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Old 18th March 2006, 09:02 PM   #1
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Default Any Spanish food you don't like?

OK, so I know this forum is going to be all about the best Spanish food you could ever hope to eat, but it has to be said there are some pretty shocking things over here in Spain too...

My vote goes for Callos, that fine Castillian speciality comprising stewed cows innards... Any takers?

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Old 18th March 2006, 10:14 PM   #2
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I don't think Ben has ever tried callos to say that he hates them. But then I have never tested them either so there is nothing I can say!!!

If I had to choose the food that I least like it would be "Sopa de Cocido". "Cocido" is a classic and I love the second part, which consists of chickpeas, cabagge and meat but I hate the smell of the soup, and therefore I NEVER eat it.
I think is the only plate that I been seated in front of for hours when I was a child.

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Old 18th March 2006, 11:43 PM   #3
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You're right, never tried Callos, just the thought of them turns my stomach! :P
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Old 19th March 2006, 12:05 PM   #4
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You're right, never tried Callos, just the thought of them turns my stomach! :P
If it was once alive but now dead, its almost certainly edible.
You sir, are a coward!
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Old 19th March 2006, 12:16 PM   #5
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That's what I tell him - 'lo que no mata engorda' we say in Spain, what doesn't kill you fattens you up!
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Old 19th March 2006, 12:17 PM   #6
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That's what I tell him - 'lo que no mata engorda' we say in Spain, what doesn't kill you fattens you up!
And what does kill you, will fatten up the guy who used you as bait.
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Old 19th March 2006, 11:28 PM   #7
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Arroz con acergas, yuck! I haven't eaten it in over 30 years but I still gag when I think about it.
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Old 20th March 2006, 12:51 PM   #8
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According to Miranda Innes in her book "Getting to Manana" callos is made from chick peas and "the parts of a pig you'd rather not think about". Do different areas have different ingrediants?

I tried Bulls' Tail on my last visit in La Alberca in Salamanca. Not too sure if it would go on my favourites list. Seemed to be more bone than meat.
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Old 20th March 2006, 03:14 PM   #9
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Can't stand the cooked vegetables in jars of slimy water, especially the asparagus.

I'm not really a big meat eater, so there is a lot of stuff out here that really isn't for me. The salted, unrefrigerated big slabs of meat in the supermarket make my stomach turn.

Probably the worst thing I've had out here is the squid in black ink my Spanish flatmate forced me to try. I'm living with two Spanish girls, and some of the things I see them cooking are...interesting, to say the least. But they recoil in horror at the sight of me eating baked beans on toast. :P
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Old 20th March 2006, 08:01 PM   #10
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If you get good quality asparragus from Navarra or la Rioja they are a delicacy, the lovely big white ones in tins!

I know lots of people that are put off by the black color of the squids in their own ink (like Ben)... but if you try "arroz negro", which is paella with squid and ink, you would be surprised by its lovely taste.

Finally, I have to say that except embutidos (serrano ham, chorizo...), which are cured and therefore don't need refrigeration, meat in Spanish markets is kept in refrigerated glass displays.

By the way, I also apreciate baked beans on toast every now and again, and unlike 99.99% of Spaniards LOVE marmite on toast.
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Old 20th March 2006, 08:19 PM   #11
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poncedeleon, I'm with you on the black ink business, there is no way you will catch me eating that! (And that is something I have tried....)
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Old 22nd March 2006, 05:10 PM   #12
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My vote goes for Callos (see pic below), that fine Castillian speciality comprising stewed cows innards... Any takers?
Is it the Spanish version of haggis, the renowned Scottish dish made from sheep's or calf's offal, suet, oatmeal and onions, and boiled in a bag which was originally made from a sheep's stomach?

As I'm not into cheese, my vote for the worst Spanish food ever goes to cabrales.

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Old 22nd March 2006, 06:23 PM   #13
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Not for everyone I agree, it is rather strong, but I for one adore cabrales, especially as a sauce with escalopines - strips of beef...
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Old 22nd March 2006, 06:32 PM   #14
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I might be a bit off topic here, so please excuse me. I had a roll and beef prostate when in Sicily. Easily the most disgusting thing I've ever eaten. I still tried it though! Do you get that in Spain?

As a Scotsman, I can speak on behalf of haggis. It's a lovely food. Despite its origins, it is now made in synthetic bags, using liver and heart, suet, cereals and spices. It's not disgusting at all. I have it in a roll probably about once a week. You can't compare that to callos
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Old 22nd March 2006, 06:35 PM   #15
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Urhhhggh :-X Not that I know of! They are fond of eating testicles in Extremadura though!
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Old 22nd March 2006, 10:40 PM   #16
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I've never tried haggis, so I don't know I like them or not ???

Callos are tripes and they are cooked with chorizo, ham paprika and many other things.

If you speak spanish you can have a look at:
http://www.spain.info/TourSpain/Gast...la%20madrilena


Like Ben I love cabrales, but I'm a cheese lover.

One curiosity about cabrales is that the cheese used to be covered with fig tree leafs or chestnut tree leafs, apparently now is not permited.
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Old 22nd March 2006, 11:31 PM   #17
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That page seems to be in English. Maybe it detected my IP . . .
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Old 26th March 2006, 09:50 AM   #18
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Every 25th January, I eat haggis with mashed swedes and mashed potatoes and plenty of butter, with lots of pepper over all. Delicious. 'Great chieftain o' the puddin' race!'
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Old 26th March 2006, 10:05 AM   #19
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On topic:

I cannot think of any Spanish food I don't like.

My favourite eating is in those family-run away-from-the-main-street restaurants with formica-topped tables and five-course table d'h˘te menus plus a bottle of wine, all at a very reasonable price.

Just eat what you're served. It's all superb.
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Old 27th March 2006, 07:58 AM   #20
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You're right about the formica table family-run places, they are usually the best in Spain, the more 'cutre' the better. I always follow that rule for bars - no Irish pubs for me, give me littered floors, zinc bar tops and grumpy old barmen any day!
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