June 6, 2011

Santiago de Compostela, Spain. October, 2009

One of the blessings of living in (or visiting) Galicia is the availability of a wide variety of Atlantic seafood. Clams anyone? This amiable woman at the town market has several delicious types to choose from. As well as the currently chic (and therefore astonishingly pricey) percebes, or gooseneck barnacles, ugly as prehistoric sin but, once maneuvered, tasting unmistakably of the sea. Other nearby vendors specialized in eels, lobsters, squid, crabs, cuttlefish, mussels, shrimp, octopus and the city’s ubiquitous symbol, scallops. Oh, yes, you can get fish, too. There’s even a cafe called Churro Maria within the market that will, for a small fee, boil or steam whatever it is you bought (boiled octopus was a hot seller the day we were there), just in case you can’t wait to get back home to cook up your caldeirada a la gallega...or, like us, had no kitchen facilities at our disposal, always a bit of a torture when visiting these wonderful foreign markets.

1 comment:

  1. Have I told you lately that you are one of the most fascinating person I've ever known. Thanks for sharing your adventures. Keep it coming. The blog is wonderful!