Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Gastronomic Spain: Pulpo a la Gallega, Almejas a la Marinera, Flan de Huevo

Here are more Spanish chows to lovingly tease your discriminating culinary taste buds. I would have loved to special mention the restaurants we’ve dined in but August felt like eons ago already. I cannot remember all the restaurants name! Plus the fact that I am getting older ergo forgetful, helaas, it is not helping at all. Nevertheless, I had these savory entrée in La Carihuela, a little sea-side village along Costa del Sol in Malaga, Andalucia.

Pulpo a la Gallega (Galician Octopus) on a bed of thinly sliced potatoes. This is a popular dish in Galicia, in the north of Spain where it originates. 5 stars out of 5!

Trivia: Did you know that Paul the clairvoyant Football Octopus who rocked the FIFA World Championships 2010 in South Africa and became Hollands Public Enemy #1 has died? Last 26 October 2010. I wonder if they buried him? Or ate him instead and cooked him as per the above recipe? Octopuses are said to live no more than two years.

Let us not forget the Sangria, of course. The best alcoholic drink for the warm summer days in Spain. Hmm, I just noticed that the glasses are two different models and incidentally I have both styles at home as well.

Almejas a la Marinara (Clam in white sauce and wine I believe), a popular seafood fare in Andalucia. The sauce is really succulent. Yum! 5 stars out of 5!

For dessert: Flan de Huevo (Crème Caramel). 4 stars out of 5. In the Philippines we call this ‘Leche Flan’ (Milk Flan), a thicker version made with more eggs and are a staple during important celebrations.

Here is a very satisfied customer having coffee after dinner. Coffee in Spain, like in Italy is espresso.

Travel Period: August 2010
Destination: La Carihuela (Malaga - Andalucia), Spain

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