If I had to say one thing about Spanish taste, I think I would comment on their sweet tooth! In every town the pasteleria always seems to be the establishment with the longest queue, frequently spilling out in to the streets. The Spanish certainly love to cook, however their sweet tooth is usually satisfied by a trip to the local pasteleria, leaving this intricate art form to the experts!
Here in Tarifa, this establishment is on the main street in the old town and is called La Tarifena. Always full of locals and tourists alike, I love to listen in on the people ordering in front of me. Whether it be a child dawdling at the sheer enormity of the decision between the mass of colour and sugary treats before them, a group of girls ordering a selection for a dinner party, or just a passer-by choosing an afternoon pick-me-up; there’s something for everyone.
Gala and I have a job handing out flyers for a local Kitesurfing School. We stand at the Puerta de Jerez and every other person passing by seems to have a handful of the trademark brown and white paper packaging, always making my mouth water. More often than not my shift ends (or is split up) with giving in to this temptress of a shop. My favourite is trenza de chocolate. Similar to a pain au chocolat, but with more greasy golden pastry and with a thick layer of chocolate on top, this takes the form of a plaited pile of heaven.
Almost all pastelerias, on top of their typical Spanish treats such as dulce de leche torts, tortas de aceite (flaky olive oil biscuits) and artisan almond treats, have a counter stuffed with Moroccan treats made with aromatic seeds and disguising themselves almost as Chinese foods such as spring rolls, but with a sugary golden glaze.
So, any visit to a Spanish town must not come to an end without a trip to try the local delicacies!