An affair with Jamon Pata Negra, Manchego Cheese,Chorizo Iberico, Olive Oil and what else?? Wine!!!! I’m in love !!!!!!

After an overdose of Spain in 2008 and 2009 I was ready to face the country again.

The approach this time was to do what the locals do, a fine balance between drinking, eating and having a good time while they talked about the crisis as if it was some kind of flu that someone will come with an antidote for it.

They should also be asking for compulsory inoculation against corruption for all of those that seek public office.

 While having great debates about the quality of their hams, cheese, chorizos and olive oils as being the best in the world, I add that their financial crisis is also the best in the world.

The frosty mornings of winter are easily faced with coffee and brandy before breakfast.

Chorizo Iberico (the eating variety)

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Jamon Pata Negra

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Manchego Cheese

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

I blame the drinking habit to my mother

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Olive oil unlike wine should be eaten as fresh as possible, and where best?.  At the source of production

Olives are shaken to the ground by machine

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

knocking remaining olives manually

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

olives are sucked by machine of the floor

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

precleaning of olives on site

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

delivery of olives by farmers

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Discharge into hopper for weight and processing

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

After further cleaning and washing the olives are crushed

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

How the crushing was done in the good old days

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Good old days my ass!! said the donkey

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Macerated olives go through centrifuges that separate solids and water from the oil

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

This is the only "VIRGIN" oil you ever see before human greed stuff it up by further processing and blending

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Making sure I got the right stuff

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
So there you are folks, before you think you are eating virgin olive oil from the local market, think again!!!!!!!!
 
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About Paco

I am living my dream of sailing around the world, and to visit and meet as many places and people time will allow me.
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