On the night of July 23, 2014 I had the ABSOLUTE best authentic Spanish food, wine and olive oil tasting of my life. As previously mentioned, La Oliva is not a restaurant but it is indeed a tasting experience you are sure to not forget. What was even better than the food was the way in which I first met Francisco. I encountered Francisco that morning in Plaza Larga in the Albaicin. Because of this brief encounter I was invited to a tasting at La Oliva that same evening. Of the six countries I have visited on this trip and the many experiences that come with traveling, this night was by far the most authentic and delicious. As a traveler far away from your homeland, with constant movement, I could not help but appreciate Francisco's innate ability to make one feel at home immediately upon entering his shop. This tasting allowed me to understand and taste the delicacies of southern Spain in one sitting. The deliciously simple plates were prepared with exquisite care and tasted remarkably fresh. Also, if you are interested in understanding the ingredients, origins, and general background of the way this food is prepared Francisco can answer your every question. It is as much an academic experience as an enjoyable dinner. His passion and care for the gastronomy of Spain cannot be found in any tapas bar. If you want a genuine and authentic experience visit La Oliva.
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