Gin and hot fudge / Ginebra y chocolate caliente

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Yesterday, after my fourth MRI, I wasn’t looking forward to the dentist/orthodontist. Not that I mind the dentist/orthodontist. My current one is wonderful. I just wasn’t in the mood. Besides it meant driving back to Benalmádena only 1-1/2 hours after being there for the scan. At least San Geraldo didn’t have to chaperone me. I left him at Mesón Salvador after my pitufo breakfast (see below), came home to brush my teeth, and hopped in the car. It’s less than 10 minutes from home. The medical center is another 10 minutes beyond there.

My broken single-wire retainer was removed from behind my top teeth and I was fitted for a new plastic retainer to be worn at night (a bit different from the one I had). No more wire behind the top teeth. Hooray! After that I was told I’d be called (probably today, Friday) when the new retainer is in. I asked, “What about the cleaning?” She said, “You don’t need a cleaning. Your teeth couldn’t be more clean and perfect.” I was astounded… and so very proud. Even better, 4 hours later I received a message that my new retainer was ready for pick-up. So I drove over and then drove a minute further to take in the view from the terrace of the Enlightenment Stupa (Buddhist Temple). Built in 2003 as a monument to world peace, prosperity, and harmony, it’s the largest Stupa in the Western World.

I decided to start celebrating last night. After all, I survived Thursday. San Geraldo and I went to Primavera for dinner. I shocked the staff by ordering a gin and tonic. Two stopped by to double-check that I wanted real gin and not non-alcoholic. It was so good. I followed dinner with housemade vanilla ice cream (exquisite) drizzled in hot fudge. SG instructed Anna that, for his, first hot fudge goes in the bottom of the parfait glass, then the ice cream, and then more hot fudge. The hot fudge was also exquisite, but I reigned myself in and had hazelnuts on top of mine instead of a bowl of hot fudge. I didn’t sleep much last night, but it was worth it.

I just picked up my framed drawing. I couldn’t be more pleased. I hope to share that and the living room wall tomorrow. Right now, I’ll just sit here in the cool of my office. It’s only 2.5 km (1.5 miles) round-trip to the frame shop. But the humidity is 82% and I arrived home soaked with sweat (pardon me, perspiration).


Ayer, después de mi cuarta resonancia magnética, no tenía ganas de ir al dentista/ortodoncista. No es que me importe el dentista/ortodoncista. Mi actual es maravilloso. Simplemente no estaba de humor. Además, significaba conducir de regreso a Benalmádena solo 1-1/2 horas después de estar allí para la exploración. Al menos San Geraldo no tuvo que acompañarme. Lo dejé en Mesón Salvador después de mi desayuno pitufo (ver más abajo), llegué a casa para cepillarme los dientes y me subí al auto. Está a menos de 10 minutos de casa. El centro médico está otros 10 minutos más allá.

Me quitaron el retenedor roto de un solo alambre de detrás de los dientes superiores y me colocaron un nuevo retenedor de plástico para usar por la noche (un poco diferente del que tenía). No más alambre detrás de los dientes superiores. ¡Hurra! Después de eso, me dijeron que me llamarían (probablemente hoy, viernes) cuando me colocaran el nuevo retenedor. Pregunté: “¿Qué pasa con la limpieza?” Ella dijo: “No necesitas una limpieza. Tus dientes no podrían estar más limpios y perfectos”. Estaba asombrado… y muy orgulloso. Aún mejor, 4 horas después recibí un mensaje de que mi nuevo retenedor estaba listo para ser recogido. Así que manejé y luego conduje un minuto más para contemplar la vista desde la terraza de la Estupa de la Iluminación (Templo Budista). Construida en 2003 como un monumento a la paz, la prosperidad y la armonía mundiales, es la estupa más grande del mundo occidental.

Decidí empezar a celebrar anoche. Después de todo, sobreviví el jueves. San Geraldo y yo fuimos a cenar a Primavera. Sorprendí al personal al pedir un gin tonic. Dos se detuvieron para comprobar que quería ginebra de verdad y no sin alcohol. Fue muy bueno. Seguí la cena con helado de vainilla casero (exquisito) rociado con chocolate caliente. SG le indicó a Anna que, para él, el primer chocolate caliente va en el fondo del vaso de parfait, luego el helado y luego más chocolate caliente. El chocolate caliente también era exquisito, pero me controlé y puse avellanas encima de la mía en lugar de un tazón de chocolate caliente. No dormí mucho anoche, pero valió la pena.

Acabo de recoger mi dibujo enmarcado. No podría estar más contento. Espero compartir eso y la pared de la sala mañana. En este momento, me sentaré aquí en el fresco de mi oficina. Son solo 2,5 km (1,5 millas) de ida y vuelta hasta el taller de armazones. Pero la humedad es del 82% y llegué a casa empapado de sudor (perdón, transpiración).

• That’s Fuengirola in the distance.
• Eso es Fuengirola a lo lejos.
• Anna gave me some love.
• Anna me dio un poco de amor.
• Anna’s love is forever.
• El amor de Anna es para siempre.
• “Well, good morning! Is it time for treats?”
• “ ¡Buenos días! ¿Es hora de aperetivos?”

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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..

32 thoughts on “Gin and hot fudge / Ginebra y chocolate caliente”

  1. Your photos, as always, are amazing. That hot fudge looks soooo good, as does the coffee. Glad you had a positive visit at the dentist. I am currently on a bit of a diet and my mouth just watered looking at the hot fudge. You have a good eye with your camera!

    1. mcpersonalspace54:
      Thanks re the photos and my eye. I have a good time. I’ve been trying to eat more healthy all the time. And no alcohol. Thursday was a bit of a binge. Come to think of it, there was a half-pint of ice cream last night. But I used to eat the entire pint in one sitting… I’m a saint.

  2. Your attention to detail pays off, no cleaning. Here they would have done the cleaning anyway, so they could bill your insurance.

  3. Beautiful pictures. And it’s always good to get a clean bill of health from the dentist? But the gin. You sound surprised that the gin was good!!!!!!!!

    1. Mistress Borghese:
      When you hardly ever drink, the gin tastes even better. I guess you wouldn’t know that. You can just take my word for it.

    1. Debra:
      And served in a goldfish bowl. More like a triple in North America. Heaven.

    1. Bob:
      Now I only have one wire hanger left… on the bottom (the bottom teeth!). Dudo came into bed and cuddled with me this morning. San Geraldo had already left. What a sweet start to the day. He’s now atop his outside condo.

  4. The boys seem to be sharing the tower quite congenially.

    I didn’t realize you had humidity like that! I can totally empathize. (And we don’t glisten or perspire here. We sweat!)

    1. Kelly:
      The boys were focused on their morning treats. They’re still at times pills about sharing a platform. Dudo was on 2nd level from top in SG’s office yesterday afternoon. Moose had to pass him to get to the top. Dudo attacked his legs every time. SG finally picked up Moose and placed him on top. Dudo harrumphed and strode out of the room.

  5. The temple looks quite inviting, I must say…….OM.
    You have the whole staff looking after thee both of you. How good is that!
    Moose……the KING of the castle today!
    Happy things are looking better for you.

    1. Jim:
      It’s basically a large empty space inside, with a downstairs I’ve never seen. The staff at Primavera are phenomenal. KInd, fun, smart, skilled. And they all seem to really like each other. The manager is a great guy and knows how to build a team.

    1. John:
      I’m glad the hot fudge hasn’t surrounded SG’s heart… although he is awfully sweet (when he’s not grumpy).

  6. Lovely views from the Stipa – we have often passed it, but never ascended its dizzy heights.

    Once again, food porn..! Jx

    1. Jon:
      The stupa is not much to see inside, but the view can be very pleasant. And the butterfly park is right next door.

    1. Kirk:
      Haven’t you ever heard: Ladies glow. Gentleman perspire. Pigs sweat. Quoth my mother the dowager duchess.

  7. Totally with SG on the hot fudge! It’s not proper without fudge on the bottom. Everyone knows that and …furthermore…Hazelnut just a waste of space 😍

    1. Walt the Fourth:
      They had the first today at 9:15. It’s now 10:20. They’ll be back shortly!

  8. Looks like Moose and Dudo are enjoying their new digs! Glad your dental check went so well and your MRI is done too. I can certainly relate to humid heat and perspiration as my A/C crapped out last weekend right in the middle of extreme heat warnings in my province. Luckily, it was repaired on Wednesday and restoration of cool air was sweet, sweet relief — though probably not as good as your sundaes, LOL!

    1. Tundra Bunny:
      I can’t imagine being without AC in that heat for even a day. We would have checked into a hotel. So glad you’re cool again.

  9. How interesting that the western world’s largest stupa is in your neck of the woods. That’s a trivia question I would have missed!

    That top sundae is a little too fudgy for me. Also, I object to ice cream in a martini glass. LOL

    1. Steve:
      I love fudge, but that would have been too much for me, too (at least later when I tried to lie down). As for ice cream in a martini glass, picky, picky picky.

  10. SG knows how to stack on and smother the hot fudge ~ massive yess! Happiness is so important as we have learned over out 50 years together ~ seems to be working wink wink!

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