Tuesday, April 12, 2016

The Genius of Cervantes

Granted, Miguel de Cervantes was a genius. Although "Don Quixote" is not the easiest read, especially in the original Spanish, it is brilliant. However, when I talk about genius today, I'm talking about the genius of Meson de Cervantes, the restaurant in Málaga.

After four months, we finally managed to get back to Meson De Cervantes for another meal (click here for last time). Long-time friends Steve and Hector are in Málaga for one of their regular visits and we had the pleasure of their company. I'll take it from the rear with the photos and begin with our departure.

(Click the images to make your mouth water... well, except perhaps for the photos of me.)

OUT FRONT WITH STEVE.
(SAN GERALDO IS STANDING UP ONE STEP... AS HE IS IN LIFE.)
DESSERT: THE BEST PANNA COTTA I'VE EVER HAD.
MY CROQUETAS CASERAS.
(CHICKEN CROQUETTES.)
SAN GERALDO'S GAMBAS REBOZADAS CON MIEL DE CAÑA.
(BATTERED PRAWNS WITH TREACLE.)
MY FILETE DE DORADA ENVUELTO EN BERENJENAS,
PURÉ DE ZANAHORIAS CONFITADAS Y CREMA DE ENEBRO.
(SEA BREAM WRAPPED IN AUBERGINE, CARROT PUREE, AND JUNIPER SAUCE.)
SAN GERALDO'S SALMON A LA MANTEQUILLA DE HIERBAS,
CON ARROZ NEGRO Y PURÉ DE GARBANZOS.
(SALMON WITH HERB BUTTER, BLACK RICE, AND CHICKPEA PUREE.)
HECTOR'S PULPO.
(IT WAS ONE OF THE SPECIALS.)
THE BOMB* (AND PHOTO-BOMBED)!!!
*"The Bomb" is '90s slang for something that's "just totally awesome, dude."

30 comments:

  1. Aaah so great to see all those smiles and photos of food and bombers too! You guys are "da bomb"!!!

    Massive Cheers!!

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    1. Ron:
      It was a joyful (and stomachful) night!

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  2. I was told I HAD to check out this post immediately!!
    And....I am happy I did!
    The happy faces, the delicious food, and the wit made the rush over so worth it! That dessert looks to die for!

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    1. Jim:
      The dessert was out of this world and so was the entire evening.

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  3. I am not a fan of seafood, but even I can imagine how delicious such beautiful dishes must have been!

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    1. Michael:
      My seafood tastes used to be much more limited than they've become and they've grown by leaps and bounds since our move to Spain.

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  4. OMG the food is so good here!!! I had some amazing squid tonight. Gordon was asking me what croquettes were when he saw them on the menu so it was timely of you to post a picture!

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    1. Knatolee:
      So glad you're getting to experience it all!

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  5. That meal looks like "Da bomb!"

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  6. I just had dinner.... yet I started drooling looking at your photos... okay... some of it was because of you and San Geraldo, but damn! that food looked so good! The pulpa especially... just don't find places that serve that in SE Ohio....

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    1. Sharon:
      Aw, so flattered you're drooling over us! But, remember, vowels are important. PulpO is octopus. PulpA is pulp.

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  7. All of that looks delicious!

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  8. looks VERY dee-lish to me! and you and san geraldo make a cute couple!

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    1. anne marie:
      It was definitely dee-lish. And thanks, we're a pair alright!

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  9. They say you eat with your eyes first and those plates are works of art. I am salivating.

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    1. Bob:
      Everything about the place is a masterpiece!

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  10. the food looks wonderdful.

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    1. Laurent:
      We have so many great options here and this is truly exceptional.

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  11. I've read 'Don Q' three times to date (or is it four?) and have never found it an easy book to get into, despite its intention to be a light-hearted fantasy work. Maybe part of that is in the translation I've been reading, though what you say about the original being less than easy too is reassuring. I certainly hope to read it at least one more time before popping my clogs.
    Btw: Did you know that Spain's greatest writer and Shakespeare, the WORLD'S - okay, England's - greatest writer, died, some say, on the very same day in 1616 - or at least within a day or two of each other? Strange, that.

    I'm pleased to see that in the last pic, the photo-bombing chap(s?) at the back is using a palm-outward sign. If those two fingers had been given with the back of the hand that, in this country anyway, would have been VERY rude!

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    1. Raybeard:
      We were made aware of the backwards peace sign a while back. I'm grateful. As for Don Quixote. I read it in high school and loved it I had to read it at university in its original Spanish. And I did. I tried reading it again five years ago -- in English -- and felt like an idiot. Clearly, I only thought I "got it" the first two times.

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  12. We were only in Malaga for two very short days or I would have tried to make my way towards your home to try and meet up. Just back from Spain and loved it. I can see why you live there. The food was great - your meal looks fabulous!

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    1. Cheapchick:
      So glad you had a good time. Saw your first post on your trip today. Looking forward to seeing more.

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  13. Oh!!! I took a class dedicated solely to Don Quijote when I was studying my MA in Madrid. I read it in its entirety and in the original Spanish! So good!! This December, I'll be running the Málaga Marathon! I'll have to keep this restaurant in mind! It'd be awesome to finally meet you!

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    1. Brittany:
      Oh, would love to meet you this year! The owners of Meson de Cervantes have another restaurant nearby that specializes in tapas. Our nephew and niece-in-law are crazy about it (it's closed Mondays).

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