We had the best paella at El Patio Bodega in Malaga, and just by pure luck. We came from the nearby Bodega Bar El Pimpi (post coming soon), the first place we tried upon arrival in Malaga. But their hot food wasn’t going to be served until later that evening, and we were told that there would be no paella. We had some anchovies and sangria and looked for a place for dinner. We had to have paella. That’s the reason we were in Spain!
Oh my. Seafood paella.
I’ve got some nerve declaring their paella the best, when we had many others we were very happy about. I especially enjoyed El Patio’s paella because it was the only one that was served to us in a perfect al dente, a point that from experience is not only hard to achieve but also disappears within a few more minutes exposure to heat. Other than its consistency, the rice was still very moist with broth that settled in the bottom of the pan, and one whose flavor was infused with saffron and flavors of the ocean. Flavors of shellfish and mollusk dominated the dish, leaving no doubt as to the base of the sauce. Our server told us that their paella recently won 2nd prize in a contest, beaten only by a chef from Malaga who worked in Las Vegas(?) Continue reading
Tapas in Brooklyn? I’m in! A feature in the New York Times? Score! We made our way to La Vara (no website yet? Yelp page here) four months after the restaurant opened. We were very, very excited. We had been planning this date for months!
La Vara Exterior
Did I tell you I like tapas? No? I might have mentioned it here, here, and here. Tapas makes me happy, so understandably I was all over it when I learned that we could walk to this new place in the neighborhood. Continue reading
I don’t think we have any friends who don’t like to eat. What would we do with them? Our social life revolves around meals and drinks, and if you don’t appreciate either, I’m not sure conversation would be enough 🙂 Haha!
Of course we let our dear friends drag us to their favorite Japanese restaurant. Nihonbashi Tei in Pasay Road is famous for its relatively inexpensive Japanese fare, so accessible that our friends go through week-long binges at this place.
Gallbladder Diet Friendly: No meat, no oil, no dairy, no eggs, no nuts. Rich in tomatoes, fish, garlic.
Recent dietary changes eliminating most fat from oil and meat have forced us to redefine our cooking. I wanted to see how the absence of the traditional browning of the garlic in olive oil would change the flavor of this sauce. Apparently that didn’t do much damage as the sauce turned out flavorful even without the fish which was added in the last few minutes.
Tuna and salmon cubes in tomato, capers, mushrooms, olives and fresh oregano over pasta.
The sauce is light and briny due to the capers and olives. The mushrooms add a nice touch to the texture and consistency, while the fish serves only as a bonus to munch on atop the dish.
Enjoy this recipe below. Continue reading
We are lovers of the grill, and so we found this restaurant that specialized in smoke and flame. We came to celebrate a birthday, and toasted in the soft color of the skylight seated at the center table of the second floor. Some dishes worth mentioning below:
Duck and peach crostini.
Grilled Squid and Arugula Salad with Espelette Pepper and Basil Oil