Help yourself to a second serving of Spanish photographs! This time I’ll document some of the food of my trip! Click any photo to start a slideshow, and look at the captions for descriptions and interesting stories of my experiences!
A brioche. It is a bread with especially high egg and butter content to make it extra tasty. This one was soaked in something sweet to make it a dessert. I did not order it, but I got to try some, and it was delicious.
The best fruit salad I have ever tasted. It starts with a strong sour note and then proceeds through a medley of the flavors offered by the other fruits. Perhaps a better food author than me could describe the experience in words, but I am at a loss.
A vegetable dish ordered special by my struggling vegetarian colleague. He also didn’t drink alcohol or coffee and couldn’t help getting up early, so he was pretty unhappy in Spain.
A squid and peas dish. At this restaurant we deliberately ordered 1/3 size dishes (an option on the menu) so that’s why they look so small, because they are.
Assorted cheeses. Look at that presentation, and the food itself wasn’t bad either.
I was planning on sharing this dish, so it was lucky that it was brought to me as two separate copies of the same item.
“We took some carrots and put some salsa on them” You would not think these would be as delicious as they were.
“Foie” was the only description given. It means liver. Yes, those are ice cream cones, exactly the same texture and taste. It’s the best liver in an ice cream cone I’ve ever had.
My breakfast at the hotel. I stopped going when I learned it was €11, more than a full dinner in Spain.
This is a picture of Jack Nicholson eating watermelon. The magazine translates as “Nom Nom Magazine”
My friend ordered cooked pimientos (peppers) so that’s what he got.
Everybody gets olives. It is required to serve a food in Madrid whenever one serves alcohol.
Tortilla de patatas. Where’s the tortilla, you ask? It means “omelette” in Spain.
This is my bacon dish. Apparently bacon means an enormous amount of ham. When I asked for a box to take some home, the waiter started telling me where on the pig the meat came from. When I tried asking again, he told me the meat was boiled. (not cooked in a box)
No, these are “Spanish Fries.” Just kidding, they’re french fries.
I didn’t order these, but I took one. Then I paid a quarter of the full price to be fair.
This is effectively an alcoholic milkshake. Stronger than a sangria.
Another tortilla and some cheese wrapped in ham. Sounds like something an American could appreciate, right?
Not only is beer sold at a public education institution and advertised on posters, but Homer Simpson is known and loved across the globe.
This “popcorn” does not look like popcorn,.
The apostrophe means nothing in Spain. This is just a flourish to catch people’s attention.
Another mandatory opening dish to satisfy Spain law. It tastes like Cheetos.
In Spain, alcohol is an important part of the culture, perhaps even more so than in the United States. I had a sangria with my colleagues, but when they ordered another round, I asked for a water. The server gave me another sangria, which I passed to the person next to me, then the came by and gave me a third sangria, at which point I reminded him “agua.” When he came back again with my water, he growled at me, “here is your agua!” emphasizing the resentment in the last word.
Tapas! Tapas de patatas! Lots of delicious meat-and-potatoes dishes. Multiple kinds of Chorizo! We fed five people a feast for €40
Cold cuts never looked or tasted so good.
Even the university’s food was memorable.
The clever servers just started serving things and waited for the Americans to say “no”
Tiramisu and Whiskey Tiramisu
A squashed peach. It is known as a “Saturn” peach
Attempting to order at a Spanishized Chinese food restaurant. My theory was that Spanishized Chinese food would be an interesting blend of Spanish food and Chinese food.
Egg drop soup
Lemon Chicken. It turns out that fake Chinese food is cross-cultural.
Flan pudding. The only thing besides the impeccable presentation differentiating this from Chinese food in America.
My Hamburguesa de España
That’s just a big wheel of cheese on top. It was so bitter it overwhelmed the whole burger. No Regrets!!!
Our fancy conference dinner
A beef dish referred to as “topside”
My fish entrée
We got white wine, red wine, and water.
An extremely attractively laid out dessert. It was a pudding in a dark chocolate trough with strawberries