Uno Cafe Cortado Con Hielo Por Favor…

It feels like a million years since my holiday, when in actual fact it’s been less than a week since I returned from 7 gorgeous days in Tarifa, the southern-most town in Spain. It’s well renowned for being an extremely windy place but to be honest the wind had it’s perks…it not only made the 30 degree heat manageable but also provided us with a steady stream of eye candy in the form of hot kiteboarders and windsurfers! 🙂

We stayed in the heart of the old town and I completely fell in love with the way, and pace of life…I developed a routine of waking up late and popping to the local market for fresh bread, jamon, juicy tomatoes and fruit for breakfast before stopping in at my favourite cafe for a coffee…

In amongst hitchiking down the coast, exploring hilltop villages and doing 50km mountain bike rides in the national park we somehow managed to find a lot of time for this…

and this…

That’s what holiday’s are all about right?

I think the Spanish have got it spot on when it comes to the simplicity of their food and drink. If you’ve got amazing ingredients at your fingertips there’s just no need to overcomplicate things.

My Spanish language skills are pretty basic but I’m very good at ordering cerveza and my other favourite drink…cafe cortado con hielo…an espresso with a small amount of warm milk, served over ice.

The espresso and ice are served separately…

you add the sugar (if you take it) to the hot cafe cortado…

then pour it into the glass, over the ice…

and you’re left with a gorgeous, strong, refreshing coffee perfect for drinking in the sunshine…

My favourite breakfast of the week was simply white toast, a pot of sweet, freshly pureed tomatoes, a couple of slices of jamon iberico and some olive oil to construct and devour however you wish…

After spending our first evening trying to figure out the convoluted (and somewhat clandestine) table booking system in our local town square we realised that not everything was quite as simple in Tarifa! However we finally cracked it and our perseverance was rewarded with this towering pile of delicious chunky calamares…

My last few trips to Spain have been spent roadtripping from Santander along the north coast, where we were introduced to kalimotxo, a mixture of red wine and coca cola, served over ice with a slice of lemon (don’t knock it til you’ve tried it). Unfortunately it took us a whole week to discover the local equivalent…tinto de verano, a sangria type drink made with one part red wine and one part Fanta Limon mmm…

I left Tarifa with a heavy heart, a head full of hair brained plans to move there and just one regret…that we never got to sample ‘secret pig’…

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