In 2016, I finally took my taste buds to the Eastern Hemisphere for the first time. This chic travelled solo to Spain. While in Spain, I visited 4 cities (Madrid, Barcellona, Valencia, Seville) and had a ball. Spain is beautiful. The people are amazing. And the food is even more amazing. While eating my way through Spain, this is what I learned:
- ‘Menú del día’ is a wonderful thing. Menú del día means menu of the day. Monday through Friday restaurants will serve a three course meal (includes bread & your choice of beverage for one price for lunch. The choice of dishes are prepared with thought & precision. And the portion sizes are hearty since lunch is typically the largest meal eaten in Spain. I found these meals my most enjoyable. Below are pics from my menú del día at Toro Tapas in Madrid.
- A spanish tortilla in Spain has a different meaning. Spanish tortilla in Spain is different than the tortilla made for tacos. If you see ‘Spanish Tortilla’ on the menu, this is a dish made with eggs, onions, and potatoes. I ate spanish tortillas almost every morning for breakfast at my hotel.
- Food tastes fresher. It is what is. Potato chips from a corner store tasted as if they were made with ONLY potatoes fried in oil with minimal salt without any extra added preservatives.
- Siesta is a ‘real’ thing. Pay attention to the hours of operation for restaurants, shops, & other businesses you would like to visit. Some places are closed for 2 to 3 hours before they reopen during siesta. Side Note: You might want to carry a few snacks in your bag to tide you over until you can find somewhere to get a meal.
- Sometimes the best made plans occur when there is a change in plans. Piggybacking on lesson 4, I had 1 restaurant picked out. I had studied the menu; but I failed to check the hours of operation. Good thing that they were closed or else I would not have found a vegetarian restaurant, El Estragón Vegetarano in Madrid. And of course, I ordered the menú del día 😉
This was only a snippet of what I ate while in Spain. And yes, I ate tapas & drank wine while in Spain. But I will save that for another post.
I am looking forward to returning to Spain. But in the meantime there are a ton of other places I must cross off the Dish Destination list first 😉