Back to PRESS
APR 24, 2014Virginia Wine Lover
APR 17, 2014Saveur
APR 01, 2014Bon Appétit
FEB 18, 2014epicurious.com
FEB 18, 2014Bon Appétit
FEB 12, 2014El Punt Avui
FEB 12, 2014Diari de Girona
FEB 12, 2014Aragirona.cat
FEB 11, 2014El Economista
FEB 11, 2014Europa Press
FEB 11, 2014Empordá
DEC 28, 2013Epicurious
DEC 21, 2013The Washington Post
DEC 17, 2013The New York Times
DEC 17, 2013Gentleman's Gazette
La Tienda in the Press
The Charlotte Obeserver - August 25, 2004
Going nuts for these almonds
At first, you may not even recognize them as almonds. Spain's Marconas are flatter and rounder, almost heart-shaped, and golden in color. Grown in the Valencia region of Spain, where they're called "the queen of almonds," they have a soft crunch and rich flavor.
We've been addicted for months, after discovering them at a cheese shop in Manhattan, but we had almost given up on indulging our habit in Charlotte. But we've finally started finding them locally.
The Mitica brand from Forever Cheese in New York is $5.99 for a small tub at Pasta & Provisions and $11 a pound at Dean & Deluca, and Total Wines stocks a vacuum-sealed 20-ounce can from The Peanut Shop of Williamsburg for $9.99. The Peanut Shop version is drier and less salty; the Mitica version is oilier and saltier, but also truer to the authentic taste. You can also find them online in fried and raw versions at www.tienda.com. (Watch out: Much of this year's crop was lost to drought and a late freeze, so prices will go up.)
Raw ones should be put in a skillet with just a smidgen of olive oil and slowly toasted, to preserve their delicate flavor. The other versions can be eaten as they are.
Now that we can find them in the area, there's only one problem: How do we stop eating them?