We were up early on the Seabourn Pride
because today was, finally, our Goldring Travel Private Shopping with Chef Kurt Timmermans
in La Coruna, Spain.
We arrived at what appeared to be a
modern shopping mall with clothing stores.
Huh? But, as Chef Kurt assured us,
inside is an amazing market. So, with a
quick turn into an unassuming door, culinary nirvana upon us! Three floors of food: First floor for seafood, Second floor for
meats and Third floor for vegetables.
We spent over an hour just wandering
about the fish market. The variety was
remarkable, but the freshness was incredible.
I have never been to a market where so much of the product was vibrantly
alive. Squid that were still quickly
changing color, langoustine grabbing whatever they could (some overflowing with
roe), crabs snapping way, clams squirting…all in extremely clean and well-lit
environment with the friendliest fish mongers I have ever encountered outside
of Catania, Sicily.
After Chef Kurt made some purchases for
the Seabourn Pride’s Galley Market Lunch and our Food & Wine Tasting, it
was time to head upstairs to the meats.
Chef Kurt was checking out the huge cured ham legs and trying to
negotiate better prices.
|Note the sign in the top right: Wine for 1.20 Euros. |
I bought some for the Goldring Travel Food & Wine Tasting on the Seabourn Pride.
While he was doing his thing, I was
doing mine. I spotted a sign at the same
butcher selling a blanco and tinto wine for 1.20 Euros! I mean this is the Goldring Travel Food &
Wine Cruise and if my guests can quaff Chateau Margaux and Chateau Lynch-Bages
the can most certainly swirl a bit of plonk!
So for my 2.40 Euro investment I was very happy…and wondering just how
bad the wines might be…or not. You never
Then I started wandering around. All the way at the end of the market were, by
far, the largest blood sausages I had ever seen. And when Chef Kurt got there he concurred. He bought some for our Tasting.
While the others in our group went their
separate ways (some up to the third floor and others into town) we headed with
Chef Kurt back to the Seabourn Pride and
then into town. We had been recommended
to visit one of the more expensive and touristic restaurants in La Coruna so me
and my wife set out in search of it and to do some window shopping. When we got there we knew it really wasn’t
We saw the tourist office and headed
in. (Tourist offices can be a valuable
resource as local knowledge is generally the best…and, similarly, why you
should use a travel agent that has “been there and done that’ rather than
having merely read about it…if you are lucky.)
In literally ten seconds she told us where to go…where the locals
eat…and it was just a short walk.
Should we eat here? Should we eat there? Seafood?
And then, at least for me, there is was:
A small old and dark shop with about 100 curing hams hanging from the
My wife wasn’t so convinced,
but was a good sport about it…humoring more than agreeing with me. She was a bit concerned with the cost of my
ordering a plate with some of the local cheese (known as “breast cheese”
because of its shape) and one of local cured jamon (ham) along with a nice
bottle of Rioja…typical for the region. But I knew it would be OK because it
was a local place. It came to a whopping
20 Euros. What a bargain and, more
importantly, what a great lunch!
Shortly after we sat down at our small
table, the locals started to come in, young and old, mostly purchasing enough
for their lunch at home, but a couple choosing to sit down. We had a great seat for people watching
too. Before we knew it, it was time to
leisurely stroll back to the Seabourn Pride.
So as we sailed off from our last port
of our cruise I still had lots to look forward to as tomorrow, our last day,
brings us not only the Galley Market Lunch, but the famous Goldring Travel Food
& Wine Tasting created by Chef Kurt.