I was curious about the food culture, culinary customs an traditions in Spain. I did some research online and I of course tried some local foods here in Spain but I believe that the best way to learn the local food and especially traditions is to talk to people from that region. So that's why I wanted to have very basic interviews with some locals related to food culture in different parts of Spain. I did some interviews but I was too busy (lazy) to post these so I postponed until now.
Finally, I am posting the very first interview that I did with a friend from Mallorca. (Thanks a lot by the way!)
Yes, I like it. There are a lot of restaurants where you can eat a daily menu for a good price. Also, I remember the first time I came to Madrid, I went to a typical cafeteria to have churros, and I really love them, so I went there every day to have breakfast for months. Now I don’t like them that much.
What’s the local food that you really miss here in Madrid?
I miss the ensaimada. Some bakeries in Madrid make them, but it’s a bad copy, they don’t respect the original recipe.
What do you (and people) generally eat for breakfast in Mallorca?
We call it “l’esmorzar” but I think we have the same food as the rest of Spain. People have a drink like Cola Cao or coffee, and they eat toasts,“embutido” with some bread, fruit or pastries like croissant, ensaimada, napolitana de chocolate, palmera….Personally, I don’t like to eat that much, I just have a coffee and some cereals.
La Mallorquina: Desayuno
Do you have anything in Mallorca between the breakfast and the lunch like tapas? If so how is it?
Yes, we use to eat a “bocata”, and in Mallorca it’s typical to have “pa amb oli” or “pa amb sobrassada”. Also we eat Quelitas (salty cookies) with fuet, or cheese.
What is the usual time for lunch in Mallorca? Do you think there is a difference for lunch between Mallorca and Madrid? If so, what’s the main one?
We eat late. At 2 or 3, but it depends a lot on the working hours of each person. The main difference is that in Mallorca we use to share big dishes or have a big one, and in Madrid with the daily menu you have individually first, second and dessert, all three, big dishes. But now Mallorca is getting like Madrid.
Do you have anything in Mallorca between the lunch and the dinner like la merienda? If so how is it?
Yes. We have the merienda. In Mallorca it’s typical to have the ensaimada, coca de patata or “cuarto” (like a sponge cake) with a almond ice cream. Also we have a more commercial version of the merienda called “Quely merienda” that consists on the Quelitas and a chocolate bar.
Coca de cuarto
What is the usual time for dinner in Mallorca? Do you think there is a difference for dinner between Mallorca and Madrid? If so, what’s the main one?
We have dinner at 9/10. I think that there is not a big difference. My family is not from Mallorca so I didn’t use to have a typical dinner, but the people I know they eat pà amb oli, and also foreign dishes. Here in Madrid, I eat worse, but that is because I have to cook my own dinner.
Pà amb oli
Last question: What are the typical dishes that you have when you have a big family gathering? (weekends etc.)
Yes, we have frito mallorquín, sopas mallorquinas, arròs brut and tumbet. Some Sundays we have paella, but that is not from Mallorca.