Surviving as a vegan in Cantabria, Spain

My dear vegan and non-vegan readers, Spain may be a pork lover’s paradise. But eating out for vegans might be a nightmare!
jamon serrano
Some greasy salty pork, my dear?


If you are a tourist in Spain and go a “traditional” tavern, the only #vegan dish you might be offered is a salad, which basically is lettuce with 4 slices of tomatoes and a couple of olives. If you’re lucky, they might add some onion slices (and loads of bread on a side).
ensalada mixta
Yummy dinner, right?


I am so glad that many restaurants across the country are starting to offer #veganoptions in their menu! 
Today I had the best dish of grilled veggies in my entire life (and I must admit, I’ve had MANY bad grilled vegetable dishes in the past years!).
So, not only was it a huge serving of various vegetables but also it was properly grilled.
I know you might be puzzled with the word “properly grilled”. But be awarded that here in Spain everything is grilled with an ABUNDANT amount of oil what makes the grilled veggies too spongy and fluffy. Not “grilled” at all. Disgusting I might say if asked.
But the ones we were served at Brasserie Turcanu in the region of Cantabria was a delicacy. 

The base of the dish was tomato & red peppers pesto with firm but crunchy cauliflower and broccoli. Following with some tender and rich in “foresty” flavor baby “penny bun” mushrooms served on slices of little red tomatoes with oil of olive.
On each side of the plate, a few Canarian wrinkly & grilled potatoes were served with slices of local zucchini.

What killed me with love, you guys, was the sweet grilled corn! I’ve never been a big fun or corn. I just couldn’t feel its flavor. Not sweet, not taste…Not my first veggie choice. 
The grilled sweet corn at Brasserie Turcanu felt so right… It tasted like popcorn and Mexican freshly made tortillas and butter.  But with a gentle flavor of Spanish woodstove.
See these tiny mushrooms? I mean, how lovely are they??


If you ask, I testify it was 100% vegan and cruelty-free dish. 
It was so simple. Yet so tasty!

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