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La Cure Gourmande, Seville, Spain

La Cure Gourmande, the aftermath!

La Cure Gourmande has to be on of the sweetest looking shops in Seville, Spain. And, since it is a candy and cookie shop, it is probably one of the sweetest in general. The store is actually a French one, started in 1989 to preserve and share some traditional french recipes for butter cookies, hard candies, caramels, nougats and chocolates. Since the first store opened, ... Read More »

Los Italianos, Granada, Spain

Los Italianos with Customers

If you’re in Granada during the summer, a stop at Los Italianos is a must. This Italian ice creamery is a popular place and serves up some outstanding ice cream. The shop has unusual hours. It is open from 8am until midnight, and is closed during the winter (so, open from April – October, give or take a little). This makes sense when you consider ... Read More »

A Meal in Morocco

Moroccan Mint Tea

Part of the tour I took in Morocco involved a meal at a “traditional” Moroccan restaurant. It’s a safe bet that when you take a group tour – especially a big group tour – you’re not going to be getting the best or most authentic food you possibly could. My particular group wasn’t large, around 8 or 10 people including me, but the ferry company ... Read More »

Buying Fake Saffron in Morocco

Real and fake saffron

While I was in Spain, I took a side trip to Tangier. I have always been a little bit curious about Morocco and, since the company that runs the ferry between Tarifa – a really great surfing town in Spain – and Tangier charges the same for a round trip ticket that they do for a round trip ticket plus six hour tour package deal, ... Read More »

Nun-Baked Cookies from Spain

Nun Cookies

When I heard that I could buy nun-baked cookies in Spain, I couldn’t wait to track them down. For me, it sounds like such a novel item and certainly something that I am unlikely to find in the states. The cookies are exactly what they sound like: cookies baked by nuns. Different nuns at different convents seem to specialize in different things, but cookies seem ... Read More »

Food on KLM Airlines

KLM Snack

Going to Spain, I flew on Air France, which I’ve flown on before. On the way home, I flew on KLM, which is a new airline for me. I wasn’t sure what to expect, as I hadn’t heard much about it, but I took it as a good sign that I hadn’t heard anything bad, either. It turns out that it was a good sign ... Read More »

Food from Spain: Gazpacho at McDonalds

Gazpacho at McDonalds

In Spain, many restaurants are close from 4pm to about 8pm, as lunch ends at 4 and dinner doesn’t start until after 8 (bars open later/earlier and serve tapas, of course). This wouldn’t be too much of a problem…. except when you’re a tourist and forget that you won’t be able to find many food options after spending that extra hour at a museum and ... Read More »

Tapas in Spain

Spanish Tortilla

Spain is probably best known around the world for its tapas culture. This is the practice of eating small plates of food  – pretty much always with drinks like beer, sangria or wine – before dinner. It’s a social thing as much as a food thing, but the food element is what makes it stand out from other countries that have a bar or pub ... Read More »

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