¡Que Aproveche! (Enjoy Your Meal)


While studying abroad, I have had the opportunity to take a cooking class right here in Valencia, Spain. It's an eight-week course and we meet once a week. So far, we've cooked many of the traditional Spanish tapas (tapas are small dishes, similar to appetizers or snacks) and main cuisines, like croquetas (croquette), lentejas (lentil soup), and paella. Did you know that paella is originally from Valencia? Let's learn more about it! 

What food did I try?:

So far, I've visited 10 Spanish cities and have tried croquetas, tortillas de patatas (Spanish omelets, which are made with eggs and potatoes with the option to include onions), and my favorite...patatas bravas. Patatas bravas are fried potatoes with spicy tomato sauce. 

In my cooking class, we have prepared dishes like crema de puerros con láminas de almendra tostada (leek cream with toasted almond slices), fideuá (a seafood dish), and turrón (nougat), which is typically made for the winter season. 

How did I feel when I tried it?:

When I tried all these different types of food, I felt like I had been transported into a different universe. I never knew that this distinct style of food would be both delicious and mesmerizing to look at!