A Vegetarian in Spain
When I first told people that I would be studying abroad in Spain I received many comments along the lines of “you’re vegetarian,” as if I had forgotten. I had read up about Spain and the fact did indeed keep popping up that the Spanish were a people who took pride in their Iberian ham and Mediterranean seafood, especially in the more traditional city of Seville. As a vegetarian, this was a bit unnerving. After months of reading blogs and hearing comments from friends, I had pretty much become at peace with the fact that would certainly not eat for the entire four months I was abroad.
This was wrong. I will admit it can be difficult at times because the vegetarian options are not what we’re used to in America but the key is to be open to try new combinations. I have found my favorite vegetarian Spanish dishes and vegetarian friendly restaurants and my señora makes wonderfully healthy dishes for our casa of vegetarian and vegan roommates.
Places to go
Arte y Sabor
Head to the hipster part of town, Alameda, for vegetarian tapas heaven. Arte y Sabor has so many options to choose from that either are vegetarian/vegan or can easily be altered so that they are. Among the options are beet salmorejo, Spanish potato salad, spinach or mushroom croquettes, and a variety of other salads.
If you are craving some whole, raw ingredients, look no further than MilkAway located conveniently close to the Seville CEA center. They have smoothies, salads, and sandwiches perfect for a quick break between classes. You can customize everything and their fruits and vegetables are so fresh. It is a popular American student destination so the employees do speak English very well but I really enjoy going here because they will always be patient and help you with your Spanish if you want to practice!
A modern tapas bar with fusion plates. They have some vegetarian options that are so delicious and different from the vegetarian options in the rest of the city: vegetarian moussaka (I highly reccommend), mushroom risotto, aubergine sandwich, and more. Get there early! This place fills up fast for dinner.
Dishes to try
Patatas bravas: Essentially home fries with mayo and spicy ketchup but so delicious and comforting
Salmorejo: creamy and garlicky cold soup, great as a dipping sauce for fried eggplant
Croquettas (with vegetables, not meat): Mostly done with meat on the inside but certain places will make them with just creamy vegetables inside the fried outer coating
Tortilla Española: an omelet with potatoes and sometimes other little add ins such as spinach or onions and eaten for lunch or dinner, not breakfast!
I am happy to say that, as my house mom taught us, I am “satisfecho” after every meal here in Seville…even as a vegetarian.
Nicole F. is the Fall 2017 CEA MOJO Blogger in Seville, Spain. She is currently a Junior studying Mass Communication and Spanish at Towson University.