Food matters in Palma.

My main goal today was to stock up on food since tomorrow is Sunday and I expect all the shops will be closed.

Since arriving in Palma, my diet has consisted of watermelon, cherries, peaches, grapes (though not as many grapes as I’d like, as they are more expensive than I’m used to) and the occasional sorbet or popsicle.

It’s so hot here! During the day the temperature stays in the high 80s or low 90s. Chilled watermelon is my fruit of choice to beat this heat.

Some days I do find myself craving heavier foods because I’m burning extra calories walking miles along the beach and around the city. On those days I still fill up on fruit but I’ll also snack on puffed corn cakes (like those dry rice cakes but better) and hummus.

Hummus isn’t as readily available here in Palma as it was in Scotland or the States. I’ve only managed to find two types of hummus so far, and the first was an underwhelming disappointment and expensive. Luckily for me, today I found a larger tub of hummus for half the price and it tasted great! It wasn’t too high in fat either as my stomach didn’t have any issues with it.

I made a few other worthwhile food discoveries today as I shopped in the Eroski grocery store down the street from the flat. Most importantly, I found flat nectarines called platerinas and I can’t WAIT to try them. If they are anything like flat peaches, I’ll be addicted in no time flat. Secondly, I found gluten-free pasta!

I’m stoked to find gluten-free pasta for a reasonable price (€2.15 for 500 grams—a steal!) because pasta is one of my go-to meals when I need extra calories. Feeling extra hungry today, I picked up a bag of pasta along with a jar of pre-made arrabbiata sauce by Barilla. The sauce is vegan, a little spicy, and doesn’t contain any weird ingredients or preservatives. I’ll get two quick and easy meals out of this, and plenty of carbs to keep me going.

While I’m not allergic to gluten, I still prefer gluten-free pasta because it’s easier for me to digest. I’m not allergic to wheat either but I am allergic to malt, and since most flours contain malt, I try to avoid wheat and gluten-based products like bread and pasta as much as I can.

I didn’t expect to find gluten-free pasta stocked anywhere, let alone in the regular pasta section because I wasn’t able to find it easily in Berlin or Poland. I did find gluten-free pasta at the vegan supermarket Veganz in Berlin but none of the other grocery stores stocked it. Unfortunately, it was too expensive in Veganz—around twice the price of the cost of it here in Palma—for me to purchase it regularly. (Gluten-free pasta and other products are widely available in the States and Scotland, however.)

It’s worth mentioning that each Eroski store I’ve visited has a health/natural food section, though the size of this section varies depending on the location and size of the Eroski store itself. And I’ve seen tofu, veggie burgers, and other chilled vegan and vegetarian options in every store. As always, vegans are able to find plenty of vegan options if we stick to the produce section and focus on staples like beans, rice, and pasta elsewhere in the store.

Palma has an all-vegan shop called Lovegano so I may check them out one of these days and compare prices if they stock gluten-free stuff.

I’ll probably make one last grocery run tonight before the shop closes just to make sure I have plenty of fruit to get me through tomorrow. Who knows, I may exhaust my fruit stash tonight after I return from the beach!


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