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Foods of Southern Spain

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“One of the very nicest things about life is the way we must regularly stop whatever it is we are doing and devote our attention to eating.” – Luciano Pavarotti

Southern Spain is one of the best places to slow down, take a deep breathe, relax, and savor the flavors of Spanish cuisine. The natural beauty, the music, and, above all, the delicious food served during long meals, all but force you to appreciate your surroundings and your company.  Tapas, in my opinion, are the Spanish version of what I termed at the beginning of this year as stopping to smell the cannoli.  Leading up to the trip, I don’t know whether I was more excited to see the Alhambra, which I’ve been longing to visit since studying it’s architecture in my junior year of college, or to sit down for long meals of tapas with Ibérico ham and Manchego cheese washed down with a few glasses of cava.   Now that the trip is over, I still can’t decide which was more enjoyable.  Visiting the Alhambra and seeing a flamenco show were unforgettable experiences, but sitting down to long, slow meals in the Spanish style with S and his lovely parents, P and R, was a true gift.  Increasingly tight pants were an unfortunate side effect, but overall a small price to pay.   Here are some of my favorite meals from Southern Spain: