Guest Poster Louis Jobin Breaks Down His Top 5 Favorite
things to Eat in Sunny Mallorca!
If there’s one thing everyone likes, its good grub. You don’t have to be a culinary expert to appreciate a little overindulgence – or a lot – now and then. Now I’m no great connoisseur of Mediterranean cuisine (or any other type of cuisine for that matter), but I can certainly tell you when my taste-buds awaken from their ramen noodle-induced torpor and dance with glee. My destination, Mallorca, is a sunny island off the coast of Spain with some wonderfully unique traditional food. With the help of my short list of my favourite things to eat and drink, why not taste your way through your next trip to Mallorca?
One little tip before we begin: Mallorca dining is best done relatively far from the very touristy coast; you’ll get the best food and the best prices this way. Win-win!
The Savoury: Pamboli and Paella
A true Mallorcan speciality, Pamboli is a family favourite here. And after a single bite I could tell exactly why. The premise is simple: get some Mallorcan bread, rub some tomato on it, add a dash of olive oil and voilà! A treat to serve at any time of the day. This dish is often served with Spanish ham, olives and cheese. My mouth’s already watering.
Now Paella is more of a Valencian dish, but Mallorca being an island, it is literally surrounded by fish practically begging to be turned into this tasty, tasty rice dish. Yes, the seafood Paella here is pretty amazing, and this main course is guaranteed to please.
Good for breakfast or dessert, ensaïmaidas are traditional spiral-shaped pastries that go well with tea or coffee. This form of pastry is actually so good that since its first recorded mention in the 17th century, Ensaïmaidas have travelled as far as the Philippines!
If you have a sweet tooth, I would also definitely recommend bunyols … Be warned, though: these delicious little donuts should only be approached by those with extreme self-control. Seriously, take it from me; limit your amount of exposure to these little devils… Your heart will thank me later.
Then the Sangria….
Finally, why not help yourself to a pitcher of booze to top this whole feast off! Sangria is by no means unique to Mallorca, but its incarnation of this tasty beverage has been the best I’ve ever had. This drink is a wine punch made with fruit and a bunch of different spices – I don’t really know the details, I just know that it’s really refreshing with ice.
At the end of the day, you’re pretty much guaranteed to find some food to your liking on this paradisal island – you can always retreat to the familiar glow of a McDonald’s if your mouth isn’t the most adventurous. Either way, I hope you have a fast metabolism!
Post by Louis Jobin
Louis Jobin is an undergraduate studying English and Japanese Studies. His passions are European literature, Asian cuisine and Scandinavian music.