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Life in Culebrón is a disconnected series of pieces about the banal and ordinary of everyday life in an inland Alicante village seen from my very British perspective.

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Double egg, beans and chips please

We're not in Culebrón at the moment. We're in Asturias and it is raining quite a lot. Asturias is on the North coast of Spain just a bit across and down from Cornwall. We came to have a look at the village of Lastres because a TV programme we like, Doctor Mateo, based on the British TV series Doc Martin is filmed there. Lastres was a bit grotty and the few restaurants that there were were remarkably pricy. Instead we had lunch in Colunga just a few kilometres along the coast.

We had Fabada Asturiana which is a bean stew with black pudding, spicy blood sausage and a fatty bacon like substance. We should have drunk cider along with it but I stuck to water as I was driving.

Everywhere in Spain boasts some sort of traditional food and whenever tourists turn up in the region they ask for the local speciality. So, in Valencia you'd order a paella, in Extremadura it would be migas (breadcrumbs and fatty pork), in Galicia you have no choice but to eat either octopus or pimientos de Padrón (small salted fried peppers) and so it goes on all around Spain. Now this is fine if you pop out for lunch to Segovia one day and want suckling pig but if you are wandering around a province it can become wearing to be offered the same food in every restaurant you go into day in day out.

Luckily we've only got another day to go here so we can eat the other speciality - chorizo in cider and then we're off to Soria, or at least we think we're off to Soria where, as I remember, it's another sort of bread and sausage based dish served with fried eggs.

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