Tasted another great tea with an intriguing name – “Lovers’ Leap” from the Pedro estate in the Nuwara Eliya region of Sri Lanka. It is a high grown teas as the estate is at the elevation of 1,910 meters (6,266 ft). This estate was established in 1885 by the British, like many other tea estates in Sri Lanka. The average temperature is there 15 deg. C (59 deg.C). When we visited end of January, it was 18 deg. C but at night 11 deg.C. This to compare with the capital of Sri Lanka, Colombo where the temperature during the day was 31 deg.C (88 deg.F). This climate and the local soil make the tea from this area so unique. Tea manufacturing here is orthodox, as opposed to CTC method (cut-tear-curl) where machines are used.
Paella is internationally renowned Spanish rice dish. It originated in the Spanish province of Valencia. The dish can be made with a large variety of ingredients, from different sea food, to meat to vegetables. Probably the most well-known is the seafood version, with the decorative looking large shrimp and mussels in shells. The necessary basis for the dish is formed by rice which should be a medium-grain variety which can absorb a lot of liquid. The yellow color of rice is typically obtained by using saffron. Paella should be prepared on a large, flat steel pan called paellera.
Here on the picture, paella with seafood and chicken breast.
Another famous Spanish dish is patatas bravas, often served in tapas bars. It is made of cubes of potatoes fried in oil or roasted till crispy, and served with a spicy tomato sauce.
Famous cold Gaspacho soup is made of pureed vegetables with key ingredient being tomatoes, others red and green bell peppers, cucumbers and garlic. Important additions are olive oil and vinegar, red wine or sherry vinegar. It is often served with croutons.
Tortilla de patatas or the Spanish omelet is one of most popular dishes eaten in Spain. It can be served as tapa (appetizer) or as a light meal. Ingredients used to make it include potatoes, onions, eggs and olive oil. One can also add green or red peppers, chorizo sausage or ham.
Montaditos are tapas served on a slice of baguette. There are many possibilities with toppings made of different foods – sausage, ham, seafood, vegetables.
Spanish and Catalan cuisines joined in the worldwide popularity the French and Italian cuisine, with tapas bars being opened around the world. As people are more and more looking for ambiance in restaurants, tapas are great for sharing in groups of friends coming to have good time together.
Romesco sauce has its origin in the Spanish city of Tarragona which is located in the south of Catalonia. The Romesco sauce is typically made from tomatoes, garlic, peppers, almonds, hazelnuts, with addition of olive oil and red wine
Another masterpiece of Gaudi is the building in Barcelona called La Pedrera, opened in 1907. The building is on the World Heritage list. Visit to the roof of the building is a stunning experience as the chimneys were built as sculptures of some ancient warriors.
Barcelona is worldwide known for the architectural creations of its famous architect, Antonio Gaudi who lived there till his death in 1926. His most famous creation is still unfinished Sagrada Familia basilica. The original design assumed 18 spires, as of 2010 eight were built.