An Andaluz Style Breakfast
Andalusian breakfast consists of tostada (toast), in good bars they serve bread called Mollete de Antequera, topped with extra virgin olive oil, pureed or sliced tomatoes, jamon (ham), queso (cheese) and/ or other veggies.
A breakfast like this is light and healthy. The vitamin C in the tomatoes contributes to better iron absorption from the ham, and the fatty acids in the olive oil aid in the absorption of lycopene, a potent antioxidant in the tomato. I love Arbequina olive oil. This fresh and fruity olive oil is perfect for breakfast, it can be mixed with garlic and a little salt depending on your taste.
There is no Spanish breakfast without a cup of coffee, and there are few popular options: Café con leche (coffee with milk), Café solo (simple black coffee), Espresso, and others. Various zumo (fruit juices) are also served. The most popular is zumo de naranja (orange juice), and almost every bar in Spain has a juicer so you are always able to get some freshly squeezed juice!
A few other possibilities to try alongside your tostada are tortilla, a traditional spanish omelette with potatoes and onion, churros (fried dough) and chocolate (hot chocolate) for dipping...yum.
Let us know your favorite Spanish breakfast treats in the comments below...Buen provecho!
Un Desayuno Andaluz !
Breakfast in Andalusia can be enjoyed anytime before noon...very comfortable hours. Some spaniards eat in a hurry on their way to work, others relax and chat in a local bar. Around mid-day, they start also serving tapas and cold beer for el almuerzo (lunch).