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Dum Dum Dum Dum…. SAUSAGETIME!

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Tomorrow, we are on our way to Sausage Land! Where sugar, spice, and all the other things which make up little girls… are crammed into pig intestines AND CONSUMED!!!

Longaniza, Morcilla, Chorizo, Salchichón. Sweet, delectable morsels, every one. I plan on acquainting myself with each of you, on an… intimate basis. You naughty little vixens, I’m going to gobble you up, yes I am!


Requena’s Muestra del Embutido has become an important date on Valencia’s culinary calendar. In this, its 17th year, the festival is celebrating recognition as an Event of Touristic Interest.

Requena is also known for its Vendimia (wine harvest) festival in the summer. Close to Utiel, the region is renowned throughout Spain for its excellent food and drink. The sausage fest runs from the 12th to 14th of February. Requena can be reached from Valencia on Renfe Cercanías, for a negligible fee.

Festival’s Official Site

Crazy festivals in Valencia

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February 12, 2010 at 3:32 pm Comment (1)

Granada – The Joy of Tapeando

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Yes, visiting the Alhambra was a remarkable experience. But on the drive home to Valencia, I prodded Jürgen to name his number one highlight from Granada. It was the same as mine: THE TAPAS.


Friends had told us that we’d be amazed by the tapas. “You won’t have to eat dinner”. But no amount of advance knowledge could prepare us for tapeando in Granada. At the first pub, we ordered two beers. We got two beers and a huge plate overflowing with food. A salad, two montaditos, and a crazy amount of potato chips. Serously, check it out. I was troubled — it was simply not possible that this amount of food was free. When I asked for the bill, it was with a heavy feeling in my heart; perhaps I had misunderstood.

BUT IT WAS FREE. It was free, my God, all that food for free. Jürgen and I floated out of the bar and, hand in hand, went skipping down the street to the next one, singing the glories of Granada. It was like Christmas, but much, much better. The first bar wasn’t a fluke. At pub after pub, we got free plates of food. Sometimes montaditos, sometimes chicken skewers, sometimes little hamburgers. Sometimes you’d get to choose. The flautas mexicanas, please! Sometimes it was fancy — grilled Camembert on rye toast. Once they set down navajas in front of me and I, made brave by the considerable amount of alcohol flowing through my veins, slurped them down like a gnarled Galician fisherman.

We went to probably 3929 tapas bars during our 4-day stay, so it’s impossible to list them all. Here, though, were some of our favorites:
El Labrador – Rustic, filled with young locals; you can choose your tapas.

De Cuadro – Hipper place, modern furnishing; you can also choose from a large menu of interesting tapas

La Bella y la Bestia – Alongside the river Duerro, this is where we got the outrageous plate full of tapas I linked a picture to, above. A cool little bar.

La Antigualla – Very popular with young foreigners; there were about twenty collegiate Americans there. I pretended to be German. Oh my God, do we, like, totally talk like that now, like, all the time? We counted, like, literally 8 “likes” out of one kid’s mouth in, like, 20 seconds. I’ve been too long away from my homeland. But the tapas were great, here! Like totally!

La Riviera – Again, you get to choose your tapas here; a nice, typical Spanish bar with a mix of locals & foreigners, in a great location

Calle Navas – The entire street is filled with bars and, on a Friday or Saturday night, good luck squeezing into one of them!

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La Flamenca – Great Tapas in Gran Vía

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A relatively new restaurant in Gran Via, La Flamenca offers patrons a great dining experience (location). We’ve been twice, and have been impressed by the quality of food and the price both times.

Flamenca Restaurante

Tapas and montaditos are the highlights of the menu, as well as a decent wine selection. We ordered a large variety of things, and were most impressed and horrified by the cheese plate — these are extremely strong cheeses not for the faint of heart! We also loved the huevos a la pobre, which was a large plate of perfectly cooked eggs to share. The wine from Utiel was delicious and fairly priced.

As the name indicates, La Flamenca offers live flamenco music, as an accompaniment to dinner — but only on Thursday evenings. It’s pleasant; not so much a performance as a fun backdrop to an evening out with friends.

Make sure to get reservations for Thursdays and on weekends, as the restaurant is smallish and fills up quickly!

La Flamenca
C/ Salamanca 34
963 815 500
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Other good tapas bars:
El Albero
Las Cuevas
Sidreria El Molinón

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First Feria de Gastronómica in Valencia

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2009 has been Valencia’s year of “firsts”. The first ATP tennis tournament, US style rodeo, and Oktoberfest were among the highlights.

So now, Valencia presents the very first Feria de Gastronómica. It’s the same concept as the wine fest or the tapas fair. You buy food & beverage stamps which allow you to sample from different stands.

It’s a feast and if you see something you like you can buy larger amounts of it. Mmm, those cheeses … delicious!

Feria Gastronómica runs until this Sunday and it’s located inside Plaza de Toros.

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Photos from the Oktoberfest in Valencia

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On Saturday we managed to go to the Oktoberfest. We had originally planned on going for the inaugural day, but the weather wasn’t playing along.


It was a blast, but only after about 90 minutes of (1) standing in the entrance line, (2) standing in line to buy tickets for food and drink, and then (3) waiting even longer for our beer to arrive. (If you’re going, here’s a tip: make sure you order the beer on a separate ticket, so you can pick it up yourself; if it’s on the same ticket as food, you have to wait at a table for service)

Valencia’s very first Oktoberfest was well received and even got extended until Wednesday. So slip into your Lederhosen and Dirndl and off you go.




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