Marbella Life


Charity gala for Last Chance Animal Rescue

The long awaited Charity Gala for Last Chance Animal Rescue was held at the Boardwalk in Marbella on Friday 9 October 2015. MarbellaAzul.com was of course there to bring you the news and images.

This event was completely sold out weeks ago. In fact, they could easily have sold twice the number of tickets for this very deserving cause. The dress code was black and white and everyone looked fantastic. Everyone was photographed on arrival at this stylishly decorated restaurant on the Paseo Maritimo in the centre of Marbella and offered a cool glass of cava as they entered to the sound of Lucy Faye – without doubt, one of Marbella’s best singers.

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Nepal earthquake charity concert

On Saturday 6 June, Corleone Restaurant and the Golfer Bar in central Marbella held a combined charity evening to raise money for the people of Nepal who have suffered massively from the devastating earthquake that hit the region in April.

The turnout was excellent and we would like to thank all those who contributed to this worthy cause on behalf of the organizers. The first venue was the Pizzeria Corleone in Avenida Arias Maldonado. Here, we enjoyed good food and marvellous entertainment from the Tuca Jazz Band – a five piece band made up of tenor sax, keyboards, double bass, drums and Jennifer on vocals who belted out a number of standards and some jazz greats.

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Marbella Pinktober charity run 2015

The Pinktober Charity Run was held this year on Sunday 15 November, starting and finishing next to the Hard Rock Café in Puerto Banus.

It was as usual well attended by both young and old. There is always a great atmosphere at this event with everyone showing support for the fight against breast cáncer. There must have been over a thousand people taking part and a fair number of dogs too, all showing solidarity for this very worthy cause by wearing pink T-shirts, wigs and tutus. MarbellaAzul was of course there to bring you all the best images.

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Marbella Neon Night 2015

Neon Night returned to Marbella on 3 October 2015. This year, the walk started from the Plaza Antonio Banderas in Puerto Banús. Hundreds of people took part and left the Plaza just after 21.00.

This is always a popular walk for families and friends to enjoy together. All the walkers were given a neon accessory kit with earrings, a ring, a necklace, glasses and bracelets, to wear during the walk and ‘light the way’. Everyone enjoyed the atmosphere whilst raising funds for 2 charities – NGO Plan-España helping disperse Gender discrimination for girls around the world and CADI, which help children with special needs. MarbellaAzul.com was there to bring you the images. We hope you enjoy them!

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Charity 10K run for Multiple Sclerosis in Marbella

The third Multiple Sclerosis Association of Marbella and San Pedro charity run took place this Sunday 30 August in the centre of Marbella.

There was a heavy cloud cover over Marbella and high humidity, but over a thousand competitors and a huge number of spectators turned up to support this popular event. MarbellaAzul.com was of course there to bring you the best images and Marbella Now’s Nicole King was there with the RTV Marbella cameras to report on the event for next week’s programme.

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Marbella Global Gift Gala evening 2015

On Sunday 5 July, the Hotel Gran Meliá Don Pepe was the setting for the fourth Marbella Global Gift Gala. The three foundations benefitting from this year’s event will be the Eva Longoria Foundation, the Global Gift Foundation and the Bertin Osborne Foundation.

Set in the beautiful gardens of this popular 5 star hotel, preparations were well under way for this prestigious event when we arrived with Marbella Now´s Nicole King who was there to interview people for next week´s show.

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Global Gift Gala golf tournament 2015

Global Gift Gala Golf Tournament – Saturday 4 July heralded the start of a very special philanthropic weekend here in Marbella for three important charities – the Global Gift Foundation, the Eva Longoria Foundation and the Bertin Osborne Foundation.

As the sun rose over the Sierra Nevada mountains, Marbella’s La Quinta Golf and Country Club were getting ready for a very special Charity Golf Tounament. This is invariably a fun day, where the general public can join celebrities for a round of golf and lunch. This year the celebrities included Amaury Nolasco (star of US TV show Prison Break), Eva La Rue (from CSI Miami) and Eva Longoria who needs absolutely no introduction.

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Laude International charity gala 2015

Yesterday evening, we joined the “Marbella Now” team and about 500 others at the Laude International College Charity Gala in San Pedro de Alcántara.

The students performed excerpts from musicals, including “The Lion King”, “Batman”, “Annie” and “Pitbull”. The dancers and costumes were amazing. There were several excellent musical renditions – vocal and instrumental. There was a fashion show and a charity auction with a wide range of ítems from corporate donors, including a day trip for 10 people on a 39 foot luxury yacht, a McLaren super car experience and a two night stay at Marbella´s 5 Star Hotel Gran Melia Don Pepe. The food was donated by the Masala Indian Restaurant.

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Foreigner at Puente Romano Tennis Club in Marbella

Foreigner is a UK/US rock band formed in 1976 by Mick Jones (guitar), Ian MacDonald (guitar) and Lou Gramm (vocals). The other original members were Dennis Elliott (drums), Al Greenwood (keyboards) and Ed Gagliardi (bass guitar). The band’s name was Mick Jones’s idea – they were based in New York and three of the original band members were British. To date, they have released 9 studio albums and 39 singles.

Their best known song is “I want to know what love is” which topped the singles charts in the US, the UK and in many other countries around the world. “Waiting for a girl like you” has the dubious distinction of only getting to number 2 in the US singles chart and then staying there for ten weeks. Their albums have sold more than 50 million copies worldwide.

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George Benson at Puente Romano Tennis Club in Marbella

George Benson is a renowned US guitarist and singer-songwriter who has been making records for over 50 years. Between 1964 and 2013, he released 36 studio albums. George Benson will be playing at the Puente Romano Tennis Club in Marbella on July 21 2017.

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Kaiser Chiefs in Torremolinos

Kaiser Chiefs in Torremolinos - August 6 2016

On Saturday 6 August, British rock band the Kaiser Chiefs played the Auditorio Principe de Asturias in Torremolinos – an event arranged by Crazy Music Productions. The band’s line-up was as usual Ricky Wilson (Vocals), Andrew White (Lead Guitar), Simon Rix (Bass Guitar), Nick Baines (Keyboards) and Vijay Mistry (Drums).

They played for just under two hours and included most of their hits including “Every day I love you less and less”, “Never miss a beat” (my favourite), “Everything is average nowadays”, “The angry mob” and of course their classic anthem “I predict a riot”.

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Seal concert rocks Puente Romano

Marbella is renowned for hosting concerts in the summer months. This week was no exception when the beautiful setting of the Puente Romano Tennis Club hosted one of the world’s most talented singers, Seal.

Attracting a sell-out audience, the 1990’s singer delivered a spectacular ensemble of famous hits, music from his new album “Seven” and cover songs from his appearance in the American music television special “The Passion – New Orleans.”

With the support of singer/songwriter Paul Maxwel having done a superb job of warming up the crowd, Seal took to the stage and kept up the momentum as he launched into his first hits “Crazy” and “Killer” to which most of the audience were on their feet dancing. Then, to show off his musical diversity, he calmed down the pace and mesmerized the crowd with powerful performances of “Do you ever” and “Waiting for you.”

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Suggs at Nutty Bar in Marbella

Two days after his appearance at the Gibraltar Music Festival with Madness, Suggs arrived in Marbella to give a special performance of his one man show on Tuesday 8 September at the Nutty Bar in the Puerto Deportivo.

The Nutty Bar’s Mark (AKA Wandsworth Harry) generously offered MarbellaAzul.com and RTV Marbella’s “Marbella Now” show two VIP tickets for the one man show as a competition prize. The question was “What was Madness’s first number one single in the UK?” The answer was of course “House of fun”. There were over 150 entries to the competition and the winner was announced on the “Marbella Now” show which aired on 3 September.

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Gibraltar Music Festival 2015

The fourth Gibraltar Music Festival will take place this year on 5 – 6 September 2015. It will again be held at the Victoria Stadium, close to the airport to the north of the town and it is easily accessible from mainland Spain.

GMF 2014, with Rita Ora and the Script headlining, was a huge success. More than 10,000 people attended. Consequently, this year’s festival has been extended to two days and and this year´s headliners will be Duran Duran and the Kings of Leon. Other acts booked include Estepa, Tom Odell, the Feeling and Lawson, with more to be confirmed. According to a spokesman, the festival will have more than fifty acts.

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“Music of the Night” in Marbella

The spectacular hit show “Music of the Night” will be returning to Marbella this year by popular demand. The show has enjoyed sell-out performances for the past couple of years at a number of venues in the Marbella area including the Starlite Festival, the H10 Andalucia Plaza in Marbella and the Mijas Auditorium.

In 2015, there will be an exclusive season of five shows at the H10 Andalucía Plaza Hotel in Puerto Banús, Marbella including the best of the musical theatre, opera and classical shows – “West End Musicals in Concert”, “Encore! Tenors” and “The Best of Broadway”. Every “Music of the Night” performance is different. incorporating songs from different musical theatre productions and by different classical composers in each show.

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Kid Creole at Puente Romano in Marbella

Kid Creole appeared on RTVMarbella´s “Mi Marbella with Nicole King” show prior to his concert at the Hotel Puente Romano. Friday was a big day for us here at MarbellaAzul.com. We all went to the RTVMarbella studios to be guests on the “Mi Marbella with Nicole King” radio show. Her other guests were Kid Creole and Eva (aka Mama Coconut).

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Three Kings’ Day in Marbella 2017

On Thursday 5 January, a large crowd gathered in Marbella’s Puerto Deportivo to herald the arrival of the Three Kings (Melchior, Caspar and Balthazar).

They arrived just after midday on a Fly Blue Catamarán to the sound of cheering children, all keen to see them and grab hold of the caramelos (sweets) traditionally throw into the crowd by them. As usual, the Three Kings mingled with the crowd before setting off in three open top cars through the streets of Marbella to the Ayuntamiento (Town Hall) in the old town.

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Virgen del Carmen in Marbella 2016

Virgen del Carmen is a festival celebrated every year in Marbella on 16 July.

The Virgen is the patron saint of fishermen and her statue is carried through the streets from the chapel in Marbella’s old town where it is stored to the Puerto de la Bajadilla (Marbella’s fishing port) accompanied by a band and local dignitaries. Crowds of people gather, cheer and throw white carnations at the procession.

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Marbella Feria Queen election 2016

On Friday 29 April, the terraces above the Puerto Deportivo in Marbella were packed with people, there to see who was going to be chosen as the Marbella Feria Reina (Queen) and her Damas (Ladies) for 2016. The event was attended by José Bernal (the mayor of Marbella), Manuel Garcia (the Councillor for Fiestas) and other members of the government team. The show was compared by RTV Marbella’s presenter Roberto Caballero.

A special stage and sound system had been prepared for the event with a”‘Eurovision” theme and the Mayor started proceedings by unveiling the winning poster by Manuel Jesús Torrejón Pérez.

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Marbella Carnival parade 2016

On Saturday 13 February, the Grand Parade de Humor (the highlight of the Marbella Carnival) set out from the Parque de la Represa to the east of Marbella’s old town and headed for Avenida Ricardo Soriano. Towns and villages throughout Andalucia hold carnivals in the period leading up to Lent every year. The Cadiz Carnival is one of the biggest, but Marbella rarely disappoints. This year was great. A wonderful spectacle.

As usual, the participants had put an amazing amount of time and effort preparing the costumes and the floats. There was colour everywhere. And absolutely everyone was smiling and having a great time. The band was a show in itself. They didn´t just play their music. They also danced and entertained the huge crowd of people as they marched through Marbella’s streets. The people on stilts were amazing. How on earth do they walk the whole route on stilts!

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Three Kings procession in Marbella 2016

On the evening of 5 January, everyone headed for Avenida Ricardo Soriano (the main street in Marbella) to see the annual Three Kings parade. This year’s theme was popular movies. The first, as you might expect, was Star Wars with Darth Vader and his stormtroopers showing off their skills with light sabres and of course everyone’s favourite Princess Leia. The municipal band were as usual at the start of the parade playing some stirring music to get us in the mood.

We then enjoyed a huge hippopotamus, a hairy mammoth, a giraffe, and an extremely life like gorilla – all rocking to the music. The floats were beautifully prepared and full of film characters and children throwing caramelos  to the crowd. It was a wonderful end to the Christmas and New Year festivities here in Marbella.

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Three Kings arrive in Marbella 2016

On 5 January, a large crowd gathered in Marbella’s Puerto Deportivo to welcome the arrival of the Three Kings (Melchior, Caspar and Balthazar) who were due to arrive by sea just after midday.

They arrived on a Fly Blue Catamarán to the sound of cheering children, all eagerly awaiting the caramelos (sweets) which they traditionally throw into the crowd. After spending some time mingling with the crowd and posing for pictures with the children, they got into the three open top cars (a Bentley, a Jaguar and a Porsche) and set off through the streets of Marbella to great acclaim.

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Marbella Christmas lights 2015

Christmas has now officially arrived here in Marbella and this year’s Christmas lights are splendid. And don’t forget to check out the side streets and the Old Town it really does look like a magical wonderland – see images below.

The Town Hall has worked hard this year, providing plenty of activities for everyone. You will find all the information you need in our Events Calendar. There is so much going on here and we will continue to update you throughout the Christmas period, which ends on the 6 January.

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Virgen del Carmen in Marbella 2015

Virgen del Carmen is celebrated every year in Marbella on 16 July. She is the patron saint of fishermen and her statue is carried through the streets from the chapel where she is stored to the Puerto de la Bajadilla (Marbella’s fishing port), accompanied by a band and a number of local dignatories. Crowds gather, cheer and throw white carnations.

On arrival at the fishing port, the fishing boats are blessed . The throne is then transferred to a boat and she makes her way by sea to Puerto Banús accompanied by local fishermen, numerous pleasure boats and jet skis. On the return journey, the flowers are thrown into the sea as an offering to those who lost their lives at sea and a blessing is given. The procession then returns to the Puerto Deportivo (Marina) in Marbella and makes its way through the streets of Marbella back to her chapel.

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Noche de San Juan in Marbella 2015

Noche de San Juan (the night of San Juan) is on June 23 every year. It is a celebration of the summer solstice and it takes place on Marbella’s beaches with roaring bonfires and plenty of food and drink. It can be a memorable, surrealistic scene and it is one that just has to be experienced.

Water and Fire are the basic elements and it is believed that these counterparts create a mythical connection.It is said to be a magical night when strange occurrences happen on this the shortest night of the year. For example, certain pagan gods are said to make themselves visible.

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Marbella Carnival parade 2015

On Sunday 22 February, we captured all the colour and excitement of the carnival parade through the streets of Marbella. 

Clearly, everyone had worked very hard this year. The costumes were fantastic and extremely colourful with adults, children and groups of people providing great attention to detail. The parade was of course full of music, dance and fun – just as carnival parades should be. Carnival week is celebrated in the run up to Lent throughout Andalucia. The one in Cadiz being the largest and most colourful.

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Three Kings arrive in Marbella 2015

At 12.30 pm on 5 January, the Three Kings (Melchior, Caspar and Balthazar) arrived by boat in Marbella´s Puerto Deportivo to be greeted by several hundred local people and Marbella´s mayor Angeles Muñoz.

They were then taken by car through the marina area distributing sweets to the children as they went. You will find some of our images below:

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Where to enjoy a traditional Sunday lunch in Marbella

If you are visiting Marbella or you are living here, everyone enjoys a traditional Sunday lunch. Well, why bother going to all the trouble of cooking it yourself when you can enjoy at one of the many restaurants in Marbella offering traditional Sunday lunch.

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How to read a Spanish menu

Visiting Spain?

You may find this helpful when eating out.

Spanish restaurants and tapas bars can be an absolute delight. Some of the best restaurants in Europe can be found in Spain and they are usually in the major cities or in tourist areas.

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Spain’s coffee culture

Drinking coffee is a way of life in Spain!

You can experience the coffee culture in Marbella in so many ways.

Spanish people will typically have a coffee first thing in the morning with their breakfast to get them started. Then, at about 11.00 am, they will stop for a short break and have a coffee with a light snack – perhaps a pitufo or a bocadillo.

There are traditional Spanish bars where you can stand at the bar and drink coffee from a glass.

You can visit one of the small cafés in the old town or on a bustling high street.  Or, you can go to one of the many cafés on the paseo and enjoy magnificent views of the Mediterranean while you drink your coffee.

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History of Spanish coffee

Coffee was discovered in the area now known as Ethiopia in north east Africa about a thousand years ago and it arrived in Europe in the early 17th century. Coffee houses became popular meeting places in many European cities and over the last 400 years it has become an integral part of our culture.

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Popular Cocktails

A cocktail is an alcoholic drink consisting of a spirit or spirits (typically vodka, gin, rum, whiskey or brandy) mixed with other ingredients such as vermouth or a fruit juice. However, these days almost any mixed drink can be referred to as a cocktail.

Here are a few popular cocktails with details of how to make them:

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Jack’s American Brasserie to become Jack’s Smokehouse

Jack’s American Brasserie, the popular restaurant on Puerto Banús’s front line, is currently undergoing a complete refurbishment and a change of interior design, re-opening 14 February 2017 with a new name – Jack’s Smokehouse.

The change will be reflected in its new design, decor, drinks and notably the food. Offering a new dining experience to Marbella inspired by the top smokehouse restaurants in New York. Featuring authentic fall-off-the-bone smoked BBQ meats, Jacks will be the only smokehouse on the Costa del Sol to offer a traditional wood-smoked menu where the meat is cooked for 40 hours. Dishes include Chunky Chili Con Carne with Smoked Beef, Smokin´ Skins, Boston Beans with Smoked Pork and 40-day dry-aged steaks.

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Juan José Carmona – the new chef at El Lago

This year, the El Lago restaurant in Marbella is celebrating its seventeenth year. It has held a Michelin star since 2005 and the chef Juan José Carmona has introduced a new winter menu.

His first dish is a delicious red mullet with artichokes that are ecologically cultivated by the Hevilla family in Coin. He says the key to the success of this dish is that these two unusual ingredients with their distinctive and unusual tastes work wonderfully together. The mullet with artichokes is one of the most risky and outstanding proposals of the new winter menu.

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Michelin Stars shine at the Kempinski

On the 7th and 8th of September, three renowned Michelin starred chefs cooked together to create a 12 course culinary extravaganza at the 5* Kempinski Hotel Bahia Estepona. Jaume Puigdengolas from Skina, Diego Gallegos from Sollo and Mauricio Giovanini from Messina each cooked four amazing courses and Ana Núñez, Head Sommelier of Kempinski Hotel Bahia expertly paired them with wines.

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Dine with the stars at the Kempinski

On the 7th and 8th of September, three renowned Michelin starred chefs will be cooking together at the 5* Kempinski Hotel Bahia Estepona.

Jaume Puigdengolas from Skina, Diego Gallegos from Sollo and Mauricio Giovanini from Messina will create a sumptuous 12 course tasting menu, with each chef cooking four courses. The event will showcase the incredible culinary talent on the Costa del Sol and the amazing local produce of the region and each course will be paired with a wine to complete the gastronomic experience.

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La Sala Banús re-opens with new look

MarbellaAzul.com’s Roz and Derek James were delighted to receive an invitation to La Sala Banús’s re-opening party on Monday 5 December following the popular restaurant’s complete transformation to bring you the ultimate social and dining experience. The FOC Design team were behind this total refurbishment, having designed La Sala Gibraltar and the Oak Restaurant.

None of the current vibe has been lost but has enabled extra seating it is still glamorous and chic. The restaurant now has a fresh and open feel, with design details providing a comfortable feel for diners. The main bar still has the DJ area and it will offer amazing entertainment from guest artists as normal. Check out the La Sala Banús website for up to date information.

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La Sala collaboration with chef Aitor Perurena

La Sala will collaborate with Chef Aitor Perurena to promote Spanish cuisine. This follows a successful collaboration with the La Sala in the Sky project this summer.  Aitor was the perfect choice to collaborate with a number of upcoming unique events to promote famous Spanish dishes of Spain.

During these events Estudio Gastronómico will be preparing a variety of exciting national delicacies promoting the different and varied gastronomic regions of Spain. As well as designing a menu based on local dishes from each province, the exquisite dishes will be paired with regional wines and Cavas including the famed Marqués de Riscal wines.

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A Cuatro Manos 2016 – four days of gastronomic excellence

The dates for this year’s “A Cuatro Manos” are from 18 -21 April at Dani Garcia’s restaurant in the Hotel Puente Romano in Marbella.

Last year’s “A Cuatro Manos” boasted chefs with 20 Michelin stars. This year, the elite of the world’s chefs will be joining Dani Garcia and chefs with 71 Michelin stars will be in attendance.

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Celebrate the majesty of the Tuna at Kempinski

A “Ronqueo de Atun” is a traditional Spanish spectacle, where chefs prepare a whole tuna for cooking, delighting guests with the almost choreographed art of slicing and filleting this majestic fish. On the 22nd of July from 7.30pm, the team at the Kempinski Hotel Bahia in Estepona will be hosting a Ronqueo de Atun in their beachfront restaurant La Cabaña del Mar for the very first time.

There will be a welcome drink from the Bodega Villa Tondonia, then the Kempinski’s team of talented chefs will prepare the tuna, explaining the different cuts of the fish, demonstrating how to cut, slice and fillet the fish and answering questions.

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La Sala in the Sky in Puerto Banús

The La Sala Group has teamed up with famed local chef Aitor Perurena to bring a new concept to Marbella – the ultimate social and dining experience 50 metres above the ground!

This is a unique concept meant for anyone who wishes to transform an ordinary meal into a magical moment that will leave a lasting impression. This floating restaurant will be the highest view point of Marbella, offering 360 degrees views whilst enjoying a gastronomic experience and champagne.

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Oak Garden & Grill in Puerto Banús

The La Sala Group is opening a new garden restaurant in Nueva Andalucia, adjacent to La Sala Banús on Friday June 10 2016. The Oak Garden & Grill will offer charm and elegance for Marbella’s more discerning diners.

This new restaurant is located in the garden of an Andalucian style villa and will feel like an intimate secret garden with the spectacular backdrop of La Concha.  La Sala’s Executive Chef James Adams has created a menu which incorporates delicious grill specialities as well as a selection of La Sala’s signature dishes.

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La Sala Banús’s Sunday lunch

MarbellaAzul.com was this week invited to review La Sala Banús’s Sunday Lunch menu. We were of course pleased to accept their offer..

This very popular venue in Nueva Andalucia offers a traditional Sunday lunch menu from October to June. There is a wide choice of starters, main courses and desserts and the cost is as follows: Single course for €15.95, two courses for €20.95 or three courses for €25.95. They also offer a children’s menu for the under 10s for €8.95 – which is of course very popular with families.

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Ambrosia Gourmet Market Marbella

Thursday 23 July 2015 saw the official opening of the Ambrosia Gourmet Market in Puerto Banús, Marbella. More than 400 people atended, including Marbella Azul and RTV Marbella’s “Marbella Now” programme.

Marbella’s new mayor José Bernal, Manuel Garcia (Concejal de Fiestas) and Manuel Osorio Lozano (Concejal de Hacienda) were there representing the Ayuntamiento along with many other Marbellís lucky enough to get an invite to this prestigious event. Other attendees included the vice president of Malaga Ayuntamiento Francisca Caracuel and Patricio Baeza (Honorary Consul from Hungary in Malaga)  offering support for one of Ambrosia’s partners who is Hungarian.

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Ambrosia Mercado Gourmet opening

Ambrosia Mercado Gourmet will be opening for business in Marbella on 24 July 2015 at 09.00. It is located in Urb. La Alzambra in Puerto Banús, right next door to the Iceland supermarket and it will be offering gourmet and luxury food to all of Marbella’s residents and visitors. There is good parking and it even offers a children’s play área.

Ambrosia’s aim is to provide something of times past, making food shopping enjoyable again and enabling the customer to taste and learn about different foods from different countries whilst buying the produce and drinks.There are fourteen different areas offering Iberian specialities including meat, fish and a bakery. There will also be national and international delicatessens offering Japanese sushi, Thai cuisine and Iberian ham and cheese. There is also a cerveceria with indoor and outdoor seating offering food and cocktails.

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Ambrosia Mercado Gourmet Press Conference

A press conference was held at the Melior Vasari Business Centre in Puerto Banús today for the Ambrosia Mercado Gourmet owners Antonio Ortiz and Gabor Somlai to present their latest project. The event was attended by the new mayor of Marbella, José Bernal and Marbella Azul were there to bring you the news and images.

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Carajillo

A carajillo is a Spanish drink that combines coffee with brandy or rum. It is thought to date back to the Spanish occupation of Cuba in the 16th Century when conquistadors combined coffee with rum to give them courage before going into battle – the Spanish word for courage is “coraje”.

There are a number of ways to make a carajillo. The simplest way is to pour brandy or rum into a cup of black coffee. Another popular variation is to heat the spirit with lemon, sugar and cinnamon and then add the coffee.

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