When Tomato met Onion: A Gazpacho love story

By Sergio González | 10:21

Gazpacho: refreshing, delicious and so good for your health

Gazpacho is one of the most famous meals/beverages (hot debate among locals) during the Spanish hot summer months and its origins, a reflection of the country traditional multiculturalism.

No one sole origin can be pinpointed but it’s most sure gazpacho has its ground in an Arab bread soup brought into Southern Spain by the Moors, dressed with vinegar (Roman imported fashion) and finally topped with amazing vegetables brought from America.

Gazpacho is a soup or cream, depending on your liking, made of tons of blended raw veggies: garlic, cucumber, pepper, and onion are the traditional base, plus smashed tomatoes, which happen to be a fruit.

Tasty as few other green meals, it’s served cold so it’s also extremely refreshing, making it the perfect summer appetizer. Get your recipe here.

If desired, some croutons will bring up its crunchy side and will make gazpacho a whole meal. Current food trends around gazpacho go for adding cherries or other berries to the mix, or simply dressing it with the coolest summer fashion, aka hummus. Gazpacho has also been spotted served with yogurt, like so many other meals these days. Obviously, nobody in Andalusia would dare to serve any kind of gazpacho without some fine olive oil in it.

Gazpacho has two cities claiming its origins, Seville and Cordoba, and since we can’t -because we don’t want to- decide between them, we’d love you to discover both places and both traditional gazpacho recipes.

If you want to taste gazpacho in Seville, read all you need to know about visiting the city in this post. If you are to try the one they make in Cordoba, here comes a tip.

Cordoba is a monumental city, full of magnificent Moorish architecture like nowhere else. We are talking here about a city that in the Middle Ages housed 500,000 people while Paris or London was ten times smaller. UNESCO noticed about this a long time –Cordoba has the largest World Heritage Old Town in the world– and so did millions of visitors every year, which is good.

However, that makes it harder for foodie travelers to choose among the eating out options. When in Cordoba, do as Cordobans: trust the traditional tapas bars and only the finest cooks in town. Avoid bars around the Great Mosque and the Roman temples and get deeper into the Old Town to discover where locals eat, for free.

Yes, in some places Spanish happy hour includes free tapas coming along with your drink, usually after 8pm. Free gazpacho shots are the absolute best thing in the world. 

Late summer and early Autumn is the right time for your foodie visit to Cordoba when temperatures are slowly going down and fresh veggies are at their best. As important as it is to please our taste buds, our body can use a rest after a long touring day. Get the most comfortable sleep with us in Cordoba. Choose your favorite NH Hotel in town: NH Amistad Cordoba if you want some inspiration from the classy patina of time or NH Califa.

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