Category Archives: Food/Wine

Traditional Antequera Porra (Southern Spain)

In the South of Spain in the summer people make delicious cold soups, the most famous being gazpacho. Another is porra, and this recipe for traditional Antequera porra is super simple to make.

This soup is softer in taste than the gazpacho and offers a thicker substance. Ask for it in restaurants and be pleasantly surprised, unless you accidentally ask for “Porro Porra”, in which case you might receive a rather incredulous stare and the comment that in Spain joints (ahem, a soft smokable drug) aren’t normally served… Continue reading Traditional Antequera Porra (Southern Spain)

Traditional Spanish Gazpacho Recipe

The origins of Gazpacho are mysterious, and like most things from our past have never been truly documented, what writing does exist is filled with inaccuracies but the  general consensus is that the pre-Roman Andalucians (Ibericelts) were making something akin to Gazpacho in Phoenician (and Carthiginian) times, although to really confuse matters, so were pre-Roman Italian peninsula peoples. And, to confuse matters even more, the tomato plant is from South America and didn’t get to Europe until after the Spanish Conquest of the Americas from 1492 onwards… Ummm… anyway, less about that and more about the recipe :)

In fact, a cold meal of stale bread, vinegar, olive oil, garlic, and water is common in the bread eating cultures surrounding the Mediterranean, the concept is even alluded to in the Old Testament book of Ruth (2.14) “’Come thou hither, and eat of the bread, and dip thy morsel in the vinegar.”

Continue reading Traditional Spanish Gazpacho Recipe

Visit a vineyard and wine tasting in Ronda

Just a few kilometres from Ronda in the general direction of Acinipo you will find the vineyard F.Shatz Spread out southwards over a gentle slope with views towards the Sierra de Grazalema and Sierra de las Nieves. Hailing from a wine growing family in the Wuerttemberg region of Germany, Friedrich Schatz chose Ronda as the base for his new winery on the Ronda-Acinipo Road. F. Schatz has since become known for their organic wines, Lemberger (Bodega Schatz is the only vineyard in Spain to produce single-variety wines of these grapes.), Chardonnay, and Muskattrollinger. All grapes are harvested by hand and placed in small containers to prevent breaking of the skins. Fruitiness and natural earthy aromas are the hallmark of F. Schatz wines.

Strictly by appointment only so ask in the tourist office or your hotel reception to help you organise your visit.

http://f-schatz.com/web/en/

More info on wineries in the Ronda area here…

Restaurant – El Meson Simancon – Grazalema

So you are in Ronda for a few days (or just passing through) and want to get away to the mountains for a while? Just 40 minutes away by car is the stunning Sierra de Grazalema. Why not take a drive, enjoy the scenery and a wonderful afternoon or evening meal.

The Simancon restaurant is easy to find though in a somewhat unlikely location, on the edge of the main Grazalema car park and dining outside in summer is a very pleasant experience and an ideal place to sit, relax and watch the world go by.

The menu of salads & other starters, including several soups, offers more than adequate choice, ranging far beyond the normal fast food fare of chips and fried pork and includes superb venison steaks, wild rabbit and roasted lamb.

The waiting staff (Jesus, Patro and Cati) are friendly, helpful & attentive to everyone including vegetarian or other dietary needs so one is ever disappointed! First class wholesome food & good all round value.

If you need help to reserve a table because you can’t speak Spanish call me (Clive) on (0034) 681 14 70 24 or send me an email at clive@grazalemaguide.com and I will be very happy to make your reservation. RESERVATIONS ARE A MUST AS THIS PLACE FILLS UP FAST!

See the website for the Meson Simancon here…
http://mesonsimancon.com/

Café Bar Faustino, Calle Santa Cecilia €€

Faustino Restaurante is closed until further notice… :(

Calle Santa Cecilia 4, near Plaza Carmen Abela
open noon until very late, Tuesday through Sunday
(closed Mondays, but available for private parties by advance arrangement)
Tel: 952 190 307

Café Bar Faustino was already legendary when it closed earlier this year for a major remodel.  It has now reopened, and to the delight of patrons, it’s truly the same, but different.  Faustino still offers a hearty “Hello” as you enter. Continue reading Café Bar Faustino, Calle Santa Cecilia €€

Spanish Turron at Christmas

Christmas in Spain is a time of different traditions from England or America, and one of the traditions most loved by Spaniards at Christmas time is the joy of eating Turron after dinner.

Turron, which is pronounced Too-Rron, is bought and sliced into cubes and served on plates along with coffee or brandy, and typically given as a gift when visiting friends and family. In Ronda most supermarkets sell dozens of varieties of Turron, though the best quality Turron can be bought from the Campinas store in Plaza Socorro. Continue reading Spanish Turron at Christmas