This little piggie…

Today we celebrate the little piggies of Segovia, which is fitting as we are all turning into jumbo-sized porkers from the illegal amounts of beer and great food we have been eating.

My premonition of our future

My premonition of our future

But before I get into the greatness that is 3-week old, melt-in-yo’-mouth suckling pig served by the most rambunctous member of the blue-hair brigade this side of Jerry Lewis,  I should take a moment to introduce the newest members of our 3-hour tour, our 3-hour tour (some days our little bus feels A LOT like the SS Minnow).

Ever since the ICEX competition last weekend, the Fab 5 have 7 new members: 5 more cooks and 2 of the coolest tour leaders since The Skipper and Gilligan. Please meet the newest members of this band of miscreants– forever written in history as the Dirty Dozen de España:

Woverine

Woverine

Name: Johannes C.
Codename: Wolverine
Origin: Germany
Cooking history: 2-star Michelin restaurant on the Nordic Island of Germany

Raffa

Raffa

Name: Raphael D.
Codename: Raffa
Origin: Brazil

Marcos Al Pastor

Marcos Al Pastor

Name: Marcos V.
Codename: Al Pastor
Origin: Mexico

Karla

Karla

Name: Karla C.
Codename: Forget codenames– this girl is the only poor female stuck in a group of testosterone-laden, pea-brained neanderthals… buena suerte, Karla!
Origin: Mexico

The Corruption of Saurabh by Don Juan Philipe

The Corruption of Saurabh by Don Juan Philipe

Name: Saurabh A. aka. The Cutta’ from Calcutta
Codename: TBA–still working on it, but my vote is for Jai-Ho!
Origin: India

Saul, our grand jefe

Saul, our grand jefe

You know the Dos Equis guy? The guy who “won lifetime achievement awards, twice?” The guy who is the most interesting man in the world? Well, we found him. His name is Saul and he is our guide on this journey… bow your head in reverence.

Grand jefe #2, Lola

Grand jefe #2, Lola

Here name is Lola, she was a showgirl…our CECO leader.

So this is the crew that will crisscross the land of olives and jamon, and our first stop brings us to Segovia, a town known for the great Aquduct, beautiful winding streets… and food, specifcally food from the roasting ovens (Asadors): Roasted suckling lamb, boar, and especially pig.

The Great Aquaduct of Segovia

The Great Aquaduct of Segovia

The most famous of these restaurants is Meson Candido, one of the oldest restaurants in Spain. It’s a place where presidents eat, a place of great pomp and circumstance, a place that worships at the altar of the piglet. And the Godfather of this Porcine Palace is Sr. Candido– a man with enough bling for his own rap video.

Sr. Candido--The Cochinillo King of Segovia

Sr. Candido--The Cochinillo King of Segovia

But before we could eat little Babe, we received one of the greatest honors in the town of Segovia: Sr. Candido treated us to the ceremony of cutting the pig with the SIDE OF A PLATE. Why, you ask? Because little Babe is so tender and crackly-delicious that YOU CAN cut it with the side of a plate–no knife needed, Chef.

So, we spent the morning and afternoon learning how to make suckling pig at the most famous pig-roasting restaurant in the country (if not the entire world). Then, we ate and ate and ate… can you hear my arteries hardening?

Message of the day: Making friends is good.

Message of the day: Making friends is good.

 Check out a couple of videos:

YouTube link: The cooking of the pig

YouTube link: The cutting of the pig

YouTube link: Do a little dance, eat a little pig, get down tonight

That’s all from Segovia–next stop, the hills of Toledo and my home for the next 6 months at Restaurante Adolfo

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2 Responses to “This little piggie…”

  1. Do you think there are WANTED posters of the 12 of you (beside the one of the Big Bad Wolf) in piggie post offices?

  2. Jeff: Greart Pictures. Don, Kari, Stan, Joan and other members at Kiwanis say “Hello”. Anxous to hear about your adventures. You know me, will supply an A+ report on every ocassion. Love and miss you,
    Dad.

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