Saturday, August 30, 2014

Marbella, Spain: Day 7

Note to reader:  If you're sensitive about eating baby animals, please do not continue. 

Today was a lazy day.  I mean, really lazy.  I woke up at 11am and completely missed the foie gras and toast breakfast that the family made.  Therefore, this post will be lazy.  I literally stole these first few scenic pictures from Den.  He went for a four-mile walk with the parents while Nick, Sister and I were laying by the pool sweating and roasting like pigs.  I have a feeling that the lazier the days get, the lazier the posts will become.  Though, we do still have pretty substantial dinners which always makes for good posting.

Jerng Jerng, Mom and Ye Ma.

Mom and Ye Ma on the Mediterranean beach. 

Den said that they actually had a large amusement float like the American show "Wipe Out". It would be pretty cool to try this out, but our group isn't much for swimming.  

These beers don't look that big here, but you'll notice that sister was holding hers with two hands and I was squeezing mine into an oblong shape to get a good grip. 
For lunch we ate at one of the resort pool-side stands.  I got a lamb wrap. 
Nick got a beef sandwich.
We met a nice couple from Minnesota who we exchanged travel tips and Marriott experiences with at the pool.  After our long talk, I was feeling rather pink and headed back to the room before the others.  This was nice as I was able to shower and hang out with Dad watching clips from 2014's Fashion Week in Paris.  I will never understand high fashion.  Once Nick came back, we both hit the bed for short naps before dinner.  I could get used to this.

For dinner Dad made a reservation at El Rodeito because we found that they make suckling pig.  If you're in the Marbella area, I highly recommend this restaurant.  The service was as excellent as the food.  It was a little pricey, but as I'm sure you've seen, we live by the motto: Go big or go home.

This looks like an old-school torture device, but really is for the Jambon.  We had a 7:30pm reservation, which by Spanish standards, is so early it's unheard of.  Most people don't start showing up for dinner until 10:30pm.
I'm sure these were added to the tab, but there were some tasty appetizers on the table when we arrived.

I know that this oil doesn't look like much, but it was amazing.  Nick and I studied it for a while trying to figure out the seasoning and spices within.  It was very spicy while still having a light olive oil flavor.  

The local chorizo was so delicious.  Probably the best that I've ever had.  The waiter said that it is a recipe from Northern Spain.  As goes with chorizo, it was quite greasy, but it didn't have that oily texture that coats your mouth and the flavor wasn't extremely salty like the chorizo that I have at home.

Baby lamb sweetbreads.  Not just lamb sweetbreads, but baby lamb.  Cruel to say, but the younger the tastier. If you're squeamish, just forget what I said and pretend that it's sausage. 

House salad with white asparagus.

Onion "Black Pudding". (blood sausage)

Lamb kidneys

Close up of the lamb kidney.  We had enough offal tonight that Sister said that our hearts would stop mid-meal. 
Seafood paella

The star of the night was the suckling pig, of course.  The waiter said that they've looked into opening a restaurant in the United States, but because of the US regulations on age of the animals, they wouldn't be able to stay true to their roots.  Their suckling pigs are about four weeks old before they are killed. 

This was the cool part.  The waiter said that he would cut the pig in front of us with plates.  I didn't really think that he was going to chop the meat with a plate.  I thought he would chop the meat and then put it on our plates.  Oh how wrong I was.  He cut the meat with the plates.  The force of the plate against the tiny bones of the baby pig cut right through like he was using a knife. Teppanyaki, move over!

That missing hole is where Mom ate out the eyeball.

On the other side of the skull she ate the brain.  She looks so happy about it too.
No wasting in this family. 

Nick got a carrot cake for dessert. 

Dennis got a banana mocha pie.

Aperitifs for digesting all of that protein. 

Because we were such good customers, aka we ordered a lot, the waiter gave us complimentary shot glasses.

Hung on the wall by the exit is a breathalyzer.  They need these in bars at home.

I feel like I'm going to die of a cardiac related problem in my sleep, but I will die happy.  Tomorrow we plan to go to the ritzy part of Marbella where they have fancy cars and shops that we can't afford.  Perhaps we will do some good eating there as well.  Most of the day, however, we plan to camp out by the pool and soak in some extra strong rays. Good thing I brought 55spf sunscreen and there are lots of umbrellas. Until then: Make like a zombie and eat the brains.  

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