Monday 1 December 2014

Casa Manteca, Cádiz, Spain.

Sat at the bar in Casa Manteca in Cádiz and I couldn't be any happier. It's like sitting in a living Bullfighting museum. Memorabilia, old bottles, photos and flamenco posters litter the walls. Quite literally called 'lard bar' and run by the sons of a matador, it's as close to what you might call 'authentically' Andalucian as you could possibly imagine. We sat sipping our dos cañas (ice cold Cruzcampo of course), snacking on tangy Queso Manchego on wax paper, mojama (salt cured tuna) and Chicharrónes (fried pork rinds, just €2 for a tapa). There is no properly cooked hot food here, they just keep it simple with cold tapas and drinks. Despite being popular with locals of all ages and a few tourists, it's dirt cheap. But this is not a faux recreation of what we imagine a traditional tapas bar to be, this is the real deal.

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