Tuesday, September 08, 2009

Spanish Pedazos #4

Drive south from Comillas and the road steepens as one enters the Cantabrian end of the Picos de Europa. At the summit of one inviting lane leading up into these mountains we found the slightly crumbly-looking village of Cahecho, and checked ourselves into the family-run Casa Lamadrid, the only inn taking in overnight guests that evening.

In this pic, a farmhouse is partially hidden by beanstalks. These are the famous judías verdes of the region, which turned up at dinnertime in a viscous soup form — a tripa-turbulento concoction packed off with the local 50%+ aguardiente known as orujo, distilled from the pomace of the grape.

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