Patatas pobres, a Spanish delight.

After two beautiful weeks of celebrating my birthday, I am finally back in my kitchen.

potatoes in a skillet

As I was deciding what to prepare for dinner, an idea came to mind: why not design and write about places and food that I have enjoyed throughout my travels?

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We have been to so many beautiful places worldwide, so where to start was tricky.

So I turn on to what I am in the mood to eat. “Patatas Pobres” was the first thing that pop to mind. 

Spain it is. I am starting in Spain, most specifically Alicante.

Alicante is a beautiful town by the Mediterranean sea, located a couple of hours north of Cartagena. 

It was early spring when we visited, and for us, Arizonans was a bit cold; for the locals or for the tourists coming down from the North of Europe, the beach and sun were just perfect.

The city is a perfect medley of architecture with three thousand years of history to enjoy. 

The history of the city is deep-rooted and it is present in the influence of buildings from the Romans, the Moors, and the Spanish.

Castillo de Santa Barbara sits right by the sea and is used to offer protection to the surrounding land.

Everywhere we would turn the beautiful aromas of cooking were teasing us.

The first night, we decided to venture out and walk to the old city center.

Small streets, no cars allowed. We walked around this absolutely beautiful church.

The nightlife was just abundant. The food aromas from all the tapas, beautiful dishes of all sorts of fresh fish, rice… just drove our senses crazy.

Walking around the church, we found a table outside a tiny restaurant and decided to start our culinary feast.

Fish was what we wanted the most as the sea was right there and we could not go wrong.

The restaurant owner and chef greeted us with a beautiful smile, and with my broken Spanish, I managed to explain to him that this was our first adventure in Spain and we wanted him to choose and create a menu for us so we could enjoy a bit of this and a bit of that.

My only request was bacalao, or salted cod, a favorite of mine.

Food came and we feasted on gambas, calamares, huevos, arroz negro, croquetas, patatas pobres.

The romanticism of the city transcended to our wonderful dinner al fresco, paired with a great glass of wine, it was a perfect first night in Spain.

Flan was the ideal final touch.

From there, we moved slowly to this corner bar and found this cute tiny table where we had some sinful Sangria. 

We sat there for hours enjoying the nightlife and, of course, the Sangria.

This incredible experience has opened the door to our next trip. 

Maybe Malaga…. stay tuned.

This is the only recipe that I was able to pray away from the chef, enjoy.

Patatas Pobres – My favorite city Alicante Spain

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potatoes anna with thye
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 4 people
Tender potatoes that are rich in flavor and so easy to make


  • 3 potatoes, peeled, sliced in round and fry them
  • 1 garlic
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon vinegar
  • salt


  • Mix the above vinaigrette ingredients with a hand held mixer, or small food processor. When nice and creamy add them to the potatoes and mix well.
  • Place the potatoes in a baking dish and warm in a hot oven for 10 minutes and serve warm.


Calories: 95kcal | Carbohydrates: 0.3g | Protein: 0.05g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 8g | Sodium: 0.4mg | Potassium: 3mg | Fiber: 0.01g | Sugar: 0.01g | Vitamin A: 0.1IU | Vitamin C: 0.2mg | Calcium: 2mg | Iron: 0.1mg

Giangi’s Kitchen provides nutritional information, but these figures should be considered estimates, as a registered dietician does not calculate them.

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