Friday, July 26: This week, Ailsa of Where’s my backpack? challenges us to come up with something sweet. She asks us to: Whisper a sweet nothing and send it my way.
On my trip through Spain and Portugal, I sampled delectable sweets all along the way. I have a few extra bulges around my waist as a result. Here’s to you, Ailsa, some sweet nothings coming your way.
The Mercat de la Boqueria in Barcelona is a colorful feast of sweets: fruit juices, fruits, and candies galore.
One sweet treat that beckons from nearly every street in Spain and Portugal is gelato. I tried to sample as much as I could. 🙂 This gelato cart was on the street in Tavira, Portugal. Jo of restlessjo and I were in search of fig and almond gelato, which she raves about. Sadly for me, though this cart usually sells Jo’s favorite flavor, they are out of it on this night.
Toledo, Spain is famous for its marzipan. Of course, I had to sample some.
A churro, sometimes referred to as a Spanish doughnut, is a fried-dough pastry-based snack. It is normally eaten for breakfast dipped in hot chocolate or cafe con leche. It’s delicious!
And finally, one of Portugal’s great culinary wonders is the cinnamon-dusted pastel de nata (custard tart), with its flaky crust and creamy center. I tasted lots of these throughout Portugal, but this one was at Cafe Pielas In Sintra.
I have to say that some of the best sweets to be found are in Europe! 🙂