While researching for my piece on famous Spanish foods last week, I started a series of conversations with fellow Spain lovers on Twitter. From where best to sample jamon to picking up the freshest boquerones in the country, they had a wealth of knowledge to share and discuss.
Some are Spanish locals who prefer nothing much than a simple pa amb tomÃ quet, while others are either frequent visitors here or Spain food lovers.
In today’s post, I decided to pick their brains to find out what the most popular Spanish food is and where they would recommend having them. Here are some of the highlights, be sure to try these foods on your next visit to Spain and don’t forget to check out their suggested restaurants or tapas bars!
What’s Your Favorite Spanish Food and Where to Eat Them?
@michellechaplow says her favorite Spanish food is salmorejo, a thick tomato-based appetizer similar to gazpacho, and calamares fritos, fried squid. The best salmorejo she has tried is from the Parador de Arcos de la Frontera, a palace-turned-hotel in the Andalusian town near Cadiz. For the best calamares fritos, she highly recommends anyÂ beach bar in Estepona, Costa del Sol.
@HollisCGuerra suggests the paella by the beaches of Poblenou, Bilbao. The best tostados con tomate (a typical breakfast of toasts with grinded tomato) are from Restaurante Los Caracoles (Calle DÂ´escudellers, 14) also in Bilbao.
@IsabellesTravel votes for the rosca de jamÃ³n iberico (a circular baguette sandwich packed with plenty of Spanish ham and cheese) at Taverna Almendro 13 (Calle Almendro 13) in Madrid.
@global_gal has her heart devoted to the Pote Asturiano (a chorizo and beans stew typically eaten in Asturias) and cabrito con patatas (roasted lamb with baked potatoes) at Casa Generosa (Calle QuirÃ³s 6) in Pedroveya, Asturias. The village is at the top of La Ruta de las Xanas, a hiking trail.
@JenaFox adores the espinacas con garbanzos (baked spinach with chickpea) as well as croquetas de jÃ¡mon (croquettes with Spanish ham), both from the casetas at Seville’s Feria, an annual fair held every April.
@WhyGoGreece makes her very own seafood paella at home, whipping up her favorite Spanish food in the comfort of her own kitchen.
@jimmypons favors home-cooked Cocido MadrileÃ±o (a light stew with chickpeas, chunks of meat and some vegetables), prepared by his wife!
@viviendomadrid also votes for home-made Puchero Andaluz, a lighter version of Cocido MadrileÃ±o, except that you drink it like a soup.
@budgetyourtrip has got distinct tastes: Bacon wrapped figs stuffed with blue cheese and almonds are his favorite Spanish tapa.
@makeshiftalisha couldn’t stop eating croquetas (croquettes, breaded mashed potato deep-fried) and patatas bravas (chunks of fried potatoes drenched in a spicy, tomato-based sauce) when she was traveling in Spain.