Marbella/Miami/India via Britain

Trip Start Mar 02, 2013
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Trip End Apr 06, 2013


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Saturday, March 30, 2013

Tony discovered a wonderful restaurant that just opened in Marbella. Owned by an East Indian group, with wonderful British accents we were determined to go and have lunch. That was the mission for today! But first things first!

We left our villa this morning to introduce Kate and Chris to the experience of coffee/chocolate and Churros. Heading out to a local café, we had a blast! I think the owner took a shining to Kate or maybe Chris, we were not sure. We watched him make the Churros in a vat that held the batter, came out of a hose like valve into a beautiful pot filled with oil, he stirred the circular dough, (obviously with a stick he had hand carved, there were hand carved walking sticks also in his shop)flipped it a couple of times and served the kids first, introducing them to honey, sugar and the chocolate drippings! When their coffee came he looked at Chris and obviously knew he needed a shot, so he poured in a shot of anise liquor!! We were just finishing and a couple of more orders would appear, Kate and I left the café and waited outside, then he knew we had had enough! After Chris paid, we went back in and said Gracias, he was a gem! I loved it. I really love that he was so proud and was happy we walked in to his little stand up café, he shook my hand exuberantly, his eyes were happy!

We went to the butcher to get lamb, but not available so tomorrow we will have steak for our Easter dinner, we will pick up lamb next week at the market! We went to the pastry shop to get our dessert then headed to the grocery store for wine supplies etc. being a Saturday, it was way too busy so we decided to return at the end of our day! Home to unload and off to Marbella, a half hour away.

We walked the beach area, reminded us all of Fort Lauderdale or Miami today, lots of people some very dressed up, families out for a stroll! The weather was gorgeous, people were swimming in the sea and playing on the beach. First time we have seen beach activity since our arrival. Tony, Kate and Chris stuck their foot in and thought the water may be warmer than our pool! We continued walking to the Old Town, where there were many shopping and catching the sights. To see this old part of a town, kept up and so pretty in the middle of modern surroundings is really nice. We returned to the car to head out to lunch at the opposite end of the beach. Parking is pretty straight forward in Spain. Most garages are underground, take a ticket on the way in, pay at a machine on the way out. Simple. What we can't get over is how clean everything is, marble floors, tiled walls, music playing, some have skylights or atriums, all of them you could eat off the floor and that includes the stairwells and/or elevators. Incredible.

Chowka is a new Restaurant that opened this month. Tony read about it in the newspaper so we wanted to try it out. We sat outside in big comfy wicker chairs, surroundings were lovely, lots of colourful fabrics and cushions. The wait staff spoke English, some with British accents, they were very attentive. They asked where we were from, they had thought Ireland when we came in, must have been Chris's red face! A few photos are included. I did not take photos of some of our courses only because I got immersed in everything and forgot! Lamb curry, Chicken Tikka Masala, Peanut and chilli charred crispy prawns and Fenugreek chargrilled lamb chops, grilled aubergines stuffed with paneer and drizzled with yogurt are missing. Basmati rice and naan bread accompanied everything. Ice cream for dessert, rose, coconut and mango were the three flavours. Delicious, we were there for three hours. Everyone will eat late and light tonight.

Another good day, tomorrow we will stay at home for Easter Sunday. Enjoy your Easter celebrations whatever they may be!

Take care,

Janie
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Comments

Karen on

Loved that churras pot, very interesting concept. The colours in their foods make one imagine the tastes and freshness!

Debbie on

I'm salivating just reading the descriptions. Hard to return to reality. You are so fortunate to experience the celebrations of Easter too. Hope the bunny finds you.

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