I am going to spend this Christmas with my in-laws. Trying to find a way to contribute a Spanish flavour to the British tradition, I thought that the best way was providing Spanish cold meat. You know, delicious ham, chorizo, lomo… These are part of our daily diet in Spain, but during the Christmas festivities we tend to buy better products, generally acorn pork. Does it mean that the ham includes little pieces of acorn? No, it means that the pig has only been fed acorns. These animals live much freer than the other pigs and with a nicer life.
I was going to phone my mum to ask her for a packet with “embutidos” (the word to call to the cold meat) – wherever you are, a Spanish mother is always willing to send you a big packet with “embutidos”. However, I didn’t need to because a few weeks ago I found a lovely place in Edinburgh to buy all these products: Goya23, a beautiful deli opened a few months ago in Stockbridge.
Goya23 is run by Amaya and Roberto, a friendly couple from Zaragoza; two other expats who chose Edinburgh to set up a new life. Their shop is tastefully decorated, with a very authentic spirit: they thoughtfully combined the tradition of the Spanish tavern with the dedication and demand of a deli shop. But the most important thing is the care that they take choosing their products that they offer, which are excellent.