This is just a little update to my post the other day about the low level of BS in Spain. Here are a couple examples of no-nonsense food. In North America, in a lot of places, when you order seafood you get a little bit of seafood surrounded by acres of other stuff. I'm recalling one dish recently where they served a tiny little piece of wizened and over-cooked sea bass absolutely swimming in a lake of pumpkin seed sauce with some tomato concassée dribbled over top. But here, you order seafood, you get seafood. This is a dish of grilled shellfish:
and that, apart from a lemon, is all you get. Mussels, three kinds of prawns (big pink ones in front, little pink ones in back and big red ones in the middle), two things like miniature lobsters and some things I have never eaten before but what I see from Google are razor clams. Really tasty all of them and really, really messy to eat!
More no-nonsense food. They are very big on ham in Spain. Very big. Iberian ham (jamón ibérico) is a specialty and you can read all about the special black pigs and the method used to cure the ham, which takes from a year to four years, at the link. They keep enough on hand to meet immediate needs at the little tapas bar on the corner I like to frequent:
Oh yes, they are pretty serious about ham.