Thursday, March 29, 2012

Jose Barroso

Spain, Part VII: Scarcely an hour's train ride from Madrid, the hilltop town of Toledo is well-respected for its handcrafted marzipan products.

These sweet treats are sold on nearly every corner of Toledo's narrow, winding streets (prepare to get lost here _ everybody does!).

The basic ingredients in these are straightforward: almond paste, sugar and honey.

Sweet stuff, with a somewhat medicinal flavor that might be an acquired taste.

Cookies and pastries are available too _ lots of them!

Fear not: Long fingernails, but clean fingers (really!).





Fabrica de Mazapan Jose Barroso,
Toledo, Spain.

26 comments:

  1. Sugar high just looking at this post!

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    1. Qwazymonkey: 'high' is a nice way to describe it, since toledo is a town on a hill! :D

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  2. Oh god.. how do those ppl even eat all that SUGAR!!

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    1. TNG: heheh, i think they burn off the calories by having to walk around all the steep slopes in the town :D

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  3. i don't really like marzipan. i find them to be too sweet.

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    1. Eiling: heheh, yeah, i haven't had any cravings for marzipan at all ever since i returned :D

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  4. Yes, marzipan is an acquired taste. Almost like the Western version of the Chinese almond cream.

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    1. Baby Sumo: ooo, i don't really like chinese almond cream either. if i never taste it again, i won't mind :D

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  5. Hope I can visit Toledo one day, buy a cup of coffee and some cookies, walk around the town and enjoy the nice weather, so relax!

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    1. CK: nice plan, though it's a bit stressful when you get lost on the streets. it's very confusing, and the maps sometimes fail to help. and the streets go uphill and downhill, so it can be tiring to walk up the slopes =)

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    2. The almond paste in the marzipan can help in de-stressing Devil! :D

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    3. Kenny: can try making almond paste in your kitchen also! :D

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  6. Spain is so beautiful! When were you there?

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    1. Smitten By Food: this was at the end of summer ... sometime just before october, if i recall right :D

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    2. No wonder the weather looks great! Do share more photos on Spain. =D

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    3. Smitten: one more entry on spain to go, maybe next week! :D

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  7. this is sugar overload... gasp

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    1. Michelle: a sweet trip, heheh :D

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  8. Getting lost is the best way to find new places right? =D

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    1. Drops of Contentment: heheh, though getting lost if you need to catch a bus after that can be scary :D

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  9. I'm very prone to getting lost. But I usually put on my puppy eye look and get people to help me. :P

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    1. Bangsar-Babe: heheh, i think my puppy-eye look would scare folks off! :D

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  10. I love sweet things..
    could keep me going .. but me kinda aging now ..
    so need to say TAK NAK

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    1. Simple Person: heh, we get wiser as we get older, i guess :D

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  11. sugar high post but certainly worth it and easily burnt off by walking a round those roads...perhaps accidentally getting lost would be a better idea. weather seems perfect for those walks:D

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    1. Missyblurkit: that's probably the best attitude possible that we could have for a holiday hike like this! yeah, you're right, getting lost can be fun sometimes too, and it can lead us to unexpected delights! :D

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