03/09/15 – Sunsets & Bubbles
Place to Brunch: La Cubana Beach Bar, Benalmadena – Malaga – Spain
My Tagline for this place: Chilled, beach, fresh, summery, colorful, great food & cool staff!
Love their claim: “Quédate con quien sepa colorearte todos los rincones” – “Hold on to the people who light up every aspect of your life”
Brunching with: Maria Ortiz, “Mortiz” as we all know her 🙂
Maria is a Cordoba born girl -Pozoblanco to be precised! otherwise I’ll get told off by her!-
Maria has one of those stories that I love… Stories of exploring, finding yourself and finding your way, she definitely did a bit of that!
Mortiz has lived in Madrid, Malaga, San Francisco, Londres and now she’s back in Malaga, already for a couple of years… She moved abroad seeking an international personal experience and so she did! She’s one of my very good friends from back home and we got to flat share the time she spent in London, I’m not even going to go there, crazy fun old London times! 🙂
Maria is a marketing lover and as such, she loves her job as Director of Marketing in one of the biggest e-commerce Spanish companies. Funny enough, now I’m the foreigner and she’s the local in Malaga! That’s why, it couldn’t be any other way, I asked her to take me to one of her favourites for summer days and she picked La Cubana, just at the border in between Benalmadena and Fuengirola.
Maria picked me up at home and we made our way down to La Cubana, a very cool “chiringuito” set just on the beach.
We started off with a “Tinto de verano” each, a summer Spanish classic; a pour of red wine and lemonade with a lot of ice cubes, super refreshing! It took us a little while to take our pick on food -as a result of us not having seen each other for months, hence the lots of things to catch up about plus because of the huge selection of delicious food La Cubana has in their menu!
Finally we took our pick, we shared a ‘Chewaka Burger’ -a delicious combination of homemade beef patty, caramelised onion and goat cheese served with homemade chips- and a ‘Prawns and dark sauce calamari Wok’, which was to die for! We topped it up with a chocolate coulant and two extra “Tintos”! And carried on with our afternoon chilling on the sunbeds by the beach…
La Cubana Beach Bar:
We had a chance to meet Gloria, she’s the owner of La Cubana Beach Bar, together with her boyfriend. They also have quite a cool story behind them… They’re both from Barcelona, met years ago, took separate ways for a while, travelled to different places to then cross paths again and start this new venture that’s taken them down to Malaga every summer for the last 5 years…
Gloria told us how they decided to open a beach bar in the Spanish coastline, but they didn’t have a clue on where to do so… They got in a car and spent a month traveling alongside the coast, from Murcia all the way to Algarve in south of Portugal… They didn’t found nothing, and a year later they came down to Malaga on a little holiday break and saw the at the time completely shut down La Cubana. There was no renting or selling sign, and all they managed to found out was that it belonged to someone called xx who used to cycle his bike around the area… They managed to someone get hold of the guy, and the rest is story… 5 years later they’re running this super cool place with their great team and they are very happy parents to be 🙂
I leave you with the photos of this little hidden gem in Malaga coast and if you want to get a taste of what’s all about, you better hurry up, as their season will be coming to an end by the end of the month… Otherwise, you can always go back from May onwards next year!
LA CUBANA FULL PHOTOGRAPHY GALLERY
Cheers to Mortiz & to La Cubana Team for having been part of this Brunch Club story! x