It’s easy to love Barcelona. Whenever Ihsan and I visit, we spend 90% of our time wandering from one tapas place to another. A little glass of cava and some sardines here, a fluffy golden tortilla Española there, clams as tiny as a fingernail smothered in garlic and wine, grilled octopus, fried rabbit ribs, platters of jamón.
On our last visit – in between eating – we visited some food shops and I’ll admit it was the bright and beautiful yellow package of the Carquinyolis Sant Quintí de Mediona that caught my eye. We bought the bag and munched on them as we walked the streets.
Carquinyolis are the Spanish equivalent of biscotti. These from Sant Quintí tend to be a bit lighter – almost meringue-like, which made me like them even more. Crunchy, studded with almonds and slightly misshapen, they are perfect with tea, as a dessert – solo or alongside ice cream or sorbet – or, eaten straight out of the bag while you walk down the street!
Valerie Gurdal is the owner of Formaggio Kitchen South End in Boston, MA.