Just got back from Spain and thought I would jot down some thoughts. Spain is a beautiful country and I realize we only scratched the surface but it was a great trip nonetheless.
I am sure the people in Spain are great but I really wanted to go their for the food. No disrespect to the Spanish people I just can’t speak Spanish so there wasn’t a whole lot to talk about. The olives are what I was most excited about. That is dorky I know, but I honestly have a love affair with cured foods, in particular olives, cheeses and hams. Spain and Italy have a long history of cured foods dating back over 2000 years ago when the Romans conquered everyone and stole their ideas. Jamon Serrano is the Spanish cured ham and they are found EVERYWHERE!! If you order a coke at a cafe you often will get a small Jamon sandwich with it without asking. This is a Spanish thing and I loved it.
The Spanish people dress very nice and it was shocking but we counted only 3 people out of thousands that would be considered overweight. This is likely due to their lifestyle of walking daily to get around and eating fresh foods???? Whatever the case it was interesting to see the faces in Spain. I could see Mexico in the faces and South America and it was fascinating.
If you know me well you know that one of my complaints is that we are always in a hurry. We don’t take time to soak things in. I felt almost guilty sitting at an outside table at various cafes for up to two hours. My thoughts are, we need to get out of here so another client can come. I learned that this is the farthest thing from their minds. In fact we had to almost club them over the head to bring a check. It was refreshing and relaxed. Like much of Europe they have a why hurry attitude toward life and that can be bothersome to some tourists but I love it.
My favorite city was Segovia. The Romans came and left their mark in the form of an enormous aquaduct that was incredibly beautiful. We visited a castle and a Jewish district and were fortunate enough to make a friend named Julie who is a Texan living in Spain. She totally hooked us up and changed our trip by giving us the inside scoop on things and showing us some important food places we had not seen.Thanks Julie!!!
No disrespect to our cheese here in America because I love it but I wish we had the variety of cheese found in Europe. Many cheeses from Europe cannot be imported because the FDA is ignorant. There is much debate over this issue. Check out this video with some of the cheeses found in Spain: See video:<iframe src=”http://player.vimeo.com/video/39214489″ width=”500″ height=”281″ frameborder=”0″ webkitAllowFullScreen mozallowfullscreen allowFullScreen></iframe>
Food highlights of Spain: Jamon, Hot chocolate (so thick it was hard to get off the spoon) and churros, pastries, goat cheese salad (impossible to describe but one of the top 3 things I have EVER eaten), seafood Paella, Orange Fanta (so much less sugar than here it is wonderful), Seafood tapas, Spanish olives, Dulces de Montequilla, etc…
Glad to be back! No place like home!