Virgen del Carmen Day

16Jul

If you have had the fortune of having stayed at Hotel Angela this time of year you might already know that today is very important day in Los Boliches.

The Virgen del Carmen festival is celebrated in many coastal towns and village across Spain, and the Costa del Sol is one of the best places to enjoy it.

The history of Virgen del Carmen appears in the Old Testament where it is said that during Pentecost prophet Elias saw the Virgin on a cloud and he then built a temple in Mount Carmelo in her honour.

Virgen del Carmen is now the patroness and protector of sailors, fishermen, scuba divers and even the Spanish Army, so they always ask her to provide good conditions for fishing and protect their boats.

In Fuengirola, the procession of Virgen del Carmen will start this evening at around 20:45 from the Virgen del Carmen Church in Los Boliches. This is considered by many as the most unique and special procession of the year as it ends with the Virgin in the sea surrounded by small boats and fireworks.

If you are staying at Hotel Angela this evening we definitely recommend you not to miss this celebration from your balcony or from our pool area.

We hope you enjoy one of the most awaited events of the year in Fuengirola!

Fernando González

The most typical dishes of Spain – Part 2

09Jul

Continuing with last week’s blog post, today we have more traditional Spanish food recommendations for you:

  • Spanish omelette: You will be able to find it in most bars and restaurants in Spain. It is very easy to cook as it just consists of frying potatoes and adding some chopped onion if you fancy. You then must strain the oil, mix them with egg and cook over a low heat. Its origin is humble, and people say they come from Badajoz and the first ones were cooked around year 1800 when housewives cooked using the products from their own gardens. There are many varieties of this dish as other ingredients can be added.
  • Galician Octopus: This is a very simple dish as the octopus is boiled by putting it 3 times inside a pot of boiling water for a few seconds. This way it keeps its skin and stays soft. It then gets sliced and it is served with sliced boiled potatoes, olive oil, salt and Very tasty!
  • Oxtail: It has been eaten since Roman times, though the current recipe comes from Cordoba. This is a stew where the tail is cooked with onions, carrots, tomatoes, garlic, bay leaf, red wine, olive oil and salt. This meat is super tender!
  • Pescaíto frito: This is a traditional Mediterranean coast dish, so if you are in Costa del Sol we recommend you give it a go. The popular “pescaito frito” is fish covered in flower and deep fried in olive oil.   In Fuengirola there are many great places where you can eat “pescaito frito”, like Chiringuito Rivera, right opposite our sister hotel, Hotel Yaramar.  There are lots of varieties of fish you can choose from: squid, baby squid, anchovies, fried octopus, dogfish, fried prawns… There is also another dish called fritura malagueña, fritura de verano or “Tierra y Mar”, very typical from here, which is a mix of fried fish and fried vegetables.

Well, if you love eating and discovering the typical cuisine of the places you visit, we hope you have enjoyed our last 2 blog posts and that you give these dishes a try next time you come on holiday to Hotel Angela, your hotel in Fuengirola.

Bon appétit!

Fernando González

The most typical Spanish dishes – Part 1

02Jul

This week on the blog of Hotel Angela we would like to recommend you something you might like to try before going back home. Spain has great Mediterranean food and many delicious traditional dishes as our gastronomy is one of our biggest assets. Here the quality of the ingredients is very important, and we love healthy, natural and fresh food.

Here we are going to list some of our most popular dishes as well as its main ingredients:

  • Paella: It has become our most international dish. Paella is called like that because paella is the name of the pan used to cook it. It has a humble origin as Valencian labourers used to prepare rice and then add ingredients from their garden (rabbit, chicken, green beans, tomatoes…). Today there are many types of paella: meat paella, seafood paella, even vegetable paella.
  • Serrano ham: This is possibly the most special product in Spain as it is something that is only produced here. This product comes from cured legs of the pork. The front legs are called “paletillas” and don’t tend to be as tasty as the back ones, therefore their price is slightly cheaper.  Serrano ham started getting produced a long time ago, in roman times due to the need of maintaining meat for a long time. The process nowadays though is very different to how it was back then.  Apart from serrano ham we also recommend you try other cold meats like “lomo embuchado”, chorizo,
  • Gazpacho: The origin of the gazpacho is not that easy to explain as there are no documents to give evidence of the exact moment it started being Many people think it might have been around the 15th Century when the first tomatoes got sent to Spain from America. People might then have started mixing the tomatoes with bread and adding oil and vinegar creating kind of a cold soup. After a while new ingredients were added to it like cucumber or green pepper. Salmorejo or porra is a thicker kind of gazpacho that gets served with serrano ham, tuna and hard-boiled egg. So tasty!

If this post left you willing to know a bit more about our amazing cuisine, do not miss next week’s blog!

Bon appétit!

Fernando González