Ironically due to the logistics of travel and time change we ate very little. Spain-time was 5 hours ahead of our normal time so we ended up sleeping-in until about 10am/11am each day (heaven for this mama of two!). We started our days with our run so by the time we were ready to eat it was around 2pm. Those familiar with Spain know that EVERYTHING closes everyday from about 2pm-5pm for siesta. This caught us off guard the first day, but we found a cute little corner Bocadillo shop that stayed opened all day. As an added bonus they also carried Coca-Cola Light, bottled water and beer...the trifecta of beverages.
Please join me on our culinary tour...
Our first stop is room service. After missing lunch our first day we decided we needed a little wine and cheese before dinner. This was my first encounter with Manchego Cheese. It is the most wonderful cheese ever and to my pleasure was served all over Spain.
|(Check in later this week for the explanation as to why there is duck at the table)|
On our second night I had these wonderful eggs, with potatoes, roasted garlic and Iberian ham.
***a pause to discuss Iberian ham. It is like little slices of heaven. Put it together with the Manchego Cheese and vino tinto and you have a meal that I can live off of (and I did!). The closest thing I can compare it to is the Italian ham prosciutto. From my investigation it is very expensive to import so you rarely find it in the United States...such sad news!
My husband had chicken kabobs and roasted veggies. I was lucky to get a few bites of his too!
And now for dessert...
So let me start by saying that I'm not a huge fan of chocolate. I know, weird and unnatural. Apparently in Spain all bets are off because I couldn't get enough of their hot chocolate. We were introduced to the Valor Chocolateria by one of the hubby's co-workers who used to live in Spain. We thought we'd check it out. On our first (yes, we went there more than once) night there I chose their hot chocolate sampler. First, when it comes to hot chocolate Spain does it right. It's not the watered down, soupy powdered mix we have here, it's thick, warm, gooey goodness. They give you the little warm glasses of goodness with a tiny little spoon. It's more dainty that way.
The sampler included (from left to right) 75% cacou chocolate, white chocolate, spicy cold chocolate and milk chocolate.
The second (if we were not leaving the next day I'm sure there would be a third and fourth time) night I chose the hot chocolate and churro combo. It didn't disappoint!
It was an amazing 6 days of delicious food. I had a very happy belly (and an unhappy scale to prove it!) and I'm still having dreams about the chocolate!