Need a time out? / ¿Necesitas un tiempo fuera?

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Mayan Monkey Mijas Chocolate sells chocolate and ice cream and even has what they call a Happiness Lab where you can make your own chocolate. There are two locations, the café near the top of Mijas Pueblo and the café/lab in the main plaza down below.

When we first arrived in the pueblo, we heard Sarah admonish, “Do you need to visit the Happiness Lab?” We had momentarily forgotten about Mayan Monkey Chocolates and thought a happiness lab was a new sort of time out for teens.

I bought chocolate-covered ginger. Exquisite. No one ever wants to try any, so more for me. Mayan Monkey Mijas uses only ethically sourced cacao beans from sustainable cacao farms & communities in the Dominican Republic, Peru, Venezuela and Congo.

Mijas Pueblo is famous for its donkeys and carriages, which don’t often get very positive press. There are many less animals than there used to be and they are protected under strict legal guidelines. Still, they don’t look happy. Magoo, of course, fell in love with them and wanted to take them all home.

Back in Fuengirola, the three of us went around the corner to Tejeringo for a bit more happiness. Sarah and I had chocolate with our churros. Magoo had hazelnut cream. She also had an artful coffee and chocolate drink, a sweetness overdose.


Mayan Monkey Mijas Chocolate vende chocolate y helados e incluso tiene lo que llaman un Happiness Lab [Laboratorio de la Felicidad] donde puedes hacer tu propio chocolate. Hay dos ubicaciones, la cafetería cerca de la parte superior de Mijas Pueblo y la cafetería/laboratorio en la plaza principal de abajo.

Cuando llegamos por primera vez al pueblo, escuchamos a Sarah advertir: “¿Necesitas visitar el Laboratorio de la Felicidad?” Nos habíamos olvidado momentáneamente de Mayan Monkey Chocolates y pensamos que un laboratorio de felicidad era un nuevo tipo de tiempo fuera para los adolescentes.

Compré jengibre cubierto de chocolate. Exquisito. Nadie quiere probar ninguno, así que más para mí. Mayan Monkey Mijas utiliza solo granos de cacao de origen ético de granjas y comunidades de cacao sostenibles en la República Dominicana, Perú, Venezuela y Congo.

Mijas Pueblo es famoso por sus burros y carruajes, que a menudo no reciben mucho apoyo de la prensa. Hay muchos menos animales de los que solía haber y están protegidos bajo estrictas pautas legales. Aún así, no se ven felices. Magoo, por supuesto, se enamoró de ellos y quería llevárselos a todos a casa.

De vuelta en Fuengirola, los tres fuimos a la vuelta de la esquina a Tejeringo’s en busca de un poco más de alegría. Sarah y yo comimos chocolate con nuestros churros. Magoo tenía crema de avellana. También tomó una ingeniosa bebida de café y chocolate, una sobredosis de dulzura.

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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..

25 thoughts on “Need a time out? / ¿Necesitas un tiempo fuera?”

  1. I associate time out with misbehaving. I have been good, but I could use a time out. I have never seen a happy donkey.

    1. David:
      There’s a donkey rescue not far from us. Lots of happy donkeys there.

  2. I’m no chocoholic by any standard, but I’ve grown to really enjoy dark chocolate in my current plant-based life. I’m thinking I might have had a dark chocolate bar with ginger in it at some point. It certainly sounds good.

    The donkeys are cute. We use to have some donkeys (standard sized).

    1. Kelly:
      I’m a chocoholic. Dark chocolate preferred, and that with ginger is a perfect combination.

  3. I will pass on the chocolate and focus on the fabulous tiles and pottery.
    None of which are chocolate covered as far as I can tell.

    1. Debra:
      I love those stairs. I had a handful of dark-chocolate–covered raisins yesterday. SG would love the double chocolate cookies.

  4. Churros con chocolate was my favorite breakfast when I was in Spain! I love all the bright-colored pottery and tile. And who doesn’t love a cuddly donkey? (Although I suspect caring for one isn’t as fun as petting one in passing…)

    1. Steve:
      There’s a donkey rescue near us with a lot of very happy and loved donkeys. Churros and chocolate is a very nice treat, but I still like a healthy breakfast… although chocolate IS a fruit.

  5. I love the tiles, and also the bright pottery.
    It’s very, very fortunate for me that our local place with the best coffee sells indifferent pastries and no candy.

    1. Chrissoup:
      Interestingly, we’re both good about having a healthy breakfast when we go out for morning coffee. This new churros place could be dangerous.

  6. Dark chocolate-covered ginger is my fave!
    We only visited Mijas once, and it certainly is a beautiful pueblo (there are so many of them, including Frigiliana above Nerja that we also visited once), but there is something about Mijas that is particularly special). Jx

    1. Jon:
      Chocolate and ginger are a perfect combination. Right now I have only ginger on my desk, but it’s a nice snack. Off-season, Mijas Pueblo is a major treat and only a 10-minute drive. We loved Frigiliana the one time we visited. Found a great artist there and brought home a painting, too. We’ve been to a number of the pueblos blancos and would love to check out many more.

  7. I’d share those chocolate covered ginger candies with you! and ah España, tan bella. Lovely photos. I especially like that beautiful staircase.

    1. tobyo:
      I’d share my ginger and chocolate with you… and España. That staircase capture my attention every time.

  8. Yup, any kind of chocolate is a Happiness Lab for me too! And if I could drink caramel, I would…

    Your photos of the tiled staircases would brighten anyone’s day, with or without chocolate, LOL!

    1. Tundra Bunny:
      I’ve seen SG drink caramel and the leftover chocolate from churros. That staircase always makes me smile.

  9. Oh, thank you for these pretty photos. I love the white, I love the color, I love the ceramics, I love the chocolate, I love the donkey.

    1. Walt the Fourth:
      It’s wonderful. Probably good I haven’t found it here in town.

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