|Our friend, Laura Meseguer, initiating us in the beauty of a late afternoon horchata. When you don't eat dinner until 9 or 10 pm, you need a little something to tide you over! You can see the rival horchateria across the street.|
|Later, we visited Horchateria de Santa Catalina and were very envious of everyone eating fartons with their horchata.|
...you must try a nice cold glass of horchata (or orxata), a vegan milk drink made from tiger nuts. Though some say Horchateria de Santa Catalina has the best and most authentic horchata, I was partial to Horchateria El Siglo's slushy version made with crushed ice. Don't mistake Mexican horchata (usually not vegan and made with rice instead of tiger nuts) for the real Valencian version. Word has it that the Valencians are the kings of horchata! I bought some tiger nuts, so I may have to try this recipe in the near future. (Maybe to accompany some vegan fartons, a pastry that normally accompanies horchata. 6 eggs in that recipe! Could I pull it off?)
And while we are the subject of food and Valencia... you have never tasted such yummy olive oil in your life. I can't wait to go back!