Spanish cuisine is widely recognised globally.
“Tapas” bars are a common site in Spain & now I can see them cropping up in Mumbai too. The ‘’Sangria ‘’ & Rose wine are also enjoyed a lot.
Our most memorable food experience was a quiet lunch in Madrid in an open restaurant where we had our first Paella + wine.
Ask me about Spanish food & I invariably think of following dishes & would certainly recommend one to taste them. Being a vegetarian I have tried the veg version of these dishes.
1. Paella: Rice based dish which I understand some consider as a national dish of Spain!
2. Gazpacho: Oh! And I also know the recipe! Well it’s a cold soup ( I personally did not enjoy it
3 Tortilla Espanola: The Spanish omlet made with patatas ( potatoes).
And then you will see & smell all types of Olives, marmalades, jamon (ham), queso (cheese),patats bravas, etc ….
And when in Barcelona, you can’t miss the brilliant “ Mercado de san Miguel”!
And yes I met my friend Gabriel and his really sweet girlfriend Maria who took us around the streets of Barcelona. A 3 hour walk through narrow streets of Barceloneta watching the former fisherman's area with unique houses, sitting by the Vell sea port and visit to the Barceloneta beach where a huge crowd had gathered for a movie screening was total fun! And finally a walk on the streets of La Rambla.
Btw Gabriel has been to India and he loves Indian tea and khakra! so yes I did take some for him when I went to Spain :)
27 July 2016
26 July 2016
When in Spain... stay like the Spanish!
In Spain you have to stay in rustic hotels if you want to immerse in the culture and lifestyle of Spanish people. Knowing Spanish was an advantage because most people do not speak English.
We really wanted to experience a stay in the typical houses of Spain and Seville was the best place to plan it. After extensive Google search I zeroed in on this hotel and we didn't regret it a bit, though Mallika seemed very sceptical initially.
By far our hotel in Seville was the best. located in narrow streets of Seville, it had a patio in the centre and it was full of creepers and flowers with beautiful wooden structure.
The best part is that it was very close to the cathedral with many good restaurants. The patio was typically Andalusian and was the highlight of our stay there.
23 July 2016
Here is a quick glimpse of the small town Toledo!
21 June 2016
Spain is so colorful and vibrant!! Oh you can't stop noticing it.
Shopping is relatively cheap and fun. You have to bargain when street shopping. The most happening streets to shop souvenirs and cheap stuff are La Rambla in Barcelona and Puerta De Sol area in Madrid.
And of course there are many branded stores in Spain where you can shop till you drop. Be it Zara, Mango, H&M .. the collection is really cool.
People are very fashionable in Spain though the fashion is very raw and less sophisticated unlike that in UK.
BE careful wih your bags and money when walking on the streets as pick pocketing instances are common.
19 June 2016
Plaza de España - a place worth visiting in Seville.
Being there in summers, the sun doesn't set until 9 pm! Would you believe these snaps were taken at 8 pm!?