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Despana Recommendations?

layatp Jun 27, 2008 06:44 AM

Hi there,

I normally go to DiPalo's to get tapas-like (prosciutto, truffle cheese, etc) items to enjoy at home but I've heard great things about Despana so will be giving them a try. Can you recommend any "must try" items from Despana? I've read good things about their sandwiches but am interested in which meats, cheeses, prepared foods people have enjoyed in the past.


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  1. MMRuth RE: layatp Jun 27, 2008 06:50 AM

    I really like their jamon serrano - and of course you can try the Iberico as well, at a price! I've not bought cheese there (not a huge fan of Spanish cheese), but they have an olive oil that I particularly like, and piquillo peppers, which I love (in a jar). Also angulas, but $50 for a tin ....

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      guttergourmet RE: MMRuth Jun 27, 2008 07:55 AM

      MMRuth-how can you dismiss Spanish cheese?! Serena, Manchego, Mahon, Tetilla, Garroxta, Cabrales, Idiazabal, Roncal, Montenebro and my personal favorite cheese in the world Torta del casar. For the OP- jamon iberico, morcilla, lomo, cantimpalo, chorizo, sobrasado and butifarra.

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        MMRuth RE: guttergourmet Jun 27, 2008 07:58 AM

        Not dismissing it! I did have an aged manchego from Murray's last year that I really like, and I do like cana de cabra with some lovely olive oil drizzled on it. But, next time I'm there, I'll pick up some small amounts of a couple of other ones and give them a whirl! And I agree - the sobrasado is wonderful - my husband said it was just as good as ones he's had in Spain. He ate up all the chorizo while I was away, and also liked the morcilla.

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          erica RE: guttergourmet Jun 28, 2008 04:37 AM

          Torta del Casar..now THAT is a cheese!!!!!!!!! Do they sell it at Despana? I've never seen it in the US.

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            guttergourmet RE: erica Jun 28, 2008 04:39 PM

            si, si

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          Miss Needle RE: MMRuth Jun 27, 2008 08:32 AM

          MMRuth, I've noticed that I think we've got very similar tastes in many foods. I'm not the biggest fan of Spanish cheese as well. They're OK, but I've never really been wowed by any of them. If I'm going to eat something with a high fat content, it's going to be something that I love.

        3. JungMann RE: layatp Jun 27, 2008 06:50 AM

          You could drop a chunk of change on a quarter-pound of Jamon Iberico, but I am a bigger fan of their onion-filled morcillas. I can't have a tapas plate at home without them. Their mini chorizos also make a great snack, though I prefer the chorizo picante. The spreads in the cupboards are varied and worth a try, as well.

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            RCC RE: JungMann Jun 27, 2008 07:39 AM

            Their mini chorizo is a staple buy for us whenever we chanced by their store.

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            chanbny RE: layatp Jun 27, 2008 02:51 PM

            Their boquerones (white anchovies in vinegar) are on a par with what I had in Seville and are fantastic. Great with manzanilla.

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