Saturday, July 13: This evening we head out to the town of Torre del Mar, a largish seaside town and busy summer beach resort on the Costa del Sol, boasting one of the longest and widest beaches along the coast. We meet Ross and Daniella, Marianne and Michael’s neighbors, and wander along the streets of the town, trying to decide where to eat. We come across some alien-looking plants along the way.
Marianne wants to go inside the bar section of El Yate, which means The Yacht, because it’s a lively place and has great ambiance. Tonight it’s so lively, we can’t even find a table or a place at the bar. Instead we opt to sit outdoors.
I’m wearing one of the new “Spanish skirts” I bought in Barcelona, which makes me feel like I fit right in.
El Yate is a marisqueria, which is an open-air seafood restaurant. We order some tinto de verano and some seafood tapas, including Rosada.
Rosada is a white fish, flaky and juicy like cod but of denser texture. The full name is Rosada del Cabo, which means “rosy thing of the cape.” The Cape refers to South Africa. Tonight it is cooked á la plancha (gently braised in a persillage of finely chopped parsley and garlic in olive oil). (Al-Andaloose: What is Rosada?)
I can’t remember the second type of fish we eat, but it’s slightly breaded and fried. However, my favorite is the Rosada.
A man walks by selling some aromatic jasmine, heady in the cool night air.
For dessert, we have chocolate cups filled with a sweet liquor. It’s delicious. 🙂
After dinner, we take a long stroll through the town, where we find whole Spanish families out having a grand time. Everyone from elderly grandparents to little children are out gallivanting into the late hour. We browse in the market stalls of the night market.
After stopping for a gelato, we drive back to the house. I have to get up early tomorrow morning, as I’m catching a 7:20 bus from Torrox to Seville, and then from Seville to Tavira in Portugal. It’s certainly been a lovely time visiting with Marianne and Michael in their whitewashed house perched on the mountainside in Andalucía. 🙂