based on the Amazon reviews) to buy the 2nd book as well, so I could segue seamlessly into the continuation of the tale. The 2nd book gets its own review. By all means, buy this book if you like down-to-earth, real-life tales, written in an excellent and witty style.