cholesterol overdose

Villa Mas Gironagrilled calamarithe raw stuffCeller Escoda-Sanahuja Conca de Barberà Els Bassots 2007pan con tomatesolivestrilogy of gambasCeller Escoda-Sanahuja Conca de Barberà Les Paradetes 2010wild strawberriesspanish rice with prawns
but the gambas were heavenly. I personally prefer the raw and slightly cooked version of the trilogy but they were all done very well. The calamari was a little chewy but the baked rice (cooked with prawn bisque I think), the olives, pan con tomate and wild strawberries more than made up for it. I am glad I had the opportunity to try two natural wines from Spain which had very little sulphur. The white Els Bassots was delicious and I could have mistaken it for a french Chenin blanc had I not known what it was; the grenache blend of Les Paradetes, unfortunately, was not as good and I found it a little green with strong notes of pickled jalapeno chillies. Anyway, I am happy I didn’t succumb to ordering wines from the Bourgogne section, maybe next round with a bigger crowd? I am pretty sure they won’t let me order anything from a lesser pedigree. I love this restaurant too, and I love their professional and humble wait staff who do their jobs with pride.

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pre-dinner snacks

UntitledUntitledUntitledUntitledI am no chef but I always find it inspiring to look at what bars and restaurants are doing to attract their crowd. How could I resist not visiting one of the local tapas bars in Getaria before dinner? After a few tapas too many, 2 glasses of cheap house red and a full glass of beer, I was ready to have some dinner. The tortilla de bacalhau was a let down but the croquetas de jamon (not shown here) was good. I am already thinking about re-creating the blood sausage tapas that I saw on my way out.

simple lunch at Txoko, Getaria

olives for starterssalad with asparagus, olives, eggs and tomatoesspanish baked rice with lobster, prawns, and clamsI loved the complimentary olives and the salad. The baked rice wasn’t bad (at least the seafood was not cooked to death), just a tad too salty to my liking. Also tried a bottle of the local txakolina poured the “teh tarik” way at the table – frizzy, easy drinking, simple, straight forward but nothing too exciting.