GASTRONOMY IN ZARAGOZA: DECEMBER FULL OF FLAVOURS

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Posted December 1, 2017 by zaragozaturismo in Gastronomy
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Zaragoza has an exquisite gastronomy, with products of great quality and charmful areas. Would you like to check it? Continue reading…

November has paved the way to make December the most appetising month of the year. Last week the 2018 Spain and Portugal Michelin Guide unveiled the five Aragonese restaurants with stars. In Zaragoza we are proud to have one of the lucky ones: the prestigious restaurant La Prensa. On the other hand, this Monday was chosen the best tapa of Zaragoza on the XXIII Zaragoza & Province Tapas Contest: the exquisite and delicate “bonito estacional” (“seasonal tuna”) of Darlalata.

gastronomy - tapasBut in addition to the winners, in Zaragoza we can boast of many more establishments where you’ll find a varied gastronomy, and for all budgets!

Our city is distinguished for the love for tapas, these miniature delicacies so typical in Spain. We give you some hints to find the plentiful tapas areas abound in this post.

If you prefer to sit in a restaurant for lunch or dinner, Zaragoza is also for you. There are restaurants for all tastes and occasions. Traditional cookery or avant-garde proposals. Restaurants of typical Aragonese food or exotic influences. Cosy, modern, intimate, informal, elegant, lively, romantic… every choice is open for you! Find the most suitable for you here.

Have you opted for Aragonese traditional cuisine? Let us guide you in choosing the most authentic products of our land.

The star dish is the Ternasco de Aragón, a 90 days lamb characteristic for its tasty and tender meat. Its versatility allows a great variety of preparations: roast, “al chilindrón” (stewed with tomatoes and peppers), grilled chops, minced in burgers or tartar… and, of course, in imaginative tapas.

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Another genuine Aragonese product is borage, a vegetable traditionally cooked with potatoes, but which appears in new recipes in the most creative cuisine. “Madejas” (lamb intestines), seasoned with garlic, olive oil and parsley, are the perfect plate to share. Morcilla (black pudding), migas (breadcrumbs) with grapes, Teruel ham, Fuentes de Ebro onion, cardoon… are some of the other typical options we suggest you try in Zaragoza.

To accompany these dishes, what about a little wine? Aragon has four Protected Designation of Origin: Campo de Borja, Cariñena, Calatayud and Somontano.

guirlacheAnd for the sweet-toothed? Don’t miss the traditional sweets. Now that Christmas is just around the corner you will be able to find “guirlache” very easily: a caramel base with almonds fried and served cold. Delicious! The “frutas de Aragón” are oranges, pears, peaches or plums candied and coated with a delicious dark chocolate. And speaking of chocolate, this delicacy is strongly rooted in Zaragoza, as the first hot chocolate is presumed to have been prepared in the Monasterio de Piedra (in the province of Zaragoza) with the cocoa beans sent by a monk of Hernán Cortés’ entourage to the abbot of this community. So honour the chocolate history of Zaragoza having a hot chocolate with churros in our beautiful squares around the old town!

If you want to design your own gastronomic route around the city, get the Chocopass or Zaragoza Tapas. The tastiest way to discover Zaragoza!

Besides all these delicacies available throughout the year, in December you can also visit the Christmas Market, which opens this weekend at the Plaza del Pilar. After ice skating or sledding, regain strenghs in any of the numerous stalls. There are plenty of options! Roasted potatoes, bacon or sausage sandwiches, cheese, hot wine… And for the sweet lovers: crepes, waffles, doughnuts, chocolate, candy… and of course “turrón”, the main Christmas sweet in Spain. We can’t wait to taste them all!

Would you like to join us in this delicious Christmas?


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