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post #91 of 108
double post!
post #92 of 108
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Yeah, staying in the Barri Gotic area...gotta find the beach to hang out here.....

might do that bus tour just to get oriented to the city and hear the audio tour. already checked out the Bernabeu stadium in madrid, it was a great tour.
post #93 of 108
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uhhh...last night here. Did La Tomatina today. Love Spain. Its awesome. I'll get more deets when I'm back in LA.

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post #94 of 108
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In Madrid, there was more of a focus on jamon than in Barcelona and Valencia.

a mixed cheese and assorted cold cuts tray. about 20 bucks at the Jamon Museum. also got a plate of jamon iberico

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sorry, only had an iphone with me that time.
post #95 of 108
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chocolates and churros. Its a latenight staple, but we opted more for the 2 euro 24 hour pizza slices...we went here in the middle of the day, nice and air conditioned inside. Chocolateria San Gines, which is one of the more famous spots right by the Plaza Mayor. It was really awesome, the chocolate was so thick and the churros absorbed everything nicely.

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a bit touristy but nice nonetheless.

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post #96 of 108
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In Barcelona we stopped off at this neighborhood bar where they had a lot of deep fried stuff. I liked it...nice frying!

this wasn't fried, just marinated octopus, kind of like a cerviche with a lemon based marinade.

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Calimari
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some deep fried shrimp
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grilled shrimp. sucked the brains out, good stuff!
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post #97 of 108
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This is all in La Boqueria. It was a lot smaller and touristy than I imagined, not a real central market but catering mainly to tourists.
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We did have a kitchen in our apartment so I did buy some items here. Chorizo, Jamon iberico belotta, assorted cut fruits, several fruit juices and even eggs, which were really good.


I saw this bar on several shows like Rick Steves, but it was closed all month.
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post #98 of 108
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Tapatac 24. The guy Carlos Abelleron is an alumni of El Bulli....this is his casual tapas bar....he has a more formal, multi-course type restaurant but didn't check out.

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Gazpacho with a Basil pesto Oil
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post #99 of 108
those croquetas got me all hard.
post #100 of 108
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I loved croquettes there. my brother and cousin who i went with didn't like them that much.
post #101 of 108
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another tapas place, 5 minutes from our apartment...this was in the Born area.

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It cost 15-20% MORE to eat outside for some reason. So we ate inside, where there was air conditioning and no bugs.

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The typical bread with tomatos that they just give to you and charge you without asking for!
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Gazpacho...so refreshing.
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fried salted peppers..these were really good. larger salt flakes, really made it stand out

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deep fried mussel...they actually took the mussel then mixed it with other stuff, then deep fried it. It was ok.

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Beef with Foie Gras...i love how much foie we ate here in spain.
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this was a kind of omelette....filled with eggs and potatos. its a traditional dish I believe but this place was more modernish not too much so.

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post #102 of 108
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In Valencia, we did go to La Abufera (where they grow rice for paella) on the Bus Turista (tourist bus).
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However, they were all leaving before eating at the paella restaruants there and we were unsure if we stayed how we were to get back into town...so we headed towards the beach to a "tourist" spot recommended by the hotel, La Pepica.

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The Paella takes 30+ minutes and we were straving so we ordered some garlic chicken to pass the time
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Finally the Paella comes....we went with a seafood paella since we were close...to the sea. The Paella valenciana...we skipped out on in favor of having some large shrimps!
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for those interested in seeing how burnt the rice is on the bottom of the pan:
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there were patches of the burn rice that people seem to like...not so much so.

we liked it so much we returned...to try a different paella...
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again, an appetizer. this time mussels.

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this time...squid ink paella. it was interesting, a bit murky tasting, the lemon helped immensely.
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post #103 of 108
the plural of shrimp is shrimp
post #104 of 108
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I think they were a type of langoustine but i just said shrimp
post #105 of 108
actually you said shrimps
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