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Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Editor's Choice: Mt. Vikos

A self-proclaimed Francophile, I will be the first to admit that I know next to nothing about Spanish culture, aside from reading Ernest Hemingway’s The Sun Also Rises and watching Chef José Andrés’ PBS show, Made In Spain. So naturally, when we received tortas in the office here at Fancy Food, I had no idea what they were and may have accidentally confused them with tostadas (quelle erreur!).

Nonetheless, I was excited to try this generous treat from Mt. Vikos, which sent us three new flavors of Ines Rosales tortas from Seville, Spain. Made using a classic recipe and technique, the olive-oil tortas are hand-flattened and hand-wrapped. Sheree Cardoos, general manager of Mt. Vikos, says Ines Rosales has been producing its tortas the same way since 1910. In search of some new, exciting flavors, Cardoos went to Seville to work with the bakers at Ines Rosales and came up with the three newest flavors, two savory (Rosemary and Thyme) and one sweet (Seville Orange).

I tried the Seville Orange and devoured the entire thing in probably less than one minute. (Impressive, I know.) The natural orange flavor was pronounced without being too sweet. And the delicate, flaky texture of the torta was just what I craved at the end of the day. Needless to say, the torta was muy delicioso. Congratulations, Spain — you’ve conquered a French snob!

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