A visit home to San Diego only has to be in motion for so long before I am missing Madrid and Spain.
You wouldn’t believe my elation when my mom came home a few days ago telling me about a Spanish goods store, Pata Negra [Black Duck], that she’d heard about in Pacific Beach. I was so excited that we were in the car before she could even finish the sentence.
Pata Negra Market is small but stocked. My first visit was to scope out the place to determine the frequency of my future visits. I was pleasantly surprised with the variety of items they had on stock, from a substantial meat and cheese counter, to wine and beer (even the water, Vichy Catalon), and food staples.
Some of the items, especially Spain’s famed jamón were ungodly expensive but it’s to be expected given the journey itsmade. While this major delicacy can set you back €80+ in Spain, here at Pata Negra, think more like $400!! But just remember, this cured meat can sit on your counter for months…so don’t fret about meat sweats just yet.
I was most excited to find manchego cheese in curado and semi-curado forms (more and less aged). We also purchased the Marcona Spanish almond, quince paste and tomate frito.
Now I just need to plan a party to give my guests a taste of the country we love so much. Olé!