Hopefully my fellow Chowhounders can help me with this one. I had an amazing trip to Madrid this past March, and really got hooked on a specific type of olive that was typically served as a free tapa in many of the Madrid restaurants. My dilemma is I can't remember the name of it and have not seen it here in the Philly area, even in specialty markets. It is a small bright green olive cured in a very dark brine and the flavor has a pronounced garlic bite. Does anyone know what I am talking about? They were very common in Madrid, but I did not see them down in Sevilla. Please help an olive junkie out, b/c I need a hit of those olives! Thanks, Prizat
There are as many variations of olives as towns in Spain, but it sounds like you are describing what is usually called "aceiitunas de Campo Real." These aren't usually sold in jars, you buy them at olive counters in markets, frutos secos shops, or even store that make up their own olives.
Here's a link to the Spanish Marketing Board's olive site. There are photos. See if you recognize what you are talking about.
I would suggest La Tienda in Virginia which ships to Philly to buy them once you find what you are looking for, or better yet order several types and try all of them.