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Indulgent patatas bravas steps away from La Sagrada Família

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On a recent trip to a local mall in Bacolod City, ordered, what the restaurant purported to be, patatas bravas. When the dish arrived, it was, essentially, potatoes served in a tiny cast-iron skillet topped with spaghetti sauce and cheese. While it was tasty, it shouldn’t be called “patatas bravas.”

During last year’s Mediterranean cruise and subsequent stay in Barcelona, not sure why but, at nearly every meal, an order of patatas bravas was included; although, it did offer sampling of the different ways the iconic tapas dish is prepared (none of which includes spaghetti sauce and cheese).

One such occasion followed a long walk through the city, starting at Park Güell, which began the morning with a relaxing walk and a chocolate croissant, meandered downtown towards La Sagrada Família (it was a very Antoni Gaudí-themed day). Getting closer and closer to the destination, the spires of the iconic cathedral became markers, indicating we were heading in the right direction.

Arriving near the structure, there was still a while before our assigned entry time and stopped for some snacks. A tall glass of Estrella Damm, a delicious plate of pa amb tomàquet, and patatas bravas provided some delicious sustenance after the long walk.

The place, TapasYcia, which, according to recent internet posts, has reportedly closed up shop, offered a generous portion of patatas bravas, with the salsa brava and garlic aioli poured separately across the long plate of hot potatoes. While the taste of authentic patatas bravas will always be a pleasant one to think back to, the sheer sight of the TapasYcia version is definitely a unique memory; and if they, in fact, have closed for good, glad to have captured the beauty on camera.

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Foie Gras and Membrillo Pintxos

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Haven’t had many opportunities to savor and enjoy the beauty that is foie gras, along with that, also have a great love for tapas and pintxos – what a joy to find out that Huertas, in New York City, combined the two fabulous dishes with their foie gras and membrillo pintxos.

Huertas NYC offers a wide variety of Basque treats, everything from the jamon to the pulpo was amazing – an overall fantastic spot for tapas. Seeing the words foie gras always grabs the attention and once spotted, had to give it a try. The richness of the foie gras, the sweetness from the membrillo, on top of a fantastic crostini – it was an amazing experience.

…later on during the dinner, ordered two more.

Foie Gras Membrillo

Written by Paulo Loreto

November 25, 2015 at 9:18 AM