Foods for Camping Season

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The Spanish Table Seattle
July 29, 2010

The end of July brings the glory of camping and hiking season. I’ve got a couple of snowy hikes under my belt already, but I’m looking forward to clear trails bordered by yellow Glacier Lilies and red Indian Paintbrush. And as soon as the hike is selected, I start thinking about lightweight, delicious and portable foods to throw in my backpack. Marcona almonds are a no brainer. What a restorative snack food! For lunch, take a package of pre-sliced meats, a chunk of hard cheese and crackers. (You can slice the cheese at home to make it easier to eat.) Keep the meat and cheese in a cooler until you start hiking and it will be in top shape at meal time. We have 14 oz tins of Dolmas – stuffed grape leaves that are delicious and have a pop-top.

If you’re going on a weekend backpacking trip, treat yourself to exceptional foods! Halloumi is a grilling cheese that can be cooked directly on the grill. Spanish olives make a great tapas and come in 3 oz plastic bags. Another great starter is Karoula Peppers from Greece, stuffed with Feta cheese. Cans of tuna are easy to pack and can be made into sandwiches or tossed with boiled pasta and herbs. Add a can of piquillo peppers for more layers of flavor, or put piquillo slices on sandwiches. If you’re grilling meat, spread spicy Olivada (olive paste) on the meat to add flavor. For dessert, Fig cake is delicious and durable. And finally, our Aurora and Palacios brand chorizos do not require refrigeration.

Rabitos arrived this week. Come on down and stock up on these incredible chocolate covered figs!


Great Wines to Enjoy After a Long Day Hike

2009 Vega Murillo Verdejo Rueda
Complex and sassy, this fresh white is the perfect pick-me-up after a long, hot hike. Aromas of hay and flavors of quince, lemon and pear are given a round softness by two months aging in neutral oak barrels. It has a zesty finish with hints of toast.

2009 Carchelo “C” Jumilla ($11.99) Bodegas Carchelo was founded in the early 1980s and pioneered modern winemaking in Spain’s arid southeastern region of Jumilla. Carchelo’s flagship wine (now called “C”) has always been an earnest performer but the newly arrived 2009 vintage reaches a new level of deliciousness! Its blend of 40% Monastrell, 40% Tempranillo and 20% Cabernet Sauvignon has power and drive. Structured and earthy with notes of violets, blueberry, and intense black fruit, it has velvety tannins while maintaining freshness and length.

2005 Tardencuba Crianza Toro
Tardencuba’s inviting boysenberry aromas and mouthfilling warm kirsch notes keep you coming back for more. Full-bodied, it is has an abundance of pliable tannins with hints of coffee adding complexity. Bramblewood and black cherry flavors round out this meaty red. Highly recommended!

2004 Viña Mayor Reserva
“This red shows focus and depth, with admirable purity to its black cherry, mineral, tobacco and tar notes. Delivers an excellent balance of firm, well-integrated tannins and clean acidity. Not showy, but rock-solid. Drink now through 2016.” 93 points Wine Spectator

2008 Terra Noble Carmenere Gran Reserva, Chile
A blend of 96% Carmenere and 4% Cabernet Sauvignon, it is aged for 12 months in new French oak. Concentrated ripe fruit with strong fig flavors mix with coffee, toast and spicy notes. Silky and harmonious, it’s finish is lingering, with notes of tobacco. This is excellent with poultry and grilled mushrooms.

Bag in box wines are excellent choices for camping trips. We’ve got 3 liter fruity Vizorro Tempranillo for $18.99; 3 liter Portuguese Alandra red for $16.99; and 5 liter Daniel Belda red from Valencia for $29.99.

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Sharon Baden and Steve Winston, Owners

The Spanish Table
1426 Western Avenue
Seattle WA 98101
SUMMER HOURS: Mon-Sat 9:30 AM – 6:30 PM, Sunday 11 AM – 5 PM.

Paris Grocery
1418 Western Avenue
Seattle WA 98101
HOURS: Monday- Saturday, 10 AM – 6 PM, Sunday 11 AM – 5 PM


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