Jarez, Horses and Sherry

Trip Start Mar 02, 2013
Trip End Apr 06, 2013

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Flag of Spain  , Andalusia,
Tuesday, March 19, 2013

It is March 19, happy birthday Peter Rooney! Hope you had the best day!

Up and at it early we headed to Jarez to arrive in time to see the The Royal Andalusian School of Equestrian Art Foundation's horsemen who are in training put on their exhibition with the Pure Spanish Bred Horses. Unfortunately we were unable to take photos but a very good, proper show as the British would say, the horses are magnificent dancing to the genuine Spanish music from Ballet to Flamenco ! Great looking horses and dare I say, very well dressed riders, certainly following proper dress and etiquette of the 18th Century costumes. The exhibition/choreography is based on the Traditional and Cowboy Methods of Taming Wild Horses. "How the Andalusian Horses Dance" was quite a show!

Speaking of quite a show, we then headed out in the absolute pouring rain to find our restaurant, "Venta Esteban", recommended in the guide books we were surprised when we rounded a corner and there it was right beside a large petrol station! Things did not look good, but after parking we said, okay, let's try! The place was hopping, authentic cuisine guaranteed!

We had as an appetizer Berretta ham and Montchego Cheese, just a taste for us all as it is the most expensive Ham in Spain, not available in North America. Incredible, it will spoil your taste for prosciutto! On the table was a potato salad for all to enjoy, obviously a house specialty but for me seemed out of place, very good, but I wanted it to accompany something. Mike tried their soup specialty, Hash Soup which was chicken broth based, he loved it, went with the rainy day and a little comfort for him, after all I have been teasing him, he is such a good sport!

Tony decided to try the Artichoke house specialty which was halved, roasted and dredged with fantastic olive oil and vinegar. It was in season and to die for, we all shared. Four of us do not eat Artichokes in Canada but we all rave about it here? For our entrée we each had: Debbie and I pork tenderloin with Jarez sauce, which was a sherry sauce, honestly too much, a tenderloin butterflied and split sautéed and served with the most wonderful sherry sauce, after all we were in sherry territory . We did very well! Mike had "bull tail" a stew from bull tails, he loved it and compared it to oxtail stew at home. Tony had swordfish that he raved about, photos enclosed (I hope) his looked the best but everyone was very happy with their choices. The main meal of the day is at lunch and when we have been going on road trips we are embracing this, a good idea because believe me you never know when you are going to get home. ( More on this later ).

Well, back into town of Jarez and at five we had the Sherry Tasting experience at Tio Pepe. Founded in 1835 , man this guy knew what he was doing, the variety and tastes range from Grappa like sherry to the best sherry liqueurs ever, with great wines in between! Great fun! It has remained in the family of González Byass and it is expected that each generation will continue the business, borrowed and taken care of well for the next generation. Love that, sound familiar French River rats?!

Heading home, darkness fell and I have to tell you you do not want to travel in Spain, mountain, valley, mountain, valley, in the rain. the fog settles in. We experienced it all but "lance" our GPS cyclist got us home after one bad turn. What he could not do was get us through the fog, on our local access road, I was very nervous and swore we would never travel out again at night. it was very scary.

So scary in fact when Tony said, let's have a nightcap, I almost said, "Scotch, double and neat"!

After four bailey's, I wrote Gibraltar, Part Two and turned off the light. My apologies for any spelling errors etc. in that blog! Glad I was here to write it!

Later, another day of rest!

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Karen on

If you wanted a double scotch what would I need after getting off a motorcycle?!

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