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Weekend In Barcelona - What Not To Miss

Casual dinner- La Rita, Trobador, Escriba....Tapas 24?

Dec 03, 2014
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Other than the burger (and beer) what else do you like at Father's Office?

Was just there last week. Other items we tried were just okay: smoked fish, lamb, brussel sprouts, a special with corn grits. The patatas bravas were downright awful as with the sticky toffee pudding. I usually just go for the burger and fries but we went this time with friends that wanted to try other stuff. Plus I thought a $17 goblet glass of an IPA beer was just too much (friend got it). I go for wine.

Nov 22, 2014
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Best region to move to in Spain/Portugal

By the way, they did this recently too in Cordoba. They have converted the old train station "Victoria" into an upscale food court/market.

Nov 15, 2014
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Barcelona-best area to stay in for restaurants

Personally, Eixample area and yes, stay away from the Ramblas and Barri Gotic.

Nov 13, 2014
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Seville recommendation needed

Went recently with a couple of teens and foodies. Took them to La Azotea as it's close to the sights and moderately priced. The foodies enjoyed it and so did the teens.

Nov 13, 2014
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Best region to move to in Spain/Portugal

Malaga lately has had a resurgence. It's been improved (food and sights) but of course with that comes the price uptick. Been going to Malaga for the past 20 years and it definitely has evolved but it is still a fun place to be. Bar El Pimpi has expanded so much, I was shocked at it's current size (think x5 plus an upper floor serving seafood).
Used to go to the Ataranzas market by ourselves and have the local vendors 'fix' us our lunch..eg. buy the bread at one stall, the jamon at another, evoo, cheese, fruit. Our local cousins would frown and wonder why we hang out at the market to eat. We just tell them that this is what we do in Barcelona and Madrid. Now, there are actually food stalls in the market too serving tapas and platters of freshly caught seafood....just like in Barcelona.

Nov 13, 2014
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Lunch in Tarragona

http://www.viamichelin.com/web/Restau...

Make sure you make reservations as they can turn you away once the restaurant is full or "complete"....unless it's a neighborhood tapas bar. Also, Tarragona is known for 'romesco' sauce. They put it on everything. I like any place there serving seafood topped or drowning in romesco. It's just different from the romesco sauces that are imitated here in the US. I still have to find one that compares with the romesco there.

Nov 13, 2014
trvlcrzy in Spain/Portugal

Grom Goes Hollywood

Yipee!!!

Best region to move to in Spain/Portugal

When were you last in Spain? Haven't been to an "unpalatable" place there. Spain has a varied cuisine and many world renowned chefs and restaurants.

Oct 23, 2014
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DC Chowhound in Redondo Beach

Or you can try Captain Kidds located between the Redondo Beach Pier and Ruby's. Same owners as Quality Seafood.

Oct 16, 2014
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churros

So far, Churreria Ramon is pretty good. Everyone in the family was shocked.There are copycats but Ramon is nowhere near the Puerto Banus tourist trap places type. Don't know what happened to San Gines, but it went commercial and touristy....been going there for years too. And yes, the guy running Churros Calientes is Vevezuelan...closest to San Gines type though in LA.

Oct 12, 2014
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churros

Churros Calientes is the closest to authentic Spanish churros here in LA....or you can buy the frozen ones at La Espanola in Lomita and fry them yourself at home. FYI, they use sunflower oil in Spain to fry these babies.

Oct 12, 2014
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churros

Churreria Ramon in the Patio de Los Naranjos in the casco antiguo or old town area of Marbella, Spain. It is pricey being in Marbella at about 12 Euros an entire spiral but so worth the calories! It was rated by a food writer of El Pais newspaper and even he couldn't believe it that one of the best Churros in Spain would be found in touristy Marbella. While there, you can also try to nab a meal at Skina (1 star Muchelin) .

Oct 12, 2014
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churros

Marbella Old Town, Spain. We did an entire trip just checking out different churro establishments from Madrid to Andalucia area. This one won hands down! The churros were so light, crispy and airy that we inhaled 2 of these entire rounds. Churreria Ramon.
Others we tried:
Chocolateria San Gines- Madrid
Casa Aranda- Malaga
Churreria Ma Carmen- San Pedro de Alcantara, Costa del Sol area.

Oct 12, 2014
trvlcrzy in Los Angeles Area

churros

could it be like this? nowhere in LA...

Oct 12, 2014
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churros

Depends what type: Mexican or Spanish?

Oct 11, 2014
trvlcrzy in Los Angeles Area

Where to find frozen mini tart/pie crusts?

yes Surfas has them.

Oct 06, 2014
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MALAGA...Malaga city and province of Malaga (environs of Gaucin)

My cousin says Bodegas Quitapenas and Tapeo de Cervantes is owned by the same group. I was also shocked at how El Pimpi has expanded (also runs Bodegas Campos in Cordoba). Lastly, we have been going to Ataranzas for our meals the past 15 years and our local cousins always wondered why we would grab a bite there (now they go there too!).

Sep 29, 2014
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Fuengirola Malaga

I second the Ataranzas market in Malaga. Bodegas Quitapenas in Malaga too for tortilla de camarones (light and crispy). In San Pedro de Alcantara we found a place that serves homestyle meals at reasonable prices- Casa Fernando. Very traditional Spanish meals there. For roast suckling pig or lamb, try El Rodeito also in San Pedro...as close as you get IMHO to their Segovia counterparts. Another place just above the autopista by Fuenjirola is El Higueron. You can see it from the highway...more of a business casual place but good food.
The list goes on.... As previously stated, such a wide swath of the Costa...yes. skin a is good too but more elegant cuisine.

Sep 27, 2014
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Unique vietnamese in Orange County that I cannot get in bay area?

Brodard's! Nothing like it in the US. I have family that visit California and will drive to Brodard's from wherever they are staying (drive from San Francisco, San Diego, Thousand Oaks....) and take some to go.

Sep 27, 2014
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Where can I purchase chicken tails in Los Angeles Area?

Maybe at Asian groceries like 99 Ranch Market or Seafood City.

Sep 25, 2014
trvlcrzy in Los Angeles Area

3% healthcare charge: coming to more receipts near you

Some SF restaurants pocketed the money allotted for healthcare?

Sep 23, 2014
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A top tent list of sorts of beef dishes for an ultimate bang bang bang, etc etc etc etc session, if you will.

Just had Big Mista's last week...gotta go tomorrow again for those tender brisket with the burnt edges!

Where to grab breakfast in Barcelona/Madrid/Sevilla/Granada?

Remember it to be better during the 'club' hours next door. Anyway, recently found the best churros in Marbella. Some food writer from El Pais mentioned the place and I couldn't believe it until we tried it. He was right.

Sep 23, 2014
trvlcrzy in Spain/Portugal

Where to grab breakfast in Barcelona/Madrid/Sevilla/Granada?

I have been many times before (as in over the years from the 90s) to San Gines and these past few visits it was really sloppy. We did request a fresh batch and advised them to remember that every customer should be treated like a new customer. My in laws lived in Madrid from the Franco years and beyond...

Sep 23, 2014
trvlcrzy in Spain/Portugal

Trader Joe's YAY/MEY/NAY - September 2014 [OLD]

Same experience. I actually like more the TJ Unexpected cheddar. Has better flavor depth.

Sep 21, 2014
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DTLA - near Staples

here! here!

Sep 20, 2014
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3% healthcare charge: coming to more receipts near you

Not sure where you got those figures. Single plans at $15K?

Sep 20, 2014
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3% healthcare charge: coming to more receipts near you

3% healthcare charge: coming to more receipts near you

We'll never know, right?

Sep 18, 2014
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