Pa amb oli

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Pa amb oli. If you say it really fast it sounds like baloney, like the sausage. Yet this Spanish staple is far simpler and has found a far surer place in my heart. Pa amb oli means bread and oil in Mallorquin (Catalan). This simple and delicious treat would not satisfy if it were made with what I often consider suburban staples, in the US. The inexpensive, shelf-stable, bread might crisp if toasted but the chemical preservatives would hide the rich taste of whole grains. The crust of sandwich bread could never imitate the crunch of fresh oven roasted, peasant style loaf bread (sold in Spain by its weight). Canola oil, butter or other cooking oils (inexpensive olive oils included here) can not imitate the rich flavor of good olive oil, nor produce the sweet and salty bites of sea salt sprinkled over the top. These three simple ingredients. Bread. Oil. Salt. So simple and so balanced in their flavors might seam dull to an american palate, which is so often flooded with bold flavors, but it is worth your time. Try. Taste the simplicity. Bread. Oil. Salt. Each ingredient rich in its own right, together create the subtle and tender flavors which are a staple in my diet here. Bread. Oil. Salt. Pa amb oli.

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Tapas. Today is again  re press, or re blog. I have been looking to talk about tapas for some time now and I believe that this article offers a basic introduction. I am also adding a new wish item to my list today. Eat a meal entirely out of Tapas from different tapas bars. (challenge accepted)

Chocolate

The word is nearly the same in every language. Yet, however you say it, hot chocolate congers up fond memories and mouthwatering desire. I personally would love to check out what this avid, and well spoken blogger, calls Mallorca’s best cocoa.

mallorcan chocolate found here.

seriously check it out. And then, if you are interested, come back and read about why I’m writing about it.

Why?

  1. I simply love food and drink of all kinds. I fell in love with the rich chocolate of Spain through it’s origins in Mexico several summers ago. Now I drink it whenever I have a chance.
  2. There is a great history behind this particular spot
  3. I wanted to introduce you to a great blog.
  4. There is a theme this week…. Dates. So, I have this semi-blind date on Wednesday that I am nervous about so, I am writing about it here. Oh ya, we are going to coffee. That is why I picked this. Check tomorrow to learn about how to say blind date and Thursday’s quote should give you a hint on how it went.

Maté: The Elusive Green Powder

maté noun:
Definition:

“Maté is a traditional drink found across Argentina, Chile, Paraguay, Uruguay and southern Brazil. Maté is a green-tea-like infusion made by steeping the dried leaves from yerba mate, a tree which belongs to the holly family, in hot water. It has a high caffeine content, and is used as a stimulant and social drink in much the same way as coffee. Traditionally it is served in a small, hollowed out gourd, also called a mate, and drunk through a cylindrical metal tube called a bombilla. The word mate comes from the Quechua language.”