Annual Tapas Competition – Round III

I just got back home and here we have it: The eagerly-awaited (by me at least) final installment of Toledo’s annual tapas competition (La Jornada De La Tapa), which finishes on Sunday. We had some pretty interesting things, let me tell you…

It certainly helps to have a really dedicated team. Just look at the concentration:

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What we had: Morcilla (= black pudding/blood sausage) croquettes with apple, pistachio, matchstick potatoes and red pepper jam
Verdict: Not terrible, but not overwhelming. I found it too sweet overall, and the sweetness drowned out the flavours.

If there were an award for the most adventurous tapa in this contest, this one is it:

What we had: Coca-Cola and tamarind jelly topped with potato mousse, sprinkled with shavings of fried foie gras  Verdict: Out of this world! We were a bit apprehensive at first, The flavours worked fabulously well together. Top marks for originality!

What we had: Coca-Cola(!) and tamarind jelly topped with potato mousse and sprinkled with shavings of fried foie gras
Verdict: Out of this world! We were a bit apprehensive at first, but the flavours worked fabulously well together. And despite having probably 10,000 calories, it was as light as a fluffy summer cloud. Top marks for originality!

What we had: Bacalao (salt cod) dumplings with saffron and olive oil Verdict: Opinion on this was divided. Olga, who doesn't like bacalao, though it was OK. I found it too fishy (though I like bacalao). Carmen didn't like it at all.

What we had: Bacalao (salt cod) dumplings with saffron and olive oil
Verdict: Opinion on this was all over the place. Olga, who doesn’t like bacalao, though it was OK. I liked the texture, but found it a bit too fishy (though I do like bacalao). Carmen gave it the thumbs down.

The winner of the night for me was this one:

What we had: Deep fried squid filled with mushrooms and smoked alioli Verdict: Totally glorious. It did not look like much on the plate, but it was DIVINE.

What we had: Deep fried squid filled with mushrooms and smoked alioli
Verdict: Totally glorious. I admit, it did not look like much on the plate, but it was DIVINE.

To view Tapas Comp Round I, click here, and for Round II, click here.

OK, time for bed… tomorrow, we’re doing a sushi raid in Madrid 🙂

 
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27 thoughts on “Annual Tapas Competition – Round III

  1. Debbie

    Such devotion, you deserve a medal! I look forward to the sushi report. I’m just this minute home from Madrid and will be reporting on my food finds -good and bad- soon.

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  2. Anna

    YUMM. Yeah, this definitely beats my lunch. The things I liked the most based on the description/photos (I do not eat squid 😦 ) were that crazy mousse, which I cant even imagine what it tastes like, the blood sausage thingies and the bacalao (I love fish but the reviewers seem to be underwhelmed 😉 ). I want to come participate in this!!!

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  3. Jackie Cangro

    I think I need to run a lap around the track after just reading about these delicious tapas!
    Do tapas differ in different parts of Spain? Are there specialties in different regions? Or all pretty similar no matter where you go?

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  4. Andean

    Bacalao I grew up with, a tiny sliver in a heavy soup dish… maybe. And morcilla, I have never mixed with sweet, but it does have flavor as an alone.
    The squid does sound goood, and with mushrooms, interesting.

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    1. ladyofthecakes Post author

      Well, they kinda ruined the morcilla 😦 And as for the bacalao… that should have been much better than it was. Squid could not be improved upon. But it was served by my favourite eating place here in Toledo, so it would have been very surprising if they’d fucked it up 😉

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  5. barbedwords

    Ooh, I’m so jealous of you trying all those gorgeous dishes. That Coca-Cola mousse sounds fabulous. I’m a real lover of weird combinations, especially any sweet/savoury recipes. Have you tried chicken cooked in Cola? Yummy!

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  6. TBM

    I love their game faces. You guys take this seriously and I admire your dedication. And I’m sad I wasn’t a team member. Sounds wonderful. Enjoy the sushi!

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