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Farewell to Spain

Drawing on my cavewoman gathering skills, i navigated back to a delicious tapas spot called La Castela, just northeast of Retiro Park in Madrid. I had a tasty garbanzo bean and langoustine dish and a summer wine cooler called tinto de verano.

I took the renfe speed train from sevilla to madrid. From the window, I could see the sunflower fields that spot the countryside. I have many fond memories to return to in Spain.

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FMIOTW: rosada fish

Rosada fish is known as pink bream in english. It is a firm, white fish with a pinkish hue and enough fat to keep it tender while cooking. At the local Triana market, it was only $1.40 for the entire fillet!! After some online research, i decided to steam the fish with garlic, onions, peppers and chorizo in foil in the oven.

I preheated the oven to 200 and then realized it was in Celsius so i turned it down to 100C. After 20minutes, i opened the foil an let it cook for another 10 minutes. The result was flaky, meaty fish with the subtle flavors of chorizo and garlic. Really really tasty!!

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Spanish noodles with chorizo

I waited two hours after checking into my next sevilla house to start using the kitchen. With a quick run to the grocery store, i bought; onion, green pepper, garlic, oranges, almonds, chorizo, white wine and short spaghetti. With inspiration oozing from the tastes, sights and sounds of the city, i made sevilla noodles.

First, i sauteed onions, green pepper, garlic and almonds in a pan with olive oil. I remembered to remove the garlic hearts and the result was no garlic indigestion! I removed these ingredients from the pan.

Then, i sauteed some chorizo slices and added 1tsp of grated orange peel. I added 1/2 cup of noodles to the mix and toasted for a few minutes. I then deglazed with white wine and added water as needed until the pasta cooked through.

I added back the pepper mix and seasoned only with salt! The result was flavorful and filling.

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Sevilla home #2

For $30 per night, i have a private room in a charming sevilla house. I can use the common spaces, especially the kitchen which is fully equipped for food fun. Will savor my remaining two days sevilla!!

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Sherry tasting in Jerez

Ready for another adventure, we took a bus to the neighboring town of jerez de la frontera. This quaint town offered an extensive set of bodegas for sherry tasting and of course, a cathedral.

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Alhambra palace (granada)

Granada is a three hour bus ride from sevilla and is well worth the day trip. We walked through its moorish neighborhood and then took a thousand pictures at the old moor palace, the alhambra. I’ll just share a few photos…

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Seville heat

The hot weather in sevilla dictates the culture’s schedule. Between 2-5pm, most small shops close and owners return home to relax inside. When cooler in the evening, people come back out for dinner and a stroll.

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Spanish flamenco and churros

Had the pleasure of hearing the music and watching the dance of flamenco in sevilla. The passion and honesty of the flamenco performers was touching and the intimate bar made the experience unforgettable.

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And churros are spanish not mexican. ­čÖé

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Yo soy espa├▒ol espa├▒ol espa├▒ol!

Enjoyed being a creepy foreigner taking pics of cute children dressed in spanish futb├│l gear for the spain-france game… Which spain wonnnnn!!!

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Raw fish and salmorejo

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I was surprised to find raw fish outside of japanese cuisine and on local tapas menus. The raw cod with salmorejo was tender and fresh.

Salmorejo is andalucian gazpacho and it adds bread to the normal ingredients; pepper, tomato, garlic, cucumber, olive oil and lemon juice. I prefer gazpacho because it is less rich, and more refreshing than salmorejo.

A trick with garlic, remove the heart of the clove to take away the punch of garlic.

Also, spanish has a term of no repeating flavors that is the mantra of a balanced meal.

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