Impromtu Prickly Pear Spotting

Chumberas, or higos chumbos are everywhere in the lower areas of Spain´s Sierra Nevada mountains.  A chumbera is a prickly pear, the fruit of the cactus.  People are picking and selling them in arid areas of Andalusia where they grow well. We ran into a man who made his own tool for picking.  He kindly […]

Hiking in Altea

Some people think about visiting Paris.  I, on the other hand, think about things like eating at Charlie Trotter’s in Chicago, drinking a glass of Chateau Yquem, or hiking along the Spanish coastal mountains.  I opted for pizza, vino tinto and breathtaking scenery earlier last week on the Costa Blanca. Altea is a coastal town […]

Quest For a Meal in Granada

In our quest for appetizing authentic food, we avoid establishments with pictures of dishes pasted around the entrance or with plastic menus.  We’ve come to understand authentic doesn’t necessarily mean worthy; it’s a catch phrase.  Throw in reasonably priced and it can be a chore to find that meal.  We did find a few gems […]

Food and Memory- Marguerite´s

Maryellen Burns shares childhood food memories from Sacramento, California.  Not being a native, it´s fascinating to hear about places that have since disappeared.  Thanks Maryellen! For Marcel Proust it was a crumb of Madeline cake dipped in tea that awakened a whole chain of memories.  For Ruth Reichel, it was the comfort of apples.  For […]

Newcastle Produce: Food Lover’s Paradise

You’ve been hearing a lot from Lynn lately, happily gallivanting about Spain for a month, but you haven’t heard much from me in a while. I founded Sacatomato five years ago with Jennifer Cliff and then welcomed Lynn as a co-blogger several years later. As fellow food fanatics, we’re always excited to talk about something […]

Cava in Penedes

A short train ride from Barcelona and you are in the Penedes area of Catalonia.   95% of all cava (sparking wine) is produced in this region of Spain.  Regardless of whether you like the stuff, it´s a beautiful place to visit and take a tour or two. We chose Cava Rovellats, partly because it´s […]

Food in Barcelona

Take a peak at a few tapas and dishes from Barcelona. Can´t go wrong having tomato bread at every meal!   Quick fried Padron peppers with a dusting of sea salt.  These can be addictive (don´t you agree Betty and Jim?!) Grilled red peppers, eggplant, squash and onions mixed with olive oil and pine nuts.  […]