Eat in Spain Like a Local with Sazón The Folk Cook

by Last updated May 27, 2024 | Published on Mar 19, 2024Europe, Gastronomy, Spain, Travel

Sitting with the sun on my face, I took another sip of the luscious vino tinto, with my only concern being what to take a bite of next – the flavorful albondigas, the perfectly cooked tortilla de patata, or another velvety croqueta de jamón (of which I had already savored two). Soaking in the pleasure of this delicious, local lunch, I realized that this experience reminded me of eating in my mother’s home; a sure sign of an amazing time.

I’ve come to have so many authentic local, dining experiences in Spain, and it is a norm for me as an American resident of Spain who is part Spaniard. Authentically experiencing a destination as though I were a local is also my favorite way to travel. And what gets more authentic than eating in a local’s home? So I’m always on the lookout for ways that visitors to Spain, particularly my travel clients, can enjoy Spain’s gastronomy in the home of a local. How can you have such local gastronomic experiences in Spain? Read on to discover the best way to eat in Spain like a local and live the culture.

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Meet Sazón The Folk Cook, the Way to Eat in Spain Like a Local

Above ImageStarting with tapas and a view on the rooftop.

Even if your mother is not a great cook, I bet you’ve had some amazing food made by mothers. Imagine having a Spanish mother make you a delicious, local meal in her own home… Now that is a gastronomical experience in Spain!

Enter Sazón The Folk Cook, a group that is passionate about carrying on Spain’s gastronomical legacy. They came up with the best way to do it, which benefits not only the visitors to Spain but the local hosts as well. Sazón connects tourists with local mothers, grandmothers, and women in general who love to cook for visitors in their own home.

Our Experience of Sazón The Folk Cook for an Authentic Dining Experience in Spain

Above ImageStarting to set the table for the main meal on the terrace.

When I recently experienced Sazón The Folk Cook for the first time, I had a very high standard for it to meet. After all, my mother is part Spaniard and has lived in the rural region of Extremadura, Spain since 2011 with a local Extremeño. For years now, we have lived about a day’s travel away from them, in the beach town of Denia on the Mediterranean Costa Blanca near Valencia.

My husband and I, along with our friends, are always looking for new dining experiences to further our connection with the local culture. So when I discovered Sazón, I was excited to find that they have dining experiences near Denia, and all throughout Spain. Along with some fellow expat friends, we ate at the home of Luz, in the countryside just outside the enchanting nearby town of Altea.

From the beginning, the experience was easy to find and book on the Sazón website. They provided great follow-up and the day before our lunch, our hostess Luz was in contact to ensure we could find her location in the countryside. She even came and met us at a nearby store to guide us down the confusing roads and ensure we didn’t get lost.

The Hostess & Home

Meeting Luz and spending time with her in her endearing home enriched the experience of the delicious meal she prepared for us. As she told us her story of finding the property that used to be a horse-breeding ranch and renovating it to be her home, she showed us around the welcoming space.

We all fell in love with her warm personality and charming style. In her main living area, the kitchen bar is actually made from the original bar that existed in the original building. From the retro-style pink fridge and restored second-hand furniture to collectible tin signs and repurposed vases, everything emanated a sense of appreciation and fun. It was no surprise to learn that repurposing items from vintage and second-hand goods are one of Luz’s many talents and she restored and decorated her home on her own.

The Food

After being welcomed into Luz’s home, she led us up to her rooftop where we enjoyed a starter of vino tinto (red wine), fresh encurtidos (a typical assortment of olives and pickles), pan con aioli (bread and garlic sauce), and homemade croquetas de jamón (ham croquettes). Looking out over the red Spanish-tiled roof, we smelled the almond tree blossoms from the yard below and drank in a view of mountains sloping down to the deep blue Mediterranean Sea in the distance.

For the main meal, we sat on the outdoor terrace below thanks to the wonderfully sunny weather that made it feel more like spring than winter. The first serving Luz brought was a delectable tortilla de patata con cebolla, an omelet-style dish made of egg, onion, and potato, also referred to as tortilla Española. This is one of my favorite Spanish dishes from when I was growing up that my mother still makes. The one Luz made was right up there with my mom’s tortilla, with the perfect texture and consistency that is buttery and not overcooked, but also not too soft. I was in heaven!

Next came the main course of albondigas (meatballs) in a tomato and leek sauce, another very traditional dish in many Spanish homes and restaurants. The tender meat was cooked to perfection and the sauce was so flavorful. While it was delicious on its own, it also went wonderfully with the side of white rice that Luz prepared. Just before we thought our delicious contented tummies could not ingest anymore, we savored the tastefully comforting dessert of arroz con leche (rice pudding), sprinkled with fresh cinnamon and a touch of orange and lemon zest.

After finishing our meal, we sat back in contentment, learning from Luz about her passion for cooking for herself and others. The entire experience was delicious and wonderfully personable and authentic. We felt so welcomed and inspired by our wonderful hostess, Luz, and the authentic food she made for us. 

How to Use Sazón The Folk Cook to Eat in Spain Like a Local

Thanks to Sazón The Folk Cook, it is so easy to eat in Spain like a local. Just visit their website and search for an authentic Spanish dining experience in the area you’re going to be in. If you have certain dietary requirements or preferences, you can easily contact the support team at Sazón via email or WhatsApp and they can ask the host if customizations can be made to meet your needs.

Once you’ve booked your experience, you’ll get confirmation, the location, and a follow up reminder closer to the date of your experience.

To book the same local Spanish dining experience we had with Luz in Altea, click here.

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Why Use Sazón The Folk Cook to Eat in Spain Like a Local

It’s one thing to visit Spain and dine at great restaurants, tastefully explore via food tours, and even shop at local mercados to cook in your vacation rental. But you go to another level when you’re welcomed into the home of a local to sit at their table like family, eat their homemade dishes passed down over the generations, and experience Spanish food as though you were at your mother’s home.

We give our deepest thanks to Luz for the beautiful and delicious experience she gave us in her warm and welcoming home, and to the team at Sazón The Folk Cook for collaborating with us to enjoy this experience and share about it with others. It will continue to be one of our most memorable, local dining experiences we have enjoyed in Spain.

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Written by Amalia Maloney Del Riego

Written by Amalia Maloney Del Riego

Fora Advanced Travel Advisor & Content Creator

I love living in Denia, Spain and traveling worldwide. My idea of a great time is ‘eating and drinking’ my way around a new place and meeting the people. As a Fora Advanced Travel Advisor, I specialize in custom travel planning for trips throughout Europe, as well as scouting trips for moving to Spain. Here on you can enjoy our Europe travel resources to experience Europe and live in Spain.


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