Dedication to Spanish Comida (food)
I have been bad mouthing Spanish food since I arrived, but the truth is I have found quite a few things that I enjoy eating here. I have my regular cafes that I frequent throughout the week and I've been trying many different tapas, tortillas and even the tuna. I heard a lot about the tuna from Venisha before I came. She hated the food in Spain so I had some preconceived notions before I arrived. Having been here for over 2 months, I have adapted and am glad to say that I am enjoying some of the food. :-))
"TAPAS" a.k.a. Pinchos
Well, I really didn't have a good understanding of tapas before I came to Spain. To be honest, I didn't know much about Spain at all before I arrived here other than the fact that they speak Spanish. Pathetic I know! I have learned so much about this country and there are so many things that I'm going to miss when I leave, one of which is tapas. Tapas are essentially snacks or small dishes. There are many different varieties ranging from a small plate of olives to a small piece of toast with cheese and veggies or anchovies or walnuts on it, to scrambled eggs and ham to a variety of potato salads. There are too many to list! When you order any type of drink whether it be a coke, glass of wine, beer or coffee, you get one free tapa. Below are some of my favorites.
This one has 3 different tapas: chicken fajita roll, tostada with cheese and walnuts and hornizo (pastry filled with dates)
I have made a meal of these 2 tapas on a regular basis. Risotto and chicken with vegetables. Yummy and filling for 3 Euro!
This has potatoes, veggies and tuna. Yes, tuna! I like it a lot.
Spanish tortillas are not like the Hispanic tortillas you may be picturing (as I had when I first arrived). They are essentially egg souffles or quiche without the crust. They consist of eggs and potatoes and can have a variety of other things like vegetables, meat or "normal" which is simply egg and potato. I found another one called tortilla bolognesa. I have eaten this one at least once a week. It's delicious!
Veggie Tortilla (left) Tortilla Bolognesa (right)
I will say that I don't care for many of the tortillas. The Spaniards sure like their mayonnaise! Many tortillas are literally 'frosted' with mayo. It almost looks like a cake. The first time I ordered one I thought it was sour cream. I was wrong. Blach!
Any of you who know me well, know that I love me some candy! As usual, I had no problem finding sweets. I learned that Chupa Chups were invented in Spain. You can get them everywhere and I of course love them! Just the other day, I discovered spaghetti fresa (strawberry spaghetti). Can you say yum? When will I ever grow up? When it comes to candy, probably never :-)
And finally....EL SUPERMERCADO
When all else fails and I can't eat another tapa or tortilla, I head to my local grocery store and stock up on some tried and true ie.. cereal, apples, bananas, pasta, bread and soup. Gracias El árbol y Carrefour!