My mother’s grandfather was from Castilla- that central Spanish region known for fine cheeses, wine, jamon (aka ham) and majestic castles at just about every country road turn. When I got the opportunity to travel with a few Canadian food journalists to the land of my maternal ancestors late last fall, it was an instant SI for me! We met artisan cheese makers, visited organic farms and dairy plants, ate our fill of the good stuff and drank deeply from land. It was in a word, a wondrous experience. In this edition of Appetype, we share some of our favourite finds with you- from exceptional cheeses, vinos, cured meat products and the people who toil tirelessly to bring the proud traditions of their ancestors to life. We remain humbled and delighted to know that Spanish culinary know-how is alive and well, and that we’re lucky enough to savour some of that here in Canada. As they say in Spain, salud- to your health! And if you want to see some of my finds first hand, check out my tapas for TV recommendations right here!
Mary Luz Mejia