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phieaglefan Dec 16th, 2011 03:47 AM

Menu Master or similar for Spain?
 
Hi all,

We will be in Seville and Granada in January. When we travel to Germany, we never go anywhere without our handy Marling Menu Master, lest we end up consuming parts of beasts we never intended to pass our lips!

Is there something for tapas or spanish food items available? Preferably, I'd like something I could put on my phone and use without an internet connection - like a .pdf or an app.

Please don't say "be adventurous!" One of us (wink), is an incurable food fussy.

Any ideas?
Thanks,
H

kimhe Dec 16th, 2011 04:44 AM

This is a fine introduction to tapas heaven in Sevilla with suggestions of local specialities both in Spanish and English.
http://www.travelbelles.com/2011/03/tapas-seville/

When it comes to tapas in Sevilla, Azahar lives there and knows what she's talking about. Suggestions of the best bars and dishes all over the city, organized by district.
http://azahar-sevilla.com/sevilletapas/

Here are some sure bets with suggested tapas/reciones (portions, kind of a much larger tapa) and full meals. See what attracts you:
http://azahar-sevilla.com/sevilletap...ria-san-telmo/
http://azahar-sevilla.com/sevilletap...l-rinconcillo/
http://azahar-sevilla.com/sevilletap...y/las-teresas/
http://azahar-sevilla.com/sevilletap...ga-santa-cruz/
http://azahar-sevilla.com/sevilletapas/category/eslava/
http://azahar-sevilla.com/sevilletap...a-dos-de-mayo/

If told not to, in Granada they will serve you a fixed tapa free with every drink of whatever in the bar area. http://www.guardian.co.uk/travel/200...anddrink.tapas
http://granadainfo.com/tapas.htm

phieaglefan Dec 17th, 2011 03:44 AM

Thanks kimhe!

I had seen the azahar link before from one of your posts, but this time I took the time to really look at some of the dishes and the photos. It looks like the food fussy offender will not shed half their weight after all!

For the record, the Granada info link takes you to a page with a food glossary link. That link is broken :( BUT the other link about learning spanish has a link to a food glossary! Here's the direct link to the food glossary page for future reference:
http://www.lingolex.com/spanishfood/glossayen.htm

The only problem is that it's two letters to a page so I guess I will copy and paste and convert to a .pdf. I am still looking for other resources though.

Actually, if you have time, could you give that page a look and see if it seems accurate and/or complete?

Thank again for your help!
H

kimhe Dec 17th, 2011 04:38 AM

The glossary seems to be both accurate and comprehensive regarding food and ways to cook, the only thing is that the local specialities often have names that don't allude to the ingredients. In Sevilla you should for example try the Salmorejo or Porra Antequerana, delicious variants (from nearby Córdoba and Antequera) of the famous cold tomato, vegetable, garlic, olive oil and vinegar soup gazpacho.

Salmorejo: http://www.best-spanish-recipes.com/salmorejo-soup.html
Porra: http://www.cookipedia.co.uk/wiki/ind...ra_Antequerana

Other Sevilla specialities would for a start be espinacas con garbanzos (heavenly flavoured spinach with chichpeas), cazón en adobo (marinated fried white (boneless) fish) and a variety of deliciously marinated and grilled meat skewers of lamb, chicken, pork or beef (pinchos morunos).

Espinacas con garbanzos: http://allrecipes.com/recipe/espinac...arbanzo-beans/
Cazón en adobo: http://www.google.no/search?q=Caz%C3...w=1600&bih=719
Pinchos morunos: http://www.google.no/search?q=Pincho...w=1600&bih=719

Good luck!

phieaglefan Dec 18th, 2011 03:01 AM

Yes, the regional names for foods can be difficult. It's probably even harder for Spain than for Germany due to the languages.

I found an app on itunes for $0.99 but I'm not expecting much. You probably get what you pay for.

I did find this book which I can download as a kindle book on my iPad and iPhone. It would be searchable and once downloaded would not incur any internet charges:

http://www.amazon.com/Menus-e-Spain-...d_rhf_se_p_t_1

It has a few pages where you can look inside. I will likely purchase that instead of having to carry around a paper book.

Thanks again for all of the time you've taken to answer my questions. It's truly appreciated.
H


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