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Re: Not really where, but what? 2017/03/26 07:25:01 (permalink)
For those admiring the soup, it is really easy and fast to prepare. The only hangup may be finding Szechuan Peppercorns (we made a trip to Penzey's). The recipe is here.
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Re: Not really where, but what? 2017/05/01 16:15:50 (permalink)
Looking for a hotdog cart. No luck.

Where are we? Buddy & CTD cannot answer.
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Re: Not really where, but what? 2017/05/01 17:09:10 (permalink)
I'm guessing Rio de Janeiro.  Or maybe Rio, Wisconsin.
 
EDIT: After seeing your post in a different thread...Madrid?  Or maybe Barcelona?
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Re: Not really where, but what? 2017/05/01 17:19:35 (permalink)
Getting warmer, Mr. Baggins.  Sorry, couldn't resist.
 
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Re: Not really where, but what? 2017/05/01 18:22:58 (permalink)
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Getting warmer, Mr. Baggins.  Sorry, couldn't resist.
 
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Middle earth?
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Re: Not really where, but what? 2017/05/01 18:35:29 (permalink)
You properly identified the clue, you just mistook it's intent.  Like they used to say to beginning readers, "Sound it out."
 
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Re: Not really where, but what? 2017/05/01 19:17:41 (permalink)
Ah. Well, it's always nice to basque in the sun if it ever comes out around Bilbao.
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Re: Not really where, but what? 2017/05/01 19:32:08 (permalink)
Clearly it does.
 
I want you on my team next time we play charades.
 
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Re: Not really where, but what? 2017/05/01 20:59:26 (permalink)
Remind me to tell you sometime about a game of charades in which a friend of mine, Rabbi Murray Blackman, had to do the song title Two Whores From Winnipeg.
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Re: Not really where, but what? 2017/05/01 23:53:34 (permalink)
That's okay.  Back before my wife and I were even dating, we wound up on opposing charades teams at a party.  I knew I liked her and hoped she felt the same way.  So, imagine my horror when she had to act out the movie title I put in the hat: Frederick Wiseman's classic documentary, "Titicut Follies".
 
What can I tell you; I was a pretentious film student in my senior year of college.
 
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Re: Not really where, but what? 2017/05/02 02:07:25 (permalink)
You are forgiven for the clue Buddy. The Contingent Art Society is shown in front of the Tulips sculpture at the Guggenheim Bilbao. A mere 4,100 miles from home.
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Re: Not really where, but what? 2017/05/02 02:20:35 (permalink) ☄ Helpfulby joerogo 2017/05/07 07:41:42
We met completely by chance, not knowing the other party was in Europe. 30 seconds either way and we would have missed each other.

After our tour of the museum Bobbi went to the coat check to retrieve her coat. She heard a voice. A voice speaking something like English. The voice sounded like Mark. It came from someone looking like Mark. It wasn't until she saw Nina that it clicked.

I was lagging behind and heard Bobbi's name and loud English being spoken. It was a one in a million meeting.

We visited for 15 minutes before we went to lunch and the CSD's began their tour.
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Re: Not really where, but what? 2017/05/02 12:09:42 (permalink)
What a cool chance encounter!!
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Re: Not really where, but what? 2017/05/17 20:44:39 (permalink)
One more trip completed, so I'll add a little trip reporting.
 
I had another meeting in Spain and next time finally came. My previous international trips were mostly short notice, and each time I told Pie Diva that next time I'd bring her along. With enough time to plan it, this time she traveled with me. I had four days of work in Santander, but we'd spend the prior weekend in Madrid with a visit to Bilbao thrown in.
 
Upon arrival in Madrid we took a taxi to our hotel. Our room wouldn't be ready for about an hour, so we stored our bags and hit the streets. Passing a Santander Bank, I hit the ATM and filled my pocket with Euros. Within a block we came upon the Platina Cafe and decided that was the place to wait. I had Cafe Colacao con Churros, although it was not a Cortado, we were off to a good start in Madrid.

Pie Diva had hot chocolate and churros, and our grand total was less than 5 Euro. Our room was ready when we returned to the hotel.
 
More is on the way.
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Re: Not really where, but what? 2017/05/19 17:38:17 (permalink)
After a couple hour nap to reset our body clocks, we hit the streets of Madrid. This is a photo from our room. The bakery on the left was called BAM.

My friend, Fat Sal, formerly lived in Madrid and gave us some travel tips. That Friday we headed for the Mercado de San Miguel. On the way there we grabbed some mini-empanadas and sweet pastries from a bakery. Great stuff for just pocket change - it's easy to forget that that change includes 2 Euro coins. Sorry, no pics from that stop.
 
This mercado does not compare to Barcelona's, but the rest of the city and it's food scene was simply excellent. Here's a typically bakery window.

After a lot of walking, we found a restaurant near the hotel serving dinner at 8:00 and dined there. It was okay, but didn't shake the earth.
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Re: Not really where, but what? 2017/05/19 21:21:51 (permalink)
Madrid - Day 2


Breakfast. Hotel breakfast. They do one kick-ass continental breakfast over on the continent.
 
Drizzly rain in the morning and we walked a long way again. This time to stand in line at a art museum. We should have bought our tickets online, but enjoyed chatting with a man from Mexico who was in line with us. Almost in the museum, here's the view of the rail station.

We looked at some art then headed towards our prime destination for the day with plans to come back for our appointment to view the Picasso exhibit.

An engineer I work with said Chocolateria San Gines was a must stop on any visit to Madrid, he was correct.

Once inside, you order at the counter, then find a seat and wait for your churros and chocolate. The group at the adjacent table looked like Spanish Roadfooders to me. I call them El Contingente.

The churros and the hot chocolate were from heaven. It was worth all of the walking.

Our cheap lunch from Museo del Jamon after the churros.

We trudged back to the museum and enjoyed some of the art and finally viewed the Picasso's. WTF. We do not get it. We got out of there as soon as possible and walked back to the hotel.
 
It was still early, meaning before the 9PM dinner hour, so I Googled like crazy to find something open at 7:30 or 8:00. Candeli Restaurante opened at 8:00 and after circling the block a couple times we entered promptly at 8:00. We were the first diners there. Our waitress was a young Asian woman who was the only one who spoke English.
 
Gin Tonic for me to start.

Followed by grilled vegetables that we shared.

Pink wines are completely under appreciated, especially those made with Grenache grapes.

Bobbi ordered grilled chicken which was fantastic. It was marinated before grilling.

I had grilled sausage which was plenty good, but those beans were out if this world. Bits of Spanish ham were cooked with the beans.

We really enjoyed Candeli. They offered dry aged steaks, but we went with basic "peasant food" which really made our dinner memorable. Each entree was under 15 Euro. On the way out we bowed to the Japanese looking chef who prepared our meals.
 
Another Gin Tonic when we returned to the hotel. The tonic water was blue coloured.

 
We had a fantastic couple days in Madrid.
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Re: Not really where, but what? 2017/05/20 18:48:29 (permalink)
Glad you said that because your pictures sure don't look blah to me!
 
 
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Re: Not really where, but what? 2017/05/20 19:21:19 (permalink)
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Waiter, I'll have the mouthwash.  With lemon.
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Re: Not really where, but what? 2017/05/20 20:24:57 (permalink)
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Glad you said that because your pictures sure don't look blah to me!
 
 


Thank you Marlene. Now I have reason to finish.
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Re: Not really where, but what? 2017/05/20 21:36:00 (permalink)
Those beans do look awfully good.  Could you identify enough flavors to attempt them at home?
 
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The group at the adjacent table looked like Spanish Roadfooders to me. I call them El Contingente.


The guy 2nd from left does look like he might have "15" in his name...
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Re: Not really where, but what? 2017/05/20 22:20:07 (permalink)
Brad,
 
I had beans a couple more times in Spain, they were each different and all excellent. I don't know what was in these. Every bite seemed like it had a chunk of pancetta in it.
 
I thought Danny was on the right.
 
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Re: Not really where, but what? 2017/05/20 22:23:34 (permalink)
Thank you!
 
#1  Any place called Choclateria would be a stop for me recommended or not!
#2  El Contingente  Hahahahahaaa!
 
What a fabulous trip!  You do Roadfood proud!
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Re: Not really where, but what? 2017/05/20 22:43:15 (permalink)
Days 3 & 4 - Madrid to Bilbao
 
We took a taxi from the hotel to the airport to pick up our rental car. AVIS was running a special, just 10 Euro more per day to upgrade from a VW Golf to an Audi A6. This was the nicest car I have ever driven. Superb on the highways, but it was touch & go on some narrow city streets and underground parking structures. I loved the polite British voice on the SAT-NAV. She even said "please" when requesting that I turn.

 The attraction in Bilbao is the Guggenheim Museum, designed by Frank Gehry.

It is not possible to take a bad picture of this structure.

 We went to see the building, with no expectations for how we would appreciate the art.

 We were wowed by virtually everything on exhibit in the museum. Who knew?

We really enjoyed this huge exhibition - Richard Serra's The Matter of Time. The more we walked through it, the more we liked it. I wasn't supposed to take this photo.

 This is the famous coat check area where we crossed paths with Mark and Nina.

The Monday we were in Bilbao was a national holiday, so finding a restaurant could be problematic. We decided on lunch at the Bistró Guggenheim Bilbao to eliminate this uncertainty. 

 Our meals were superb. Bobbi loved this White tuna tartar with avocado cream for her starter. 

I had Pork cheeks lacquered, with roasted quinoa as my entree. This was the first time I have had pork cheeks, they seemed similar to pork butt in texture and taste.

Bobbi had Hake, root vegetable purée, and acidulated mushroom juice.

My dessert was a regional specialty, Caramelized sheep-milk curd with Reineta apple juice. I enjoyed this very much. It was sort of like Crème brûlée.

 Sadly, my holiday was ending. Back to work on Tuesday.
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Re: Not really where, but what? 2017/05/20 22:52:41 (permalink)
That building looks like the Frank Gehry music hall in Los Angeles.  Whatever or whoever or even whomever it's gorgeous!
 
Melted Manchego?  Does one melt Manchego?
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Re: Not really where, but what? 2017/05/20 22:56:10 (permalink)
Frank Gehry's Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao. Good eye.
 
I'll get to the food tomorrow.
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Re: Not really where, but what? 2017/05/21 16:37:56 (permalink)
Days 5 thru 8 - Santander
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We received a nice surprise when we checked into the Bahia Hotel in Santander. Our room was on the top floor and was huge. Okay, huge for we commoners, but nothing near buffetbuster-hotel-room-size huge. This is a view of Santander from our room.
 
We then took a walk along the harbor up to the beach. Another long walk, this time ending with a view of the North Atlantic Ocean. Pie Diva gave me the one finger salute here for not bringing her on a previous trip to Santander.

Here's a view from my trip to Santander last August, which will explain the finger.

Upon return to our hotel, I saw something on the Prix Fixe menu that I had been wanting to try. I saw Emeril enjoying Fabada Asturiana on his food travel program on Prime. I ordered Fabada Asturiana as my appetizer and really enjoyed the dish - a white bean, chorizo & blood sausage stew. One of my Spanish hosts is from Asturia, and he was very proud that I had heard of this regional dish and wanted to try it. He did scold me for having it with dinner, as it is normally a lunch time food.

 Bobbi had this interesting variation of shrimp cocktail as her starter.

Bobbi had hake for her entree.

The rest of the meal was not as interesting.
 
The next day we stopped into a Lupa supermarket and I snagged some empanadas from the bakery. The one with a "C" is Carne, and the squiggle signifies Chorizo.

 They really like their Gin Tonics in Spain. The local gins are very unique.

 At dinner I had these Iberian Pork Chops that were outstanding.
 
No more pictures from that dinner, but Ronaldo got a hat trick that night.
 
More to come from Santander.
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Re: Not really where, but what? 2017/05/21 21:07:26 (permalink)
I am so enjoying your trip, pictures and choice of meals!
 
Here is the Frank Gehry opera house in Los Angeles.  Now you will understand.
 

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Re: Not really where, but what? 2017/05/21 21:25:36 (permalink)
Marlene,
 
Oh yeah. Gehry certainly has a style of his own.
 
I really enjoyed having Bobbi along on this trip. If I am on my own, I typically fly in and fly out, and really don't do anything. My last time in Santander, those empanadas were my dinner on a couple nights. It was really special to explore these cities with Bobbi.
 
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Re: Not really where, but what? 2017/05/22 09:16:45 (permalink)
Superb photos of food and sights Jim.  Thanks for taking us along.  And it is truly amazing that you would run into Mark there. 
 
Spain would be right at the top of my list of countries to visit. 
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Re: Not really where, but what? 2017/05/22 14:10:35 (permalink)
Having someone with you that enjoys the same things makes it even better!
 
I'm glad we could all share your trip!
 
 
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