I knew the food in Spain was going to be different, luckily all the sketchy foods have been covered in garlic and olive oil. So I haven't had to worry too much. Everything my host mom has made has been delicious. There are always vegetables, which keeps me very happy!
I have had a few sketchy things. I eat a lot of fish and meat, which I'm not used to, but the majority of the time there's enough garlic so it actually tastes decent. I'm not a huge fan of fried calamari. I thought she made us onion rings one night. I was wrong. I usually try the food then ask what it is, and sometimes it's an unpleasant surprise. One night she put a bowl of what I thought were noodles in olive oil and garlic. I took a bite and asked her what it was. It was worms. Called angulas. That was the only time I wished I didn't understand what she was telling me.
Luckily, there is always pan (bread). I eat at least a loaf a day. It's always fresh and delicious. We walk a lot (it's at least 5 miles to get to school). So it's ok to eat that much. I don't really get a choice, once I eat one piece of bread my mom gives me another before I can refuse (who refuses fresh bread anyway?).
One day my host mom made a salad of oranges, onions (which are a lot sweeter here) and parsley. I was not expecting it to be very good, but it was delicious. It tasted like summer, but better. Also, she makes a salad of cut up tomatos, fresh garlic and olive oil. This is delicious with Spanish tortilla (eggs and potatoes). No joke, best meal here.
In our piso we don't eat a lot of desserts. My mom has made arroz con leche (rice with milk). Which is delicious. So far, natas are the best dessert hands down. My mom informed me that they are in Spain, not just Portugal.
My mom has made paella, which like everything else, is delicious. Besides the shrimp in that, nothing has had skin or eyes looking at me, which I am very thankful for.
All of the food here is amazing. Everything here is amazing! I walk to school a few days a week and the route I walk takes me around the city so I get to see the old part of town and the mountains. It is the prettiest thing I have ever seen. All of the people here are super nice. I still can't believe I am lucky enough to call this place my home for three months. This is the best decision I have ever made!