Perol in Córdoba


In the United States, it's common to celebrate holidays like Memorial Day or Independence Day with a barbeque. People gather with friends and family to grill burgers and brats, eat potato salad and coleslaw and slurp down popsicles. People in Córdoba do something similar, but they call it a perol, and instead of grilling meat, they make Spanish arroz, which means rice. 

What food did I try?:

I attended a perol with my colleagues from the university and tried arroz, a typical Spanish dish with lots of delicious ingredients. 

How did I feel when I tried it?:

The arroz was divine. It's super flavorful from the spices, meat and vegetables that are cooked with it, and the texture is sticky from both the broth and because it is cooked for a very long time. It was especially fun to get to try the finished product because had helped prepare the arroz, too. There's something satisfying about eating a dish that you've all worked together to create. 

How is the food prepared?:

The process of preparing the arroz is just as much fun as eating it because it’s a communal process – everyone pitches in. My colleagues and I got together in an outdoor space that contained what looked like a camping stove.