My day began early, bleary-eyed and sleepy on a Saturday morning, filled with the anticipation of travelling abroad and the hope that all would go smoothly along the way. The hubbs, also half-asleep, was by my side as we swiftly made our way to SFO in the darkness of the early weekend. My mind was racing-- did I remember my passport? Did I pack appropriately? How long was this flight exactly? Actually I should say "flights", considering that there were three connectors I had to catch just to get to Alicante, along the southeastern shores of Spain. After nearly twenty five hours of travel, our plane finally touched down (on time!) at the small, yet efficient Alicante Airport. We were now just a short driving distance from Murcia- about an hour, spent chatting with our fellow bloggers Amy Gross, Julia Crowley, Cindy Rynning and our chaperone, Mike Matilla. We were all a bit punchy by this point, but eager to begin our exploration of the region, starting with the city of Murcia itself.
|Fields of gold.|
|The view at 120 km per hour.|
|Old meets new(ish) outside our hotel.|
|The gorgeous cathedral just steps away.|
|Typical Murcia lane.|
For our first course, I decided to go with the habitas salteadas con jamón y heuvos rotos (broken lacy eggs with ham and beans)- upon Mike's recommendation. The hubbs pilfered half of this dish, and we found ourselves arguing whether or not his rollitos de salmon marinado el eneldo rellano de marisco (salmon roll stuffed with dill, caviar and crab) could compare. Both were, without a doubt, divine. It is very a special moment when you arrive in a country and are taking your first bite of local fare. The beans in my dish were grown locally and cooked perfectly, and the jamon was savory and crisp. The hubbs starter was melt-in-your-mouth tasty, although due to outdoor heat became a little too warm after a few minutes. Nonetheless, each dish was a delicious intro to this unfamiliar region's culinary capability.
|Mike in blue, ready to eat.|
|Beans, "lacy" egg, jamon.|
As more dishes began to arrive, cameras appeared and the obsessive photo taking took action-- Tranco de bacalao rebozado con pisto murciano (salted cod with potatoes), tortilla el gusto espanol (layered potato omelette), festival de verduras del tempurada el iberico (salad festival of local veggies with ham) and for the sweet-tooth in all of us, postre de la casa sugerencias del dia (rice pudding).
|It's a festival in my mouth!|
It's a good thing there's a lot more coming where that came from... Stay tuned!
*All photos are author's own, taken over the course of 6-22 to 6/28 of 2013.