Feria de Muestras
I've just returned from the Fera de Muestras. An annual event that runs for a week in November in Marbella. It is an exhibition of Spanish products, with a very high emphasis on food. The stands display food which you can purchase, cheeses, jamons, chorizo, pastries, sweets etc. many covering other regions of Spain. Many of the stands also give away free samples of the foods, you can imagine with my love of Spanish country produce I returned home very full.
In the dining area were some tapas bars, I stopped at two, the first representing Asturias where I had chorizo (spicy sausage) and Fabada Asturiana (fabada bean caserole), the second representing Galicia where I had Pulpo (Octopus) and Queso Tetilla (a soft cheese).
Other good are on display too, but I found it hard to drag myself away from the foodhall.
It's held at Marbella's 'Palacio de Congressos' and entrance costs 3 Euros.
CORTEFIEL Great high-street fashion outlet with original styles for men and women. Avda. Ricardo Soriano, 50, and in La Cañada shopping centre.
MANGO - Young, casual clothes, shoes and accessories at very reasonable prices. Avda. Ricardo Soriano. Puerto Banus and in La CAñada
PULL & BEAR CLOTHING COMPANY - Smart casual wear for men and women at affordable prices. Avda. Ricardo Soriano.
SPRINGFIELD - A Spanish company specialising in men's fashion. Good quality and value for money. Their colourful shirts are distinctive. Avda. Ramón y Cajál, 5. (is the same street as Ricardo Soriano, this one is in front of the Alameda park... just to enter and see the ld town.. lots of little shops also there)
ZARA - Fashion for men, women and children with a designer feel, but at high-street prices.
Not bad but no more
Quiet a satisfactory restaurant for a small domestic restaurant. Food is well-cooked, none of the dishes was uneatable. The stuff is rather friendly, but not all of them understand english. I suppose that among the restaurants situated on Paseo Maritimo Da Pino is the best. Strongly recommend trying sorbet - it's really italian!
This restaurant used to be one of my recommendations for Italian cuisine in Marbella. We went there many times as the food was really good and inexpensive.
Sept 2004 we went back but things had changed. They had changed owners and althought the menu was the same, the quality of the food was much poorer.
The waiter (who I suspect was the new owner), was a bit lost at times and could not seem to cope with more than a few tables at once. He also had a rather abrupt manner, much different from the friendly smiling service we had on previous visits. In the past I was always impressed with the quality of the food here, Traditional Italian fare with excellent taste whatever I chose from the menu. On my latest visit I had roast chicken in red paprika sauce, on arrival I must say I was disappointed to say the least. A thin slice of chicken breast served on a bed of very plain rice and the sauce could only be described as tomato, not a hint of red pepper flavour. Very bland and very ordinary, actually thats not fair to bland or ordinary food.
Carmen´s cousin had a pizza, the poor thing looked as though it had suffered an accident just before cooking, a large triangular wedge was missing from its edge, it actually arrived heart shaped. Fernando was not too pleased with the quality either, stating it was rather bland and tasteless.
Carmen had Calzione and that was the best dish of the three, but she says it was not the usual quality.
What topped it all was the desert, being a big fan of chocolate, I choose the chocolate mouse. On arrival it looked pretty enough, served with a dollop of fresh cream and chocolate syrup on top. I made a big mistake.... I tasted it.... well this was NOT chocolate mouse, certainly it did not taste like any chocolate mouse I had ever had. It had a very bitter flavour, no sweetness at all, also it had many hard solid lumps in it. After two spoonfulls I had had enough, I only took the second spoonful in case my taste buds had been in error for the first. Carmens cousin had the same as me, and he sensibly would not take a second spoon. The waiter eventually arrived and took away the dishes, not bothering to ask why we had not eaten the concoction, a knowing look on his face as if silently saying.. ´´ this is not the first time someone has found it inedible´´.
Quite certain I wont be visiting again.