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Is it just me?

I mentioned the Cartagena Tapas Trail recently. Nice idea, fixed price for a snack and a drink; lots of different snacks. They sold 400,000€ worth in the couple of weeks so other people must have liked the idea too.

Here in Cartagena we have a coffee called Asiatico. It's a coffee made with condensed milk, brandy and a local liqueur called Licor 43 - usually with cinnamon and sometimes with other little embellishments. It's nice, a bit of a change from time to time. There's been an attempt to promote it as being typical of the area. You can buy massively overpriced kits as tourist souvenirs that feature the oddly shaped glasses along with all the ingredients.

Yesterday the Asiatico Trail opened. There are 47 places to buy an Asiatico. But come on, this isn't the same is it? With the tapas it was something different at every stop. But 47 cups of very sweet and slightly alcoholic coffee? There may be some variation and the price is OK at 1.40€ but I can hardly see us rushing from bar to eager to have our cards stamped and discuss the subtle differences. Now if they had included a nice slice of cake.....


There are lots of stories about why it's called Asiatico, The story I like is that foreigners (Asians) drank coffee on their ships. Through lack of refrigeration they were forced to use condensed milk; a drop of hard stuff kept out the sea chill. When they came ashore in Cartagena they were accustomed to the taste so they asked the bar owners to mix up a similar concoction.


  1. Interesting how almost every town and village in spain has it's own local culinary peculiarity


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