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Sunday, October 29, 2017

Sundays on Córdoba & Mercado Victoria

Aloha Everyone,

Nearly everything closes on Sunday. Supermarkets, fruits stands, businesses and restaurants are shut.  

J.J. and I are into our 4th week in Spain and we have adjusted to the Spanish lifestyle. Although I still tend to maintain my regular sleeping schedule, J.J. has comfortably adopted to the local timetable. Our breakfast is from 9:00 to 10:00 am; lunch is between 1:30 - 3:00 pm and dinner, if we are looking for a Spanish meal rather than tapas* and light snack, it starts at 8:30 pm at the earliest.

*A tapa refers to appetizer or maybe a small plate of food eaten as snack. Cold or hot items such as olives, cheese plate, coqueta, squid, fish, sausages and vegetables are some examples of tapas. Some food are to be eaten at the counter standing up. Other places have tables and chairs outside on the sidewalk. Spaniards seem to be fond of beer. J.J. and I order Agua con gas (carbonated water) with our tapas and meals which sometime gets a smile from our waiters.

One of Carmen’s recommendations was  Mercado Victoria located adjacent to the Victoria Garden. It is also in proximity to one of the main gates into the walled city. At Mercado Victoria one can find a variety of cuisine. Meals are served throughout the day and being able to point to what we would like to eat is a big draw. On our first night, we had a selection of the Middle Eastern dishes; on the second night empanadas (Spanish food - meat, vegetable or dessert in pie crust); and tonight, local BBQ style grilled squid with shrimp, an assortment of vegetables and mushrooms. All meals were between 23 to 30€ and J.J. and I are happy with the quality of the food. One advantage eating at Victoria is you don’t have to wait until 8:30 pm.

Victoria has free WiFi.  We were able to do FaceTime with our granddaughter.  

Aloha -- Cathi