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Food & Drink

Gastronomy
At lunch time

The excellent produce of the huerta, a varied offer of meats and the prized treasures of the sea... a cuisine assimilating the products bequeathed by the peoples who settled here for centuries. The Romans showed us the art of making preserves and salted fish; the Arabs, among a thousand other products, introduced rice and how to grow and cook it, together with spices, condiments and aromatic plants.

Outside the fertile valleys were grown wheat, olives and vines, which is tantamount to saying bread, oil and wine: the three mainstays of the Mediterranean Diet.

To say, for example, caldero is to conjure up an image of rice, fish (grey mullet, monkfish, grouper), cooked in an iron pot, with ball peppers and garlic mayonnaise. Not to forget the fish a la sal, oven-baked in salt. Or grey mullet roe, mojama (salted tuna) and Mar Menor prawns. We cannot fail to mention pastel de Cierva, a pie filled with egg and meat. If you like fish and happen to be in Águilas, ask for moraga de sardinas (grilled pilchards), or the rice they make here a la piedra. If the produce from Murcia's Huerta is your preference, then rice and beans, olla gitana (a vegetable hotpot), cocido of turkey with meatballs, michirones (a broad bean stew), and braised chicken or rabbit. Hearty stews, where imagination has salvaged the modesty of the raw materials. Rice and vegetables, Cocido with meatballs. The Huerta once again impresses us with salads and the thousandfold combinations afforded by its vegetables. Pork has always been a staple for the people of the huerta and it is used in every way possible. Braised or grilled, not to mention a whole appetizing range of sausages (morcón, spicy longanizas, morcilla black puddings, etc.).

Another great option is inland Murcia. For those overcast and rainy days, try some migas ruleras, made from flour with oil, water, salt and a lot of patience. Or gazpacho jumillano, gazpacho de Yecla, pickled partridge, or rabbit and rice. When in season, rice with snails, in Calasparra. In the Ricote valley: tender oven-roast lamb. The cheeseboard includes excellent goat cheeses, cottage and cured cheeses, cheese with wine, with pepper... Fruit preserves, which constitute a thriving industry... Excellent marmalades and jams. And honeys, with a hint of the delicate aromas of the fields. And spices and condiments which, like the sweets and pastries (tocinos de cielo, marzipans, Caravaca sugared egg yolks, macaroons, etc.), deserve a separate mention. Lastly, the fruit, which can be summed up in the words of the famous operetta by Serrano: Murcia, tu huerta no tiene igual (there is no match for your huerta). The Murcia Region has also cultivated grapevines and produced wines ever since Roman times. As well as those from the Campo de Cartagena, there are the wines from Ricote and, of course, the three Denominaciones de Origen: Jumilla, Yecla and Bullas. Whites, reds and rosés with rich bouquets. For all tastes, and for all palates.


CHEESES OF MURCIA AND CHEESES OF MURCIA WITH WINE

For centuries, shepherds in the Murcia Region have produced traditional-type cheeses with goat¿s milk, which would form part of their daily diet. With time, this tradition has resulted in a limited production of high-quality mature cheeses which enjoy immense popularity among consumers; these cheeses have had their prestige acknowledged with the establishment of the Denominaciones de Origen ¿Cheese of Murcia¿ and ¿Cheese of Murcia with Wine¿. The Cheeses of Murcia are produced from whole milk from the Murciano-Granadina goat, to which calcium salts and animal rennet are added; cured cheeses also have the addition of flavouring and acidifying lactic ferments.

CHEESE OF MURCIA

Fresh: cylindrical-shaped, non-matured, fatty cheese. The practically inexistent rind is marked with the imprint of plaited esparto grass. The mass is lightly pressed and uncooked, compact when cut, soft in texture, with little salt and mild flavour, intense white colour and practically no holes.

Cured: fatty cheese with a pressed, uncooked mass. Cylindrical shape with a smooth, unmarked rind and waxen-to-ochre colour. The mass is compact when cut, with a firm texture and mild flavour, white colour, or slightly yellow in the more cured cheeses, and few and tiny holes. It is not commercialised until at least 60 days after production.

CHEESE OF MURCIA WITH WINE

Fatty cheese with a washed, pressed and uncooked mass. Cylindrical in shape. The rind is smooth, very light and has a characteristic reddish colour as a result of being soaked in red wine during maturation. The mass is compact when cut, with a creamy, elastic texture, pleasantly acid taste, little salt and mild flavour. White in colour, with few and tiny holes. It is not commercialised until at least 45 days after production ¿ 30 days in the case of small cheeses.

CONSEJO REGULADOR PROVISIONAL DE LAS DD.OO."QUESO DE MURCIA"Y "QUESO DE MURCIA AL VINO"
Avenida de Levante, 53, entlo, 9. Edificio Géminis
30520 Jumilla
Tel. 968 783 804
Fax 968 783 796


Bullas

The wines of the Bullas Denominación de Origen are obtained from the vineyards located in the municipalities of Bullas, Cehegín, Mula and Ricote and part of the municipalities of Calasparra, Caravaca, Lorca and Moratalla. The reds are made fundamentally from the Monastrell variety, which gives these wines a cheerful, Mediterranean character; the whites are based on the Macabeo variety. New varieties are currently being introduced, which, added to the application of modern winegrowing technologies, promise this young denominación a magnificent future.


CONSEJO REGULADOR DE LA D.O."BULLAS" (VINOS)
Avenida de Murcia 4
30180 Bullas
Tel. 968 652 601
Fax 968 652 601


JUMILLA

The Jumilla Denominación de Origen spreads over the municipality of Jumilla and 6 municipalities in the province of Albacete. The predominant variety is Monastrell for reds and Airén, Macabeo and Pedro Ximénez for whites. The introduction of other vines, mainly Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Syrah in reds, is enjoying excellent results and has given rise to what specialised critics have termed the ¿new Jumillas¿, wines which combine the typical fruity bouquet of Monastrell with the body and fullness of the new varieties. Jumilla wines have attained a new level of recognition within Spain¿s wine-producing panorama.


CONSEJO REGULADOR DE LA D.O. "JUMILLA" (VINOS)
Calle San Roque 15
30520 Jumilla
Tel. 968 781 761
Fax 968 781 900
Email: crdo@cesser.com
URL: www.jumillawine.com


YECLA

This Denominación de Origen comprises exclusively the municipality of Yecla. Monastrell is grown for reds and Macabeo and Chardonnay for whites, although progress has been made with the introduction of new varieties which adapt perfectly to the soil and climate. Yecla wines are fundamentally young, fruity and with a character of their own. Their crianza wines, aged in barrels of American and French oak, have hues of teak and touches of vanilla. This is a rapidly expanding Denominación de Origen with a brilliant future.

CONSEJO REGULADOR DE LA D.O."YECLA" (VINOS)
Calle San Roque 15
30520 Yecla
Tel. 968 792 352
Fax 968 792 352



Restaurants


MESÓN LOS GERANIOS Murcia

Ctra de Zarandona, 46
30004 Zarandona - Murcia
Tlf: 968 205 383



ARCO Murcia

Pza. San Juan, s/n y Pza. Ceballos, 10
30003 Murcia
Fax: 968 220 809
e-mail: info@arcosanjuan.com
Web: www.arcosanjuan.com



EL CHURRA Murcia
C/ Obispo Sancho Davila, 13 bajo
30008 Murcia
Tlf: 968 271 522
Fax: 968 270 315
e-mail: restauranteelchurra@elchurra.net
Web: www.elchurra.net



GÓNGORA Murcia

Pza Julián Romea, 3
30001 Murcia
Tlf: 968 220 365
e-mail: restaurantegongora@telefonica.net
Web: www.restaurantegongora.com



RINCÓN DE PEPE Murcia

C/ Apóstoles, 34
30001 Murcia
Tlf: 968 212 239
e-mail: nhrincondepepe@nh-hotels.com



LA CASA DEL RELOJ San Pedro Del Pinatar

Ctra. Nacional 332 (Cartagena-Torrevieja)
30740 Casas De Medina - San Pedro del Pinatar
Tlf: 968 182 406
Fax: 968 182 406
Web: www.restaurantelacasadelreloj.com



EL CASÓN DE LA VEGA - SALON DE CELEBRACIONES Santomera

Ctra Santomera-Abanilla 414, km 2,8
30140 Santomera
Tlf: 968 277 171
Fax: 968 277 170
Web: www.elcasondelavega.com



EL PASO Águilas

C/ Cartagena, 13
30880 Águilas
Tlf: 968 447 125
Fax: 968 447 127
e-mail: hotelelpaso@forodigital.es



EUROPEO Águilas

C/ Iberia, 69
30880 Águilas
Tlf: 968 414 087
Fax: 968 448 089



LAS BRISAS Águilas

Explanada del Puerto, 14
30880 Águilas
Tlf: 968 410 027 / 968 448 288



LAS DELICIAS Águilas

C/ del Aire, 145
30880 Águilas
Tlf: 968 410 015



EL CHALECO Alhama De Murcia

Av. Bastarreche, 9
30840 Alhama de Murcia
Tlf: 968 630 104
Web: www.restaurante-elchaleco.com



GINÉS Alhama De Murcia

Av. Portugal, esq. Avda. Francia. Plg. Ind. 'Las Salinas'
3080 Alhama de Murcia
Tlf: 968 631 838
e-mail: restaurantegines@hotmail.com



MARQUICOS Alhama De Murcia

C/ Espronceda, 11
30840 Alhama de Murcia
Tlf: 968 630 753
Fax: 968 920 410



EL PORTALÓN Archena

Ctra. de Ceutí, km 1
30600 Archena
Tlf: 968 674 408
e-mail: info@elportalon.net
Web: www.elportalon.net



EL TRIUNFO Archena

Ctra. Del Balneario, 4
30600 Archena
Tlf: 968 670 424



SAN REMO Blanca

Ctra. de Jumilla km 5, s/n
30540 Estación Férrea - Blanca
Tlf: 968 776 077
Fax: 968 776 077



LA RAFA Bullas

Paraje La Rafa, s/n
30180 Bullas
Tlf: 968 654 666
Fax: 968 654 666



CAÑOTA Caravaca De La Cruz

C/ Gran Vía, 41
30400 Almudema - Caravaca de la Cruz
Tlf: 968 708 844



EL CORTIJO Caravaca De La Cruz

Ctra. de Murcia, 81
30400 Caravaca de la Cruz
Tlf: 968 703 019
Fax: 968 705 436