The picture below will explain why I had the best day ever. For the purposes of this blog, you can find the translation in the caption.
manteca de coco - coconut butter
“Are you kidding me?!?!?! I can’t find coconut oil anywhere in this damn city, but I can find coconut butter??!!!!!”
Well my excitement was quickly brought to a screeching stop when I looked a bit closer…
“you’ve got to be kidding me…”
For those of you who aren’t up to date with the current exchange rates, €18.51 roughly equates to $25. I will never complain about the Artisana $11 jar ever again! However, I have decided that I will splurge on this item at some point (most likely my first paycheck, let’s be real here).
In other news….well there is no other news. I am finishing my last week of TEFL school which you can read more about here. TEFL school has been occupying most, if not all, of my time the past three weeks so that’s why I have been so boring on this blog.
I have had some fun going on small excursions throughout the city to find certain foods I like. I forget how convenient the United States is. I can walk in to Trader Joe’s or Whole Foods (if I put in a bit of overtime that week) and get everything I need in one stop. In Madrid, you have to find your people. For example, I have a particular vegetable man that I like to visit to get vegetables (obviously) and he sells a lovely brand of coconut milk so eloquently branded as “Snob Crema de Coco”. I also visit a certain market for eggs and another for coconut flakes and specialty organic items. The little ‘alimentacion’ (similar to a convenience store) next to my apartment sells all the good dark chocolate. I wave at the store owner, Angel, but I try not to go in otherwise I will find myself two hours later with chocolate all over my face (can you say addict???). I am still looking for a good meat shop that I like as well as stores that sell my beloved coconut products.
Much like the rest of the world, it’s all about who you know here in Spain. But I won’t tell you where my vegetable man is. Sometimes you have to be selfish with your secrets.
dinner tonight: mashed cauliflower, sauteed vegetables, and roasted chicken breast (I impressed my roommates by cooking a whole chicken)