Bercians around the world |Alfonso Núñez: Almost half a century with his Berciana Tavern in Gijón
Alfonso Núñez was born in Santo Tirso de Cabarcos (in Sobrado) but has been in Gijón since 1973.There came "due to circumstances of life" from Barcelona, where he had gone to work from his native Bierzo.He opened a first bar and then the one currently running, the Berciana Tavern of the 25.
With an elegant purple vest on a short -sleeved shirt with small drawings and shoe and black pants, Alfonso attends his business with the veteran's mastery.The morning is starting and customers arrive.A lemonade and, although we are in October, Alfonso tells us that this drink is demanded and served throughout the year.It brings it to Asturias on the other side of the Negrón and, he says with laughter, here, in Gijón, they do not use certain expressions somewhat politically incorrect to refer to the act of drinking it.It is lemonade of a medium cellar that, he says, is the best.He has had some renowned that, apparently, did not result in the taste of the Asturian palates.
Through that tunnel and the ports of Somiedo, Leitariegos or Ventana arrive in Alfonso not a few of the food that serves in their premises.The Menties and Godels are from the region;the paprika and the chorizo that puts a skewer, of the toral of the fords (before brought them from pastures) and Molina, respectively.The Asturians "are eating well", says the regent of this embassy of the region a few meters from the waves of the Cantabrian, and that is why the product that makes them reach is the best, that is: Del Bierzo.
Among its clientele, there is much from the region.Some of them are the ones that facilitated the photos (of the Templar fortress, of the medulla or of the Mencía in the vineyards) that decorate this Berciana tavern, with a high ceiling and bright dining room.He tells us that Bercianos abound between Aviles and Gijón, many now retirees, who moved for work in the (now extinct) gigantic ensides, and groups of students of the school of experts, both of boys and girls.
Due to the pandemic, which his business has overcome “enduring that way”, Alfonso has been without stepping on or holy thunder of cabarcos, nor toral of the fords nor the toral, where he likes to go with friends, in friends, incar from Asturias, to enjoy once again from Yuri's deeds and live company.On television of this place on Ezcurdia Street, the broadcast of the Ponfe match congregates not a few countrymen, as the Berciana tavern works as a parish when the team plays.
Comarca products in the Berciana de Gijón tavern
"They are thrown, it goes like a shot," says this native of San Tirso de Cabarcos on the men of Jon Pérez Bolo.And what happens when the confrontation is direct between Ponferradinos and Asturian, will there be conflict?"No," says Alfonso, because Sporting fans, he says, "are people of peace".
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The Bierzo wines like and sold well in this tavern, explains its owner, the lemonade runs all year and Sundays are prepared cooked maragato (there is an explanatory panel about the order of the elements due to its intake).The botillo, king of Bercian gastronomy, is in a letter, such as the lacon with peppers or the octopus with cachelos.There are also Galician and Asturian dishes, such as the cachopo, which, explains this hotelier, "with Bierzo wine knows better".
The chestnuts are brought by Alfonso de Toral de los Vados, because vacation is usually taken at the time they manage, although this year he plans to go somewhat sooner and fears that he will not be able to find the brown fruit before his return.For him, the chestnuts of Asturias do not have as good flavor as those of the Bierzo, which, in addition, "peel better".A client, Asturian points out that in the Principality "the chestnuts are not taken care of as you do there".He says it as a connoisseur of the area, because he spent six years working between Ponferrada and Villablino, as a carrier of materials for the construction of a water irrigation channel.
They were the times, he says, to build the Pantano de Matalavilla (which was completed in 1967) and recalls the effervescent activity in the area, in which "the towns were like cities".While savoring its Bierzo wine cup, the continuous traffic of trucks on the road from Ponferrada to La Espina, the Saraos in the Páramo del Sil or, in that same town, the projections in the cinema.He returned 30 years later and, summarizes, "you stay amazed" when seeing "all closed".He missed the whistle of the Ponfeblino in the valleys of the Alto Sil, that green and yellow train that was "whistling and throwing smoke, it was a comedy," he recalls with laughter this Astur.
It was another northwest, with another present, perhaps more strong and more articulated, because Alfonso recalls that there was also the train line between Gijón and Orense, which no longer circulates.
Today, a good part of that is gone and the spine road itself has become mentioned with the aseptic name of Cl-631, as if the flying of the dollar of the city of idem evacuated with it to the signifiers of another time from another time.That road is what Alfonso Núñez travels when he comes on vacation, or visiting his cousin or enjoying the game of Ponferradina.
Alfonso Núñez and his Berciana Tavern
Alfonso Núñez's life begins in Santo Tirso de Cabarcos and then passes to Ponferrada.The capital of Bierzo welcomed him being a teenager.In an academy, on Wide Street, between Bergidum and the Town Hall Square, Don Baldomero prepared to enter the Gil y Carrasco Institute.That building of the Academy of Don Baldomero is still there, he says, but not the house in which he stayed, along with two other girls, also students, on Eleven Mil Virgins street.
In La Lastra, in Santo Tirso de Cabarcos, in Sobrado, the memory of his childhood still dwells.There he grew up and of those mountains continue to maintain memories, like those of the much cattle.There were cows and animals everywhere, "as in all the peoples of that".From there he left, first to Ponferrada, then Barcelona, then Asturias, until he became a figure loved by the residents of this area of Gijón, who praise him as a professional and as a person.
With the region always in the heart, this elegant, educated, friendly and hardwork.The circumstances of life brought to this Street Ezcurdia de Gijón to this Berciano, returning fortunate to their neighbors for being able to have the Berciana tavern for their leisure times, meals and breaks, and Alfonso Núñez, of Santo Tirso de Cabarcos, ashost.Imprime este artículo
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