What should DH bring back from Madrid?
DH will be in Madrid next month for a few days. What food items should I have him bring back for me?
We buy this and bring it back with us each time we go to Spain.
It's great, easy and chicken, fish and/or beef comes out delicious. There is a flavor for each plus 4 peppers that can be used for all meats.
And torrefacto mexcla coffee. Wonderful, tasty expresso.
Can't wait to see what others have to offer so I too can get tips.
I would not even know where to begin, but for starters:
Saffron (red threads); marcona and other almonds; Pimenton in 3 varieties (hot, agridulce and sweet); Ortiz ventresca tuna and the myriad other tinned seafoods aabilable in any supermarket; Tolosa beans; Bomba rice; terra cotta cazuelas; membrillo; Torta del Casar and other cheeses; Iberian ham; Tortas de Aceite crackers; tinned Navarra piquillo peppers; tinned Navarra asparagus; Espinaler sauce for the tinned cockles and other shellfish; local honeys and jams.
Here is a partial list I posted for someone else here not long ago; these are just some of the things that I often bring home from Spain; they are not particularly linked to Madrid but are easy to find in that city.
" My list is more or less the same as yours. I will also look for tinned piquillo peppers from Navarra. Last time I bought cans of asparagus from the same region. In addition to the Cuca brand of seafood, mentioned above, I think, look also for Cabo de Pena brand which has satisfied me in the past. I want to bring home chipirones and almejas, as well as tuna. And also the white anchovies, which I fell in love with only recently at a Spanish wine event..
And mojama, vaguely similar to bottarga..but usually made from tuna..
A new revelation to me are the dried beans from Spain. I bought a bag of Tolosa beans from Kalyustan that were so good and creamy, even after a couple of years of languishing in my cupboard! I never have luck with dried beans but these were so good that I plan to bring them home, and also look for other types of beans..
White beans from the Segovia area, too--Judiones de La Granja.
I am sure you know these, but Marcona almonds; saffron; and olives will be on my list..... "
Here is the original thread, with lots of shopping info contained within:
ahh it's been so long I wasn't sure if things had changed. pity. I like the idea of the bootleg ham. would ziplock bags packed with Iberico strapped to the torso show up on these new body scanners? gals I knew in high school used to smuggle Jack Daniels into concerts that way (the doormen doing a pat-down just thought they were fat - HA!)
Fabes beans, they are d.o. controlled and they are great. You can get pimenton and even peppers and ventresca in the usa, but fabes......