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Cider Houses Near San Seb in December?

I believe that the Santo Tomas will be coming up in a couple of days on the 21st. There is definitely going to be stalls pouring cider which you can drink along with chistorras wrapped with a tortilla like crepe. I was there last year.

Advice: Go to the festival early when the crowd is still relatively thin. Towards the afternoon and the night the party has gotten too rowdy for my taste. Make plans outside the old town for the evening.

Dec 16, 2013
deadstroke86 in Spain/Portugal

Bibich Winery in Croatia - Anyone been there recently?

Here's a report from my visit in late July 2013:

We arranged for the wine tasting for lunch through email with the winery. They are a little slow at replying sometimes so you have to be patient. The typical tasting menu runs for 350 kuna per person and comes with 7 or so wines and almost 10 small tapas-like bites. From what I understand, there are other programs for large groups or private parties.

In isolation, the food itself is fine, but not something I would go out of my way for. However, with the intelligent wine pairings, it makes for a very fun experience. I would return if in the area.

I didn't drive since I wanted to drink. Unfortunately, that meant that the only taxi company in Skradin could charge me 200 kunas per way for the less than 10 minute drive to the winery..

Sep 18, 2013
deadstroke86 in Europe

Granada restaurants

If you are game to go somewhere further out of town you can take the bus or taxi to Bar FM near the bus station - incredible seafood. Try the fried salmonetes (red mullet?) and grilled chopitos. Everything else is universally good as too - I wish I tried more! Don't expect it to be cheap though - fresh seafood costs money, even if the location is way out of town.

Sep 16, 2013
deadstroke86 in Spain/Portugal

Interesting Find - TV Series of rustic restaurants in Spain

Hi all, I am not sure if this is the correct board to post this but since I lurk around here all the time, I am sure any one planning a trip to Spain is going to like this:

http://www.mitele.es/viajes/cocineros...

Sep 13, 2013
deadstroke86 in Spain/Portugal
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Asado Etxebarri [Axpe]

Hmm, I agree that when eating in Spain one occasionally encounters heavy-handedness with the salt though I never really had the problem at Etxebarri. From my last meal, I thought that the truffled egg and the angulas could use a little less salt but it was never to the point of overwhelming.

Was Victor in the kitchen during your visit?

Sep 13, 2013
deadstroke86 in Spain/Portugal

Bibich Winery in Croatia - Anyone been there recently?

Hi all, I am sure any of you who has watched last year's No Reservations on Croatia will remember Anthony Bourdain's tasting meal at Bibich winery in Skradin. Well, has any of the hounders here visited the winery yet? What did you think of if?

I sent them an email inquiry and their prices are quite high indeed! The simplest tasting with some small plates is near to 50 Euros and the fanciest tasting menu goes up to 200+ Euros! Is it really worth the money?

Most of my searches about Bibich winery turns up 2 kinds of information: 1) Organized visits by the Croatian tourism boards or 2) Visits that are part of a package holiday. There are hardly any independent reviews. Yet, the my eyes are telling me I must have a bite of that Skradin Risotto!

Jun 24, 2013
deadstroke86 in Europe

Eating At Aimo e Nadia just before their Summer Closing

Well I've made my reservations on the Wednesday (it closes after Friday) so I hope it all goes well.

I believe there's an element of truth about the risk of visiting a restaurant right after reopening. I ate at Chez l'Ami Jean in Paris in the beginning of the year just 2 days after their reopening and the food felt sort of uninspired.

Jun 06, 2013
deadstroke86 in Italy

Eating At Aimo e Nadia just before their Summer Closing

Dear Hounds,

I am spending a couple of days in Milan at the beginning of August. I emailed Aimo e Nadia and it turns out that August vacations start on the 3rd August. My best slot for a meal there turns out to be dinner on 2nd August. Would it be a good idea to eat at a restaurant that is going to be closed for vacations the next day? At a lesser establishment it wouldn't be surprising that the kitchen will be stock-clearing mode but how about at Aimo e Nadia? Will it be better to eat there a day or 2 earlier?

Jun 04, 2013
deadstroke86 in Italy

Only one dinner in San Sebastian in October. Please help

I believe Ibai is only open for lunch!

May 22, 2013
deadstroke86 in Spain/Portugal

Quick notes: Madrid, Tudela del Duero, Toro, San Sebastian, Getaria, Hondarribia

I am so jealous that you managed to make to to Sacha - they weren't open when I was in Madrid during Christmas!

May 15, 2013
deadstroke86 in Spain/Portugal

Chez L'Ami Jean Foie Gras

Well I'm not sure of the first question but I can report that it cost about 80 euros (for 2 persons) as of December '12. Knowing l'Ami Jean it will probably feed 4.

Mar 26, 2013
deadstroke86 in France

Where to buy really good beef in Spain?

Oops there. I forgot my promised report.

I bought my steak from http://www.jimenezbarbero.com/carne-d... at the Mercado San Anton (fantastic market). I requested a very large 1.5kg chuleton (about 60 euros) which the butcher cut from a massive rack of ribs. I also requested it to be vacuum bagged to be brought home. From what I understood the meat was dry aged for 40 days.

Fast forward a couple of weeks and I am home and ready to consume the steak. First impressions: the dry aging rendered the raw steak incredibly aromatic, nutty and almost sweet smelling. I seasoned the meat with fleur de sel and grilled it medium-ish rare (57degrees C) over wood embers. The smoke and dry aging flavors complemented each other very well. Of course, it wasn't as tender as a Wagyu steak but the chewiness was quite pleasant. Cooking note: I think the steak would have turned out better if I placed it further away from the heat and allowed it to come up to temperature slowly. It also needs a long resting period to cool and obtain maximum tenderness. The leftovers, which I sliced cold over a simple salad, are even better than the hot steak.

Mar 17, 2013
deadstroke86 in Spain/Portugal

Seafood in Santiago de Compostela

Actually April, not this year but the next! I know its early but I take holiday planning as my leisure outside work. Ha.

Anyone hear of the restaurant Porta Faxeira? Any good?

Feb 28, 2013
deadstroke86 in Spain/Portugal

Seafood in Santiago de Compostela

Hi all, I would just like your suggestions on where to have very good and reasonably priced seafood in SdC. I want to try in particular: oysters, camarones, percebes, zamburinas and slipper lobsters (depending on seasonal availability of course).

For a major Galician city, it seems quite hard to find, on the internet, a seafood place that is universally liked in SdC. I've heard La Tacita D`Juan thrown around here, any other suggestions? If possible, I prefer somewhere where I can eat from a tapas bar.

Feb 26, 2013
deadstroke86 in Spain/Portugal

Eight Days in Liguria, part 1

Oh dear, I meant the east! I got my directions mixed up. I've already read that review - looks delicious indeed!

Feb 21, 2013
deadstroke86 in Italy

Eight Days in Liguria, part 1

Allende, what season would that be? I will be in the area probably in July. In Spain, I believe the Gambas Rojas are available all year round and not particularly too hard to find. That is the exact same species as the Italian equivalent, no? How do you search for your blog? I frequently road around the Spain and France boards but this is my first foray to the Italian side of Chowhound.

Feb 21, 2013
deadstroke86 in Italy

Eight Days in Liguria, part 1

Allende, what seiason would that be? I will be in the area probably in July. In Spain, I believe the Gambas Rojas are available all year round and not particularly too hard to find. That is the exact same species as the Italian equivalent, no? How do I search for your blog? I frequently roam around the Spain and France boards but this is my first foray to the Italian side of Chowhound.

Also, do you have any recommendations to the west of Genoa?

Feb 21, 2013
deadstroke86 in Italy

Eight Days in Liguria, part 1

Hi jen, wonderful report you've got there. Just wondering - what particular reasons prevented you from trying the gambero rossos of the area? I am in the midst of researching a possible trip to that area in search of seafood just like that!

Feb 20, 2013
deadstroke86 in Italy

Changes at Chez l'Ami Jean

Well, I am still looking forward to a return in, July. I will probably ALC this time and the Foie Gras for 2 persons calls for me - the only problem is that I lack a dining companion who appreciates foie. Perhaps then I will be calling out for company here on CH.

Jan 26, 2013
deadstroke86 in France

One Week in and Around San Sebastian: Narrowing Down the Choices

Hot pintxos have to be ordered off a written menu - typically a chalkboard. Bring along a dictionary and learn some Spanish pronunciations and you will be fine! I picked up some basic vocabulary on the BBC website. That said - most bars in SS are accustomed to tourist so they will have at least one person who speaks a little English. Another strategy for getting fresh pintxos is to go as early as the bar opens - in some cases for breakfast.

I'm not sure if a tour would enchance your experience - it all depends on the guide, no? In any case, unless I chance upon a tour that will grant me entry to a meal at a txoko I will do my bar hopping unassisted.

Sorry didn't get to stop in the Rioja - I planned to stop over in Aranda de Duero to have lamb at Meson El Pastor but the lack of automated lockers at the bus station made my plans unfeasible.

Jan 26, 2013
deadstroke86 in Spain/Portugal

Changes at Chez l'Ami Jean

I visited CLAJ in early January for dinner and had the tasting menu and it pains me to say that I was not impressed . It wasn't that any of the individual dishes were problematic - but composed together they did not serve to excite me at all. I had

- lightly creamy soup of (endive?)
- mackerel and bone marrow in broth
- boeuf aux carrottes
- roasted bar in red wine sauce
- roasted capon

No shellfish, not much vegetables - yawn.

The repetitive use of the same tasting chicken stock in the soup, the mackerel dish and an intermission of "infusion" was annoying. The capon dish is nothing more than a tasty but though roast chicken.

I know CLAJ can do better than that - just look at their Facebook page and the amazing combinations they post once in a while. Perhaps I would have fared better to stick with the ALC menu.

I would return again to give a second chance - but I am not sure to go for lunch or dinner.

Jan 26, 2013
deadstroke86 in France

One Week in and Around San Sebastian: Narrowing Down the Choices

I just spent 4 days in the San Sebastian area last month. It's my second visit and I was trying my best to hit everything I missed in my previous time but alas, 4 days is still not quite enough... Here's my take.

1. You must go to Etxebarri - especially since you have a car. I didn't, and took a bus there, but it was rather straightforward. The cooking may seem simplistic but its is a perfected cuisine. The butter, anchovy, chorizo, palamos prawns, sea cucumber, baby eels and sea bream are all unbeatable.

3. I didn't go Getaria but Hondarribia is not far at all by bus so I imagine it should be a pretty short drive even at night. It's a very small and quiet but pretty town. Gran Sol was pretty good but I wouldn't return - the pintxos weren't quite as refined as it looks like on their webpage. Instead, drive to Saint Jean de Luz on a Tuesday or Friday when there's the outdoor market (I went on a Sunday). You must try the macaroons from Maison Adam and then buy and ship me a few dozen. :)

4. Yes most are open for both lunch and dinner. La Cuchara de San Telmo is still a favourite - their perfectly unctous foie and tender pulpo are to die for. Bar Nestor doesn't offer much but what they do offer is universally excellent - their tortilla has to be reserved in advance (about half an hour will do) before it emerges from the kitchen at 1300 and 2000.They also do amazing looking steaks (didn't try) and a refreshing tomato salad. At other bars, think twice before you load up your plate with pintxos from the bar - make sure its an item that will taste great even when cooled, else, hot pintxos from the kitchen are generally of a higher quality.

Jan 26, 2013
deadstroke86 in Spain/Portugal

Where to buy really good beef in Spain?

Thanks! I will check that out too. I'm looking to report it back to you guys when I am back!

Nov 28, 2012
deadstroke86 in Spain/Portugal

Where to buy really good beef in Spain?

Both links are great! Thanks guys!

I also found http://www.jimenezbarbero.com/carne-d... which looks very promising as well. I might also check out Hamburguesa Nostra which I think is under the same umbrella as Raza Nostra (butterfly do you have any idea?).

Both Jimenez Barbero and Hamburguesa Nostra can be found in the Mercado San Anton. I will ask Hamburguesa Nostra if I could collect steaks ordered from Raza Nostra at this convenient location.

Nov 23, 2012
deadstroke86 in Spain/Portugal

Where to buy really good beef in Spain?

Hi all,

I am going to be in Spain in a couple of weeks and when I return I wish to be carrying with me a few caveman-sized Chuletas to grill at home. By the way, its not prohibited to bring raw meat into my country.

As far as possible, I am looking to get local Spanish beef from a mature animal and dry aged for a long time. Essentially I want the experience mentioned in this article: http://www.time.com/time/magazine/art...

My last few stops will be in San Sebastian, Madrid and Barcelona so if anyone could point me to a good butcher at any of these cities (preferably Barcelona) I will be very grateful! So far, I've identified Valles de Esla as a reputable brand but I won't mind buying from more sources.

Roy

Nov 22, 2012
deadstroke86 in Spain/Portugal

Just Back...Trip Report

Joe: Thank you for your very informative reviews - especially about the tasting menu at CLAJ..

Oct 21, 2012
deadstroke86 in France

September Trip Report

Quick question on the CLAJ tasting menu: were the courses printed/written down on a menu or was it 8 courses of surprises?

Sep 19, 2012
deadstroke86 in France

Changes at Chez l'Ami Jean

Beautiful pictures! I'm so looking forward to a return. Surprised that they are still keeping the carte blanche. I assumed that would have been replaced.

Sep 08, 2012
deadstroke86 in France

Changes at Chez l'Ami Jean

Thanks for the heads up!

Sep 07, 2012
deadstroke86 in France

Changes at Chez l'Ami Jean

Hi fellow Singaporean. Good to find another admirer of Jego's genius! If you are dropping by again, could you find out if the 10 course degustation is dinner only or can I get it for lunch. Must the whole table be on the same menu? We are all hungry for information on CLAJ's new format!

Sep 07, 2012
deadstroke86 in France