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Foreign Grocery Friday: The Angulas a la Bilbaina of Spain

Where: Spain
February 1, 2013 at 11:17 AM | by | ()

When we travel, one of our favorite things to do is to pop into a local grocery store and check out the food products and candies we'd never find anywhere else. So we're trying out this new feature, Foreign Grocery Friday, where each week we'll feature some of our (and your) favorite overseas treats. Got a recommendation? Let us know!

This FGF post is brought to you by some delicious food that cannot be found in a grocery store, instead we highlight the food found in a local restaurant on Mallorca, the small resort island in the Balearic Islands of Spain.

When we saw the description on the menu, our limited Spanish kicked in to translate to eels and it immediately peaked our interest. After a clarification from our waiter — who spoke about as much English as we speak Spanish— translated them to 'snakes', we were game. Bring on the Angulas!

When the earthen dish arrived at our table, bubbling away from hot oil, it was confirmed that we had tiny, baby eels on our hands. Eels that were cooked in the about an inch of olive oil and enough garlic to repel any Vampire that walked near the restaurant.

The taste: Almost like garlic and olive oil soaked spaghetti; in a good way. Tender, but bitey and easy to chew; with the consistency of fresh grilled calamari. The flavors of garlic and olive oil were the hero of the dish and became the core of the dish with only a slight taste of the sea.

The price: Served in tapas-style which is a 'small taste', it was pretty affordable at 4.50 euros (just over $6) for more than just a taste.

Where to find them: From our discussions with the locals, we found that angulas are pretty rare and expensive. The un-named restaurant was in the old quarter of the capitol, Palma de Mallorca near Carrer Llotja de Mar. After trying the delicacy, it naturally appeared on more menus throughout the city.

If you'd like to share some of your foreign grocery finds, we'd love love love to see them. Send 'em on over via email here and snack on, my friends.

[Photo: Rayme Gorniak/Jaunted]

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