Lunch in The Garden / Almuerzo en El Jardín

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After visiting the Center for Contemporary Art in Málaga last week, I walked over to the center of the old city to find someplace for lunch. I decided to escape the busy plazas and narrow alleys for something a bit more quiet. There’s a restaurant next to the cathedral called El Jardín that fit the bill. I had been there before for coffee but never for lunch.

There were no tables available outside in the shade, so I went inside. It’s a large, interesting place with a mix of decor. A bit frilly in places, but still interesting. And spacious, light, and airy. I had a craving for a ham and cheese board (with an assortment of cheeses) and, although they didn’t have exactly that, they did have full and half servings (rations) of Iberian ham, as well as of manchego cheese. I did a half of both along with crusty bread, and I wasn’t disappointed. But I’m still craving a ham and cheese board.

Last night was a wonderful dinner with new friends, Jules and Brian, at an excellent Lebanese restaurant in town. Photos to come. Tonight is my official birthday dinner. There will be four of us. I hope to have lots of photos. There are two weeks remaining in my birthday month. Right now, I’m on my way to Málaga where I have my doctor appointment at noon and then will have lunch and visit another museum. I haven’t yet decided which one, although the one right next door to the doctor’s office might be a possibility.

Nutrition and Fitness Report
Stretching: Once a day.
Walking: 5 km / 3 miles Wednesday.
Gym: Mediocre arms and shoulders yesterday. To my surprise, in addition to my palm and wrist, my left forearm ached. So, I eased up on the amount of weight and then simply switched to legs, which went well.
One-minute plank.


Después de visitar el Centro de Arte Contemporáneo de Málaga la semana pasada, caminé hacia el centro de la ciudad vieja para encontrar un lugar para almorzar. Decidí escapar de las plazas concurridas y los callejones estrechos por algo un poco más tranquilo y espacioso. Hay un restaurante al lado de la catedral llamado El Jardín que cumple con los requisitos. Había estado allí antes para tomar un café, pero nunca para almorzar.

No había mesas disponibles afuera a la sombra, así que entré. Es un lugar grande e interesante con una mezcla de decoración. Un poco con volantes en algunos lugares, pero aún interesante. Y espacioso, luminoso y ventilado. Se me antojaba una tabla de jamones y quesos (con surtido de quesos) y, aunque no tenían exactamente eso, sí tenían raciones enteras y medias de jamón ibérico, así como de queso manchego. Hice la mitad de ambos junto con pan crujiente, y no me decepcionó. Pero todavía tengo antojo de una tabla de jamón y queso.

Anoche fue una cena maravillosa con nuevos amigos, Jules y Brian, en un excelente restaurante libanés en la ciudad. Fotos por venir. Esta noche es mi cena oficial de cumpleaños. Seremos cuatro. Espero tener muchas fotos. Quedan dos semanas en el mes de mi cumpleaños. Ahora mismo voy de camino a Málaga donde tengo cita con el médico al mediodía y luego almorzaré y visitaré otro museo. Todavía no he decidido cuál, aunque el que está justo al lado del consultorio del médico podría ser una posibilidad.

Informe de Nutrición y Estado Físico
Estiramiento: Una vez al día.
Caminando: 5 km /
3 millas miércoles.
Gimnasio: Brazos y hombros mediocres ayer. Para mi sorpresa, además de la palma y la muñeca, me dolía el antebrazo izquierdo. Entonces, reduje la cantidad de peso y luego simplemente cambié a piernas, lo que funcionó bien. Plancha de un minuto.

• And, yes, that water bottle atop the piano seriously annoys me.
• Y, sí, esa botella de agua encima del piano me molesta mucho.

Author: Moving with Mitchell

From Brooklyn, New York; to North Massapequa; back to Brooklyn; Brockport, New York; back to Brooklyn... To Boston, Massachusetts, where I met Jerry... To Marina del Rey, California; Washington, DC; New Haven and Guilford, Connecticut; San Diego, San Francisco, Palm Springs, and Santa Barbara, California; Las Vegas, Nevada; Irvine, California; Sevilla, Spain. And Fuengirola, Málaga..

41 thoughts on “Lunch in The Garden / Almuerzo en El Jardín”

  1. You had me with the building in the first picture and it kept getting better. That place is Sooo me. And you finally looked quite relaxed and glowing.

    1. Mistress Borghese:
      I’ve been enjoying these weekly wanderings around Málaga.

  2. Oh my I would so enjoy this place. I wouldn’t have noticed the bottle at all ~ and I would have removed the bottle with a flick of the wrist in PS!! Just saying! winks!

    1. Ron:
      I considering PhotoShopping the bottle but I knew it would take more than one flick.

  3. I would have noticed that water bottle for sure.
    Happy Birthday, Mitchell!! Have a wonderful day!!

    1. Jim:
      Amazingly, I didn’t notice the water bottle when I snapped the picture. I might have gotten up and moved it.

    1. Debra:
      Oh, those tablecloths. And they haven’t been changed since the first time I saw the place more than 10 years ago. The yellow was a surprise to me some years ago. I bought a celery yellow dress shirt and found it to be my color. Hard to find that particular shade.

  4. Enjoy your official birthday dinner!
    That lunch spot does look a bit frilly… kind of like a scene from an old Western, but I like it!
    And, speaking of sweating water bottles left sitting on a wooden piano, and ruining your photo…You should see some of the real estate photos that I see, looking for Sears houses in the listings. I always shake my head and say, “And, no one thought to just shove the cleaning supplies out of the way, just for a moment?!?” or “No one thought to maybe smooth out the bed covers, and put a bed skirt over the box spring??”, or “Maybe… put away the clean dishes, before taking the photo??”.

    1. Judy C:
      I can imagine what you see when prowling houses. I was shocked when we were house-hunting. Dishes in the sink. Dirty clothes on the floor. And, in listing photos, unbelievable.

  5. Did the guy on the right edge of the photo forget to put on his shorts that morning? The food looks great, but they should retire the tablecloths. Hope your wrist and arm are better.

    1. Wilma:
      They were a shade of beige and peach similar to his skin town. Tiny bump still on my wrist. But nothing is even tender today.

  6. Those stupid, frilly, grandma like tablecloths ruin the whole atmosphere. Ick. I agree with Debra, you look fabulous in yellow, Scoot! I didn’t notice the water bottle until you pointed it out. Now it’s all I see, except for your fabu face.

    1. Deedles:
      Oh this fabu face. Is that short for fabulist? Yellow is one of my more recent discoveries. Thanks.

  7. Happy happy birthday, my love. You look great. Yes, the water bottle is obnoxious, but I love the look of that place. The floral look is a little bit tea room combined with up scale bar. I would feel relaxed in such a place.


    1. janie:
      The place definitely has a relaxed vibe, despite the fact the two servers were running themselves ragged.

  8. Regarding your gallery visits I wondered if you had noticed the Paula Rego exhibition curated partly by the Tate which is on the moment at the Picasso Gallery. It is a temporary exhibition and you can buy tickets just to see this without having to pay for the Picasso exhibits. It is an excellent gallery for temporary exhibitions. We saw there a travelling one also via the Tate with London artists of the 50s with loads of Lucien Freud, Bacon, Kossoff and Auerbach at a very cheap price. There are reductions for over 65s I think.

  9. Your lunch looks tasty, especially the cheese — at first glance, I thought the ham was corned beef! The exterior of the building is beautiful and if they switched out the ugly western saloon chairs and flowery tablecloths to something tailored and/or modern, the restaurant would look more upscale too.

    In any event, you do look good in bright colours, and Happy Actual Birthday!

    1. Tundra Bunny:
      Nope, definitely not corned beef. I’m still hoping to have a ham and cheese board soon. I agree with you about the chairs and tablecloths. That would make all the difference. I do like the yellow. A recent addition to my wardrobe. Thanks!

    1. Jennifer:
      Thanks so much. Sure hope you’re beginning to feel much better. We have been enjoying all the fabulous places lately. Just wait til you see the latest food photos.

  10. I get New Orleans vibes from the exterior, and hunger pangs from the food porn!


  11. Well Happy Birthday to you and very best wishes of good health and happiness. You do not look a day over 49.

    1. Laurent:
      Do you remember when looking not a day over 49 would have been insult?

    1. mcpersonalspace54:
      Recovered quickly from the silly fall. And, as I said to Laurent, do you remember when not looking a day over 49 was an insult?

  12. I envy all of hour restaurant options. That last picture of you is wonderful. That smile could get you into a lot of trouble, my friend.

    1. Sassybear:
      I’ve never enjoyed dining out so much. As for the smile, one can only wish.

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