You may have noticed a gap in my posts??? Blame it on 2.5 months of travel in India and Spain which I cover over here at my other travel blog Peregrine Woman. Since my return a week ago, I’ve been trying to recapture the essence of Spain with food and have found it surprisingly easy to to eat comida espanola in my hometown of Poulsbo, a community known for its Norwegian roots.
Central Market has a large selection of made in Spain items including chorizo and Iberian ham, Spanish cheeses, quince paste and wines. In Valencia, Spain I took a class on making paella with a fellow blogger who specializes in food. His blog posts about paella (how to make it, information about paella pans and rice) can be found here. Central Market has all the ingredients for making Valencia’s specialized paella including Bomba rice shipped from Valencia, Spain to the pasta section of Central Market.
You can always count on World Market in the Silverdale Mall for a global selection of groceries, but I was pleased to find an entire section of wine from Spain and Portugal at prices comparable to what I could buy them for in Spain. Why can’t its neighbor to the north (….France, that’s you I’m talking about) do the same thing?
If I don’t feel like cooking Spanish, I can walk 10 minutes to Poulsbo’s popular downtown Spanish restaurant, Paella Bar for tapas, sangria and paella. I loved this addition to Poulsbo’s growing restaurant scene before I traveled to Spain the first time three years ago. I appreciate it even more now. On a warm, sunny evening sitting at it’s tiny outdoor patio, a glass of sangria before me, I can close my eyes and and imagine I’m in a village on the Mediterranean coast of Spain.