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Cuisine ~ What to Eat in Costa Blanca

The Costa Dorada's tasty cuisine includes variety of great sea food, the inland specialties, sweets and nice wine. Popular seafood dishes include suquet (soup-stew with assorted fish and seafood) or caldero (a soupy rice and fish dish), octopus cooked with potatoes and garlic, omelettes with chanquetes (tiny fish).

Tarragona, culinary customs are popular with the famous calçotades spring feasts. The coast of Tarragona is famous with its romesco sauce made with almonds, hazlenuts, sweet dried red pepper, tomato, garlic, olive oil and salt. Xató, a salad made of endives, tomato, olives, anchovy fillets, salted cod and tuna with a special sauce made of garlic, almonds, olive oil, croutons, parsley, tomatoes, red pepper, salt and pepper is another famous dish. Another famous one is rossejat de fideos, seafood with very thin noodles that are first boiled and then fried until to become golden. Fideuà, a similar pasta and shellfish dish; all i oli, a mayonnaise- type sauce with garlic are also favorite. In the south areas rice is the very famous with variety of dishes such as arroz a banda (saffron flavored rice cooked with fish and seafood but served separately), paella, or the typical blood sausage with rice. Inlands are popular with its meat dishes such as grilled lamb and sausage, boar ragout, spinach omelette in sauce, rabbit with all i oli sauce and clotxa (round bread which is hollowed and filled with tomato, herring or meat).

The wines from the province of Tarragona are excellent. Champagne-like sparkling wine called cava, liqueurs, and dessert wines are also popular and produced in the region.

As for the desserts; menjar blanc, a cream of almonds, lemon and cinnamon is typical. Pastries such as carquinyolis made of almonds and pastissets that is a confection made of winter squash and hazelnuts are popular in the region.

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