After El Rastro and more walking, we were ready for lunch again. The weather was still really nice and we wanted to sit outside again. Again, a group of 7 was a bit troublesome when it came to tables. With the waiters being aloof and "European", we took things into our own hands. We all huddled around a table top for 4 people. We made the space ourselves and patted ourselves on the back. Why? Well, basically Spaniards love to linger over lunch and relax. So waiting and hovering over a table doesn't work here. They don't care and won't even bat an eye.
But don't let those vegetables fool you. We still wanted jamon iberico de bellota. This was a lovely specimen. The cinco jotas (or 5 J's) is a rating system for jamon in Spain with 5 being the highest quality you can get. And this, my friends, was some really lovely ham. Sweet, salty, pungent, and melt in your mouth good. You have not tasted ham until you've had this kind. A black footed pig fed exclusively with acorns. That unique flavor to the meat and the wonderful marbling of the fat is a result of dedicated farming.
Plaza de Santa Ana, 1