Food and wine. What’s a trip without them?
In Spain, a country known for its many festivals, we created our own food and drink fest everywhere we traveled last year.
In Madrid: A trip to our favorite Cervecerias, Los Gatos on Calle Jesus, 2., phone: 914 29 3067) became an almost nightly ritual during our week-long stay.
Our dinners – tapas and pintxos --were often eaten standing at the wine barrel table under the watchful eye of “Satchmo” Louis Armstrong and next to a tribute to bullfighting that included a matador’s pink cape.
In Osuna: We followed the suggestions of our hotel owner and visited Casa Curro, at Plazuela Salitre, 5, phone 955-820-758 where we found a dizzing array of choices ….. all in Spanish which made our dining a fun adventure.
Another night ate at Meson del Duque on Plaza de la Duquesa, 2, phone 95-482-2845 where we let the staff choose for us and were delighted with the culinary artistry. This dish in the shape of bull horns is battered and deep-friend shrimp served in a special dipping sauce. This place was so incredibly good we may go back just to eat there!
In Barcelona: When not eating food, one of our favorite past times was looking at displays of it. And one of our newly-discovered favorite places to do that was the Santa Caterina Market (Avinguda de Francesc Cambo, 16) a few blocks from the Gothic Cathedral. Its undulating roof is a mosaic made up of 325,000 Spanish tiles. (It isn’t the more well-known market on Las Ramblas.)
I’ll close with a toast to Spanish Cava. It’s Spain’s version of champagne; a bubbly glass of happiness. There’s no better restorative for sightseeing sensory overload than a tall flute of it served with a side of salted Spanish Marcona almonds.
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