Activities in Malaga this weekend

The highly anticipated Friday is here and with it the weekend comes, while many of you will be happy just lying on sofa some other would like a good weekend plan in Malaga this month.

I bring you choices for activities with family, children or friends, continue reading to find a plan for this weekend.

Events available from Friday, September 30, 1 and 2 October.

Night of scientific research in Malaga

From this Friday afternoon in the Plaza de la Marina there will be many activities related to scientific research.

Torremolinos fair photoTorremolinos Fair San Miguel

Sunday is the last day you will be able to visit Torremolinos fair.

Getting to the fair is usually a good plan for the weekend, you can have fun at the mechanic attractions or just try any of the typical food usually offered in the fair stands.

Artisan Cheese Fair in Teba

If you are a cheese lover you can not miss this event in Teba this Saturday from 10 am to 7:00 pm and Sunday until 6:00pm.

Music and gastronomy in Coin

Food on wheels weekend with 8 chefs who cook from Friday to Sunday surrounded by a festive atmosphere with live music.

If you like to eat and have no plan this weekend do not forget this particular event in Coín.

feria-libro-malagaMalaga book fair

Do you like old books? Most of them will be in Spanish so if you enjoy old books and want to practice your Spanish this event might sound interesting to you.

It is available until October 16 and open Monday to Friday from 10:30am to 2:30 pm and 5:30pm to 9:30pm.

Velez-Malaga Fair

Fair in Velez-Malaga also known as Feria de San Miguel begins on September 27 and ends on October 2nd. It might be a good weekend plan in Malaga for those who live nearby this municipality.

Bella Jarifa Nights in Cártama

This municipal holiday based on medieval times features performances, activities and gastronomy tastings of Cartama.

sopa-perota-aloraPerot soups in Alora

Food lovers have an appointment this Saturday in Alora from 1:00pm.

You will be able to try some of the typical food from this municipality.

Easy Gazpacho recipe for dummies

Gazpacho recipe ingredients
Gazpacho recipe ingredients

Gazpacho is a typical southern Spanish drink, especially indicated for the hot summer months, as it is both very nourishing and refreshing and with the high temperatures there in summer, often you might not feel having a complete meal. So it´s great to have already some fresh Gazpacho prepared in the fridge, let’s learn how to make it with this easy Gazpacho recipe!

What do I need for the Gazpacho recipe?

You need a blender, a high recipient, 4 tomatoes, 4 cucumbers, some white bread, 1-2 cloves of garlic, salt, virgin olive oil, a little bit of vinegar and water.

Peel the tomatoes and the cucumbers, cut up the bread (you can use bread from the day before, as it will add texture to the soap) ; add it all together with the garlic and some water into the recipient and blend it until you have a liquid soup. Then you add the rest of ingredients.

I recommend that you add the amount of garlic, olive oil and vinegar as for your personal liking, as some like it more or less sour and with more or less garlic, but always add a good amount of olive oil (several table spoons).

Gazpacho is offered in many restaurants and beach bars as “Cold vegetable Soup“, which in my opinion sounds rather unattractive, but try it…you will not regret after your first try. You can combine this delicious fresh vegetable shake perfectly with anything, but personally I love it with fried fish, sitting in a beach bar in Malaga!

As personal note, the perfect ingredients for Gazpacho are in Malaga…tomatoes are not the same in Malaga than in the north of Spain, even less than in England…flavor is far different, the original and the best Gazpacho is made in Malaga.

Spanish Tapas – Origin and Curiosities

Traditionally, the usual way of consuming Spanish Tapas, is having one or two in each bar, together with a drink and then moving on to another bar and repeating the process. This itinerant consumption (one bar, consumption, another bar) in Spanish is called “Tapeo” or going for tapas and this can go on as long as you wish or the bars stay open; in many regions of Spain it is quite usual eating out or going for dinner on weekends based on Tapeo.

Spanish tapa of anchovies marinated

The origin of the Spanish tapas has several explanations. One narrates that King Alfonso X recovered from an illness by drinking wine mixed with small dishes between meals. After regaining his health, the king ordered that taverns were not allowed to serve wine to customers unless the beverage was accompanied by a small snack or tapa. According to other sources the original Spanish tapas were slices of bread or meat, which wine drinkers in Andalusian taverns accustomed to cover their glasses between sips, in order to prevent fruit flies from hovering over the sweet sherry. The meat used to cover the sherry was normally ham or chorizo, which are both very salty and activate thirst. This gave rise to the creation of an ample variety of snacks in order to increase the alcohol sales. The tapas in due course became as important as the wine.

About Spanish Tapas

In the majority of Spain, the Tapa is charged separately from the beverage, although in some cities they are for free, as for instance in Almeria, Cordoba, Granada,Jaen and some areas in Malaga. The locals are used to eat out “tapeando”, to the point that the success of a bar depends to a large degree of its quality and quantity of its tapas.

In Malaga city and the surrounding resorts does exist a large number of bars in Malaga where you can enjoy together with the locals a great variety of tasty warm or cold snacks. In the capital going for Tapas is especially recommended the historic centre around the Calle Larios and the sea promenade of la Malagueta.

Boquerones en Vinagre – Spanish recipe for fresh anchovies

One of the most delicious dishes you can eat in Malaga are the ‘boquerones en vinagre’ (Anchovies in Vinegar), a delicious recipe with around 3000 years. Do you want to learn how to prepare this tasty seafood recipe?

Anchovies Marinated in Vinegar Recipe

Production of salted and pressed anchovies is already used during the presence of the Tartars and Phoenicians on the Mediterranean coast. The fish was preserved this way, so every time you eat Spanish anchovies or ‘boquerones en vinagre’ you’re making a delicious tribute to the origins of Malaga.

About Anchovies and boquerones

Anchovies season is between July and September, those are the breeding months of this fish.

In northern Spain this fish is known as anchovies while in the south it is called boqueron, term used when the fish is fresh. The difference in name is rather given by the way of production, while the anchovy is a salted fish the boqueron  is fresh and has different ways of cooking.

During the Roman empire Garum was a sauce that enjoyed great popularity throughout the roman provinces, prepared with herbs, entrails and pieces of fish .They were left under the sun in a clay pot for a few days. In the preparation of Garum the anchovy was one of the most used fish.

The best anchovies in the whole peninsula are known as ‘Boqueron Victoriano’ and belong to the Bay of Rincon de la Victoria in Malaga.

Benefits of eating fish

The anchovy is an oily fish containing Omega 3, healthy for people with circulation problems because it reduces blood cholesterol.

The proteins of any kind of fish are healthy for athletes, elders and children so it is always good to include in the diet.

Anchovies Marinated in Vinegar Recipe step by step

  • Buy the typical ‘boqueron victoriano’ or a similar one
    The first step is to buy fresh anchovies and Malaga is known to have the highest quality anchovies in the peninsula. We recommend asking for ‘boqueron victoriano’, those anchovies are fished in the bay of Rincon de la Victoria..
  • Clean the anchovies
    You can clean the fish yourself or you can ask them to be cleaned for you, so you only have to get rid of the head and spine. Once cleaned they should be washed with cold water, then place them with ice in the refrigerator for 2 hours to bleed out the fish.
  • Marinate the anchovies in vinegar
    The next step is to marinate with wine vinegar that can be pure or dissolved in 2/3 with water. The time to remain in the maceration depends on whether you choose the first or second method, from 45 minutes to 3 hours, until the fishes backs look white enough.

How to make it safe for eating raw fish

Eating raw fish involves risk of contracting a parasite called anisakis, to avoid it we must gather all the anchovies in a Tupperware, cover them with olive oil and then put it in the freezer where they will stay for no less than 48 hours as a recommended timing, the low temperature will kill any possible parasite.

Once the safety timing has elapsed  you can start preparing the dish. Cut garlic and some parsley, olive oil and vinegar for making a vinaigrette and use it over the boquerones, you can also cut again some more parsley to add a green eye-catching efect on the dish.

Anchovies Marinated in Vinegar once made can hold up to 1 week in the refrigerator stored in a closed container and covered in oil.

Visual recipe in video

As a final note, Fresh Anchovies in Vinegar are very well accompanied with a beer, enjoy them!

For more information visit:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boquerones_en_vinagre

10 recommended locations to visit in Malaga

10-locations-not-to-missIf you visit the province there are 10 tourist attractions in Malaga you cannot miss; whether spring, summer, autumn or winter, these are feasible locations throughout the year and where it is mandatory to bring your camera and enjoy the experience.

Many web visitors ask me what they can do during the winter in Malaga and here I present 10 locations which can be visited during winter and summer but there are many more so it is recommendable to follow us and be attentive to our upcoming posts.

Top 10 locations to visit in Malaga

You can click on each map to see it larger.

mapa casco-antiguo1. Historical city centre of Malaga
Stroll and visit shops, monuments or any of the museums situated in the historical district.

A breakfast or a coffee in one of the terraces is another good option and is something you can do throughout the year.

Calle Larios and Calle Granada are two of the main streets of the city centre.

Mapa Castillo Gibralfaro2. Gibralfaro Castle and Alcazaba
Symbol of Malaga and place where you can take some of the best pictures of the city; in fact the most representative photo of Malaga where you can see the port and the Bullring of La Malagueta has been taken from this place.

Inside there is also a museum with remains found in the area.

mapa teatro-romano3. Roman Theatre
Built in the first century BC and discovered by accident during construction work next to the Alcazaba, it is currently refurbished and in perfect condition to be visited.

Ideal to sit on the steps before or after visiting the Alcazaba and feel like you’re in another time.


mapa muelle-uno4. Pier One (Muelle Uno)
A good place to find restaurants and regain strength. Not far from Pier One at the Port it is located a giant Ferris wheel from which to take some spectacular pics of the city.


mapa cueva-nerja5. Cueva de Nerja
The cave is at some distance from Malaga city but very close to the Balcon de Europa so if you visit one of the two, you can visit the other at one go.
If you go during the summer it is a good idea to plan the day in Nerja and enjoy some of its beaches.


mapa torcal-antequera6. Torcal and Dolmens of Antequera
Nature can provide beautiful landscapes; there is available an easy route if you like natural spaces and walking.

If you are in the area you cannot miss the opportunity to discover the Archaeological compound Dolmens of Antequera built approximately during the Copper Age (2500 BC); you can also visit the Wolf Park, a guided tour in a natural park in Andalusia to watch the wolves and take pretty pictures.


mapa desfiladero-gaitanes7. Gaitanes Gorge and Caminito del Rey
If you decide to visit Ronda (you should not miss it), along the way you will pass by the Gaitanes Gorge.

To visit the Caminito del Rey you need to have a reservation.

Do not forget your camera or you’ll regret it.


mapa ardales8. Ardales
Before getting to Ronda you can make a stop in this beautiful white village for lunch.

Very recommended visit if you like good food and situated midway of El Chorro and Ronda.


mapa puente-nuevo-ronda9. New Bridge in Ronda
What to say about this representative monument of Ronda, a place to take pictures and where to take them.

Take the opportunity to stroll through the city, walk the streets and have a coffee in the square.

If you have time you can visit the Museo del Bandolero (Bandit Museum).


mapa puerto-banus10. Puerto Banus
Place of luxury and exclusivity in the Costa del Sol par excellence; if you come to Malaga don´t hesitate to visit Puerto Banus, maybe even you come across someone famous.


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Wine and Mediterranean Food Fair in Torremolinos from November 24 to 26

wine food fairSybarites among our readers soon will have an appointment in Torremolinos, to literally get a taste of the 13th edition of the Wine and Mediterranean food Fair. The Palace of Congresses and Exhibitions of Torremolinos hosts for three days, 24, 25 and 26 of November, the fair in which professionals and amateurs can enjoy the best of wine and gastronomy.

The Wine Fair, which brings together wineries of about 20 countries, has expanded to include the gastronomic sector of mediterranean food, with the goal of becoming the reference meeting for the wine and gastronomy sector of the Costa del Sol; there will be a comprehensive program that includes lectures, tastings and courses for beginners of wines and products and a course of cutting ham or selected food products.

Visitors have the opportunity to see first-hand the characteristics of each wine cellar; they can enjoy these unique products and purchase them in place or participate in a tasting contest or reward the best wine in “The Gallery of the Senses”. There is also on the premises a complementary service of a children’s playroom.

Venue: Conference and Exhibition centre of the Costa del Sol, calle Mexico 3, 29620 Torremolinos
Opening times: Saturday and Sunday from 11 am to 8 pm; Monday from 11 am to 7 pm.
Price: Professionals: Free admission (professional accreditation card);
General Public: € 3 (entitled to 5 wine tasting tickets).

How to get to the Torremolinos Exhibition centre:
By car: The Torremolinos Exhibition centre is situated between the motorway A-7 and the national road N-340 in Torremolinos, only 3 km from the airport Malaga-Costa del Sol.
By public transport: The suburban train station is situated less than 1 km fron the venue.

More information at www.feriadelvinoydo.com and www.palacio-congresos.com

Traditional recipes in the 1st edition of Grandma´s Casserole in Fuengirola

For ten days we can enjoy in Fuengirola a new gastronomic proposal at popular prices. With the aim of promoting traditional Spanish recipes, has been organized the so-called Grandma´s Casserole (Cazuela de la Abuela) to be held from February 17 to 26 in the Costa del Sol city.

The common denominator of this event are the characteristics of these dishes, which are traditional soups or stews presented in clay casseroles. In this way, both visitors and locals can taste the typical dishes of the grandmothers for a very affordable price of 2 € which also includes a soft drink, beer or wine. You can recognize the restaurants participating in the event using the logo of a grandmother with her clay pot placed on the outside.

Malaga is one of the Spanish provinces with more gastronomic festivals

Malaga province has a long tradition of culinary culture which is resulting in more than 30 culinary festivals of declared touristic interest for their color and flavor.

So in the province there is a wide variety of cuisine, based on a quality raw material and using the typical products of their municipalities to prepare delicious dishes.

We will review these villages and their unique gastronomic festivals with their approximate dates can vary slightly each year.

In the Sierra de las Nieves: Día de la Sopa de los Siete Ramales (typical soup of the region) on February 28 in El Burgo, the Fiesta del Tostón (roasting chestnuts with family and friends) on 1 November in Ojen (Marbella ), the Gastronomic and Orange Day (traditional recipes, orange juice) on 20 March in Istan (Marbella).

In Guadalhorce Valley: Día de las Sopas Perotas (typical soup of the region) the first Saturday in October in Alora, the Orange Festival in May in Coin, which markes the end of the harvest of orange and Olive fair in mid-September in Alozaina which marks the beginning of the olive harvest.

In the area of Guadalteba: Asparagus Day in late April in Sierra de Yeguas, the Ham Fair on  November 7 in Campillos or the Fiesta de la Matanza (meats) on February 14 in Ardales.

Antequera: The Fiesta de la Zanahoria Morá (a very unique vegetable that is grown only in the Genil area) on December 5 in Cuevas Bajas, the Almond Day on  September 26 in Almogía and the Goat Fair in late September in Casabermeja.

Serrania de Ronda: Feria de la chacina (pork sausage) on December 6 in Benaoján and the Chestnut Festival on November 1 at Pujerra, the place where are probably produced the most chestnuts in Spain; the Food Fair (with typical products) over the last days in February in Benarrabá.

Axarquia: Here there are many gastronomic festivals: Día de la Chanfaina (lamb) last Sunday in November in Totalan, the Día de la Morcilla (blood sausage) in late April in Canillas de Aceituno, the Raisin Day the third Sunday of September in El Borge;

the Moscatel Grape Day the first Saturday of August in Iznate; the Verdial Oil Day on April 11 in Periana, the Día del Caracol (snail) in Riogordo, the Loquat day on the first Sunday in May in Sayalonga, or the Country Fair in the second half of April in Benamargosa, highlighting the baticate, an avocado shake.

Furthermore, there are the Fiesta de las Migas (a tasty dish made with breadcrumbs) the Sunday before Christmas in Torrox, the Feast of vintners on the first Sunday of September in Moclinejo, the Feast of Ajoblanco (a typical delicious cold soup) the first Saturday in September Almáchar; the Fiesta del Gazpacho (the most popular cold soup in Andalusia) on the first weekend of August in Alfarnatejo; in Colmenar is outstanding the Grape and Chacina Festival which takes place on Sunday in the second week of December; and Wine Night on August 15 in Competa.

So throughout the whole year can be found in the province of Malaga a town or village that celebrates its typical gastronomic festival, where usually are distributed free samples of food; which is a great idea to spend the day discovering the villages of Malaga and its surroundings.

Tapas route in Benalmadena during October

During the second half of October will be celebrated in Benalmadena Pueblo the third edition of the Ruta de la Tapa. A total of 26 bars and restaurants of Benalmádena offer their most delicious dishes as part of the Tapas Route, a gastronomic event in which customers can make a culinary tour at a price of 1.5 Euros, enjoying a drink and a typical local snack.

In this edition will be distributed among the visitors 4,000 passports and there will take place a raffle with several prices such as a trip for two people. Prices will remain as last year, so guests can enjoy tapas and a drink for 1.5 Euros.

Furthermore, this year the organization has planned a grand prize that will be a trip for two, that will be drawn between all participants doing the route, and as well many prices, such as dinners and meals at the establishments of the route or tickets for the leisure parks on the Costa del Sol.

The event will take place in Benalmádena Pueblo, which is the picturesque old part of this popular resort of the Costa del Sol.

Meeting of the best Spanish chefs at the Food and Sun in Marbella

The best Spanish chefs will meet in the second edition of the “Food & Sun Festival”, which will take place in the Hotel Gran Meliá Don Pepe in Marbella (Malaga), from 22nd to 24th of August.

After the success of last year, this event aims to establish itself as a “highly relevant” event in the agenda of the city and as a reference of culinary competitions.

The event, organized by the town hall of Marbella, will feature a gathering of recognized culinary artists, combining both traditional and avant-garde cuisine.

This year’s novelty will be that Cuisine and Golf will join to bring together different sections of the public in the event ‘Wine & Green’, to be held on 23rd of August, as Marbella has the highest concentration of Golf courses in Andalusia.

In this edition of “Food & Sun Festival” will take place several events and activities that will appeal to the palates of the visitors, such as the Live Cooking, which will take place on Sunday, 22nd of August. Here some of the most famous chefs of Spain, such as Dani García, Jose Andres and Andrea Tumbarello, will guide from the stage of the terrace of the Hotel Gran Meliá Don Pepe the attendees who will cook their own dinner on the instructions of the professionals.

On Monday, August 23rd will be held the ‘Wine & Greens’, where will take place a golf tournament with federal players, in order to combine a gastronomic event and sport, bringing together the best in the world of golf, wine and haute cuisine. Besides the golf course, attendees can savor white wines and sparkling wines of the most important wineries, and a cocktail offered by the three chefs awarded with a Michelin star in Marbella, such as the Calima Restaurant, among others.

Venus Beach will host the second competition of grilled fish: Tuesday, August 24 there will be an event that will have as protagonist the most traditional dish of the area, the Espeto (grilled sardines) and the traditional way of preparing it. Professional Espeteros will demonstrate their skills and traditions to be valued by a jury of renowned chefs and Espeteros of great tradition and reputation of the area. Once the finished the contest, the attendees will be invited to have some beers.

Dani Garcia is the chef of Calima restaurant in the Hotel Gran Meliá Don Pepe in Marbella. Dani Garcia, among other Spanish chefs, has experienced in recent years with molecular cuisine, a visually minimalist but scientifically and manually laborious kitchen using industrial ingredients and technology to renew the textures, cooking methods and presentations of traditional foods and dishes.

This creative chef has also designed the Gastrobar La Moraga in the new terminal of Malaga airport.

Regarding the restaurant Calima, this has a wonderful terrace facing the sea and also offers an elegant dining room with minimalist and modern decor with large windows. For those interested, the average price of the menu is approximately 90 Euros.