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Spain Trip.

Discussion in 'Fine Living, Home, Design & Auto' started by whnay., Feb 21, 2010.

  1. voxsartoria

    voxsartoria Well-Known Member

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    Ah, the American obsession with 'service' [​IMG]

    In Yurp we live & let live.


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    You have now convinced me that you are one of the thankless reviewer minions of the Michelin Guide.


    - B
     
  2. Guero

    Guero Well-Known Member

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    Thread update.

    Going to San Sebastian for 4 days for some sun and food. Mugaritz and Arzak in addition to a pinchos tour is on the schedule. Any other places worth checking out?


    Sounds like you've got the food covered. For art, check out the Chillida sculptures. For a view, climb the hill at the eastern entrance to the bay at sunset. Pretty spectactular to watch the boats coming in.

    Buen provecho!
     
  3. *Tee*

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    I'm a Media Economics student and will spend a semester abroad at one of our partner universities in Barcelona as of April-1th next year, if I perform well and if all goes smoothly. If their wasn't such a mad dash for it and if the waiting list wasn't that long, I already would have gone this year and would probably chillax in "my" beautiful finca in an affluent suburb ( San Cugat del Vallès ) right now, munch some tapas, have a few glasses of the finest Gran Reserva and let things sliiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiide. I miss Spain. I haven't been there since exactly 6 years by now...
     
  4. Luc-Emmanuel

    Luc-Emmanuel Well-Known Member

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    I remember when my parents and I drove to the Costa del Sol back in the late 70s, san sebastian was a brief stop after we crossed the border and I only have memories of a shithole town... It looks like things have changed a lot in 35 years.

    !luc
     
  5. radicaldog

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    [​IMG]

    You have now convinced me that you are one of the thankless reviewer minions of the Michelin Guide.


    - B


    Rather, each reviewer minion is one of us.
     
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    Do you know if La Tomatina, the tomato throwing festival is worth going to?

    http://www.latomatina.org/

    I'm thinking of doing it in 2011 ,but I wanted to do 10 days.....this will eat up 2-3 days in Valencia, not sure if its worth it or should I do Ibiza instead....I'd probably have more fun at the Tomato festival personally.
     
  8. Luc-Emmanuel

    Luc-Emmanuel Well-Known Member

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    So, how did the Spain trip go?
    !luc
     
  9. whnay.

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    It was wonderful. Stayed at the Villa Soro for three nights - probably the best hotel I've ever stayed in - it felt like you were in someone's private home.

    First day - guided pinchos tour of the city - hit up about 10 places, incredible diversity of food.

    Second day - laid out at the beach most of the day, pinchos for lunch. Zuberoa for dinner - second best meal of the trip (second only to Ambroisie). Bottle of Rioja, rabbit ravioli, baby lamb with creamed potatoes, and apple tart with cinnamon ice cream.

    Third day - guided tour along the coast and into France. Lunch at a few random spots in a medieval town. Dinner at Arzak - 10+ courses spanning across all types of food, bottle of Rioja. Good (would likely go back) but not great.
     
  10. Find Finn

    Find Finn Well-Known Member

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    Four of the top ten restaurants in the world are in Spain (3 in Catalunya).

    www.theworlds50best.com/awards/1-50-winners

    No.2 - El Bulli
    No.4 - El Celler de Can Roca
    No.5 - Mugaritz
    No.9 - Arzak



    El Bulli closed down last year
     
  11. Luc-Emmanuel

    Luc-Emmanuel Well-Known Member

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    Thanks whnay. This sounds like a terrific trip! I will have to eat at the ambroisie one day, it's not like it's a far trip to undertake...
    !luc
     
  12. whnay.

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    Thanks whnay. This sounds like a terrific trip! I will have to eat at the ambroisie one day, it's not like it's a far trip to undertake...
    !luc


    It was very good but ungodly expensive.
     
  13. Luc-Emmanuel

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    It was very good but ungodly expensive.
    Yes, it looks like it's a minimum of 300€ per person, which is more expensive than a lot of other three stars in Paris.
    !luc
     
  14. whnay.

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    Yes, it looks like it's a minimum of 300€ per person, which is more expensive than a lot of other three stars in Paris.
    !luc


    My bill for two with wine was close to 1000EUR. I nearly fainted.
     
  15. ErnestoG.

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    I actually found it a hard place to eat. As a solo traveler, in a place where everywhere wanted to feed me tapas, I was like 'OK, so option A...i buy a plate of olives and eat a bunch of olives and am now full on olives alone, or option B, I buy nine different dishes, eat one thing from each plate, am now full, and a hundred euro poorer, and watching the uneaten ninety euro of that be scraped into the trash'.

    Not a cuisine set up for those traveling alone!


    This is really true. I lived in Sevilla for around 9 months. Nothing in spain is set up well for the solo traveller. Sure patatas bravas are good but a big tapa is a little much for one person and you end up feeling like you are going to die from all the mayo.

    There is also very little mid-range food at night if you dont want tapas. The best deals are during the day and offered at lunch.
     

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