To continue in a sweet line, there are the famous "Ensaimades de Mallorca", a must when visiting the Island. Found in most bakeries in Mallorca but also around Spain, they are a pastry with a spiral shape made of sugar, flour, and eggs mainly. It commonly has "Cabell d’àngel" in the middle, a delicious paste that would be translated as "angel’s hair", maybe for its sweetness and texture. However, in reality it is composed of pumpkin and sugar. It is worth giving it a try.
Nonetheless, you may also crave typical dishes not related to desserts. Here comes a traditional and comforting Catalan dish that won’t let you indifferent: el Fricandó. It is a main course made of calf and a warm sauce, and it is usually served with mushrooms. Characterised by its tenderness, it is easily melted in your mouth and it is commonly found in countryside restaurants, in order to give you a good restoring after long walks through the mountains.
Finally, we close with the tasty "Bocata de Calamares" from Madrid, simple but tremendous. They are known as squid rolls or calamari rolls and are spotted everywhere in Madrid, so they are easy to take away during a long day visiting the city. For sure, they will keep you going as they usually come in big sizes, only to ensure you don’t miss anything out.
Hungry? We hope so! Let your inner Spanish and Catalan gourmet shine and don’t forget to discover but also savour all the places left to see. Iberian gastronomy is here to ensure your Erasmus leaves you "un buen sabor de boca" (a good taste in your mouth).
ESN Barcelona UPF Team
Photo 1: Orxata with fartons (via youvalencia.com)
Photo 2: Ensaimada de Mallorca (via viajejet.com)
Photo 3: Fricandó (via lasirena.es)
Photo 4: Bocata de Calamares (via elpais.com)