CISABROAD BLOG · February 27, 2014 · 2 Min Read
Satisfy your Appetite in Spain

This post was contributed by Amanda Zetah – student at Colorado State University, world-traveler and travel writer. In my travels, I’ve found myself in Spain on two separate occasions. The first time, I visited Madrid and Salamanca and the next time, I was wandering around Malaga. Either way, I loved Spain both times I was there and I still crave the food that I had the privilege of tasting over there. If you ever get the chance to visit Spain, make sure to sample the following foods (trust me, they are life-changing):

Delicious paella

Delicious Paella

Paella. Paella is my absolute favorite food in the entire world and I cannot seem to replicate it back home in my small apartment. The Spanish must put a hidden ingredient in it or something! It’s a traditional dish in Spain featuring a giant plate of Spanish rice and a whole slew various types of meat. The last time I had it in Malaga, I found a chicken leg, squid, calamari, sausage, and shrimp (with the heads still on). It is a satisfying meal that will fill you up before you take a long siesta. Tapas. Tapas are a delicious little treat that are perfect after taking that siesta. Tapas are basically small plates of various appetizers, featuring mixed olives and cheese or fried seafood snacks. Share it between two people and sample as many plates as you can manage. The best part is that tapas usually come with a free cerveza on the side.
Tapas

Tapas

Jamon Bocadillo. For some reason that I still can’t quite figure out, the Spanish absolutely love their jamon. It’s a special kind of ham that reminds me of prosciutto. If you take a liking to it, don’t fret. They sell it by the leg at the nearest supermarket or Carrefour, which is sure to be right around the corner.
Jamon Bocadillo

Jamon Bocadillo

Tortilla de Patatas. Think omelette and then double the size. I’m absolutely addicted to this amazing breakfast food made with potatoes, eggs, and tortillas. I made sure to enjoy this tasty treat as much as possible while traveling around Spain and for good reason: it’s definitely addicting. Gazpacho. I was in Spain both times during their summer months, so the heat got to be a little much for me. The best way I found to cool down was a nice bowl of cold soup known as gazpacho. Gazpacho is a tomato-based vegetable soup served cold and it is light, refreshing, and absolutely delicious. It’s originally from the Andalucian region of Spain and has got to be one of my most favorite snacks in all of Spain. Have you ever been to Spain? What was your favorite food while there? Leave a comment below!

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