Orxata

Photo on 2010-08-24 at 15.55 #3

Eight or nine years ago, the wife and I traveled to the island of Antigua, where I discovered my favorite all-time dish, dukunu (a sweet cornmeal dumpling which is boiled and wrapped in banana leaves). Simply delicious, and whenever I meet someone from the Islands I immediately ask, “Are you all about the dukunu, or what?” Generally speaking, they stare blankly, wondering what the hell I’m talking about.

Now, I’ve found something to wash down the dukunu.

Here in Spain, one of the drinks of choice is Orxata. It’s a milky beige beverage—thick like a thin milkshake, made from made from tigernuts, water and sugar. My daughter says it reminds her of a coconut shake, but not quite as thick or sweet. It’s absolutely delicious, and—regrettably—unavailable in most parts of the United States. Sigh.

Growing up, I was never much of a foodie. Whatever Mom cooked, I ate. When we dined out (maybe once per week), it’d be at Family Affair or the Long Horn Stakepit—both American-themed restaurants with solid grub. Food just didn’t play that important of a role in our lives. When I met the wife, however, that changed—and I’m glad it did. Food makes travel. Food makes experiences. A smell or taste is as powerful as a song when it comes to remembering where you were at a certain point. For now on, the taste of Orxata will immediately reintroduce my Spanish adventure from 2010.

Ah, Orxata.

PS: We’re flying to France tomorrow for a few days. The airline costs, literally, $40 a ticket. Just read about a crash in Asia. Hate reading about crashes the night before I fly. The hypo in me. Ugh.

3 thoughts on “Orxata”

  1. Relax, your off the hook, planes never crash in bunches unless someone makes them. But what if your house guests do the same thing, maybe spend the night in the city, take in a show, dinner, etc. then bring home the bedbugs from hell.
    Nah, never happen, enjoy France.

  2. I tried it at an ice cream shop in Sitges on a trip to Spain last year (also did Spain and France-so lovely) I thought it was like Mexican horchata, but its bot as sweet to me. I enjoy Mexican horchata better. I think its the cinnamon that I favor over the Spanish version. The mexican version you can usually find at smaller mexican restaurants. For sure in NYC and the DC area. I usually order it whenever I see it on the menu. I agree with the whole food sentiment. Its a part of the total experience. I have lovely random flashbacks of the foods I ate and the wines I drank while in both countries. Cheers to your trip.

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