Last summer we had a grand family reunion on the Gulf Coast, USA. This year we convened close to my home, on the Mediterranean, at a beachside restaurant called a chiringuito.
|A typical chiringuito on the Costa del Sol, a few steps from the Mediterranean Sea.|
|Here's our gang. We've reserved a table, although on this weekday, the beach was not too crowded.|
|An old fishermen's custom on the Málaga coast--grilling fish on espetos, or skewers, stuck in the sand. Here a beached fishing boat is filled with sand to contain the fire.|
|Our lunch! Fresh, locally-caught sardines and a whole lubina, sea bass.|
|A squeeze of lemon on the calamares? Of course! My grandsons, from left, Lucas, 14; Nico, 10, and Leo, 15.|
|Fresh anchovies, locally caught, crisply fried.|
|These coquinas (wedge-shelled clams) were superlative!|
|Mixed salad. The chiringito's thatched roof makes for curious lighting effects. But, the shade is sure welcome.|
|We ordered a small paella as a side dish and shared it all around. Good idea.|
|Grilled sardines! This is what I came for!|
|And, the whole sea bass, roasted to perfection.|
On the Beach, Part 1, the Gulf Coast.
Another chiringuito lunch on the Mediterranean.
Lunch and Roman ruins on an Atlantic beach.
Recipes for some of the pictured food:
Fishermen-Style Wedge-Shell Clams.
Fried Squid (Calamares) and Fresh Anchovies (Boquerones).