Lingon Berry Cheese Cake

I made this recipe especially for Finnberry, a Finnish company that sells amazing Scandinavian wild berry powders. I have become totally smitten with their products and find myself using them on all sorts of things. I just love the sweet, sour tangy taste of lingon berries! This recipe is also especially nice with a side of sunshine!


Bottom layer
1/2 cup of almonds
1 tbs of cacao nibs
1 tbs of agave syrup
pinch of vanilla
tiny pinch of himalayan salt
Cheese Cake 
1 cup of soaked cashews (2-6 hours)
1/2 cup of water or nut milk for creamier consistency (you might need to add more to get it going)
2 tbs of Lingon berry powder (Finnberry)
2 tbs of agave syrup
1 vanilla pod scraped
Rasberries for garnish and some more Lingon Berry powder!


Blend all until a crunchy "biscuit base" consistency and slightly sticky.
In small cupcake moulds or in the smallest size cake form (10-15 cm) press the base until firm and you have a "Cheese cake base”.
In a blender mix all the “cake" ingredients except the raspberries, save those for garnish. When you have a smooth consistency, you're done! You might need to add extra liquid to get it going.
Fill your mould or moulds and put in the freezer until set and firm. This shouldn’t take more than an hour considering it is a small sized cake. For a bigger cake, double the recipe. 
Take out of the mould, garnish with berries and enjoy!

Costa Cuisine- Top Table at Top Thai Restaurant

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A trip to Thailand is always a popular choice at the start of the New Year for those seeking to escape the cooler Andalusian days and get a fix of winter sun. Unfortunately, not all of us can afford to spend the money or time away from our daily business. So what better way to transport you to the exotic pastures of South East Asia than a top Thai meal? And we kid you not, the food at new restaurant Top Thai in Centro Plaza is so authentic that if you close your eyes, you can almost imagine yourself sitting on a busy street in Bangkok or at a beach bar in Koh Phi Phi, looking out on an expanse of glistening aquamarine water. So on a miserable January day in Marbella we headed into Top Thai to indulge in some delectable foreign delights. As is always the way when eating in a group, the best way to proceed is with a sharing platter starter and Top Thai’s version, which included Prawn Toast, Spring Roll with Chicken, Beef and Chicken Satay Skewers and Prawn Spring Rolls did not disappoint. The assortment of dips accompanying the platter perfectly complimented the crispy starter bites, the chicken spring roll served with a honey dip was particularly popular and caused a bit of a ruckus when it came down to deciding who deserved the last one.

Dishes cleared and the chicken spring roll dispute settled, we moved on eagerly to the main event. I opted for a Red Thai Curry with Prawns, which was served with Sticky Rice. With every mouthful I was treated to a large juicy prawn, sweet cherry tomato and fragrant lychee, all soaked in the exquisite red curry soup. Another Thai classic – Tom Kha Gai - was ordered by one of my dining partners; bathed in a creamy coconut sauce, the chicken in this dish was deliciously tender. Others in the group decided on Grilled King Prawns with Thai Sauce, which was a delicious blend of chili and lime and made the perfect partner for the tasty prawns. But ultimate food envy was granted to one lucky individual on the table when his main course arrived – Ped Top Thai. This roasted duck option was a mouth-watering combination of soft meat and crispy skin, dished up with a honey and tamarind sauce. And finally (we couldn’t resist) we ordered the staple dish, Pad Thai to share among us. Rich in ingredients, the egg noodles, crunchy vegetables, prawns, crushed peanuts and lime were coated in a sweet tamarind sauce.

Main courses finished and with just enough room for a sweet, we thought it wrong not to go for at least a couple of desserts. The Mango and Sticky Rice was splendid, while the Cold Fruit Platter was refreshing and thirst quenching. Then the godfather of all desserts – Banana Fritters coated in honey and served with creamy vanilla ice cream provided the perfect finish. The crispy fritter encasing the soft banana was a match made in heaven.

So with the final slurp of Strawberry Daiquiri – yes, Top Thai also serves up exotic cocktails with the most flamboyant of fruit decorations - we had to be reminded that we were, in fact, still in Southern Spain. We did not need a tuk tuk to get home nor was a deep-sea dive planned for the following morning, but our meal at least was the closest we had come to being on the Asian continent this year, so for that we congratulate you Top Thai.

Top Thai Restaurant
Centro Plaza 64, Av. Manolete 1
Nueva Anadalucía, Marbella
Tel. 951 319 778 / 672 028 210

Costa Cuisine- A love affair with wine


This month SOCIETY MARBELLA gained exclusive access to one of the most highly anticipated new venues of recent times – D-wine.

Opening this month, D-wine will play host to one of the most extensive collections of wine in the whole of Spain with over 70,000 bottles and 3,000 different labels all scored with 90 plus points from world renowned wine expert Robert Parker and Spain’s José Peñin and from every region of the country. Francisco, one of the D-wine sommeliers, met with our Features Editor to give an insight into what this innovative and exciting new venture is all about.

It would be difficult for even the most dedicated beer drinker to remain unmoved by wine when walking through the doors of D-wine and being met with the enthusiasm and passion of its staff. “We want to be different” Francisco tells us, “We want to take time with each individual customer to show them all that is great about Spanish wine; when to drink a certain wine and with which accompaniment. We want to spread our passion for wine.”

Displaying his extensive experience of the world of fine wine, Francisco starts our tour in the most exclusive section of the venue. The walls are ined with the very best wine cellars, meticulously set at optimum humidity and temperature and storing the most sought after and exquisite labels in Spain, and the world. These include the rarest bottles and vertical collections of renowned Pingus, Vina Tondonia,Clos Erasmus, L’Ermita and Vega Sicilia as well as lesser-known wines, which will take even the most experienced wine drinkers by surprise. There is a large central tasting bench, which will give centre stage to Spanish winemakers delivering presentations, wine experts giving technical wine classes, wine tasting sessions and all manner of wine related activities. A terrace lounge provides a place for guests to relax and enjoy a Cognac, fine Rum and of course special wines while reading their way through D-wine’s collection of Spanish wine and gastronomic gems. Last but by no means least, a wine dispenser system. This pioneering piece of equipment dispenses high-end wines by the glass at the swipe of a card. The dispenser system is also available at a number of areas throughout the D-wine venue to allow up to a maximum of 32 wines to be available to taste by the glass.

“This is totally unique”, enthuses Francisco, “Nowhere in the Spain can you try as many special wines by the glass”

We leave the big name wine labels behind and head over to the next section of the premises, which boasts over a thousand different wines that are specifically chosen because they provide excellent value for money. These bottles are more averagely priced yet still possess excellent flavours and, of course, those special Parker and Peñin Point’s which signify the superb quality of the label. “The essence in this area is high quality and good prices,” Francisco tells me. 

Onto the third area of D-wine, which showcases the country’s best vintages and is enclosed within glass walls in order to monitor humidity and temperature levels. The labels here are organized in verticals, which is very unusual in Spain. A customer could purchase a collection of bottles of any winery from past years till the actual one to contrast and compare the different flavours through time. There are also magnums, double magnums and bottles of up to 18 litres available to purchase, perfect for a dinner party of 20 guests or more.

As we marvel at the scope of this venture, Francisco reveals still more services. “We can also help individuals who want to create their own wine cellar at home,” Francisco suggests. “So if somebody comes into the store and says I want a cellar of around 300 bottles all priced around the €30 mark, we can advise them on what labels to buy and when to drink specific bottles in the collection at their absolute best.” It seems the sky really is the limit at D-wine.

We end our tour in the restaurant and terrace area, which comfortably seats 100 people (140 could be accommodated but the D-wine team want guests to feel relaxed and special). The restaurant will offer Spanish and Japanese cuisine by head chef Kengo Tomita and his team, using the very best local ingredients all of which will of course be paired with a recommended wine. The terrace is suitable for both summer and winter with its state-ofthe- art pergola, heating for winter months and vapour cooling system for the warmest months . It is the ideal place to hook up with a group of good friends and the most delectable of wines, chosen with the unobtrusive help of one of the sommeliers.

Overwhelmed by the many facets of this new establishment, we thank Francisco who will undoubtedly make it his mission to welcome and educate everyone who crosses the D-wine threshold, from the most amateur of wine drinkers to the greatest expert.

“We are happy to learn together,” he says as he walks us to the door, “This place is dynamic, and we would like to invite everyone to be a part of it”.

Calle Norte, 2, 29670, Marbella
(Take exit for Cortijo Blanco,
immediately after the San Pedro
tunnel). Tel. 952 814 446
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Our resident health and nutrition expert, Bettina gives us some top tips on how to eat healthily on a budget Photo: Raphael Tecksten

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Nut milk can be expensive to buy fresh (or impossible, if you don't have anywhere locally that buys and sells their own). Even the long life variety in cartons and cans is expensive and often contains nasty additives and preservatives. Making your own is a far cheaper option. Coconut milk can be cheap to make, and of the nut and seed varieties almond, cashew and sunflower seed are usually the most economical.


Nuts, seeds and specialised flours are usually expensive when bought in small amounts. Find a wholeseller that sells in bigger quantities. In the Marbella area check out La Campana, the Marbella poligono and as far as Malaga industrial area for companies that sell in bulk.


Eating more vegetables is not only good for your health, it's great for your wallet too. Look for in-season vegetables that will be cheaper than buying imported vegetables and/or vegetables not in season (and they will taste better too!)


We are so, so very lucky to live in the garden of Europe. We are surrounded by amazing produce and farmers who take great pride in their craft. Every weekend there is an organic market on the Costa Del Sol - so make the effort and go and buy what is in season. Most often it will also be the most reasonably priced produce. If you buy a larger amount of say tomatoes, make a sauce and freeze. Strawberry season? Freeze and use for smoothies. You get the gist.


You'll need to soak and cook them first, but the flavour is far superior and you'll end up with more, which will last longer. Turn these into bean casseroles, salads, soups, stews or bean dips or accompaniments to meals. I actually like to bulk boil two to three different varieties and freeze in portion sizes so that I always have pulses at hand.


My most memorable Healthy Meal out this month was Tomate Fresco's Oat Pancakes! Drizzled with maple and sliced bananas. If you are looking to eat healthy on a budget Tomate, in San Pedro de Alcántara, is a great option. Lots of juices (Mean Green is my personal favourite) salads with gluten free options and much more!


That way if you get home late from work and can't be bothered to cook, you'll have a meal ready to go rather than having to get a takeaway. Great when you also have hungry kids that want food "NOW".


Don't go overboard with toppings, extra ingredients or crazy specialised ingredients in the health shops. I know meals with only a few basic ingredients. I go through many of these practical tips on my monthly workshops. Eating healthily is easy when you know how!

Costa Cuisine- New Look for el Rincón de la Sala


Last month El Rincón de la Sala reopened its doors following a fresh, new redesign. Despite only being closed for a few days, the changes are incredibly distinct.

We decided to level out the restaurant to create a more united experience for our diners and to ensure that the live music and atmosphere could be enjoyed by every customer, whether eating in the restaurant or drinking at the bar,” explained Howard Holland, General Manager of El Rincón de la Sala.

Despite no increase in size, the restaurant appears much more spacious and inviting. “The changes have enabled the musicians to interact with the clients and create a vivacious ambiance allowing guests to go from dinner, through to drinks and dancing,” continued Howard.

In addition to the changes within the restaurant, the bar has also been moved offering a much more expansive area to enjoy El Rincón de la Sala’s fantastic value cocktails. Every evening from 9pm until midnight, customers can select any cocktail for just 5€. Alternatively the broad gin and tonic menu offers everything from Gin Mare with Rosemary, Pink 47 with Raspberries and Strawberries and Tanqueray Ten with Lime and Cardamom, all served with your preferred tonic.

As well as fashioning an enhanced area for drinkers, the new bar will become the platform for El Rincón de la Sala’s fantastic new offering. From this month, a delicious selection of ‘pintxos’ will be available every day featuring everything from traditional Spanish omelette and Serrano Ham with ‘Pimientos del Padron’ to further unique creations. As well as the new pintxos, the daytime menu offers all the Andalucian favourites including Prawn Pil Pil, Clams in Garlic, Parsley and Wine Sauce and Fried Calamari El Rincón style. If you prefer an international choice the Chicken Peri Peri Pita and the Mini Burger Trio never fail to disappoint.

During the evening El Rincón de la Sala’s a la carte menu boasts a delicious selection of meats cooked on the exclusive Charcoal Grill which utilises a variety of wood chips such as Pecan, Apple, Maple and Oak. Charcoal grilling is the oldest method of cooking, a process that not only adds flavour but due to the intensity of the heat, seals the food quickly and keeps the moisture in, allowing the fat to melt away slowly. The fish selection is also worth crediting with Baked Whole Fish of the Day in Salt and Sala’s famous Spaghetti Vongole proving exceptionally popular.

With breakfast starting from 1.50€ and specials including a Full English with coffee, tea or orange juice for just 5.95€ on Saturdays and Sundays, El Rincón de la Sala is the ideal spot for breakfast. Relax in the sunshine on the al fresco terrace amidst the quaint atmosphere of the San Pedro town and enjoy fresh croissants, light omelettes or a hearty grilled English sausage baguette.

Every weekend El Rincón de la Sala comes alive with the sounds of the some of the coast’s finest musicians. Masquerade start the weekend in style with a vibrant set on Friday nights, followed by Gemma and Vicky and Ernesto continuing the weekend’s celebrations.

On Sundays a children’s entertainer is on hand to keep the little ones content, providing an ideal setting to enjoy a Sunday roast with all the family. Once a month Paul Maxwel, The Piano Man, takes to the stage creating an ambiance like no other, performing the greatest tracks from across the ages.

Whether you are looking for a light lunch, a tapa or two or you want to party into the early hours, El Rincón de la Sala offers an incredible atmosphere with a touch of Spanish tradition and flavour.

EL Rincón de la Sala
Tel: 951 506 249
Calle Marqués del Duero,
San Pedro de Alcántara

Costa Cuisine- Picture Perfect Indian Cuisine


Picture the scene: you are out and about with your favourite gang of girls and it’s a winter evening, dark and cold. Of course, you are all starving.

What should your first move be?

We have been huge fans of Bollywood since it opened, so it took us less than a minute to move the action to Urbanisation Fuente Aloha, which is where this appealing Indian restaurant is located.

Bollywood is always buzzing and is open for dinner from 6:00pm to midnight, which means that it has quickly gained a reputation as one of the most popular Asian restaurants in Marbella.

The welcome that our party of four received was typically warm. We requested a table as far away from the entrance as we could and were rewarded by some gorgeous aromas from the kitchen.

When we go out in a group our problem is always that we spend ages deciding on which dish to order, only to find that we later wish that we had chosen something that another member of the group was eating. This is yet another reason why we often choose to dine at Bollywood, since it makes more sense to order a range of dishes from every point on the Scoville scale so that normally cautious diners can experiment with something spicier and vindaloo fans can also enjoy the subtle flavours of a korma.

Our usual routine is to order drinks first and by the time we are about halfway through the second glass of wine we have come to some agreement on our order.

For our selection we decided that the Assorted Platter (consisting of Seekh Kebab, Chicken Tikka, Vegetable Pakora, Meat and Vegetable Samosas and Onion Bhaji) would give us all a chance to sample some of the old favourites for which the Bollywood chefs are famous. We also opted for the Spiced Deep Fried Potatoes and Boneless Chicken Pieces in Chickpea Batter, which only goes to prove how accurate the saying is about eyes being larger than stomachs; when the plates arrived on the table we all started to laugh as the size of the challenge began to sink in.

Of course, in our usual fashion we managed to make this demanding task seem easy, the combination of the spicy flavours and crunchy textures combining to set up a series of wonderful taste explosions.

For our main courses we had ordered the Lamb Vindaloo (whenever we visit we vow to try the Phal, but wimp out every time), King Prawn Curry, Chicken Tandoori and Goan Curry. The latter was listed as one of the Bollywood Specials and was highly recommended by our waiter. It turned out to be a deliciously light curry from that very popular part of India, featuring fish and prawns in an aromatic, coconut flavoured sauce.

To accompany this we ordered Pulao Rice, Naan Bread and a couple of Chapatis, which meant that we had to do quite a bit of lateral thinking to accommodate our four large plates and all the dishes that were arriving. However, with a little imagination we eventually managed it. This is our favourite way of dining when we go as a group to Bollywood – everyone just digs in and shares. Occasionally our manners are less than perfect, but everyone has a great time and has the chance to try all the dishes.

We were very happy with our choices on this occasion, the spicier dishes contrasting with the Goan Curry, which we all agreed was the star of the evening. This is yet another of Bollywood’s great features; whether you consider yourself a bit of an expert on Asian food or have never seen the inside of an Indian restaurant before, the staff members are all very friendly and knowledgeable and are more than happy to share their expertise with you.

There was very little room left for dessert, but the delicious Mango Kulfis that we ordered certainly cooled our palates.

In our usual fashion, we then ordered four coffees to finish the evening. You are never rushed or made to feel unwanted at this family friendly Indian restaurant and we stayed for a few hours before moving on to our next destination.

Bollywood’s popularity is due to a combination of factors including a great location, extensive menu, friendly service and reliability. Every time we visit we have a brilliant evening and that is more than enough to make us repeat visitors.

T. 952 906 748
Avenida Del prado. Local 4, Edificio
Picaso, Aloha, 29660 Nueva Andalucia

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