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April 1st, 2014 - 11:55 AM
In Toledo Spain, I had churros and chocolate for breakfast at a place called El Cafe de Las Monjas, When I just looked online, it didn't get very good reviews and I have to say I didn't really disagree with the reviews. The cafe is on one of the main tourist drags so that is never a good indication of a place to go. Nevertheless I went there because the urge for churros and chocolate hit hard, PLUS they had this super-cute window display on the making of marzipan, part of which is shown in this photo. In Toledo, and probably other places in Spain, marzipan is made traditionally by religious orders in the convents. You can buy it in the shops but it is WAY more fun to go to the convents to buy it. If you don't speak Spanish, it is also a wonderful adventure rather than a routine transaction. You find the unpretentious doorway with a small sign saying to ring the bell for 'dulces' (sweets). When I did this in Toledo, a voice came over the speaker speaking rapidly (to me) in Spanish. I had no idea what they were saying but tried to tell her I wanted to purchase dulces. She kept talking and talking and I felt more and more helpless! Finally a lovely local person came by and talked for me. At that point I was buzzed into a dark foyer and I walked in what seemed a logical direction. Finally I came to a old cabinet with some examples of packages you can buy. While you are looking this over, a small door in the wall opens and a disembodied voice within asks you what you want. You tell them (you try your best to tell them!), you wait, and then the door slides open again and your selection is pushed out. You pay. It's way more fun than buying at the shops! I felt that I had been momentarily transported to another world. And Toledo marzipan is one of the best things you will EVER eat!Click Here for More Information