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Tortilla Española

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tortillamexicoAlthough it’s been a while (read: at least two weeks) since I last ate a tortilla española (aka tortilla de patatas or Spanish omelette), I thought it was a fitting subject for my first post in a long time. I love these things. I remember the first one I ate, at a chain restaurant in Sevilla called Pan y Mas, I think. It was 1999 and it was awesome. That first tortilla was in sandwich form, with grilled peppers and mayonnaise. I think I ate about 10 of them in 12 days in Spain.

Nine years later, in the airport in Mexico City after 6 days of savory, varied, and gastrointestinally-devastating Mexican food, I ordered the tortilla española. It was a mediocre tortilla, cold, but it came to me with a smile and “hair” in the form of julienned carrots and a leaf of lettuce (see photo). It was like Mexico City’s sarcastic response to the fact that I ordered a Spanish dish for the last meal of my visit.

In our ever-increasing culinary ambition, we put together an impressive, if disjointed, Christmas dinner. One of Ian’s contributions was the first home-made tortilla española I’ve had outside of Spain. It was pretty impressive.




Written by trencherman

January 13, 2009 at 12:27 am

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