My Spanish Special (1): Seafood (Marisco)

My short but exceedingly sweet holiday in idyllic Southern Spain has just ended, but my fond memories of this beautiful land and lovely food remain with me, keeping me warm in the freezing cold of the moment, in wintry days making my joyful heart sing with pleasure and delight.

Just over a year ago, I wrote a short blog entitled Seafood Extravaganza, telling the world why I love seafood. Today, I shall continue that theme, given that I consider myself a foodie and having been treated to some of the freshest, most delicious seafood during my Spanish visit. As many of you already know, we Chinese people are known to be ‘obsessed’ with food, and I especially enjoy eating gourmet foods, talking about them in my waking hours even dreaming about them at night, and more recently blogging about the heavenly delicacies that I’ve come to sample, indulging my palate.

Who can name this fish?

My one-week break was understandably punctuated with regular treats of different kinds of super food. I shall, however, focus this post on the love of my life: SEAFOOD, in Spanish, Marisco :).

Take a look at the pictures and tell me that you are not tempted? The grilled prawns are delicious, and so was that strange looking item – I wonder if anyone not from Spain knows what they are. But trust me, they are damn bloody delicious!

Grilled Prawns

I visited several fish markets in a peaceful village called Los Barrios, sitting decorously between Malaga and Cadiz. Each time I was amazed at the variety of creatures brought from the depths of the sea and I wanted to try them all. “I’d be so happy just to have a tiny proportion of this, just one shop like this where I live,” I thought.

Great Variety :)

I enjoyed a wonderful day exploring Cadiz. I sauntered along the streets, taking in the sights and sounds of this beautiful coastal city, enjoying a cold beer and being fed with the freshest choices on a seafood platter – they are so good that words are not enough to describe how they tasted – I tingle with delight now even just thinking about it :)! Inspect the picture below, close your eyes and imagine their heavenly flavours :)

Mejor Marisco :)

Check out more pictures of Paella de mariscos and Chanquetitos fritos.

The Best Seafood Paella :)

Fried Chanquetitos, Malaga Speciality

I hope you have enjoyed my seafood treat for you today – please come back soon, as I shall share many more fabulous photos from this marvelous trip, showing you the places I visited, the people I met who have offered me amazing hospitality and the wonderful sights that this part of Spain is famed for. I have more Spanish music, Salsa dancing and even a recipe for the best Spanish Omelette on video at the end of this post, especially for you :)

This video is public.Spanish Culinary Delights – Omlette, Seafood and Sweets

About Junying Kirk

I came to Britain from China in 1988. I have worked as an academic, administrator, researcher, teacher, professional interpreter/translator and cultural consultant. Currently working as an International Partnerships Manager in a large UK university, I enjoy reading, writing, sampling a variety of yummy foods, travelling the world and blogging about my adventures :). My 'Journey to the West' trilogy - 'The Same Moon', 'Trials of Life' and 'Land of Hope' are available on Amazon (both on Kindle and paperbacks), Smashwords and iBook. I live in Birmingham, UK with my husband.
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4 Responses to My Spanish Special (1): Seafood (Marisco)

  1. FOOD, food and more food! Honestly, I’ve put on 7 kilos since visiting your blog in the past year! This needs to stop, LOL. The paella looks simply decadent! Awesome, Junying. I’ll be making crab curry this weekend, perhaps I should send you a photo? It’s my son’s favourite meal, and one he could eat for days on end.

    I’m so glad you had a wonderful time in Spain. It is a gorgeous country. I’ve fond memories of it.

    Thanks for sharing!

    My brother’s name is Miguel! :D

  2. Junying says:

    Yes, Sandra, please send me some photos, as well as a recipe – I think you already have it on your site, which I’ll happily ‘steal’ :)

    No worries – all my pictures and blog posts are calorie-free, so you’re safe :)

  3. danniehill says:

    I love seafood, Junying! And you make me want to visit Spain and enjoy. Actually I do plan to visit in a sailboat- maybe as early as next year and then perhaps off to ole England. You do have some great ideas for food!

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