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Top 10 Spanish Foods to try

Posted on: July 29th, 2016 by admin No Comments

Each region offers unique cuisine that is worth exploring. Learning is a continuous process, so if you would like to advance your culinary skills, it is advisable to borrow from different communities. The Spanish communities have some of the best recipes that you can learn from to improve your culinary skills. Below are ten Spanish foods you can easily learn how to prepare with simple ingredients.

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1. Pulpo a la Gallega
Also referred to as the Galician octopus, Pulpo a la Gallega is a signature dish in the Spanish culture that dates back to 125 years during a time when Spain had many cattle fairs. The food is made from steaming octopus meat and is cooked with olive oil mixed with paprika. The Pulpo a la Gallega is a typical dish and is among top dishes that the Spanish people identify with, not forgetting it holds historical significance.

2. Gazpacho
The Gazpacho is a famous soup prepared in various colours. Traditionally, the soup was prepared during the summer season and has since become a great delicacy especially among visitors, who find it refreshing and delicious. The soup is prepared using tomatoes, cucumber, olive oil, stale bread, garlic pepper, onion and salt. All the ingredients are mixed together and fried in moderate fire before preparing the thick delicious soup.

3. Croquettes
Almost every restaurant in Spain offers Croquettes. The Croquettes are made unique and the taste depends on the specifications of individual hotel, so you will find them different from one hotel to another. Generally, the food is tasty and there are not many variations from one restaurant to another because they share the main ingredients.

4. Jamon
You can also enjoy some pieces of Jamon from any bar in Spain. The Spanish jamon is prepared using traditional techniques and the ham is labelled depending on the breed of the pig it was sourced from. The ham is dried and cured then prepared to offer tasty pieces.

5. Spanish ratatouille
Vegetarians will also have something to pick from the Spanish people. The Spanish ratatouille is made from tomatoes, garlic, olive oil and eggs. The flavour availed by this delicious combinations are unique and something you can try at home if you have the ingredients.

6. Bean stew
Spain is home to different beans and legumes species. Different regions produce different kinds of beans, so you can have a taste of what each place you visit has to offer. The beans varieties available in Spain are unique and the preparation is also perfectly executed.

7. Paella
The rice based dish is recognized internationally and is available in many variations that are worth exploring. The traditional version of Paella is prepared from a mixture of chicken or rabbit meat – sometimes both – greens beans and some vegetables.

8. Fried milk
This is not a common dish, but you may easily find it in major restaurants. It’s one of the unique dishes that will make you like everything about the Spanish people.

9. Robo de Toro
This is an Andalusian stew that originated in the 16th century Cordoba. It is made from bull/ox tail and other sophisticated ingredients to make it delicious.

10. Arroz Negro
This is one of the best prepared rice dishes in Spain. Most visitors would barely notice any of the ingredients used and this explains the reason it is among top choices among those who have been to Spain before.

THE 5 BEST BEACHES FOR SNORKELING IN MAJORCA

Posted on: July 18th, 2016 by admin No Comments

Majorca has 262 beaches with a total length of 25 miles. Its beautiful coastline offers the finest beach activities such as surfing and scuba diving. To enjoy all that Majorca has to offer, take a look at these top 5 beaches for snorkelling and other recreational activities.

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Cala Varques
This beach is easily reachable by boat or foot and offers many water activities to adults and children. Cala Varques is in fact one of the most unspoilt beaches in Spain. It is the perfect snorkelling spot that provides a clear view of the Mediterranean. Perhaps the best time of the year for snorkelling here is early autumn when the water is calmer and there are fewer people about.

Puerto Pollensa
On the north-east of Majorca Island lies Puerto Pollensa, known as one of the most picturesque beaches. It is located in the curving bay of Tramunta and is ideal for families who love underwater activities. As this beach enjoys calm and clear waters, it is perfect for those who wish to learn how to snorkel. With stunning scenery, this is the place to visit with your family.

Cala Agulla
Cala Agulla is close to many major hotels and one of the most popular beaches for diving. The crystal clear waters offer divers diverse opportunities for exploring Aqua life. This beach is surrounded by tall pine trees and local mountains, but it can get overcrowded during the summer months.

Arenal Playa de Palma
Arenal Playa de Palma is a white sandy beach with shallow waters. It’s a wonderful resort for underwater exploring and is known for offering all-year-round diving opportunities. Taking a plunge into the deep blue waters is even more fun than before thanks to the brand new diving platform in place.

Cala Barca
This pretty but small beach is on the edge of Mondrago Park in Majorca. It is only 25 metres deep with golden sands and amazing scenery. Although the beach itself is small, it can still get overcrowded in peak season. Every year, thousands of snorkellers come to Cala Barca for a spot of underwater exploration. If you are an experienced diver, this is the beach for you, but as there is no lifeguard service, you should exercise caution. Unlike some of the other bays in the area, Cala Barca is developed for tourists and offers a scuba diving centre.

Recommended Restaurants In Majorca

Posted on: July 4th, 2016 by admin No Comments

The largest of the autonomous Balearic Islands has long been a favourite with tourists, and as such plays host to a number of remarkable eateries worthy of even the most discerning palate. Here we run down just a small selection of some of the best restaurants the island of Majorca has to offer.

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Simply Fosh

Hotel Convent de la Missió, La Missió 7

Based in the upscale Hotel Convent de la Missió, this restaurant – home of acclaimed British chef Marc Fosh – was awarded a Michelin star in 2014. The seasonal menu offers Mediterranean cuisine crafted from the finest locally-sourced ingredients. The set lunch menu is incredibly light on the wallet and is the perfect tantalising glimpse of what to expect from the dinner service. Reservations are essential.

Es Molí d’en Bou

Protur Sa Coma Hotel, Calle Liles, Sa Coma

Although the rural charm of its original windmill setting has been lost, the decision by Tomeu Caldentey – another Michelin-starred chef – to move his restaurant to more refined surroundings is in keeping with the calibre of food on offer. Renowned for a highly creative approach to Majorcan cuisine notable for its innovative combinations of taste and texture, this one is definitely worth a visit. Once again, reservations are essential.

Lua

Calle Santa Caterina d’Alexandría 1, Puerto de Sóller

Whilst the food at Lua is obviously of a very high standard, of particular attraction here is the restaurant’s location. Positioned as it is in Port de Sóller, diners are afforded views of the picturesque harbour which contribute to an incredibly pleasant eating experience. With a menu comprising grilled locally-caught fish paired with a variety of exciting sauces, reservations are strongly advised to guarantee a place on that scenic terrace.

El Celler

Calle Hospital 46, Petra

Although this list primarily references fine dining restaurants, it would be remiss not to acknowledge that an equally enjoyable meal – and all-round dining experience, really – can also be had at one of the island’s many exceptionalceller restaurants. These establishments, popular in the island’s smaller towns and villages, are housed in converted wine or oil cellars with menus built around highlighting traditional Majorcan dishes, and El Celler is amongst the best of them. There are no reservations, and weekends tend to be busy with locals.

Buen Provecho!