While there are many reasons to visit the beautiful, historic country of Spain, the cuisine should come high on your list. Here’s a secret that not many people know: The food in this European country is fantastic. It’s like nothing you will have ever tried before. Sure, you may have had Spanish ‘style’ tapas in restaurants elsewhere, but there’s just no comparing it to the real deal.
If you’re lucky enough to be heading to Spain in the near (or, indeed, distant!) future, here are some of the things that you use have to try. Trust me, you will fall in love with each and every one of these dishes the moment they touch your lips.
Sometimes, it’s the simplest things in life that satisfy our cravings. Tortilla (or Spanish omelet as it’s often called) is an easy snack to make. Consisting of eggs, milk, potato and sometimes onions, there’s very little to it. Still, when you try a slice of authentic tortilla, it will blow your socks off.
Often, you will find that the Spanish like to put a slice of this omelet on a baguette and cover it with mayonnaise. It might sound a little odd, but this breakfast treat is really very popular for all the right reasons.
If you head to the south of Spain, it would be nothing short of a crime to miss out on some tasty gazpacho. During the summer (when the temperatures rise!), the Spanish love to eat a chilled soup for lunch whenever they get the chance. Traditionally, this soup is made of tomatoes, olives, cucumber, onions, and garlic. It’s often served with a slice of wholesome, crusty bread on the side. Yummy!
Of course, if you visit any Spanish coast, you have to try some paella for yourself. Often, these rice-centric dishes are rich with seafood and spices. These days, you can get paella in almost every variety. Whether you fancy some tasty chicken or some local vegetables, you should be able to find them in this varied, oh-so-filling dish.
What would a culinary journey be without a large helping of cheese? Nothing, that’s what! Manchego, in case you haven’t heard, is a hard cheese that’s made from sheep’s milk (rather than cow’s milk). It has a distinctive, rich flavor that you will want to experience for yourself. Often, you will find this cheese served with meat at tapas bars around the country. It’s so worth keeping an eye out for while you’re there.
So, what’s for dessert? Well, Crema Catalana is one of the most popular desserts in Spain, especially if you happen to be visiting Barcelona! The lemon and cream (as the name would suggest) based dessert is perfect for the end of any meal. If you’ve had Creme Brule in France, this is much like a lighter version of that. So sweet!