Did I move to Spain just to eat a lot of good food?

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Paella, Popular Spanish Food

Paella, Popular Spanish Food

 

I am a Hungarian guy currently living in Spain. I have lived in London for over 5 years, but a few months ago I just decided to pack my bags and move to Spain [in order to see the sun for an extended period of time (unlike in London) and also to eat well (also unlike in London)]. I love it here in Spain, the food is amazing, I could talk about it for hours. That is what I am going to do now, so back to the topic.

So did I really move to Spain for Good Food?

Well the answer is partly, and when people actually ask me I usually say yes. I love eating and living in Spain is like experiencing foodporn every day of the week. Of course, if you want to delve deeper into it, there are two more reasons: I love the sunny weather and also, I have a Spanish fiancée. Though these last two conditions would not have been enough if the first one didn’t comply.

Paella

Paella ready to eat

 

But what is the big deal about food in Spain? It is all about Paella, Spanish omelet and Chorizo, no?  

Well, no there is a lot more to eat here and it is not even just the food itself. It is the experience that comes with eating, enjoying a plate of food (or mostly more) with some good company. I remember my first food experiences in Spain. I was only visiting my girlfriend’s family and of course, we went to a few bars in Madrid.

That is a must-do thing in this country by the way because it is already a culinary experience in itself. We just ordered a few beers and we got an extra 5 plates of food, so-called tapas. It was one the happiest moments of my life. It is almost like free food, the plates are included in the price of the drinks. These plates are called Tapas.

Chopitos - Baby Squids - Looks Yum!

Chopitos – Baby Squids – Looks Yum!

 

In one of these bars I had my first encounter with the so-called Chopitos. It was the most beautiful thing that I felt in my mouth for a long time, since then I changed my Instagram name to @benitoloveschopito, that’s how much I love it. It was love at first sight.

This is when I fell in love with Spanish cuisine and Spain in general. Chopitos is basically baby squid lightly breaded with flour and deep fried in olive oil. I know it doesn’t sound so healthy but it’s a kind of a snack and you don’t have to eat it every day.

This is exactly when I decided that at some point I would have to move to Spain. And five years later, here I am and my food adventures have been non-stop since then. I am still in love with the baby squids but I am a true polygamous in this area because there is so much else to fall in love with.

Another highlight of the Spanish cuisine is meat. There are a lot of restaurants in smaller villages and towns where you can have a fantastic venison, lamb, goat, rabbit (and much more), cooked in a proper clay, or brick oven. The other day I had the pleasure to eat lamb prepared this way and it was so tasty. It was exactly how it has to be: crispy skin and tender meat with some grease underneath to dip the bread which is always on the table when you are in a restaurant.

Lechazo - baby lamb - Food from Spain

Lechazo – baby lamb – Food from Spain

 

After living in England for years, everything just tastes better here a bit more south where the average days of sunny days is more than one. I am not against food in England, it is just a lot more difficult to find good food, healthy food and quality food. Let’s just take a tomato. Here in Spain it tastes how a tomato tastes like and when you go to the shops, you can find at least 10 different types. One for salad, one for meatballs, another one for a different salad, another one to put it on the toast and so on.  

You know where I am going with this. Yes, Salads. I love salads here too. Starting with the very simple Ensalada Mixta which has lettuce, tomato, onion and probably olives or a salad with roasted red paprika, lettuce and tuna or an Ensaladilla Rusia. They are all amazing because they use the best olive oil from Spain, the best olives from Spain, the best tuna from Spain and the best vegetables from Spain. Very simple but very effective.

Basically, the most important thing that you have to know about Spain when you come for holidays and want to try out the highlights is that the meat is the best in the middle of the peninsula, best Paella is in Valencia, the best Seafood is in Galicia and in the South. Otherwise it’s just good food everywhere.

Spain bar - The Social Dining Scene is very strong here

A Spainish bar – The Social Dining Scene is very strong here

 

As you can see I am a little bias with the food in Spain. Take everything into consideration what I just said. On the other hand, I seriously think that its cuisine is truly amazing and doesn’t get as much emphasis as it would deserve. Though, it might just work out better like this and things will remain as traditional as possible and there won’t be a franchise restaurant on every other corner of the cities and villages.

Happy Eating, Adios Amigos 🙂

 

 


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