In Spain, Life’s a Beach

It’s Sardine Week here at Spain By Mike Randolph! Discovery Channel has Shark Week, I have Sardine Week. I don’t have any video of sardines jumping out of the water to chomp down on, well, whatever it is that they eat, but how can you not get excited by the prospect of an espeto de sardinas? Okay, maybe I won’t write every single day about sardines, though I could and I really don’t think it would be too much. Let’s settle then on Chiringuito Week. It’s holiday time, summer is in full swing, and in Spain, summer is not summer without a trip to the beach, and having lunch at a chiringuito–the beachside huts that serve cold drinks and seafood–is a fundamental part of the package.

Espetos de sardinas are a specialty of Málaga. The city even has a statue to honor the espetero, the man who spears the fish onto a spit of cane, tends the fire, and brings joy to many. The smaller the sardine, the better. They’re grilled whole, and you eat them with your hands. Salty, crispy skin and rich, oily flesh. They’re not only delicious, they’re also good for you. Order the house salad, a pitcher of tinto de verano, and hunker in to enjoy.

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8 Responses to In Spain, Life’s a Beach

  1. BethM July 24, 2012 at 16:08 #

    Fantastic photos of some fantastic fish! I can almost smell their smokey deliciousness!

    • Mike Randolph July 24, 2012 at 18:30 #

      Delicious and good for you AND, I forgot to mention, cheap. It’s a winning combination.

  2. Jeff July 25, 2012 at 02:18 #

    Site is awesome!

  3. Mike Randolph July 25, 2012 at 11:35 #

    Thanks Jeff!

  4. Yolanda July 25, 2012 at 12:53 #

    Love the site, you have my senses on high alert! You have succeeded in making me see, hear,, feel, smell & taste a plethora of new things each day without having to take vacation time or pack! Well done…

    • Mike Randolph July 25, 2012 at 13:31 #

      Thank you, Yolanda. But I hope the site doesn’t completely replace your vacation! If you want to plan a trip to Spain, September is a great time to do it. Fewer crowds, better prices, it’s still great beach weather, and hey, it’s Spain. You’ll have a blast.

      • Yolanda July 25, 2012 at 13:59 #

        Definately saving my loonies & toonies! Need to research/plan my vineyard tour too (hint hint)!!

  5. Mike Randolph July 25, 2012 at 14:05 #

    Noted! Great time for a vineyard tour as well. Lots of fun harvest fiestas to go to…

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