Spain: Black Ham And Bars

A whirlwind exploration of southern Spain and Madrid in 6 days!

Six friends, great wine and a grand finish at the oldest documented restaurant in the world!

We started on the southern coast in a kiteboarding town called Tarifa - The Hotel Hurricane offered one of my best meals of the trip - definitely the best dry sherry finished the meal.

You know how you get into your hotel the first night of your trip and you are too tired and lazy to venture out? I used to be jaded on hotel dinning experience, but after opening my own hotel restaurant -Dauphin Grille at the Berkely Hotel in Asbury Park I know I have to keep an open mind.

Well, I must say that our first meal at The Hurricane Hotel was by far one of the top 3 of the trip. The front desk staff was kind enough to lead us to our other top choices for the south coast. We asked them about the hotel on top of the hill - right above the sand dunes El Tesoro. There was no chance of finding this without there help: We’re so grateful because it was truly a memory for the books!

The next night for our second dinner we ventured into the old part of Tarifa and headed to El Curro.
”Oh my God!” I thought as I explored the stand up tapas bars full of lots of pig and port!

“Will the real black Iberian Ham please stand up!”

The little white town on top of the hill about 45 minutes east of tariff Frontera is definitely worth a day trip

Our adventure also led to one of the best visuals in my memory - Cows under gigantic windmills as far as the eye can see until you come upon the fields of solar power. “What is wrong with America?” I thought as I gazed at this remarkable view.

The next day we headed out for rolling surf and gambas de ajilo at the lazy coastal town of El Palmar. We took in the surf, ate, and laid about. This is vacation after all!

We were then ready for the total private experience in an artsy cabina by the sea - We traveled a bit east along the coast and kept right at the fork by the gas station. Arriving in a little town up the road we hung a right and headed to the sea.

Speaking of the sea: Check out Zahora 

Hacienda Sajorami is the hotel up the road from the surfing beach (the beach cabins after the gas station)

The only reason we didn't stay here only because we stumbled upon it!

We can’t wait to go back!