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Old 03-11-2009, 03:01 PM   #11
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That sounds like a wonderful trip. Don't miss The Prado in Madrid, and the exquisite cathedral in Seville. We had some wonderful sangria in Seville on a hot summer's day...enjoy your adventures.

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Old 03-12-2009, 09:09 AM   #12
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If you get a chance, in Portugal have some Alcatra. It is the best recipe for beef ever. I make it at home but it isn't nearly as good.

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Old 03-18-2009, 12:01 PM   #13
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Blood sausage is delicious. I'm not sure if I'm spelling it right, but I believe it's called morcilla. The one I had was fried. The beauty of Spain is that if you go to a tapas bar, you can try a ton of different things cheaply in small portions.
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Old 03-23-2009, 01:29 PM   #14
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I have recently tried a pastry called Turron ! It is amazing , delicious ! Don't miss it PLEASE , it is made of honey, sugar, and egg white, with toasted almonds. It is usually shaped into either a rectangular tablet or a round cake.
He you enjoy your trip there !
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Old 03-23-2009, 01:43 PM   #15
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Paella - YUM

and lots of Spanish red wines
In the summertime, I'd go for the paella, but I'd be drinking the fabulous white wines and roses! As another poster mentioned, paella is different in every town, and actually by every cook. No two are alike. And most have no fish, unless you are on the coast!

the ham in Spain is better than any in the world, so unless you don't eat pork for religious reasons, please do try it.

If you look around you in a restaurant, and see something that looks good to you (if unfamiliar) give it a try. That's the best way to eat in any foreign country, imho. Be adventurous. If the locals are eating it, clearly it won't kill you!

and don't forget to try the delicious sparking wine (called Cava).
Wine is the food that completes the meal.
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Old 03-25-2009, 05:14 AM   #16
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Many thanks to everyone for all the great suggestions. I can't wait to get there!

It's always interesting to check out the foods in different countries and Spain is a place I have never visited before. I'm also going to be in Portugal if anyone has suggestions for when I'm there.

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Old 03-26-2009, 08:55 AM   #17
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My partner was in Lisbon just a few weeks ago. Their #1 specialty is bacalhau, salted cod. The fish is soaked to remove the excess salt and soften, then prepared in various ways, as the saying goes, you can prepare a bacalhau in different dish every day for an entire year. He tried a fried bacalhau smothered in spicy tomato sauce and says it was exquisite, accompanied by the famous Porto wine.

Also not to be missed will be pastry shops which are bursting with rich delicious sweets, he had a blast more than once each day...

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