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PULPO !!! You have been warned.... oh and Orujo the yellow post meal firewater

Alasdair Kay

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"May 2016 "
Dear Newbie Pilgrim....

I am sure you have scoured the pages of St John"the unreliable" Brierely's guidebook and within it's pages you have read things like "when you get to PortoMarin try the Pulpo, octopus it is a local delicacy ... Now let's just think about this .... Has it ever ... I mean ever, occurred to you to eat a creature with eight legs that have rubbery suckers on it before? Even if it has paprika on it ? No of course not...... so don't do it ... listen to one who tried it three times and each time my gag reflex got worse... The further west you head the more they will tell you it is good .. It isn't it's evil. Secondly there is this drink, it comes in shot glasses and looks like a Urine sample called Orujo .. Now nowhere would you drink a Urine sample unless you're Bear Grills. On the Camino you will experience your poor liver getting a worse and worse hammering. It starts slowly as a pre dinner beer and during your meal you consume moderately half bottle of wine at Roncevalles after a hard day in the mountains. By the time you get to Sarria...... consummation of Alcohol will have increased seriously, usually coupled with ibuprofen. As you approach Galicia someone will say you should try Orujo ... just don't ..... it is nasty even if it does taste like medicine ... stay away it will give you a head the next day that makes skipping one legged up to O Ceberio look like a walk in the park..... Top Pilgrim Tips ....
 
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julia-t

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Oh, but I really wanted to try Pulpo! I still think I shall have to, just to know how truly awful it is (I do love decent grilled calamari).

As for the Orujo, I'm sure it can't be worse than some of the punishment shots I've been forced to drink during apres-ski in Bulgaria...
 

Old Gringo

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Not eat pulpo? Galician pulpo, boiled, served with paprika, sea salt and olive oil is one of my favorite Spanish dishes.

Orujo is like any liquor . . . there are cheap nasty examples and some that are like a fine grappa. The yellow colored orujo is flavored with herbs. It's a little sweet for my taste. I prefer the clear unflavored variety.
 

trecile

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Dear Newbie Pilgrim....

I am sure you have scoured the pages of St John"the unreliable" Brierely's guidebook and within it's pages you have read things like "when you get to PortoMarin try the Pulpo, octopus it is a local delicacy ... Now let's just think about this .... Has it ever ... I mean ever, occurred to you to eat a creature with eight legs that have rubbery suckers on it before? Even if it has paprika on it ? No of course not...... so don't do it ... listen to one who tried it three times and each time my gag reflex got worse... The further west you head the more they will tell you it is good .. It isn't it's evil. Secondly there is this drink, it comes in shot glasses and looks like a Urine sample called Orujo .. Now nowhere would you drink a Urine sample unless you're Bear Grills. On the Camino you will experience your poor liver getting a worse and worse hammering. It starts slowly as a pre dinner beer and during your meal you consume moderately half bottle of wine at Roncevalles after a hard day in the mountains. By the time you get to Sarria...... consummation of Alcohol will have increased seriously, usually coupled with ibuprofen. As you approach Galicia someone will say you should try Orujo ... just don't ..... it is nasty even if it does taste like medicine ... stay away it will give you a head the next day that makes skipping one legged up to O Ceberio look like a walk in the park..... Top Pilgrim Tips ....
Can't say that I agree about the Pulpo. I like the stuff, but I draw the line at eating live Octopus.
 
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Martha567

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I don't understand the pulpo scare people are posting on this forum. And mostly from folks who have the plethora of cuisines available in their home countries to taste. Pulpo is one of the staples of Mediterranean cuisine, and if you eat calamari or any of the decently prepared octopus and squid, what is the big deal? It's great to be able to taste it prepared differently in Galicia as opposed to Croatia, Italy, Greece, Albania or Montenegro. Or anywhere else where they eat pulpo. And in Galicia they do it really well. Different than in the other countries I mention, but tasty. In case you don't like it once you taste it, skip it. At least you will know what it tastes like in Galicia.
 
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Dave2525

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Can't say that I agree about the Pulpo. I like the stuff, but I draw the line at eating live Octopus.

haha....I tried this a couple of months ago. I had no problem but some of my friends said it felt like it was trying to climb back out....fair warning
 
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Has it ever ... I mean ever, occurred to you to eat a creature with eight legs that have rubbery suckers on it before? Even if it has paprika on it ? No of course not...... so don't do it ... listen to one who tried it three times and each time my gag reflex got worse... The further west you head the more they will tell you it is good .. It isn't it's evil.

The fact you don't like pulpo (octopus) doesn't mean everybody should dislike it.

P.S.: May I ask, just out of curiosity, if you tried snails?
 
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simply B

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"De gustibus non est disputandum" if I remember my Latin maxims from ages back...

'Pulpo' is not for everyone perhaps but, hey, as long as one is in the area a bit of exploration of the gustatory frontiers is in order.

And, 'orujo'? Sure, most fire departments would classify it as an 'accelerant' but, for almost instant relief of over-eating (the big meals of the Maragatos around Astorga) - - you just can't beat it.

I wonder, @Alasdair Kay, how you might react to non-natives slandering delights such as haggis, black pudding or Cullen Skink. ;)

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Has it ever ... I mean ever, occurred to you to eat a creature with eight legs that have rubbery suckers on it before? Even if it has paprika on it ? No of course not
Oh dear, what a deprived childhood you must have had that you cannot now appreciate the culinary adventures that come from world travel. Or are you trying to deter us from these marvelous delicacies to ensure that there is ample left for your own consumption?
 

Patti Milsom

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2016
Oh, but I really wanted to try Pulpo! I still think I shall have to, just to know how truly awful it is (I do love decent grilled calamari).

As for the Orujo, I'm sure it can't be worse than some of the punishment shots I've been forced to drink during apres-ski in Bulgaria...
I am just back from the Camino Frances in late June. PULPO?? I absolutely loved it! Ate it 4 times in 3 days. It was my first time trying it and could not recommend the food or the experience more highly. Patti from Canada
 

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I do think the OP was introducing a note of levity. Because, of course, to dislike pulpo a la feria is quite impossible for a true pilgrim. It is one of the Tests. Similarly with pacharan. A drink that at home I would describe as having the taste and look of cough syrup. But somehow, magically, on the Camino it is transformed into nectar. Pacharan and orujo - the spirits of place.
 

bunnymac

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Dear Newbie Pilgrim....

I am sure you have scoured the pages of St John"the unreliable" Brierely's guidebook and within it's pages you have read things like "when you get to PortoMarin try the Pulpo, octopus it is a local delicacy ... Now let's just think about this .... Has it ever ... I mean ever, occurred to you to eat a creature with eight legs that have rubbery suckers on it before? Even if it has paprika on it ? No of course not...... so don't do it ... listen to one who tried it three times and each time my gag reflex got worse... The further west you head the more they will tell you it is good .. It isn't it's evil. Secondly there is this drink, it comes in shot glasses and looks like a Urine sample called Orujo .. Now nowhere would you drink a Urine sample unless you're Bear Grills. On the Camino you will experience your poor liver getting a worse and worse hammering. It starts slowly as a pre dinner beer and during your meal you consume moderately half bottle of wine at Roncevalles after a hard day in the mountains. By the time you get to Sarria...... consummation of Alcohol will have increased seriously, usually coupled with ibuprofen. As you approach Galicia someone will say you should try Orujo ... just don't ..... it is nasty even if it does taste like medicine ... stay away it will give you a head the next day that makes skipping one legged up to O Ceberio look like a walk in the park..... Top Pilgrim Tips ....
Pulpo Gallego is one of my favourite dishes. In fact I'm up at the Cami de Ronda just now and had a big feed of it for my supper. Deeelish. I don'tdrink so haven't braved Orujo. But pulpo - how could you say such a thing? :)
 
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I love pulpo and make it regularly at home, but with a recipe that resembles ceviche. The galician way of preparing it just doen't do it for me, but I was told by a waiter in Melide that it also has to do with the type of pulpo. Odd though, since the frozen pulpo we find here is from Portugal.

This is how I make my pulpo:

I a sauce pan, put 1:4 white vinegar:water, add a good amount of salt, like you would for pasta.

Soft boil the beast for about 15 minutes.

While the beast is cooking chop a sweet or red onion. Add the juice from one lemon, dry basil and oregano, add 1 or 2 table spoons of capers and 1 or 2 chopped peices of garlic.

When pulpo is done chop it into bite sizes and add to the marinade. Let it mix in for 30 minutes or so before eating. I keep it in thr fridge for a good 5 days without a problem, having a few peices as an after work snack.Yum!

As for orujo, the stuff sitting in counters in bars in the morning and that can be confused with vinegar for frech fries is really just alcohol. But there is delicious orujo, with herbs, even aged, and coffee orujo. I once saw one with cilantro but was never able to find it again.
 

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If you want to have some fun with the customs folks and seriously screw up the balance of your life, declare that you bringing back bottles of "Galician FireWater" otherwise known locally as Orujo.

They won't understand the last word you said, which will only will create confusion and panic.

Don't bother trying to tell them it is Spanish digestive from Galicia - they won't understand what a digestive is or where Galicia is especially if pronounce Galicia as locals do.

For maximin impact do this if you are catching a flight soon after arriving in Santiago. By then you would have had 7-10 days and evenings of steady consumption of Orujo, meaning your clothes, body and breathe will have the smell of Orujo, which combined with 30 plus days of steamy hot hiking the Camino in the mid day Spanish sun, should have a sickly cough syrup kind of smell.

A broad beaming smile as you make your declaration, will add to the drama, and create more confusion and more panic.

It might be the last thing you do, before they surround you and drag you away.
 
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Pelegrin

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Pulpo Gallego is one of my favourite dishes. In fact I'm up at the Cami de Ronda just now and had a big feed of it for my supper. Deeelish. I don'tdrink so haven't braved Orujo. But pulpo - how could you say such a thing? :)

You see, pulpo In Ronda (Andalucia). In Spain, 40 years ago, you could only eat pulpo á feira out of Galicia in big cities like Madrid or Barcelona, now you can eat pulpo everywhere in Spain. It is one of the most popular dishes.
 

Bogong

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Yes, I read it as tongue in cheek!

Entering Melide, on the left is a family restaurant, semi open to the street, and generally chockers with people. Specialising in pulpo. I walked in from Hospital da Cruz and arrived at lunch time. Big plate of vegetable soup, wonderful meal of pulpo, incredibly tender and tasty cooked with pimento and eaten bit by bit with toothpicks. Heavenly!
And although I seldom drink alcohol a big glass of cervesa tasted like ambrosia.

One of the most memorable meals of my life! And just before I'd met up with a stall holder who had competed in the 2000 Sydney paralympics in the javelin. Saw him again furhter on, and again in Santiago where he had ridden his bike, loaded with his stall gear. We were like old friends by then!

After eating I virtually flew on wings of cloud to Castaneda. One of the best days ever!

And Brierley recommended : "For a genuine experience try pulperia Exequiel on Ave. de Lugo on the way into town."

Thank you Mr Brierley!

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I love the creatures , love the food.... fondest memories of a table in a narrow passage in Pontevedra , late in the evening, people happily queueing for a table, children playing, delight. Will try and find location and edit...
 

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Dear Newbie Pilgrim....

I am sure you have scoured the pages of St John"the unreliable" Brierely's guidebook and within it's pages you have read things like "when you get to PortoMarin try the Pulpo, octopus it is a local delicacy ... Now let's just think about this .... Has it ever ... I mean ever, occurred to you to eat a creature with eight legs that have rubbery suckers on it before? Even if it has paprika on it ? No of course not...... so don't do it ... listen to one who tried it three times and each time my gag reflex got worse... The further west you head the more they will tell you it is good .. It isn't it's evil. Secondly there is this drink, it comes in shot glasses and looks like a Urine sample called Orujo .. Now nowhere would you drink a Urine sample unless you're Bear Grills. On the Camino you will experience your poor liver getting a worse and worse hammering. It starts slowly as a pre dinner beer and during your meal you consume moderately half bottle of wine at Roncevalles after a hard day in the mountains. By the time you get to Sarria...... consummation of Alcohol will have increased seriously, usually coupled with ibuprofen. As you approach Galicia someone will say you should try Orujo ... just don't ..... it is nasty even if it does taste like medicine ... stay away it will give you a head the next day that makes skipping one legged up to O Ceberio look like a walk in the park..... Top Pilgrim Tips ....
 

Isca-camigo

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Various ones.
Try the raspberry* liquor drink at Pulperia Luis in Sarria, they do not open in the evenings, only until about 4 ish, it comes ice cold and is served the same as Orujo. It is more easier drink for the taste buds.

*I found out a couple of weeks ago it was mulberry not raspberry.
 
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Al the optimist

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One day going across a wet and bitterly cold messeta very unhappily, I entered into that wonderful and quirky Bar Elvis in Reliegos. I ordered a cortado and orujo, which I promptly poured into the coffee. (I had been introduced to this one evening in Madrid many years ago by a somewhat alcoholic ex-pat loner.) On consumption I felt warmer and less unhappy. (Wonder why?) I for the first time understood those farmers we encounter in the morning bars. A lesson in not judging others if ever there was one. It seemed appropriate to order "uno mas". After supplying same he then proceeded to half fill a mug with it and start drinking! I think it was about 10 in the morning! Anyway to cut a long story short the exercise was repeated at the next watering hole and on more occasions since. A lesson in "Don't knock it if you haven't tried it" for me. But then again I realise we are all different, all have our different phobias, and not all are as adventurous (or stupid) as me!
 
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In Spain, 40 years ago, you could only eat pulpo á feira out of Galicia in big cities like Madrid or Barcelona,

...and in some towns in León province. In fact, there's who said the origin of the dish is Maragato (from the Maragatería; http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maragatería).
In Sanabria (Zamora province), it's traditional the pulpo a la sanabresa (very similar to the Galician one).

a Carajillo (little courage)

One of the theories about the origin of the word carajillo says that it comes from corajillo but, in that case, I wouldn't translate corajillo as little courage but as a little bit of courage.
 

hughwilliams

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Dear Newbie Pilgrim....

I am sure you have scoured the pages of St John"the unreliable" Brierely's guidebook and within it's pages you have read things like "when you get to PortoMarin try the Pulpo, octopus it is a local delicacy ... Now let's just think about this .... Has it ever ... I mean ever, occurred to you to eat a creature with eight legs that have rubbery suckers on it before? Even if it has paprika on it ? No of course not...... so don't do it ... listen to one who tried it three times and each time my gag reflex got worse... The further west you head the more they will tell you it is good .. It isn't it's evil. Secondly there is this drink, it comes in shot glasses and looks like a Urine sample called Orujo .. Now nowhere would you drink a Urine sample unless you're Bear Grills. On the Camino you will experience your poor liver getting a worse and worse hammering. It starts slowly as a pre dinner beer and during your meal you consume moderately half bottle of wine at Roncevalles after a hard day in the mountains. By the time you get to Sarria...... consummation of Alcohol will have increased seriously, usually coupled with ibuprofen. As you approach Galicia someone will say you should try Orujo ... just don't ..... it is nasty even if it does taste like medicine ... stay away it will give you a head the next day that makes skipping one legged up to O Ceberio look like a walk in the park..... Top Pilgrim Tips ....
Do not say urine sample! That is severe alcohol abuse!
 
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Jeff Crawley

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I do think the OP was introducing a note of levity. Because, of course, to dislike pulpo a la feria is quite impossible for a true pilgrim. It is one of the Tests. Similarly with pacharan. A drink that at home I would describe as having the taste and look of cough syrup. But somehow, magically, on the Camino it is transformed into nectar. Pacharan and orujo - the spirits of place.

Specifically Galloways Cough syrup! It's the hielo that takes the edge off of it!
 

Jeff Crawley

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Dear Newbie Pilgrim....

I am sure you have scoured the pages of St John"the unreliable" Brierely's guidebook and within it's pages you have read things like "when you get to PortoMarin try the Pulpo, octopus it is a local delicacy ... Now let's just think about this .... Has it ever ... I mean ever, occurred to you to eat a creature with eight legs that have rubbery suckers on it before? Even if it has paprika on it ? No of course not...... so don't do it ... listen to one who tried it three times and each time my gag reflex got worse... The further west you head the more they will tell you it is good .. It isn't it's evil. Secondly there is this drink, it comes in shot glasses and looks like a Urine sample called Orujo .. Now nowhere would you drink a Urine sample unless you're Bear Grills. On the Camino you will experience your poor liver getting a worse and worse hammering. It starts slowly as a pre dinner beer and during your meal you consume moderately half bottle of wine at Roncevalles after a hard day in the mountains. By the time you get to Sarria...... consummation of Alcohol will have increased seriously, usually coupled with ibuprofen. As you approach Galicia someone will say you should try Orujo ... just don't ..... it is nasty even if it does taste like medicine ... stay away it will give you a head the next day that makes skipping one legged up to O Ceberio look like a walk in the park..... Top Pilgrim Tips ....

Balderdash sir! Piffle! Hogwash! You know nothing about which you speak!

Whereas Cocido Maragto is god's punishment for not taking food seriously. I mean just look at those chunks of fat . . . . which is why you need a good shot of orujo in order to walk the next day.

Carne_do_cocido_galego.jpg
 

MarsN

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I read this post with great laughter as it seemed to me to be very much tongue in cheek. (Forgive OP if I am wrong. :)

Pulp is certainly different but one should give it a try. Orujo ...... oh my goodness, the term "fire water" is a good description. I tried both the pure clear crystal coloured Orujo and the yellow coloured one. Both nearly blew my head off! However, is is a story I tell with great delight and merriment to my friends and family and I'm glad to have tried it. :)
 
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As a vegetarian, my culinary options in Spain are quite limited. This is especially the case as jamon is sprinkled on just about everything. My uncle from Scotland described Pulpo to me as warmed mucus. When given the opportunity, I will gladly drink Orujo or any other alcohol!
 

Pelegrin

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As a vegetarian, my culinary options in Spain are quite limited. This is especially the case as jamon is sprinkled on just about everything. My uncle from Scotland described Pulpo to me as warmed mucus. When given the opportunity, I will gladly drink Orujo or any other alcohol!

Yes it is clear that between Scotland and Galicia there are much more connections in music (bagpipes) than in gastronomy. Anyway, it sounds strange that the brave Picts would rather be hungry in the Highlands than try pulpo.
In relation to Orujo (in Galicia is generally called "caña"), there are different qualities. The best one is Orujo made with grapes from North Galicia (Betanzos). Grapes that grow in less sunny places give bad wine but good Orujo (even fruity!).
 

PeterD1951

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Tried Orujo first in Rabanal. That was in an unlabelled bottle. It's OK. Not as good as Strega (from Sicily I think) but OK. However my top alcoholic and coincidentally spiritual experience was Cardinal Mendoza. Having always been a Magno man, this was a revelation. Like alcoholic toffee, it's a beautiful Spanish brandy. Also it travels well, getting home via Iberia Express wrapped in a sleeping bag in my checked in rucksack. (Grand Reserva on Amazon was £485 a bottle....... luckily I like the cheap stuff!!)
 

Jeff Crawley

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Now, don't get me started on sidra - as is vegemite to an Australian is sidra to an Asturian.

Did I ever share the story my nephew told me about when he was working down in Granada?

How to upset the locals without really trying:

Stephen was a sound engineer at the time, had lived in Spain and is married to an Anglo-Spanish girl and speaks reasonable Spanish.

He was setting up a sound stage inside the Alhambra with a crew of Brits mainly from the West Country of England (where the cider apples grow) and they decided to go for an after work drink one evening.

One of the lads was keen to try out his newly learned Spanish and to see what the local version of cider was like.

They entered the first bar they came across, where the clientel turned out to be mainly gay, and approached the bar.

The hero of this tale leant forward on the counter and, doing his best, asked "Tiene sida?" in a thick, West Country accent.

The barman looked alarmed so he tried again: "Tiene sida?"

The barman now looked annoyed until Steve interceded with "No, no, no! Tiene sid-RA, sid-RA"

We aware there's a vast difference between sidra and SIDA (AIDS in Spain)!
 
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Mega OUCH! Reminds me of, sorry for derailing the thread even further of this:

Group of neighbors asking English expat: What are your plans for today?
Expat answers proudly in Spanish: "Voy a hacer preservativos de naranjas."
Preserves - jams and marmelade and the like
Preservativos - something to prevent a man becoming a father

:confused: SY

PS I have done plenty of those learning Spanish myself, but I don't think my language mistakes are family-friendly enough to post here ...
 

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I don't understand the pulpo scare people are posting on this forum.

I am not a fan of having tentacle suckers attached to my tongue or the inside of my cheeks and having to insert my hand and forearm into my mouth to get them off.
 
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Dear Newbie Pilgrim....

I am sure you have scoured the pages of St John"the unreliable" Brierely's guidebook and within it's pages you have read things like "when you get to PortoMarin try the Pulpo, octopus it is a local delicacy ... Now let's just think about this .... Has it ever ... I mean ever, occurred to you to eat a creature with eight legs that have rubbery suckers on it before? Even if it has paprika on it ? No of course not...... so don't do it ... listen to one who tried it three times and each time my gag reflex got worse... The further west you head the more they will tell you it is good .. It isn't it's evil. Secondly there is this drink, it comes in shot glasses and looks like a Urine sample called Orujo .. Now nowhere would you drink a Urine sample unless you're Bear Grills. On the Camino you will experience your poor liver getting a worse and worse hammering. It starts slowly as a pre dinner beer and during your meal you consume moderately half bottle of wine at Roncevalles after a hard day in the mountains. By the time you get to Sarria...... consummation of Alcohol will have increased seriously, usually coupled with ibuprofen. As you approach Galicia someone will say you should try Orujo ... just don't ..... it is nasty even if it does taste like medicine ... stay away it will give you a head the next day that makes skipping one legged up to O Ceberio look like a walk in the park..... Top Pilgrim Tips ....
Oh dear... I loved the pulpo but that's funny!!!
 

robertt

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Just make sure you are walking fit before going for pulpo at the Padron market along the Portugues.

First you have to get around the Padron market, which is bigger than some countries. Then you have to get around the pulpo tents, which are bigger than most Olympic arenas. To find them go toward the vast columns of paprikated steam rising to the heavens like erupting volcanoes.

Okay, I exaggerate...but they're BIG, okay. And good. Very good.
 

Nonnieto9

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Oh, but I really wanted to try Pulpo! I still think I shall have to, just to know how truly awful it is (I do love decent grilled calamari).

As for the Orujo, I'm sure it can't be worse than some of the punishment shots I've been forced to drink during apres-ski in Bulgaria...



Prepared correctly pulpo is like calamari in that done right ito is not rubbery.
 
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Dear Newbie Pilgrim....

I am sure you have scoured the pages of St John"the unreliable" Brierely's guidebook and within it's pages you have read things like "when you get to PortoMarin try the Pulpo, octopus it is a local delicacy ... Now let's just think about this .... Has it ever ... I mean ever, occurred to you to eat a creature with eight legs that have rubbery suckers on it before? Even if it has paprika on it ? No of course not...... so don't do it ... listen to one who tried it three times and each time my gag reflex got worse... The further west you head the more they will tell you it is good .. It isn't it's evil. Secondly there is this drink, it comes in shot glasses and looks like a Urine sample called Orujo .. Now nowhere would you drink a Urine sample unless you're Bear Grills. On the Camino you will experience your poor liver getting a worse and worse hammering. It starts slowly as a pre dinner beer and during your meal you consume moderately half bottle of wine at Roncevalles after a hard day in the mountains. By the time you get to Sarria...... consummation of Alcohol will have increased seriously, usually coupled with ibuprofen. As you approach Galicia someone will say you should try Orujo ... just don't ..... it is nasty even if it does taste like medicine ... stay away it will give you a head the next day that makes skipping one legged up to O Ceberio look like a walk in the park..... Top Pilgrim Tips ....
I find it hard to eat octopus because they are so intelligent. Just the same way as I can't eat horse or dog or dolphin, but can happily eat fish.
But of course I tried it in Sarria. Just because I was there. Same as going to a bullfight in León. How can I have an opinion unless I have experienced it too?
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Dear Newbie Pilgrim....

I am sure you have scoured the pages of St John"the unreliable" Brierely's guidebook and within it's pages you have read things like "when you get to PortoMarin try the Pulpo, octopus it is a local delicacy ... Now let's just think about this .... Has it ever ... I mean ever, occurred to you to eat a creature with eight legs that have rubbery suckers on it before? Even if it has paprika on it ? No of course not...... so don't do it ... listen to one who tried it three times and each time my gag reflex got worse... The further west you head the more they will tell you it is good .. It isn't it's evil. Secondly there is this drink, it comes in shot glasses and looks like a Urine sample called Orujo .. Now nowhere would you drink a Urine sample unless you're Bear Grills. On the Camino you will experience your poor liver getting a worse and worse hammering. It starts slowly as a pre dinner beer and during your meal you consume moderately half bottle of wine at Roncevalles after a hard day in the mountains. By the time you get to Sarria...... consummation of Alcohol will have increased seriously, usually coupled with ibuprofen. As you approach Galicia someone will say you should try Orujo ... just don't ..... it is nasty even if it does taste like medicine ... stay away it will give you a head the next day that makes skipping one legged up to O Ceberio look like a walk in the park..... Top Pilgrim Tips ....

Had a rotten day so far but boy did I enjoy this post Alistair Kay. So funny and brought back many memories of food and drink on camino frances this year. Waitress at Finisterre brought to the table a full bottle of red. When I remonstrated that really I only needed one glass she replied "oh that doesn't matter" opened the bottle and said "Just drink what you can". :)
 

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We walked from Porto to Santiago last month and my husband enjoyed pulpo every chance he got. And then we discovered the after-dinner digestifs...never knew what they were called but our whole group enjoyed them!
 

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I'll take this as a joke :D as I cannot think of a Camino without having pulpo ( at least once) and without many ( really...many!)shots of orujo...

They are God sent to make my belly happy :rolleyes::cool:
 
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Dear Newbie Pilgrim....

I am sure you have scoured the pages of St John"the unreliable" Brierely's guidebook and within it's pages you have read things like "when you get to PortoMarin try the Pulpo, octopus it is a local delicacy ... Now let's just think about this .... Has it ever ... I mean ever, occurred to you to eat a creature with eight legs that have rubbery suckers on it before? Even if it has paprika on it ? No of course not...... so don't do it ... listen to one who tried it three times and each time my gag reflex got worse... The further west you head the more they will tell you it is good .. It isn't it's evil. Secondly there is this drink, it comes in shot glasses and looks like a Urine sample called Orujo .. Now nowhere would you drink a Urine sample unless you're Bear Grills. On the Camino you will experience your poor liver getting a worse and worse hammering. It starts slowly as a pre dinner beer and during your meal you consume moderately half bottle of wine at Roncevalles after a hard day in the mountains. By the time you get to Sarria...... consummation of Alcohol will have increased seriously, usually coupled with ibuprofen. As you approach Galicia someone will say you should try Orujo ... just don't ..... it is nasty even if it does taste like medicine ... stay away it will give you a head the next day that makes skipping one legged up to O Ceberio look like a walk in the park..... Top Pilgrim Tips ....
How true!!!!!
 
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Dear Newbie Pilgrim....

I am sure you have scoured the pages of St John"the unreliable" Brierely's guidebook and within it's pages you have read things like "when you get to PortoMarin try the Pulpo, octopus it is a local delicacy ... Now let's just think about this .... Has it ever ... I mean ever, occurred to you to eat a creature with eight legs that have rubbery suckers on it before? Even if it has paprika on it ? No of course not...... so don't do it ... listen to one who tried it three times and each time my gag reflex got worse... The further west you head the more they will tell you it is good .. It isn't it's evil. Secondly there is this drink, it comes in shot glasses and looks like a Urine sample called Orujo .. Now nowhere would you drink a Urine sample unless you're Bear Grills. On the Camino you will experience your poor liver getting a worse and worse hammering. It starts slowly as a pre dinner beer and during your meal you consume moderately half bottle of wine at Roncevalles after a hard day in the mountains. By the time you get to Sarria...... consummation of Alcohol will have increased seriously, usually coupled with ibuprofen. As you approach Galicia someone will say you should try Orujo ... just don't ..... it is nasty even if it does taste like medicine ... stay away it will give you a head the next day that makes skipping one legged up to O Ceberio look like a walk in the park..... Top Pilgrim Tips ....


Alasdair:

The beauty of a forum. I could not disagree more. First Orujo, I love all of it. The white is for real men. It tastes like moonshine. The Chartreuse colored is herbal based and my favorite. The coffee colored is Crema (sp?) and it is very much like Bailey's. Pulpo is another favorite of mine. Not chewy like most squid and the Paprika adds just the right amount of spice. Another great liqueur to try while there is Cuarenta y Tres (43). Very sweet with just a little bite.

Mouth watering in Chicago.
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2016-06-11 11.58.17.jpg I was a trooper and tried it in Melide. I ate it, but truthfully, it wasn't my favorite.
 

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Dear Newbie Pilgrim....

I am sure you have scoured the pages of St John"the unreliable" Brierely's guidebook and within it's pages you have read things like "when you get to PortoMarin try the Pulpo, octopus it is a local delicacy ... Now let's just think about this .... Has it ever ... I mean ever, occurred to you to eat a creature with eight legs that have rubbery suckers on it before? Even if it has paprika on it ? No of course not...... so don't do it ... listen to one who tried it three times and each time my gag reflex got worse... The further west you head the more they will tell you it is good .. It isn't it's evil. Secondly there is this drink, it comes in shot glasses and looks like a Urine sample called Orujo .. Now nowhere would you drink a Urine sample unless you're Bear Grills. On the Camino you will experience your poor liver getting a worse and worse hammering. It starts slowly as a pre dinner beer and during your meal you consume moderately half bottle of wine at Roncevalles after a hard day in the mountains. By the time you get to Sarria...... consummation of Alcohol will have increased seriously, usually coupled with ibuprofen. As you approach Galicia someone will say you should try Orujo ... just don't ..... it is nasty even if it does taste like medicine ... stay away it will give you a head the next day that makes skipping one legged up to O Ceberio look like a walk in the park..... Top Pilgrim Tips ....

Perhaps you just had a bad experience in all of my Caminos, pulpo is A MUST, and Orujo also.

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Are you suggesting that men that don't drink white oruje are fake men?

No, I was told once by a female bar tender "Blanco orujo el Hombre, Herbal orujo la Mujer". I was drinking Herbal orujo and believe she was teasing me.

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Dear Newbie Pilgrim....

I am sure you have scoured the pages of St John"the unreliable" Brierely's guidebook and within it's pages you have read things like "when you get to PortoMarin try the Pulpo, octopus it is a local delicacy ... Now let's just think about this .... Has it ever ... I mean ever, occurred to you to eat a creature with eight legs that have rubbery suckers on it before? Even if it has paprika on it ? No of course not...... so don't do it ... listen to one who tried it three times and each time my gag reflex got worse... The further west you head the more they will tell you it is good .. It isn't it's evil. Secondly there is this drink, it comes in shot glasses and looks like a Urine sample called Orujo .. Now nowhere would you drink a Urine sample unless you're Bear Grills. On the Camino you will experience your poor liver getting a worse and worse hammering. It starts slowly as a pre dinner beer and during your meal you consume moderately half bottle of wine at Roncevalles after a hard day in the mountains. By the time you get to Sarria...... consummation of Alcohol will have increased seriously, usually coupled with ibuprofen. As you approach Galicia someone will say you should try Orujo ... just don't ..... it is nasty even if it does taste like medicine ... stay away it will give you a head the next day that makes skipping one legged up to O Ceberio look like a walk in the park..... Top Pilgrim Tips ....

Hello Alasdair

To Be honnest I find your post very dissapointing, You were given the opportunity to walk the camino, many people do not get this amazing experience in their life.

In making this decission you should be open to new experiences, friendhips, be these good or bad and acept them as part of the experience.

To put down food , accomodation, wine and traditions of this wonderful country is not called for just because it didnt suite your taste, thus discouraging others from trying new things.

I walked the camino myself and ended up moving to Castaneda / Galicia in 2015 from a very conesrvative area of the UK. I opend my mind and have embraced local traditions including Pulpo and eat regularly at the monthly market in Arzua with neighbours, yes it is an aquired taste but is that not same with many things.

Remember your first pint of beer ?? probably didnt taste that good at the time either.

Be open to the people Alasdair , this house had been empty for 10 years I was living in one room / office bedroom / Kitchen all in one and cooking on a camping stove or eating my meals at the Santiago Bar, I arrived home one afternoon and the villagers had left a fridge an bottled gas cooker outside the door.

If it dissaponted you so much then maybe next time stay at home and go for a walk in the local park !! and visit to the pub

Shaun

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Dear Newbie Pilgrim....

try the Pulpo, octopus it is a local delicacy ... Now let's just think about this .... Has it ever ... I mean ever, occurred to you to eat a creature with eight legs that have rubbery suckers on it before? Even if it has paprika on it ? No of course not...... so don't do it ... listen to one who tried it three times and each time my gag reflex got worse... ....

Never thought I'd ever try octopus, let alone enjoy it! I love seafood too! We sat down to a seafood mixed plate at a restaurant just up the alley from the Cathedral in SdC, and of ALL the seafood on the plate, I liked the octopus the best, and I am a lover of seafood. May never try it again anywhere else. It was, shall we say, scrumptious. To each his own.
 
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I love pulpo and make it regularly at home, but with a recipe that resembles ceviche. The galician way of preparing it just doen't do it for me, but I was told by a waiter in Melide that it also has to do with the type of pulpo. Odd though, since the frozen pulpo we find here is from Portugal.

This is how I make my pulpo:

I a sauce pan, put 1:4 white vinegar:water, add a good amount of salt, like you would for pasta.

Soft boil the beast for about 15 minutes.

While the beast is cooking chop a sweet or red onion. Add the juice from one lemon, dry basil and oregano, add 1 or 2 table spoons of capers and 1 or 2 chopped peices of garlic.

When pulpo is done chop it into bite sizes and add to the marinade. Let it mix in for 30 minutes or so before eating. I keep it in thr fridge for a good 5 days without a problem, having a few peices as an after work snack.Yum!

As for orujo, the stuff sitting in counters in bars in the morning and that can be confused with vinegar for frech fries is really just alcohol. But there is delicious orujo, with herbs, even aged, and coffee orujo. I once saw one with cilantro but was never able to find it again.
Sorry in advance, but I just might have to steal that recipe.

Not even trying "pulpo a la gallega" when you're in Galicia seems heresy to me, as I've had pulpo in most of the other Comunidades Autónomas:D
 

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Dear Newbie Pilgrim....

I am sure you have scoured the pages of St John"the unreliable" Brierely's guidebook and within it's pages you have read things like "when you get to PortoMarin try the Pulpo, octopus it is a local delicacy ... Now let's just think about this .... Has it ever ... I mean ever, occurred to you to eat a creature with eight legs that have rubbery suckers on it before? Even if it has paprika on it ? No of course not...... so don't do it ... listen to one who tried it three times and each time my gag reflex got worse... The further west you head the more they will tell you it is good .. It isn't it's evil. Secondly there is this drink, it comes in shot glasses and looks like a Urine sample called Orujo .. Now nowhere would you drink a Urine sample unless you're Bear Grills. On the Camino you will experience your poor liver getting a worse and worse hammering. It starts slowly as a pre dinner beer and during your meal you consume moderately half bottle of wine at Roncevalles after a hard day in the mountains. By the time you get to Sarria...... consummation of Alcohol will have increased seriously, usually coupled with ibuprofen. As you approach Galicia someone will say you should try Orujo ... just don't ..... it is nasty even if it does taste like medicine ... stay away it will give you a head the next day that makes skipping one legged up to O Ceberio look like a walk in the park..... Top Pilgrim Tips ....


Dear fellow Peregrinos especially the one's who don't get English humour ..I tagged this as humour because it really is very tongue in cheek, so I wasn't trolling or anything.... I got caught out once or twice on the differrence in culture while on the Camino and forgot that some English speaking cultures don't get irony or our very dry whit at times.

A classic was talking with a Canadian friend in Santiago after walking together for nearly 23 days.. Late at night in a Cafe sipping Orujo, or was it scotch I can't remember .. I say to him "Can you get anything to eat here" ... David replies "only a Bocadillo I think" .. I reply with twinkle in my eye, "what's a Bocadillo?" .....David looks back at me with a quizzical look on his face "it's a sandwich with meat or tortilla or cheese in" ... Australians and one other Brit at the table get the joke David and the guy from Sacremento just look confused... Brits and Australians laughing even more now, North Americans just looking confused. there really are oceans between us.
 
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Hello Alasdair

To Be honnest I find your post very dissapointing, You were given the opportunity to walk the camino, many people do not get this amazing experience in their life.

In making this decission you should be open to new experiences, friendhips, be these good or bad and acept them as part of the experience.

To put down food , accomodation, wine and traditions of this wonderful country is not called for just because it didnt suite your taste, thus discouraging others from trying new things.

I walked the camino myself and ended up moving to Castaneda / Galicia in 2015 from a very conesrvative area of the UK. I opend my mind and have embraced local traditions including Pulpo and eat regularly at the monthly market in Arzua with neighbours, yes it is an aquired taste but is that not same with many things.

Remember your first pint of beer ?? probably didnt taste that good at the time either.

Be open to the people Alasdair , this house had been empty for 10 years I was living in one room / office bedroom / Kitchen all in one and cooking on a camping stove or eating my meals at the Santiago Bar, I arrived home one afternoon and the villagers had left a fridge an bottled gas cooker outside the door.

If it dissaponted you so much then maybe next time stay at home and go for a walk in the local park !! and visit to the pub

Shaun

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Mate it's a joke lighten up ...... hence the humour tag
 
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Alasdair:

. Another great liqueur to try while there is Cuarenta y Tres (43). Very sweet with just a little bite.

Mouth watering in Chicago.
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Cuarenta y tres in not really meant to be drunk onits own but mixed in with other alcohols to make cocktails. Because it is so sweet it can replace the syrups needed in cocktails.
 
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I read this post with great laughter as it seemed to me to be very much tongue in cheek. (Forgive OP if I am wrong. :)

Pulp is certainly different but one should give it a try. Orujo ...... oh my goodness, the term "fire water" is a good description. I tried both the pure clear crystal coloured Orujo and the yellow coloured one. Both nearly blew my head off! However, is is a story I tell with great delight and merriment to my friends and family and I'm glad to have tried it. :)
Absolutely it is tongue in cheek except for...... if you are about to go everyone will tell you about foot care .... it's your liver that gets the bigger hammering... look after that et Buen Camino !! Ultreia
 

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Balderdash sir! Piffle! Hogwash! You know nothing about which you speak!

Whereas Cocido Maragto is god's punishment for not taking food seriously. I mean just look at those chunks of fat . . . . which is why you need a good shot of orujo in order to walk the next day.

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Reading this thread has reminded to go thaw the pulpo I bought yesterday. This one is from Indonisia, will see how it turns out.

If walking to Fisterra and if you want to try another pulpo recipe, in Cee visit the restaurant called El Recreo (recess... the restaurant is across the street from the school). I ordered pulpo en algas (algea). It was super salty, as was the veal cutlet, so if you go I would recommend you ask them to salt very lightly.

If you google "receta pulpo con algas" you will find all sorts of very interesting alternatives to the pulpo a la freira.

Here are a few idas: http://t.directoalpaladar.com/ingredientes-y-alimentos/17-recetas-para-disfrutar-cocinando-con-pulpo
 
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Hi, OK, I guess there must be various way to drink it. Some Spanish pilgrims introduced me to it because I asked them what they were drinking WITH their café con leche.
 

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Dear fellow Peregrinos especially the one's who don't get English humour ..I tagged this as humour because it really is very tongue in cheek, so I wasn't trolling or anything.... I got caught out once or twice on the differrence in culture while on the Camino and forgot that some English speaking cultures don't get irony or our very dry whit at times.

A classic was talking with a Canadian friend in Santiago after walking together for nearly 23 days.. Late at night in a Cafe sipping Orujo, or was it scotch I can't remember .. I say to him "Can you get anything to eat here" ... David replies "only a Bocadillo I think" .. I reply with twinkle in my eye, "what's a Bocadillo?" .....David looks back at me with a quizzical look on his face "it's a sandwich with meat or tortilla or cheese in" ... Australians and one other Brit at the table get the joke David and the guy from Sacremento just look confused... Brits and Australians laughing even more now, North Americans just looking confused. there really are oceans between us.

Those of us raised on British humour on TV would have got it...I did right away. My students (I was a middle school teacher) could never determine when I was serious or when I was not...wry, dry, sarcasm, tongue in cheek...whatever it's called...some of us are talented at it, some not.
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Dear Newbie Pilgrim....

I am sure you have scoured the pages of St John"the unreliable" Brierely's guidebook and within it's pages you have read things like "when you get to PortoMarin try the Pulpo, octopus it is a local delicacy ... Now let's just think about this .... Has it ever ... I mean ever, occurred to you to eat a creature with eight legs that have rubbery suckers on it before? Even if it has paprika on it ? No of course not...... so don't do it ... listen to one who tried it three times and each time my gag reflex got worse... The further west you head the more they will tell you it is good .. It isn't it's evil. Secondly there is this drink, it comes in shot glasses and looks like a Urine sample called Orujo .. Now nowhere would you drink a Urine sample unless you're Bear Grills. On the Camino you will experience your poor liver getting a worse and worse hammering. It starts slowly as a pre dinner beer and during your meal you consume moderately half bottle of wine at Roncevalles after a hard day in the mountains. By the time you get to Sarria...... consummation of Alcohol will have increased seriously, usually coupled with ibuprofen. As you approach Galicia someone will say you should try Orujo ... just don't ..... it is nasty even if it does taste like medicine ... stay away it will give you a head the next day that makes skipping one legged up to O Ceberio look like a walk in the park..... Top Pilgrim Tips ....


I found pulpo to be OK. Most of us from the Houston, Texas area found pulpo to be very good. I do not eat squid ( calamari ) because I use it for bait when offshore fishing but last month on our first El Camino I eat pulpo with gusto ( see picture )
 

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It was a joke
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I feel better now!:D
I guess many times we end up reading something without really paying attention and that takes away much of the real meaning!

Anyway...I'm happy pulpo and orujo are not under bad judgement here :rolleyes:

I re-read everything and that made me laugh ( maybe I'm a bit slow? Haha:D:D:eek:)

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Humour cross culturally can be a difficult thing. I have a husband who is very quick witted and can be hilarious. But sometimes it misfires badly - and then I want the ground to open up and swallow me.
 
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It's like Marmite but not as good :) Old Brit and Ozzie rivalry on this one .... Got stopped at American customs for having Marmite in my bag which I was bringing for a Brit in Cincinnati OH.... Customs thourhg it might have mad cow disease...
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When the Aussies tried to jump on the bandwagon with their own form of yeast/vegetable extract back in the 1930's and replicate Marmite they had a competition to develop a name for this new black sludge. One name that almost won was Parwill. Fortunately Vegemite won out. We had a severe shortage of Marmite here in Oz a few years back as Marmite is manufactured in Christchurch (NZ) and the factory was severely damaged in their earthquakes.
 

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If you want to have some fun with the customs folks and seriously screw up the balance of your life, declare that you bringing back bottles of "Galician FireWater" otherwise known locally as Orujo.

They won't understand the last word you said, which will only will create confusion and panic.

Don't bother trying to tell them it is Spanish digestive from Galicia - they won't understand what a digestive is or where Galicia is especially if pronounce Galicia as locals do.

For maximin impact do this if you are catching a flight soon after arriving in Santiago. By then you would have had 7-10 days and evenings of steady consumption of Orujo, meaning your clothes, body and breathe will have the smell of Orujo, which combined with 30 plus days of steamy hot hiking the Camino in the mid day Spanish sun, should have a sickly cough syrup kind of smell.

A broad beaming smile as you make your declaration, will add to the drama, and create more confusion and more panic.

It might be the last thing you do, before they surround you and drag you away.
Oh thank goodness someone here is enjoying the giggle and not taking it all so seriously. :)
 

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Actually pure Orujo is clear as crystal - the flavored varieties are colored, but not as pure. Buen Camino, SY
PS Do Try Pulpo a la Feira - food worth walking for ...

Hey SY (@SYates )! Hope you are all right!

I was wondering which "la Feira" are you referring to as in early december I'll be hitting hard those Pulpos and I'm always in for recommended places:rolleyes::D! Specially as Im not sure the place Im used to have the Pulpos ( in Melide) will be oppened in December :eek::confused:
 
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Cuarenta y tres in not really meant to be drunk onits own but mixed in with other alcohols to make cocktails. Because it is so sweet it can replace the syrups needed in cocktails.

Each unto their own. I drink it just like Orujo, chilled in a chilled glass. A favorite for the ladies at our parties.

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Hey SY (@SYates )! Hope you are all right!

I was wondering which "la Feira" are you referring to as in early december I'll be hitting hard those Pulpos and I'm always in for recommended places:rolleyes::D! Specially as Im not sure the place Im used to have the Pulpos ( in Melide) will be oppened in December :eek::confused:

I was not referring to any particular fiesta, just to the general style of preparation, see https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Polbo_á_feira
I am not sure about which places will be open in December, but I am sure there will be plenty!
Buen Camino, SY
 

Pelegrin

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2019
I was not referring to any particular fiesta, just to the general style of preparation, see https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Polbo_á_feira
I am not sure about which places will be open in December, but I am sure there will be plenty!
Buen Camino, SY

Yes, Pulpo á Feira is a style of preparation but has to do with fairs, because the fairs in Galicia which in the past were celebrated for cattle transactions now don´t have nearly cattle but continue with a very good offer in pulpo stands.
IMO the best places to have Pulpo in Galicia are fairs. There are 1 or 2 fairs per month in every Council in Galicia.
As @Castilian mentioned in another post the original Pulpo á Feira recipe is from the Maragatería (León) (Astorga, Castrillo de Polvazares), because pimentón and olive oil are foreign ingredients in Galicia.
 
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Anemone del Camino

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For a fun expereince eating pulpo, go to the Mercado de abastos in Santiago. There's an outdoor stand where they cook and prepared it, serve it on the traditional wooden plates.You find a place to sit so,ewjere, or just stand, and regurn your plate.

Tried a new pulpo recipe last night, but it doesn't do much for the pulpo. It's basmati rice with pesto and lemon juice, with the boiled pulpo in slices served with it. Thought it would be a change, a bit of a summer salad, but frankly you could use chicken and the result would be the same.
 

PaddyCamino

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14-Aug-2016
I don't think this Pulpo is going to be something I'm going to like. I will probably give it a go anyway as it seems to be something that must be tried when on the Camino! 2 weeks to go :D
 

jsalt

Jill
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Portugués, Francés, LePuy, Rota Vicentina, Norte, Madrid, C2C, Salvador, Primitivo, Aragonés, Inglés
I don't think this Pulpo is going to be something I'm going to like. I will probably give it a go anyway as it seems to be something that must be tried when on the Camino! 2 weeks to go :D

On the Rota Vicentina in Feb we went into a restaurant and tried looking at the menu, but the waitress took it away and dumped bowls of vegetable soup in front of us. So I quickly said “Nao carne” (no meat) as it looked like we were getting the menu of the day, whether we wanted it or not! We received a huge dish of octopus. I really struggled, but my friend loved it. Glad I’ve tried it, but once was enough. We had a great evening though, as the family were a lot of fun, and they gave us complimentary liqueurs, and cake to take away for our onward journey. Jill
 
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