Monday, February 28, 2011

Dia de Andalucia

Today, 28th February, is Andalucia Day - celebrating the autonomy of Andalucia since 1980. It's my adopted home. An enormous state. You can ski and swim in the sea on the same day. It is full of natural beauty and scrumptious raw ingredients which go beyond their natural raw yumminess and can be preserved into some of the world’s finest - Jámon, Sherry, Tuna. The oranges, lemons, salt & fish, particularly all cephalopods (squid, chocos, pulpo etc), must be amongst the best in the world. Andalucia is as yet unknown as a gourmet destination. All this wonder in Andalucia - in particular in the province of Cádiz, would be nothing without the joyful souls of the people who are Andalucían. Los Andaluces, their joy, their souls, their family respect, the driving (yikes!), the stop work at 2pm ethic, the music, partying and love of life.. Especially in summer, when it’s too hot for strawberries and the tomatoes are at their sun-kissed best. The beaches of Costa de la Luz – glistening Atlantic coastline and acres of sandy utopia. Vejer is a pretty fab place to be – not always, just almost always.