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I love the way the Spanish have a verb ‘To breakfast’ Desayaunar it’s what you do, together with friends or on your own to ‘take 5’, mid-morning when you hit that slump and coffee is needed, and you just need that something to get you through to late lunch.

Over the years of me living here, I’ve learned the hard way when making appointments for around 10am, only to get there to be told the individual is ‘doing breakfast’, of course, why wouldn’t they be ? silly me. If you can’t beat them join them.  A custom I now relish with gusto.

The traditional Spanish breakfast, of Pan con Tomate y Café, ticks most boxes, fresh baked bread, local olive oil, fresh tomatoes and caffeine – That’ll do nicely. Sometimes though, I enjoy to explore and follow recommendations of my fellow foodies.  A day in the city of Málaga, off the mountain at La Rosilla and away from local village traditional eateries, affords me the opportunity to indulge.

Often the smallest places can pack the biggest punch. Desal cafe is located in an unassuming street, with a small façade but with cute tables to enjoy people watching and the world go-by.  The interior is bright and welcoming and the menu certainly whets the appetite.  Tostados, brunches, home-made sweet treats and pastries, all plated and served with flair and unique touches.

A leisurely breakfast was the order of the day, vitamin-packed of course, healthy yes, indulgent double yes 😉

The Eggs Benedict platter came with perfect oozy poached eggs, creamy hollandaise and thick cut cooked ham, this rich dish was accompanied by a light and fresh fruit salad over natural yoghurt and crunchy granola.  Fresh squeezed orange juice and my favourite illy coffee topped it all off.  Service was friendly, unobtrusive and prompt.  I definitely would go back to Desal Cafe, with friends and while away a little more time, and could even skip lunch and wait to ‘Meriendar‘ 😉

Suitably refreshed and revitalised, more mooching in Malaga commenced.




A few new delicious finds.


It’s always a delight to find somewhere new to eat, that surprises you or exceeds your expectations.  Recently we’ve been fortunate to find two delectable places, both so different to each other, but both that ticked our ‘delicious’ box.

La Maroma, is tucked up high in the mountain village of Canillas de Acietuno, we had a quick pit stop whilst waiting for a delivery driver to turn up …another story.  Thinking we’d just have the obligatory ‘Pitufu Catalana’ ( Crusty bread, serrano & tomato) and coffee , I spied another tables dishes, and had to take a look at the menu.  We were on a short time limit, but were pleasantly surprised by the innovative menu and superb friendly service. We chose a quail salad & Baked brie with figs to share.

We were treated to an amuse bouche, and homemade alioli and fresh bread while we waited.  All tastes were sublime, fresh and in season.  Sitting outside in the Autumn sunshine was beautiful, watching the local tiny market and the comings and goings .  The inside of the restaurant was magnificent too, bright and colourful and housing a gallery for local artists, a great place I can imagine for a fabulous party, or a cosy dinner in the cooler months.

La Maroma

I truly loved the way, La Maroma, with a little imagination and a flair for service offered something divine, and to top it off the bill came, with 2 glasses of cold dry Cava, to say thank-you.

Our next Gastronomic find was Gastrobar Las Perlas in Torre del Mar, searching for somewhere special to dine on my birthday, we came across the Gastrobar, review after excellent review and these were not wrong.  From the moment we booked and then arrived, the professionalism, knowledge and passion was flawless.  Dining with 2 of our children, I love them to try and sample new tastes and flavours, we chose the tasting menu and wow, mind-blowing.  Each dish was served perfectly, and cooking methods and ingredients explained.  Octopus, salmon, Foie, Ostrich,chocolate, dish after dish of impeccable presentation and  molecular inventiveness.

gastrobar las perlas torre

Fresh salmon, vegetables cream, tender mustard salsa and microsalad.

Wine was recommended and served at our chosen temperature, hand-baked tiny bread rolls, and salted butter all added to our gourmet extravaganza.

gastrobar las perlas torre

Pan Artesanal

Gastrobar will now become one of our treasured places, to take and share with family and friends. Perfecto !

Let’s do lunch !


One of the joys about living in Spain is the tradition of  ‘menu del dia’ – menu of the day, that all restaurants should offer to diners.  The long leisurely lunch is a way of life that I have been happy to adapt to, not possible every day but on days that it is , I’m there !

Many bars and restaurants are full to bursting at 2pm each day, with workers taking time out, to eat, chat and relax with one another before they start their afternoons working activities.  Popular eateries, can turn around hundreds of diners during this time, all enjoying 3 courses, bread, wine & water for a token price from 7 euros.

I have my favourites and depending on whether I’m just looking to refuel with honest good grub, or sit soak up the sun, or enjoy that something just a little bit more special, ‘Menu del dia’ can tick most boxes.

I was delighted to hear through the grapevine that one of my favourite places Tanit in Torre del Mar, was expanding their empire. Their promenade restaurant paved the way for new hip places in Torre del mar, they then opened the wonderful Bahia del Tanit beach club, which I, along with many friends and family frequent in Summer as much as possible, making the day at the beach a little more lovely.  Their newest venture Vintash Tanit, is located in town on the Avenida Andalucia.

Vintash Tanit Review

So that was it, after weeks of trying to get there, my OH and I decided to have our works Christmas ‘Do’ albeit after Christmas, and just the two of us 😉 and Vintash Tanit was the place to go.

We were not disappointed, the Tanit style was evident with their eclectic mix of furniture a shabby chic & boudoir interior, right up my street.

Staff attentive and welcoming like normal.

Review of Vintash Tanit Torre del Mar

We indulged in to start,  two sharing platters of mushrooms, stuffed with Roquefort & wrapped in bacon, and delicious berenjenas fritas (fried aubergine) served in modern baton style.

a couple of glasses of chilled white, and then ‘Menu del dia’

Chicken Caesar Salad, Pork, saute of mushrooms and cream sauce, followed by crepes & strawberries.

Stuffed to bursting, a cafe solo put a spring back in our step, or should I say a waddle back in our walk 😉

The price for 2 – 26 Euros – Spain I love you 🙂

Oh and the loos are beautiful – as my mum always says, ‘you can tell a god restaurant by it’s loos …’