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Spain’s typical dishes

Who says Spain means good food, appreciated all over the world. In fact, how to resist the famous paella? Or how not to drink the queen of summer parties, namely sangria?

sangria_afrutada Photo CC-BY-SA Juan Emilio Prades Bel

The list of Spanish cuisine is very long: potato tortilla, grilled octopus, chorizo, gazpacho, paella of course, not forgetting the tapas (it is not a dish but many tastings of various specialties that many bars serve as an accompaniment to appetizers, or in wine tasting). Then there are also the typical products such as Jamon Serrano (mountain ham) or Pata Negra, the most expensive ham in the world.

The typical Spanish cuisine is made of many incredible dishes, but some are less known (but no less good!). From North to South, the various specialties reflect the regions of origin even though many have been influenced by the culinary culture of the peoples who have occupied Spain in the past.

All coastal areas of the Mediterranean or the Atlantic side prefer the dishes of fish or seafood, of course. On the other hand, in the inland areas is more often proposed meat- based dishes. In all cases, however, all the vegetables and typical Mediterranean vegetables, such as tomatoes and peppers, are part of most recipes throughout the Spanish territory.

When you come to Spain, to Madrid by plane or by ferry to Barcelona or Alicante, you already know that some dishes such as gazpacho or paella are part of traditional Spanish dishes and you will expect to try them as soon as you can. But if you take the time to know a little better the territory, you’ll get the opportunity to discover many other local specialties that will make you appreciate even more the traditional Spanish cuisine.

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For example, it is thought that the cod is cooked mainly in neighbouring Portugal, but in Spain there are some very tasty recipes that showcase  a very particular taste for this dried or salted fish.

The COSTA BRAVA COD is such a rich dish that constitutes a full meal, not only for the inhabitants of the region of origin. This consists of pan-fried cod fillets to which are added boiled potatoes and cooked in a fish broth with the addition of tomatoes.

The SPANISH COD is just as rich and tasty: the fish is first boiled then plunges into a sauce made with broth and white wine, and it will be added anchovies, mushrooms and shrimp and finish with the addition of whipped egg yolks and parsley.

Even the recipe of the Barcelona-style LAMB  is quite complex, actually a soup with mutton stew cooked in broth and  lamb breast; the stew is passed into the eggs, garlic and onion and then in flour and fried, then to put it back in the pot with tomato sauce.

The BASQUE KID  is cooked in such a simpler way but just as tasty: you brown the pieces of meat with a lot of onions, salt and pepper, then add hot water and, after 40 minutes, the rice and let cook all for another 15 minutes.

COSTA BRAVA ARTICHOKES  are first emptied, then filled with minced meat flavoured with onion and herbs, and it will be cooked in the oven, after being placed upon a base of chopped tomatoes.

The most famous Spanish sweet pudding is without a doubt the Catalan cream. There are still many others, but one of the most popular throughout Spain are the pancakes or Buñuelos. These pancakes may include other ingredients such as for example the fruit, and are based on eggs, sugar and flour with the addition of milk or liquor, to form a batter to be fried. Some recipes replace the sweets with other savory ingredients like mushrooms or spinach and the Bunuelos thus become a starter or side dish.

The sangria is undoubtedly the most popular Spanish drink and certainly welcomed in many festivals around the world. But since everyone already know about it we want to talk instead of a Spanish cocktails less known but very good. This is the CAP FINISTERRE. Try it right away! We do not know the exact origin of the name but legends say that the cocktail was invented by one of the captains rounding on his boat Cape Finisterre in the north-west Spain. The barmen put three ice cubes in a shaker with two glasses of ginger then they add lemon juice, one tablespoon of honey and a small glass of Calvados, then whisk vigorously.

There is a great variety of Spanish wines, but one in particular has crossed the boundaries of the region of origin to be appreciated all over the world; it is the MALAGA. This fortified, sweet wine is born in Andalusia and is amazing particularly after lunch with desserts, puddings or cookies.

The recipes here are certainly less widely reported than those that we usually see when researching about Spanish recipes but very worthy. Try them all once you arrive in Spain, and look for the local places to taste them. Enjoy your meal!

Facts you might not know about Spain

Every year many tourists come to Spain, both by car and plane or by ferry. Then many young people choose to study in Spain, and in recent years, many also decide to stay there to work. The lifestyle is pleasant and relaxed, the food is great and the Spanish are very welcoming. But do we know well Spain? An entire country’s rich culture and historical heritage can’t be certainly described in a few lines. This interesting and lively nation give us many to reveal and we will try to discover in this article some facts and characteristics which distinguish Spain from the other European countries.

– When we speak of the Balearic you think immediately of sun, sea and  beach. But do you know that in Mallorca there is also a mountain where may even snow in winter? We are talking of the Sierra de Tramuntana, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The mountain range is spread over 100 km, parallel to the coast, and the highest peak, Puig Major, reaches 1445 meters.

– The PAELLA is one of the most popular dishes of Spanish cuisine, indeed, and it is certainly the best known. But speak only of a generic kind of paella in Spain is wrong because there are so many different types and recipes which varies from region to region. There is for example the paella Valenciana, the Catalan paella, in the coastal areas you will taste the paella marisco, etc … The most known throughout the world is the mixed paella, with chicken, vegetables and fish (of course the main ingredient is rice), but there is also the paella with beans, the paella made only with fish and seafood, with or without vegetables. In short, with many variations, however, you got the same result: paellas are all delicious!

Paella_de_marisco_01Photo  CC-BY 2.0  Manuel Martín Vicente

– Almost everyone has heard of the WAY OF SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA. It might think it is a pilgrimage like so many others, but this is not so, you don’t go on the “Camino” just out of faith and religion, but it means a lot more for the modern travellers. The time taken for the entire route can vary from person to person, but still it is not cheap. Just think, if we start from the Pyrenees and you end the journey in Finisterre, after Santiago, you need to walk more than 700 kilometers on foot! But what makes this experience unique is that it allows you to cross very beautiful areas that offer unforgettable sensations, even though the physical effort is great. You will make new friends on the way, but you can also stay in perfect solitude, and the journey becomes an experience of deep knowledge of both others and themselves. What matters in the end it is that the Camino de Santiago will give you much, much more than you might imagine.

– The CANALEJAS PARK is located in Alicante, in the south-eastern part of Spain, and it is a green park, with trees, plants, flowers, fountains and sculptures, like so many other green areas suitable for walking and relaxation. What makes it unique and a must visit is the map of Spain, which, instead of being simply printed on a board, is engraved in stone.

– One of the most ancient Spanish tradition is to eat 12 grapes during the NEW YEAR night. In almost all Spanish cities, but also in smaller countries, people pour into the streets to celebrate the arrival of the new year. When midnight comes, for each chime of the bell you must eat a grape, and therefore 12 in all. Tradition has it that it is a good omen for the new year.

– The beautiful and interesting museums to visit in Spain are numerous and you’ll be spoiled for choice. In Malaga, for example, there is also a museum dedicated entirely to FLAMENCO: This is the Museum Pena Juan Breva that bears the name of one of the greatest flamenco singers. You can understand the importance of flamenco in the life of the Spaniards, simply by visiting this museum: photographs, paintings, costumes, ancient guitars and then again discs, films and books, to state thate flamenco is a real art.

– At the end of the ’60s, the hippie movement was important and decisive for all that meant in terms of freedom and way of life. Even the fashion of that era was particularly lively and cheerful. Still it is revived continuously by stylists. In Spain, and more precisely in the Balearics, the hippies found everything they were looking for; so they settled in each of the four islands and the result is that even today the hippies Markets Balearics are an attraction for tourists.

Barcelona is surely the most beloved Spanish city by tourists, especially by young people. It can be easily reached also by ferry and offers everything that can be of interest and pleasure, from the architecture of Gaudi to the museums, not to mention all the possible fun coming from the nightlife. Instead, have a walk and reach the RAMBLAS: they are very crowded streets both during the day and at night, with lots of attractions, artists and street food. The most popular Ramblas are Canaletes, the Rambla dels Estudis and de Mar.

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– The CHIRINGUITO is not, as it may seem from the name, a Spanish dish, but it is rather a resting spot on Spanish beaches. It can be a simple bamboo hut with rough tables or, conversely, the restaurant with various luxurious facilities and equipment. In any case, it’s good to drink a cold cerveza  or eat good well grilled fish, without having to move from the beach!

– Spain is quite advanced as regards to the NATURISM. In fact, in almost all its beaches there is an area reserved for naturists, or even you can find entire resorts, campsites or beach resorts dedicated to what is considered simply a way of living in harmony with nature.

Malaga – tips and trivia for your great trip

Did you know that there are lots of museums in Malaga? And that the last name Picasso comes from Liguria?
If your answer is “no”, you will find here in this article all the information to satisfy your own wildest questions! We can start by some useful and general information: MALAGA is located in the South of Spain, exactly in the Andalusia Region; it is an important tourist port on the Mediterranean Sea and it can also be reached by ferry.

Malaga
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Malaga obviously boasts many attractions as indeed all the cities of the Spanish coast:show off  their beautiful beaches, but also many monuments and historic buildings, which are all evidence of the past and of the cultures that have enriched this city.
But what does  Malaga offer to travelers?  The large number of museums in the city is indeed one of the greatest fascination: its art museums can be historical or very recently born, some even just in 2015!
This example show that Malaga is certainly worth visiting.
The first-ever museum created here, that we should not be missed, it is without any doubt the PICASSO MUSEUM located in the Palace of the Counts of Buenavista. The artist’s heirs donated a large number of works from their private collection to the museum to allow everyone to enjoy them. In the heart of the old city you will find the PICASSO FOUNDATION, located in the artist’s birthplace. Pablo Ruiz y Picasso was born in Malaga on 25 October 1881. His father, José Ruiz y Blasco was a painter and drawing teacher. The surname Picasso was rather that of the maternal great-grandfather, Thomas Picasso, a native Italian in the Province of Genoa, who had moved to Spain.

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Pablo Picasso lived his childhood in Malaga, before going to Barcelona. His father immediately understood his talent and gave him the tools to cultivate it.
In the various rooms of the Foundation you can admire his first sketches but also the result of the various techniques used by the young Picasso – like the engravings. There are many family heirlooms and photographs, then there is also the artist’s self-portrait.
Another great museum of Malaga  is the Centre Pompidou MALAGA. Fantastic also the RUSSIAN MUSEUM OF SAINT PETERSBURG, both inaugurated in 2015.
The Centre Pompidou MALAGA displays a choice of many works from the Centre Pompidou in Paris; this exhibition changes every two years; there are permanent collections of artists such as De Chirico, Magritte, Chagall, Giacometti, Miro and Picasso.
The RUSSIAN MUSEUM OF ST. PETERSBURG, located in the old tobacco factory, shows works of the XV y and XX centuries, with Byzantine icons and more recent works of the Soviet era; There are works of artists such as Repin, Kandinsky and Chagall as well as those of several lesser-known painters.
Near the Russian Museum it is located also the AUTOMOTIVE MUSEUM, in Tabacalera. Opened in 2010 it occupies an area of ​​7000 square meters.In it you will find the private collection of Joao Magalhaes, the great result of years of passion that the collector itself wanted to share with visitors. There are many different areas: we start from 1898 and will continue with the machines of the Belle Époque, the English tradition, Art Deco or Dolce Vita, etc … On display Bugatti, Bentley, Mercedes, Ferrari, Jaguar, and the Rolls-Royce! Certainly you would like to get behind the wheel and drive, for once, these beautiful masterpieces of style and mechanics!
Completely changing the topic, you can visit and  enter the MUSEO DE ARTE FLAMENCO PENA JUAN BREVA. It was inaugurated in 2008 and named after the greatest singer of  Flamenco in Malaga. There are several rooms, each filled with surprises: you can start admiring the paintings and photographs representing singers, dancers and musicians in costumes of various periods, then you will move on to the guitars, some of them very ancient, without forgetting all the records, discs, movies and even books. Everything is here to retrace the history of flamenco and the artists who have made of their passion a real art. In this city of Malaga this music has had a particularly important role: the city not only gave birth to various artists but it has hosted so many coming here to study and improve.

Near the MUSEUM PENA JUAN BREVA you can keep on the visit moving to the CENTRO DE ARTE FLAMENCO KELIPE where we recommend you to spend at least one night:. In fact you will have the opportunity to attend (but maybe “to watch” is not the right word, it should be said “to participate”) to a show that will not forget so soon! Here we go with the FLAMENCO, the true, absolutely beautiful and captivating music of this land!
After visiting these interesting museums and have had a fantastic musical night, it will be great to start a new day by going to CASTILLO DE GIBRALFARO, located on top of a hill, from where you can enjoy a magnificent view of the city.