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Spain: Tribute to a living legend: Simon Majumdar

Amin (London Foodie) | Sep 17, 2004 06:40 AM

Being a recent 'baby' chowhound and having read the
long report by SM on Spain (titled '' Kicking it in
the Costa ( very very long )'' and in two parts, is
immensely interesting, emotional, funny,chowhoundishly
appetizing and educative. It would be an honour to
consider Simon not only a friend but a Guru on the
Costa del Sol.

It brought back memories of my stay in Spain during
the mid-70's when I had a house in Calle Bolivar /
Sotogrande. I was probably the first 10 people to walk
across the airport runway when the gates of Gibraltar
at San Roque, were opened, and know well, places such
as Malaga, Fuengirola, Mijas, Marbella, Puerto Banus,
Tarifa, etc.

There used to be wild mint growing all over the place
hierba buena) which was excellant for brewing tea,
whilst the Spaniards used to just chuck it away as
weed.

While I have not re-visited Spain since long but
intend to do so soon, I wonder If anyone could tell me
if the famous fish place on the old carraterra de
Malaga -Cadiz (near Tarifa) is still there (it served
the best pesca con sal along the entire coastline).

For those who have not tried it, pesca con sal is your
choice of fresh fish which is simply washed in water,
placed in a pan, covered 3-4'' deep in rock salt and
baked in the oven ''sin'' (without) any seasoning

When baked, the salt which hardens, has to be broken
with a hammer & chisel, however the fish itself does
not taste salty

There used to be a wonderful fish & meat market in
Algeciras, while fruits & vegetables were available
by the truck load in Jerez de la Frontera (??).

Some hotel food which I thouroughly enjoyed in those
days were at the Marbella Club (?), Reina Christina
in Algeciras (excellent scrambled eggs & eggs benedict
but without the Ham,), and Alfonso XIII In Seville
though this was marred by some thieves who ran off
with all the hub-caps on my car while we were enjoying
our meal. The Sotogrande Hotel also served a wonderful
meal where once a week they used to have a video movie
(flown in from London for the Brit's who preferred to
watch John Wayne in English rather than in Spanish)
followed by a 3 course meal for something like 500
pesetas which equated to under 3 bucks per head. It
was here that I attended the first ever Robert Burn's
night and tasted Haggis. Though I do not drink,
entertaining friends was cheap as a bottle of red wine
cost under 100 ptas (approx. 50 pence)

I hope some other hounds would report on interesting
eateries in Torremolinos, Banus, Marbella, Sotogrande
in particular.

Simon, I hope your mom makes a full recovery.

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