Published: July 5th 2012July 5th 2012
This plate of tostas cost the equivalent of two takeaway pizzas...
Actually I´m in Hospital de Orbigo (about 15 Kms from Astorga) but it´s not on the list so that will do...
Ok, so today I´m going to break another oath I made to you. I promised not to write rhapsodical praise of aspects of the trip, and that´s just what I´m going to do. I´m so bad.
Last night in Leon, I had the privilege of eating some of the best food I´ve ever had the fortune to encounter. A few pilgrims had arranged to meet outside the cathedral in Leon to go to dinner. We had a couple of glasses of wine (welcome back old friend), and some people weren´t keen on eating, some wandered off to grab a quick sandwich and the usual ´I don´t know what I feel like´issues arose. In the end we were whittled to three and decided to stay at the bar and sample the raciones
. Best decision EVER!
The list was extensive and ranged from the traditional spanish stuff to sushi and the like. We decided on a sample plate of tostas (stuff on bread) and some jamon. The jamon was buttery and melted on your tongue. It was great -
Which is prettier?
I say the plate of food but...
BUT THE TOSTAS!
There was a pulpo
(octopus) with some paprika (second from the top in the photo)- we had to have a second order of it so that the three of us could each have a piece. I had had some issues with seafood on this trip - I have now forgiven the ocean!
The middle tosta was ground morcilla
(blood sausage) and apple. It almost brought me to tears it was so good - it was rich and acidic and just fantastic.
The second from the bottom was a pepper and eggplant concoction which was fantastic and I didn´t get to try the bottom tosta which was cheese with a balsamic reduction across the top - but if the balsamic stuff was representative, it must have been great because I dipped my finger into a puddle of it on the plate and turned into a puddle myself.
But the best was the cured beef (name of which has slipped my mind - starts with a ´c´), with mustard and a dressing that made me LOSE MY MIND it was so good.
Remember this is just some bar need the cathedral - it was a bit nice but I don´t think that it was top of the range or anything. How do I know. Well the total bill for it all, INCLUDING THE WINE and beers, was 48 euro - about $65.00. You pay that much for suburban takeaway chinese food.
The Spanish have got one thing worked right out...