I recently went on the first family holiday since I turned pesketarian. We had an amazing time, but the food was a bit of a challenge. I've never been the problem child when it came to eating out, that role always fell to one of my fussy-eater (but lovely) brothers. However, this year I got a bit more freaked out when it came to restaurants.
I always attempt to be open minded and try unusual things when eating out, especially on holiday. We were holidaying on the beautiful island of Mallorca, but the 'island' bit was causing some problems! I am a pesketarian so I eat fish and not meat. "No problem!" You say, "just eat fish" . But while I do eat fish, I try and eat it sparingly and try to be sustainable. It found it difficult to fit in with a diet of fish everyday.
It was also difficult as I was the only one out of our party of eight that didn't eat meat. Things looked better though when we ordered tapas. One of the things I loved about Mallorca was how uncomplicated the attitude to food was in some places. The restaurant staff in some places were so confident that we would enjoy the food that the only choice you were given about the menu was how many plates of tapas you wanted! This seems like my idea of utopia, no stress or arguments over ordering, just lots of good food presented to you. I was able to check whether some of the tapas would be vegetarian (in mediocre Spanish) and then just enjoy the meal. Some of my favourite dishes are listed below, try them if your ever in Mallorca:
Tumbet - An aubergine, tomato and vegetable stew that reminded me of ratatouille but less smooth and with more vegetables.
Granizada de Almendra - This almond drink is possibly the most refreshing thing I've ever encountered and definitely one of the most delicious! As far as I can tell from my taste buds, it's made of almonds, ice, sugar and milk. It doesn't really count as a health food, but it is perfect on a hot day.
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Boquerones - This is a tapas dish of fresh white anchovies on toast. It is light and delicious, and it goes very well with tumbet!🐟🍞🐟🍞🐟🍞🐟🍞🐟🍞🐟🍞🐟🍞🐟🍞🐟🍞
We also had ensaimadas, the Mallorcan speciality pastry. However I was pretty unimpressed by these as I found they were sweet but had no other flavour or texture. So, to summarise, if you are ever in Mallorca expect a lot of fish, eat nice tapas and skip the ensaimadas!
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