Well, it has been quite some time since I have posted. Do not think that I have been totally idle. In June, I had the fortune of visiting Barcelona for a week. Spain was never high on my priority list of places to visit. Slap my face for ever thinking that way. Spain is beautiful. Barcelona has surpassed all other countries with the exception of Italy of course as my favorite destination.
What can I tell you about Spain? Hmmm...tapas, sangria, sun, and beaches. Can you ask for anything more? The food was incredible. The wine was awesome. Since there are so many wonderful foods in Spain, let me just fill you in on my favs.
The best tapa was a garlic shrimp. The paella should be tried at least once, but be brave and go for the unusual. I had a rabbit and snail casserole. The casseroles are more like stews than anything else. The rabbit was perfectly cooked and the snails were an added taste treat. The sauce was somewhat of a tomato base and potatoes were included as well. Everyone knows that Spain is famous for flan. Don't miss out on the Tarta de Santiago. It is a cake made with ground almonds and dusted with powdered sugar. Maybe not fantastic by itself, but pour a little sweet muscatel wine on top and wow!
As far as wine goes, you must try the cava sangria. Cava is a white sparkling wine. The sangria is made with cava, lemon, orange, liquor, and sometimes sugar. I am kind of on a cava sangria kick right now. I guess the novelty has not worn off yet. Look for my upcoming post about where to stay in Barcelona.