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Tuna and chocolate……what????? – MOONINSPAIN


Beneath the bleachers of the Roman Theatre

A few years in the past I noticed a film referred to as Atún y Chocolate. It’s the story of three fisherman from the city of Barbate within the province of Cádiz. It’s a comedy about these three males who’re attempting to outlive a fishing disaster. That was my cinematic introduction to considered one of my favorite areas in Southern Spain. I had visited Cádiz on my method to Portugal a number of occasions however I didn’t have a great understanding of the individuals and tradition till about 17 years in the past. Due to an expensive relationship with an individual from the city of San Fernando in Cádiz, I used to be immersed into this lovely space of Spain. The meals is superb, the seashores are incomparable to others, the historical past is deep and intriguing, and the persons are the friendliest and funniest I’ve discovered. The jovial and passionate accent accompanies these affable traits.

Slender avenue in Cádiz

Cádiz is likely one of the oldest and constantly inhabited cities in Western Europe. It was based by the Phoenicians in 1100 BCE and its strategic location on the Atlantic Coast has marked a spot within the historical past of Spain and the remainder of Europe ever since. You can simply spend days visiting monuments and studying concerning the historical past of town and province. The yellow/gold dome of the New Cathedral is a logo of the town’s Golden Age it skilled within the late seventeenth and 18th centuries. The distinction of the dome with the blue Mediterranean Sea and sky is completely lovely. The Theater (solely a portion of it’s has been excavated) was one of many largest within the Roman Empire. I like to wander the slim streets and go to the market the place you may get a glimpse into the gastronomy of the realm, heavy on contemporary tuna and different seafood.

Certainly one of my favorite occasions to go to Cádiz is throughout Carnaval which is likely one of the greatest in Spain. That is a totally completely different expertise. For 2 weeks you possibly can benefit from the Chirigotas, satirical folksongs typically utilizing political figures as the main target. The streets come alive with floats, musical teams and gaditanos dressed up of their finest costumes whereas ingesting glasses of dry sherry from small cups and munching on fritters made out of little shrimp. These are referred to as Tortillitas de Camarones and are made with chickpea flour, child shrimp, parsley, chopped spring onions and GOOD Spanish olive oil. VIVA EL CARNAVAL!!

One other necessary gastronomical treasure on this space is the Atún de Almadraba. The phrase almadraba that means to battle or strike comes from Arabic and refers back to the fishing method used to catch this extremely prized purple tuna. After the complete moon in Could and once more in September and October fishing nets are strategically positioned within the Atlantic waters near the Straight of Gibraltar by fisherman from cities like Barbate, Zahara de los Atunes, Conil de la Frontera and Tarifa. The tuna are caught within the nets on their passage to or from the Mediterranean. The nets are lifted by the fishermen right into a circle of boats surrounding the nets. In Could the tuna have further fats and are extra succulent the place as within the fall the tuna tends to be drier. The autumn meat tends to be despatched to the canneries. The tuna from the month of Could is offered at excessive costs with about 80 p.c being exported to Japan.

On my most up-to-date journey to Cádiz we had a wonderful lunch in a restaurant referred to as La Marmita. The native wine was 80 p.c Merlot with a small share of Petit Verdot and Syrah. I beloved the title, Garum. Garum is the fermented fish condiment that was utilized in Phoenicia, Greece, Rome and past. With our wine we loved the prime quality purple tuna ready two methods, sashimi and tartar. Beautiful. We additionally had raviolis stuffed with pringá de Berza Gitana. It is a stew ready with collard greens, onion, squash, tomato, peppers, chorizo, morcilla and beef shank. It’s then chopped finely and used to fill the raviolis. I can’t wait to return and repeat each dishes and extra!

Two of my different causes for being actually in love with Cádiz are…………..

Sure, you can begin the Camino de Santiago right here! This a part of the camino is known as the Through Augusta, which was the longest and busiest of the Roman roads that linked the Pyrenees and France to what’s now C´ádiz.

And…………you possibly can get pleasure from essentially the most lovely sundown in Spain! One which simply retains on giving.

Aspect be aware – The title of the movie I discussed at the start refers clearly to the well-known Almadraba Tuna. Chocolate? Chocolate is the phrase used for hash that for a lot of, a few years has discovered its method to the coastlines of Southern Spain from Morocco.

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