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29 September 2017 @ 11:03 am
Spain Day 3  
This day I saw lots of birds and had some very yummy food.

This is a Wood Pigeon. I first saw one of these in the city. One had landed on a chimney. I was amazed how huge these are. Bigger than the common Rock Dove. Was hard to get a decent pic but finally got this one. Was hoping to get an adult showing the white collar and the white wings. You can kind of see the white on the wings here.

This is a white wagtail. They act a lot like our Northern Mocking birds being very aggressive and fighting with each other.

I think this is a spotted flycatcher but I am unsure. It's not clear in my book.

Juvenile blackbird getting adult plumage. This is actually a member of the thrush family related to our robins and bluebirds.

I think this is a Willow Warbler but also unsure. All these birds were seen in a park in the city. More of a play ground with gardens than a real park.

This is a nice salmon bread thing I had that day. These are meals you get when you order a drink called Tapas. You get a choice of many different things.

This is another Tapas. It's squid and it's probably the best squid I have ever had. It was so savory and good. I hate how squid in America is breaded. Why can't they make it like this?

I was first introduced to this on the plane. It's lemon Fanta or carbonated lemonade. This is what I mostly drank as far as soda. It wasn't bad since the orange one is no good over there. I love the half size of this cute can.

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actipton80actipton80 on September 29th, 2017 04:28 pm (UTC)
Cute bird pics. I love that you got the white wagtail looking at the camera. That pigeon is so cute and fat.

That salmon bread thing looks good. Normally, salmon is too fishy tasting for me, but that looks good. I don't know if I've ever had fried squid. The mixed bag seafood that Dad buys to make paella has squid in it, and I like the little rings. I've had squid salad at Asian buffets too.

Lemon Fanta? I'd drink it.
karyl_deltakaryl_delta on September 29th, 2017 04:35 pm (UTC)
Don´t you know lemon Fanta? I thought it was international. Here is very popular. And a very old drink. It existed already when I was a child.
Desthagirion on September 29th, 2017 04:40 pm (UTC)
No we don't have it here. We have orange, grape and strawberry. Sometimes other flavors but never seen lemon so it was all new to me.
karyl_deltakaryl_delta on September 29th, 2017 04:48 pm (UTC)
Sometimes we see grape and strawberry here, in Summer, like special promotion. But lemon fanta is really old and we have it all the year.
actipton80actipton80 on September 29th, 2017 04:49 pm (UTC)
We have Fanta, but not lemon flavored. It comes in orange, grape, strawberry, pineapple, peach, mango, and berry blue here. There are other flavors too, but those are regional or only in other countries.
karyl_deltakaryl_delta on September 29th, 2017 04:53 pm (UTC)
I don´t know grape, pineapple, peach, mango or berry blue. We have here orange and lemon. And sometimes in summer strawberry and grape but few times because they are nothing popular.
Calzephyrcalzephyr77 on September 30th, 2017 02:04 am (UTC)
Yeah, same for where I live in Canada. I haven't seen lemon, just mostly orange and grape. We don't have strawberry, but cream soda :-)
karyl_deltakaryl_delta on September 30th, 2017 07:08 am (UTC)
Well, it´s logical we have lemon and orange. Spain is a big producer of citrus. We use a lot of lemon like ingredient of cooking. We prepare our dishes with lemon. When I was a girl the typical sweets flavours are lemon and orange, the taste of medicines lemon....and Fanta orange and lemon for ever.
And curious because we produce grapes as well. We have a tradition consisting in to take a grape with each stroke of a clolck at 12 o´clock which is the main square of Madrid the last day of the year at midnight. We are a strong producer of wine... but it must be someone never thought that grape fanta could be popular.
Desthagirion on September 29th, 2017 04:40 pm (UTC)
Thanks. The wagtails were neat. They weren't afraid they were too busy with each other. That's what I kept calling it in Spanish. Fat pigeon because I did not know the name.

That salmon was super fishy and the reason I liked it so much. I love a strong fish taste. Chris would have been grossed out by it. He does not like fish. Fried squid this way is also very strong so if you don't like strong seafood it may not be for you. The rings are the mantles cut in cross section. I loved they sold large whole squid at the supermarket. Those pics will be next.

It was weird at first but after a few sips I got used to it and liked it.
karyl_deltakaryl_delta on September 29th, 2017 04:47 pm (UTC)
Paella is typical Spanish, from the East of Spain, from a place called Valencia. One of my sister lives there. That is the origen of paella. They are very proud of it. But never has salmon, never. The ingredients are: version 1: rabbit, chicken and vegetables. Version 2: seafood, but not fishes. And in the two versions of course rice with saffron that gives the yellow color to the rice.
Fried squid is a typical tapa as well. They are served battered and we call it calamares a la romana. And exactly: they are little rings.
I forgot to tell you. We call this salmon: salmón ahumado. It´s conserved with smoke. That´s why its flavour.

Edited at 2017-09-29 04:49 pm (UTC)
actipton80actipton80 on September 29th, 2017 05:02 pm (UTC)
We got our recipe for paella out of a cookbook that has recipes from all over the world in it. That recipe uses shrimp, but Dad has researched other recipes and tweaked that one. He's made paella with chicken in it and also he's used the seafood bag that has squid and shellfish. I love it when he finds scallops to put in.
karyl_deltakaryl_delta on September 29th, 2017 05:41 pm (UTC)
My dad is from Valencia. He cooks a very good paella like if he were a famous cook. My mother made the paella we have eaten at home all our life but when my dad learnt to cook a long long time ago started to tell her that her paella wasn´t authentic. That it was "rice with chicken" very good, yes but not paella. My mother was really angry with that. They two had a war with their two recipes lol. And I´ll tell to you my dad is right: my mother´s rice wasn´t paella. And my father´s rice yes, it is. But the funny thing it´s that the four sons : me and my brother and two sisters, like paella but we preferred the rice of my mom because was fantastic.
By the way, I don´t know if you know that the pronunciation of Paella is something like this: PAEIA. Not paela. To tell the truth the double ll in Spanish is a very difficult sound to pronounce. Everybody, here pronounces it badly like the sound of Y.

Edited at 2017-09-29 05:43 pm (UTC)
actipton80actipton80 on September 29th, 2017 06:56 pm (UTC)
My Dad's paella probably isn't authentic either, but we like it.

I know about ll being different than l in Spanish because I took Spanish in high school. We always pronounced it like Y, but I think that's how most of the Spanish speakers around here pronounce it. Most of them are from Mexico, and they have different pronunciation than they do in Spain.
karyl_deltakaryl_delta on September 29th, 2017 07:16 pm (UTC)
It´s a sound that everybody here pronounce bad as well. Over all in Madrid. The right one is like if you try to say an "L" before followed by an Y. Y in Spanish is stronger then in English. When I was a girl there was a typical joke in the comics. If there were in them Spanish gypsies all the words they said with letter "LL" were written with "y" to under mark the bad pronunciation and uncultured that it was supposed they were. For example: I have a horse is in Spanish Tengo un caballo. If this one was told by a gipsy was written : Tengo un cabayo.

Edited at 2017-09-29 07:17 pm (UTC)
jokerforeverjokerforever on September 30th, 2017 03:25 am (UTC)
Those are pretty bird pics, the wood pigeon pic is my fave, it looks a nice size. The Willow Warbler is my 2nd fave, it has nice yellow colors.

That salmon bread thing looks delicious. I'm usually not too big on seafood though the squid looks tasty too.
Desthagirion on October 1st, 2017 04:21 pm (UTC)
Woopse almost missed this. Thanks. I'm impressed with how big these wood pigeons were. Bigger than our city pigeons. Warblers are tiny and were hard to photograph. Out of many pics only two came out decent. Many were just of leaves because they'd be gone by the time you pressed the shutter. Ha. Glad you like them. They were pretty yellow.
Glad to hear it. I liked all the seafood they had that day.