Cocina Española-Spanish Cuisine Adventure

Last year we made a trip to Spain in which we explored 3 cities, Madrid, Barcelona and Seville. Spain place offers you with breathtaking architecture, happening night life, diverse culture, delicious spanish food and much more :)
This blog post is about my encounter with the mouthwatering Spanish food

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1st Destination:Madrid

Madrid is the capital of Spain and likely to be most people’s starting point for a Spanish vacation. Madrid’s central location makes it perfect for starting your journey around Spain.

The Plaza Mayor was built during the Habsburg period and is a central plaza in the city of Madrid, Spain. It is located only a few Spanish blocks away from another famous plaza, the Puerta del Sol. The Plaza Mayor is rectangular in shape, and is surrounded by three-story residential buildings having 237 breathtaking balconies facing the Plaza.

The Plaza Mayor was built during the Habsburg period and is a central plaza in the city of Madrid, Spain. It is located only a few Spanish blocks away from another famous plaza, the Puerta del Sol. The Plaza Mayor is rectangular in shape, and is surrounded by three-story residential buildings having 237 breathtaking balconies facing the Plaza.

Buskers rule in Europe, especially in Madrid where artists, musicians and hippies take to the streets

Buskers rule in Europe, especially in Madrid where artists, musicians and hippies take to the streets

 

The Plaza Mayor also has a ring of old and traditional shops and cafes under its porticoes

The Plaza Mayor also has a ring of old and traditional shops and cafes under its porticoes

Most bars and restaurants in Spain will only have one beer on tap (though some will have a standard lager and a non-alcoholic version, while a few others will have a pale larger and a dark one).  Beer on the whole is sold in very small glasses in Spain. But it isn't all bad news - the Spanish like their beer very cold, you might even be served a glass that has been kept in a freezer!

Most bars and restaurants in Spain will only have one beer on tap (though some will have a standard lager and a non-alcoholic version, while a few others will have a pale larger and a dark one).
Beer on the whole is sold in very small glasses in Spain. But it isn’t all bad news – the Spanish like their beer very cold, you might even be served a glass that has been kept in a freezer!

 Sardines are culturally important for Spaniards, being the cheapest fish you can find most of the year. Sardine season is the at its peak in July, when the temperatures rise and enormous schools of the fish come to the surface of the ocean off the coast of Cantabria.


Sardines are culturally important for Spaniards, being the cheapest fish you can find most of the year. Sardine season is the at its peak in July, when the temperatures rise and enormous schools of the fish come to the surface of the ocean off the coast of Cantabria.

 

The Chocolatería San Ginés is a café at Pasadizo de San Ginés, 5, in central Madrid, in a passageway close to San Ginés church, west of the Puerta del Sol. It has served principally chocolate con churros (hot chocolate and churros) since 1894. Coffee and cakes are also available. The interior is decorated with mirrors and green wood panels, with green velvet seats and marble tables. The hot chocolate is served in Spanish style - thick, dark and strong - and the churros - deep fried batter, similar to a light, crispy, linear doughnut, cut to length by the staff - are served hot and freshly cooked, ready for dunking

The Chocolatería San Ginés is a café at Pasadizo de San Ginés, 5, in central Madrid, in a passageway close to San Ginés church, west of the Puerta del Sol. It has served principally chocolate con churros (hot chocolate and churros) since 1894. Coffee and cakes are also available.
The interior is decorated with mirrors and green wood panels, with green velvet seats and marble tables. The hot chocolate is served in Spanish style – thick, dark and strong – and the churros – deep fried batter, similar to a light, crispy, linear doughnut, cut to length by the staff – are served hot and freshly cooked, ready for dunking

Amazing Irish Coffee with fresh Chocolate Cake

Amazing Irish Coffee with fresh Chocolate Cake

 

The best way to enjoy spanish food is by dinning in these small roadside restaurants in the narrow lanes of Madrid. You will find them everywhere in Spain

The best way to enjoy spanish food is by dinning in these small roadside restaurants in the narrow lanes of Madrid. You will find them everywhere in Spain

 

The restaurants are open till late

The restaurants are open till late

One drink which will be awesome throughout Spain is SANGRIA

One drink which will be awesome throughout Spain is SANGRIA

Potato Aioli Tapas..If you are a garlic lover, Alioli potatoes are made for you! Lightly fried potatoes covered in a warm garlicky mayonnaise sauce is a perfect appetizer.

Potato Aioli Tapas..If you are a garlic lover, Alioli potatoes are made for you! Lightly fried potatoes covered in a warm garlicky mayonnaise sauce is a perfect appetizer.

Sobrino de Botín (Calle de los Cuchilleros 17, 28005 Madrid, Spain) is a restaurant established in 1725. Along with Den Gyldene Freden (opened in 1722), it is one of the oldest eateries at its original location in the world. The artist Francisco de Goya worked there as a waiter while waiting to get accepted into the Royal Academy of Fine Arts.

Sobrino de Botín (Calle de los Cuchilleros 17, 28005 Madrid, Spain) is a restaurant established in 1725. Along with Den Gyldene Freden (opened in 1722), it is one of the oldest eateries at its original location in the world. The artist Francisco de Goya worked there as a waiter while waiting to get accepted into the Royal Academy of Fine Arts.

Sangria normally consists of wine, chopped fruit, a sweetener, and a small amount of added brandy. Chopped fruit can include orange, lemon, lime, apple, peach, melon, berries, pineapple, grape, kiwifruit and mango. A sweetener such as honey, sugar, syrup, or orange juice is added. Instead of brandy, other liquids such as Seltzer, Sprite or 7 Up may be added. Sangria is named after the Latin word for "blood" – "sanguis " because of its typical dark-red color

Sangria normally consists of wine, chopped fruit, a sweetener, and a small amount of added brandy. Chopped fruit can include orange, lemon, lime, apple, peach, melon, berries, pineapple, grape, kiwifruit and mango. A sweetener such as honey, sugar, syrup, or orange juice is added. Instead of brandy, other liquids such as Seltzer, Sprite or 7 Up may be added.
Sangria is named after the Latin word for “blood” – “sanguis ” because of its typical dark-red color

Potato chips are served as starters in almost all restaurants.

Potato chips are served as starters in almost all restaurants.

Pan con tomate y anchoas Españoles: toasted slices of rustic bread brushed with fresh tomato with Spanish anchovies

Pan con tomate y anchoas Españoles: toasted slices of rustic bread brushed with fresh tomato with Spanish anchovies

The Tortilla Española, referred to in the English language as Tortilla, Spanish Omelette, is a typical Spanish dish consisting of a thick egg omelette made with potatoes and fried in olive oil.

The Tortilla Española, referred to in the English language as Tortilla, Spanish Omelette, is a typical Spanish dish consisting of a thick egg omelette made with potatoes and fried in olive oil.

The very local Paella

The very local Paella

Museo del Jamon (Ham Museum) is a restaurant with several locations throughout Madrid featuring hams, chorizos, sausages, cheeses, tapas, delicious cold cut and much more!

Museo del Jamon (Ham Museum) is a restaurant with several locations throughout Madrid featuring hams, chorizos, sausages, cheeses, tapas, delicious cold cut and much more!

Spaniards are the number one consumers of ham in the world! Every Spaniard eats about 5 kilograms of cured ham per year.

Spaniards are the number one consumers of ham in the world! Every Spaniard eats about 5 kilograms of cured ham per year.

Spanish ham is greatly prized as a gourmet food both in Spain and around the world. It is eaten regularly in most Spanish households. Spain the largest producer of air-dried-cured ham.

Spanish ham is greatly prized as a gourmet food both in Spain and around the world. It is eaten regularly in most Spanish households. Spain the largest producer of air-dried-cured ham.

For centuries, hand fans made in Spain have been worldwide recognized by its beauty and artisan quality.

For centuries, hand fans made in Spain have been worldwide recognized by its beauty and artisan quality.

At Puerta De Sol during day time

At Puerta De Sol during day time

More pics of Madrid

2nd Destination:Seville

Seville is the capital and largest city of the autonomous community of Andalusia and the province of Seville. It is situated on the plain of the River Guadalquivir. It is the cultural capital of Spain. Seville offers the most authentic Spanish Food, Flamenco, Bull Fights and much more!!!

 

From top of Seville Cathedral

From top of Seville Cathedral

Plaza De Toros.. Some of Spain's best bullfighting is done in Sevilla's 14,000-seat Plaza de Toros. There are bullfights scheduled on most Sundays, Easter through October.

Plaza De Toros..
Some of Spain’s best bullfighting is done in Sevilla’s 14,000-seat Plaza de Toros. There are bullfights scheduled on most Sundays, Easter through October.

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This is a steeply priced show at 37 euro/person for the show and a drink.

Tablo El Arenal: This is a steeply priced show at 37 euro/person for the show and a drink.

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Some cold and hot Tapas

Some cold and hot Tapas

Historico Horno San Buenaventura This is a classic bakery and coffee house outside Seville cathedral where we enjoyed our cafe solo with an excellent piece of pastry. Nicely located, must see!

Historico Horno San Buenaventura
This is a classic bakery and coffee house outside Seville cathedral where we enjoyed our cafe solo with an excellent piece of pastry. Nicely located, must see!

Sagrio Church

Sagrio Church

The Papelón is another franchise that are starting to proliferate like mushrooms in Seville and the rest of the country. The food in general is good and the price is affordable

Serves one of the best coffee and tostada y mantequilla( bread with butter)

we can find typical food of the earth, in this tavern's newsprint (ham, cheese, smoked and cured meats), cartridges (seafood), tapas and sandwiches (which of them is more cool are called focaccia)

we can find typical food of the earth, in this tavern’s newsprint (ham, cheese, smoked and cured meats), cartridges (seafood), tapas and sandwiches (which of them is more cool are called focaccia)

Spain is heaven for Sea food lovers

Spain is heaven for Sea food lovers

Pickles in English

Pickles in English

House vines

House vines

The Alcázar of Seville is a royal palace in Seville, Spain, originally a Moorish fort. It is the oldest royal palace still in use in Europe, and it was registered in 1987 by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site, along with the Seville Cathedral and the General Archive of the Indies

The Alcázar of Seville is a royal palace in Seville, Spain, originally a Moorish fort. It is the oldest royal palace still in use in Europe, and it was registered in 1987 by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site, along with the Seville Cathedral and the General Archive of the Indies

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Sardin Tapas, Beer and Sangria

Sardin Tapas, Beer and Sangria

Black rice and seafood Paella

Black rice and seafood Paella

Isabel II bridge is also popularly called Puente Triana, as you continue on towards the heart of Triana quarter. Here the bridge is based on the remains of the former San Jorge castle, which was the last headquarters of the Inquisición in Seville

Isabel II bridge is also popularly called Puente Triana, as you continue on towards the heart of Triana quarter. Here the bridge is based on the remains of the former San Jorge castle, which was the last headquarters of the Inquisición in Seville

Amazing outdoor relaxing restaurants

Amazing outdoor relaxing restaurants

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Interesting restaurant decors

Interesting restaurant decors

Metropol Parasol is a wooden structure located at La Encarnación square, in the old quarter of Seville. It was designed by the German architect Jürgen Mayer-Hermann and completed in April 2011

Metropol Parasol is a wooden structure located at La Encarnación square, in the old quarter of Seville. It was designed by the German architect Jürgen Mayer-Hermann and completed in April 2011

The best Watermelon Mojito

The best Watermelon Mojito

The Plaza de España, designed by Aníbal González, was a principal building built on the Maria Luisa Park's edge to showcase Spain's industry and technology exhibits

The Plaza de España, designed by Aníbal González, was a principal building built on the Maria Luisa Park’s edge to showcase Spain’s industry and technology exhibits

 

One of our best dining experiences throughout Spain

One of our best dining experiences throughout Spain

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Mojito was one of my fav drink throughout the trip

Mojito was one of my fav drink throughout the trip

Hummus

Hummus

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Flamenco Museum

Flamenco Museum

Catheral

Catheral

More pics of Seville

3rd Destination:Barcelona

Our last destination is Spain..the amazing Barcelona

Barcelona is today one of the world’s leading tourist, economic, trade fair/exhibitions and cultural-sports centres, and its influence in commerce, education, entertainment, media, fashion, science, and the arts all contribute to its status as one of the world’s major global cities

 

Casa Batlló is a renowned building located in the heart of Barcelona and is one of Antoni Gaudí’s masterpieces. Casa Batlló is a remodel of a previously built house. It was redesigned in 1904 by Gaudí and has been refurbished several times after that. Casa Batlló evokes the creativity and playfulness of Gaudí’s work through the incrassate facades and creative floors

Casa Batlló is a renowned building located in the heart of Barcelona and is one of Antoni Gaudí’s masterpieces. Casa Batlló is a remodel of a previously built house. It was redesigned in 1904 by Gaudí and has been refurbished several times after that. Casa Batlló evokes the creativity and playfulness of Gaudí’s work through the incrassate facades and creative floors

Casa Batllo Living Room

Casa Batllo Living Room

The roof terrace is one of the most popular features of the entire house due to its famous dragon back design

The roof terrace is one of the most popular features of the entire house due to its famous dragon back design

Aahh..It was Water for me Spain..Sangria

Aahh..It was Water for me Spain..Sangria

 

Seafood Paella Paella is a Valencian rice dish that originated in its modern form in the mid-19th century near lake Albufera, a lagoon in Valencia, on the east coast of Spain. Many non-Spaniards view paella as Spain's national dish, but most Spaniards consider it to be a regional Valencian dish. Valencians, in turn, regard paella as one of their identifying symbols.

Seafood Paella
Paella is a Valencian rice dish that originated in its modern form in the mid-19th century near lake Albufera, a lagoon in Valencia, on the east coast of Spain. Many non-Spaniards view paella as Spain’s national dish, but most Spaniards consider it to be a regional Valencian dish. Valencians, in turn, regard paella as one of their identifying symbols.

 

Chiles Toreados..local delicacy..They are also known as Padron Peppers

Chiles Toreados..local delicacy..They are also known as Padron Peppers

 

 

Squid Rings

Squid Rings

The most amazing seafood

Park Güell is a garden complex with architectural elements situated on the hill of El Carmel in the Gràcia district of Barcelona

Park Güell is a garden complex with architectural elements situated on the hill of El Carmel in the Gràcia district of Barcelona

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Coffee at one of the famous Spanish Cafe Chains..Fargii

Coffee at one of the famous Spanish Cafe Chains..Fargii

Best Chocolate Waffle

Best Chocolate Waffle

 

Vanilla Crepe

Vanilla Crepe

La Sagrada Familia is a large Roman Catholic church in Barcelona, Spain, designed by Catalan architect Antoni Gaudí (1852–1926).

La Sagrada Familia is a large Roman Catholic church in Barcelona, Spain, designed by Catalan architect Antoni Gaudí (1852–1926).

1926). Although incomplete, the church is a UNESCO World Heritage Site,and in November 2010 Pope Benedict XVI consecrated and proclaimed it a minor basilica,as distinct from a cathedral which must be the seat of a bishop

1926). Although incomplete, the church is a UNESCO World Heritage Site,and in November 2010 Pope Benedict XVI consecrated and proclaimed it a minor basilica,as distinct from a cathedral which must be the seat of a bishop

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La Sagrada Familia is a large Roman Catholic church in Barcelona, Spain, designed by Catalan architect Antoni Gaudí (1852–1926).

La Sagrada Familia is a large Roman Catholic church in Barcelona, Spain, designed by Catalan architect Antoni Gaudí (1852–1926).

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1926). Although incomplete, the church is a UNESCO World Heritage Site,and in November 2010 Pope Benedict XVI consecrated and proclaimed it a minor basilica,as distinct from a cathedral which must be the seat of a bishop

1926). Although incomplete, the church is a UNESCO World Heritage Site,and in November 2010 Pope Benedict XVI consecrated and proclaimed it a minor basilica,as distinct from a cathedral which must be the seat of a bishop

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The interiors are breathtaking

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and finally the Barcelona beach..also know as Barcelonita

and finally the Barcelona beach..also know as Barcelonita

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Barcelona beach is supposed to serve the best Sangria

Barcelona beach is supposed to serve the best Sangria

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Pan con Tomate (Spanish Tomato Bread)

Pan con Tomate (Spanish Tomato Bread) with some crispy prawns

 

Happy Souls :)

Happy Souls :)

 

Adios to the most amazing trip ever :)

Adios to the most amazing trip ever :)

More pics of Barcelona

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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