February 23, 2013 by ebostick1212
On the whole, I have to say I love Spanish cuisine. It is savory and homey, and keeps you warm and happy all day. Still, as everyone has their own personal preferences, I have to be honest and own up to the fact that I don’t love EVERYTHING here. So I’ll let you in on my secret, and let you know which foods I avoid. (By all means, if you are in Spain, you should definitely try everything, as my palate is just as different as the next person’s.)
1. Fuet–This is a Catalonian sausage that is cured and dried. It is super popular, even down here in Andalucía, but I can’t get it down. To me it tastes….sweaty….I think my aversion was created when I popped a big slice into my mouth expecting it to taste like chorizo, when actually it does not. At all.
2. Choco–This is like calamari’s bigger cousin. It is basically the same thing, squid, but usually it is cut into wide slices and thrown into a stew with potatoes. I don’t love it. I really like squid when it is sliced up finely, but I find the thick rings of choco texturally difficult. The taste is inoffensive, but the texture is hard to take.
3. Anything with yema, especially Tocino de Cielo–I have always found eggy desserts gross, whether it be flan, custard, or those egg tarts from the dim sum restaurant. I just don’t like egg yolks pushed to the sweet side, and that is precisely what yema is…egg yolks. Tocino de Cielo, a dessert that when translated, is called ‘Fat from Heaven’ is basically egg yolk mixed with sugar, forming a bright yellow, sticky, stiff blocks. It is realllllllly sweet (all that sugar) and has that eggy aftertaste that I despise.
4. Turrón–I know, I know, I am really beating up on Spanish desserts here, but I am not really a sweet person, anyway. Give me some patatas fritas over an ice cream sundae any day. I am sure almost every household in Spain would beg to differ, telling me that this holiday treat is delicious, but I can’t stomach it. Soft turrón tastes like peanut butter without the benefit of jelly, and hard turrón threatens to crack my teeth. Chocolate turrón, eh, it is ok, but not something I go out of my way to eat.
For the most part, everything I taste here will be something I want to eat again. Chorizo, alubias, tortilla, delicious! I will try every type of food you give me, as my mother always insisted on ‘no-thank-you helpings’. Yet like everyone else in the world, there are some things I just can’t get past my teeth.
Do you have a favorite Spanish dish? What about a least favorite? C’mon, be honest!