Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Chocolate-Smothered Waffle: Better Going Down

San Geraldo and I went last night to Feria Málaga (Málaga Fair). Last year I enjoyed the daytime festivities in the center of the old city (click here to see last year's blog post). This year, we decided to check out the nighttime festivities that take place outside the city center and just a bit closer to where we live.

Unlike the casetas at Feria Sevilla (click here to see those pictures), the casetas at Málaga are free and open to the public. We didn't see the horses and carriages famous in Sevilla. And the traditional feria costumes, although in abundance, were less so than in Sevilla. But there was still plenty to see and experience and I found it less overwhelming than Sevilla's fair. The fairgrounds are beautiful and sprawling and much more pleasant to explore. The lights were enchanting. The rides were fun to watch. Given how things progressed, it's good I opted out of going on any.

As usual, click any image to see it big time.

The Lights
THE ENTRANCE.




The food all looked really delicious. I take that back. Some of the food looked really delicious. However, there were a number of "edibles" that looked radioactive. San Geraldo and I succumbed to enticing gofres (waffles) smothered in chocolate. It was so good going down. About a half hour later, however, the waffle and chocolate decided to repeat itself. And, let me just say, it wasn't quite so delicious on the reflux. And there were no antacids in sight. But, I soldiered on. What's a little heartburn?

At 11 p.m., we caught the next to last train for home. It was crowded with fair-goers, so we stood most of the way. I felt fine. But we sat for the last three stops and the waffle and chocolate decided to make another return visit (I probably shouldn't have bent at the waist).

The Food



MINE. MINE. MINE. MINE. MINE.
IGNORANCE IS BLISS.

One stop before home, I stood up, looked at San Geraldo and said, "I feel sick." (Apologies to my third-grade teacher; I know I'm supposed to say "ill," not "sick." But her name was Mrs. Doody, so...) 

But back to the train. The doors opened and I signaled to San Geraldo that when I said sick, I meant I-need-to-get-off-the-train sick. He jumped off behind me at a, thankfully, dark and empty station. I quickly headed to the railing and wretched into the bushes. Now, don't get all squeamish on me (although I would in your shoes). Nothing serious happened. Just a case of powerful reflux. And then all was well.

Truthfully, I did it all just to get San Geraldo to take a walk with me. That station is about 1.5 km (1 mile) from home.

The People
FREEZE FRAME:  THEY ONLY MOVED TO SHAKE HANDS
WHEN THEY WERE GIVEN A TIP (WHICH WAS OFTEN).







AND SPEAKING OF DELICIOUS...
WITH HIS PLEASANT (AND PROUD) GRANDPARENTS.

22 comments:

  1. Waffles going down, good.
    Waffles coming up, not so much.

    Check.

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    1. Bob:
      And followed a day later by hot apple pie floating in thick, rich, custard? REALLY bad!

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  2. I think Fair Food in general ... not always the best choice. Here in Wisconsin, a popular fair item is pork-chop-on-a-stick, which Tom and Michelangelo think is a must-eat. I did it once, survived and see no reason to do it again. Lights and folks in your photos look lovely, though.

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    1. Michael:
      I was amazed at American fairs by what would be stuck on a stick and be considered edible. Pork chop on a stick is one I hadn't heard of. How about deep-fried butter on a stick at the Iowa State Fair?!?

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  3. I like street food but not fair food, although I might have been tempted by that too. It looked tasty. I hope you feel better.

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    1. Cheapchick:
      The first thing we saw when we entered was a bowl of something smothered in cheese and sauce and who knows what else. At the exact same moment, San Geraldo said, "That looks SO GOOD" while I said "That's DISGUSTING!"

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  4. I never leave home without a few Tagamet in my pocket. Sorry about that reflux. Mrs. Chatterbox had it so bad she had an operation on her esophagus to prevent reflux. Now it's impossible for her to throw up so she has to be very careful what she eats.

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    1. Stephen:
      The product we use here is called Rennie, and one of us usually keeps some on hand. If I eat a diet low in carbs, I have no problem with reflux. But, do I???

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  5. Mitchell, a lot of sweets.I love the dresses. But the best photo is two Men with British suitcase, lovely.

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    1. Gosia:
      The two guys were very clever and did a great job entertaining.

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  6. I am learning that the Spanish really know how to put on a 'fair' with a festive flair! Love the colours, people,rides and that shot of those two guys striding down the street! What's up with them? Buskers? Excellent photo Mitch!

    Sorry you got sick on that very tame looking waffle....as compared to the 'other' food.

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    1. Jim:
      I don't know if you caught it, but those two guys weren't actually moving. Their clothes were wired to look like they were blowing behind them. They would freeze in that position and then, when someone dropped a tip in the box on the ground, one of them would step forward to shake the "tipper's" hand and then immediately step back into frozen pose. As for the waffle and me, that oughta teach me... but it won't.

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  7. What a great outing and the illuminated building looks stunning. I rarely tip, but I would have made an exception in this case with their clever pose.

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    1. Andrew:
      Even better, that illuminated building is actually the temporary entrance to the fair built just for this year. The two guys dressed for the rat race were really good and seemed to be raking it in. Kids loved having their hands shaken by the mannequins. I gave my tip to a little boy near me (with his mother's permission) so he could place it in the box.

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  8. I just love it when I see the Spanish ladies in their flamenco costumes! Flamenco dancing is wonderful!

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    1. Hayley:
      I love the costumes. And I love the singing!

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  9. Colorful! Those Spaniards know how to put on a party!

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  10. Wow, amazing! The lights are so beautiful and I want that waffle!!

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    1. Knatolee:
      The waffle and chocolate was good, but I might discourage any bending over for at least 2 hours after consuming one!

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  11. Looks like a lot of fun! The lights are beautiful! I wanna go. :)

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