The New Blog


I have decided to start a blog to keep you in touch with what's happening in our restaurants: Krimo's, Portofino and Casa del Mar.
This is just a trial run and I hope that the blog will develop into something useful to everyone connected with our restaurants.

Cloud Cookeryland!

Who wouldn't give their right arm to own a restaurant, swan around tables, telling naff jokes and get compliments (mostly) just about every night for nearly twenty-three years?
If that's not Cloud Cookeryland, then what is?

I aim to make this blog fun, informative but mostly musical! I shall be blowing my own trumpet quite often. So, for those allergic to noise, please leave the room right now.

I am not a professional chef. I just cooked when I was a student so I wouldn't starve to death. I started washing up in a Newcastle pizzeria in 1979 and discovered that Naval Architecture wasn't for me.
Most of you know our story but here is a quick synopsis.

£250 is all it took for Karen and me to open Krimo's at Seaton Carew in 1985...
May the fourth in fact... Just like in Stars Wars!

We never looked back.

In 1990 we moved out of the upstairs flat and doubled the size of the restaurant from 30 to 60 seats.
In 1997 we opened Portofino, our pizzeria on the Historic Quay. The first restaurant this side of the Marina.
In 2000 we closed Krimo's and moved the operation to the Marina. The first restaurant the other side of the Marina.
Two years ago, we opened Casa del Mar. The first Tapas Bar in Hartlepool.
I enjoyed doing the mosaics (Check out my handy work next time you fancy some tapas) , worked for a couple of weeks in the kitchen with Kevin and then left the young team led by Adam get on with the job.

In future posts I'll introduce you to our team members. Sounds like a football team, doesn't it?
Don't get me started about football, now.

If you'd like to help me keep this blog topical please feel free to leave your comments, questions, etc...


Argument Cottage said...

Yes this made me giggle Krimo.....may the fourth be with you for your new blog I hope to keep up to date with the goings on at your wonderful football that is a whole other subject....tell us more

good luck with the blog I will add it to my one as a link

bye for now and thanks again for the spectacular nosh on Thursday I can't wait to try the Lamb Tagine again!!!


Krimo said...

Thank you Maria for a great review. I have added it to the side bar.
I am a HUFC season ticket holder and we have had more than our fair share of up-and-downs lately.
Love your blog.

statusquo1 said...

Well done Krimo! Excellent blog! Wheres the mention lol, Colin (Krimos)

Krimo said...

Thanks, Col.
As for the mention, you wait and see. There will be a few photo calls in the very near future. You can start making yourself beautiful.;o)

Anonymous said...

Cheers Krimo :0) Cheque is in the post. As long as you dont want me on page 3 ;0)

Krimo said...

Watch out, Col, tongues might start wagging. ;o)

Djamel said...

Saha Krimo,

Très content pour toi que tu sois un vrai Chef connu et reconnu.

J'espère, un jour, avoir l'occasion de goûter tes plats si beaux et si succulents sans l'ombre d'un doute.

Une vieille connaissance du temps où tu faisais des études qui ne te prédestinaient pas à faire ce que tu fais maintenant, mais déjà à l'époque, tu étais si raffiné...

Djamel Zoughlami

Directeur Général Cameroon Postal Services.
Yaoundé - Cameroun

Anonymous said...

Cher Krimo,
J'espère pouvoir venir déguster tes délicieux tagines avant l'ouverture du 4ème restaurant, donc impérativement cette année.

Bravo pour le blog, il est ...comme tes plats: à savourer sans modération.


Krimo said...

Cher Djamel, ça fait vraiment plaisir d'avoir de tes nouvelles!
J'espère que je serai ton hôte un de ces jours.
Je suis très content des progrés que tu as fait dans les trente dernières années.
J'ai visité Douala pendant mes études en Architecture Navale.

Dear Larbi, as you understand it very well, I shall reply in English.
I do hope that one day you will make it to Hartlepool from your French Riviera. We will have a great time reminiscing the old days at the computing school in Algiers.
You never know but this blog may one day bring us all together for a great feast!

Djamel said...

Cher Krimo,

C'est quand tu veux. Ce sera vraiment un plaisir de t'accueillir et de t'emmener faire un tour à Douala pour te rappeler ta prime jeunesse. La cerise sur le gâteau, ce serait que Larbi se joigne à nous .... et pourquoi pas Said.

Prends soin de toi et merci pour tes sincères appréciations..


Zoe said...

Hello Krimo :)
Its just Zoe and Rachael...nosing at your clever blog.

Krimo said...

Hi, Zoe and Rachael,
Great that you visited.
I'm sure your blog will be just as good.

A Kite Rises said...

Congratulations on your new blog Krimo, will check in again on your progress and best of luck with your restaurants and cloud cookery land (great name).

Anonymous said...

besoin de verifier:)