Spanish Enthusiasm 25Oct13

Happy Friday.  This post is coming to you from a balcony in the South of Spain, a little later than usual, so I hope your weekend is getting off to a good start.  For readers in Ireland, it’s a THREE day weekend, yippee!  I’ll be very grateful for the extra day off when I get back to Dublin this weekend.   When is an extra day not a good idea, I ask you!

Yes, I’m sitting here on our beautiful balcony on Friday evening.  It’s dark out now and the temp  is up around 22 degrees.  I can hear the pool splashing and a hint of the waves breaking on the beach beyond.  I am one very lucky girl!  I don’t tell you this to gloat, but to share a little of what has been a fabulous holiday.

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There is nothing very random about this week’s enthusiasm, it’s all very Spanishy… hope you enjoy it.

Yesterday I had the best ice cream experience of my life!  Yes!  Dar and I happened upon an artisanal ice cream shop while picking up some groceries in La Canada and seeing as we both have a weak spot for the cold stuff, we decided to give it a try. 

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Amorino was started by two childhood friends, Cristiano Sereni and Paolo Benassi in 2002.  They use only the freshest free range organic eggs and the highest grade whole milk with absolutely no colouring agents or artificial flavours (I was sold).  The proof is in the taste; clean, delicious ice cream, bursting with natural flavour and colour.  José served us with friendliness  and an enthusiasm that is rare these days and happily offered us several tasters before we decided on our favourites.

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Dar had chocolate and mango and I had chocolate sorbet (dairy free) and speculoos (caramelised sugar cane, cinnamon and nutmeg biscuit).  José made my cone into a flower, the prettiest ice cream I’ve ever had.

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If you get the chance to try Amorino ice cream I highly recommend it.  We may have to stop by on the way to the airport!

Appropriately, after all that ice cream, I’ve loved getting out for some morning runs by the sea.  It feels fantastic and energises me for the day.  We even finished one of these runs with a dip in the sea…. brrr but lots of fun!

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The breakfast buffet has been divine.

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I’ve rekindled my love of Greek yogurt and have been spoilt with freshly squeezed orange juice every morning. 

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Amazing how a good breakfast sets you up for the day… no, this wasn’t all I had!20131022_101817

Our day trip to Ronda was well worth the 2hr round trip.  The traditional white town, high in the mountains has so many hidden secrets that I’ll have to tell you all about it in a separate post.

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As you can see, the holiday has been the week of R&R I had promised myself.  We’ve had so much fun and really taken time to chill out too.  Nearly a full day left tomorrow and a few hours tonight which I plan to make the very most of.

Buenas noches and love from Puerto Banus.  Have a wonderful weekend xx

 

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1 comment

  1. Eoin Armstrong October 25, 2013 at 10:10 pm Reply

    Ah janey the icecream. THE ICECREAM!!

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