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Re: European Vacation

Postby knapplc » Thu Jul 09, 2009 2:18 pm

Some random guy I saw on TV said that Spain is becoming the world mecca for haute cuisine, so if you're a foodie you owe it to yourself to get to Spain at some point in your life.
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Re: European Vacation

Postby The Artful Dodger » Thu Jul 09, 2009 2:31 pm

knapplc wrote:Some random guy I saw on TV said that Spain is becoming the world mecca for haute cuisine, so if you're a foodie you owe it to yourself to get to Spain at some point in your life.


Everyone in Spain strives to be El Bulli. :-b

I love, love, love Spanish cuisine. Catalan, Basque, Valencian, Andalucian, it's all fantastic. The best thing about Spain is the quality of the frequent Mom-and-Pop shop, hole-in-the-wall tapas bars are about the same quality of the Michelin-star restaurants there.

Oh, and one must go to Barcelona for the seafood. For me, it's the best seafood on the planet. When they cook it, they don't really do anything to it, but the product really speaks for itself, it is absolutely superb. Great, now I have an appetite for grilled octopus and blood sausage. :-L

Oh, I forgot. Italy's ham products have got nothing, nothing on Spanish ham. :-L
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Re: European Vacation

Postby knapplc » Thu Jul 09, 2009 2:33 pm

The Artful Dodger wrote:
knapplc wrote:Some random guy I saw on TV said that Spain is becoming the world mecca for haute cuisine, so if you're a foodie you owe it to yourself to get to Spain at some point in your life.


Everyone in Spain strives to be El Bulli. :-b

I love, love, love Spanish cuisine. Catalan, Basque, Valencian, Andalucian, it's all fantastic. The best thing about Spain is the quality of the frequent Mom-and-Pop shop, hole-in-the-wall tapas bars are about the same quality of the Michelin-star restaurants there.

Oh, and one must go to Barcelona for the seafood. For me, it's the best seafood on the planet. When they cook it, they don't really do anything to it, but the product really speaks for itself, it is absolutely superb. Great, now I have an appetite for grilled octopus and blood sausage. :-L

That's what I hear about Spain. I have some friends who've gone over there as well, and they all come back in love with the country and the food. I'll get there someday. Barcelona is a must. ;-D

EDIT - we should do a food exchange. I'll ship you some excellent Nebraska beef and you ship me some tapas.
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Re: European Vacation

Postby AussieDodger » Thu Jul 09, 2009 2:35 pm

I've always wanted to go to Tokyo, I reckon it would be like going to Mars 8-o
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Re: European Vacation

Postby knapplc » Thu Jul 09, 2009 2:37 pm

AussieDodger wrote:I've always wanted to go to Tokyo, I reckon it would be like going to Mars on acid with a thorazine drip 8-o

FTFY

But I would love to go to Tokyo, too.
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Re: European Vacation

Postby AussieDodger » Thu Jul 09, 2009 2:42 pm

knapplc wrote:
AussieDodger wrote:I've always wanted to go to Tokyo, I reckon it would be like going to Mars on acid with a thorazine drip 8-o

FTFY

But I would love to go to Tokyo, too.


Check this out for backward, my g/f WANTS to go to Tijuana, and DOESN'T want to go to Tokyo. Ever.
That's called "coming from the country" ;-7
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Re: European Vacation

Postby The Artful Dodger » Thu Jul 09, 2009 2:44 pm

knapplc wrote:
The Artful Dodger wrote:Everyone in Spain strives to be El Bulli. :-b

I love, love, love Spanish cuisine. Catalan, Basque, Valencian, Andalucian, it's all fantastic. The best thing about Spain is the quality of the frequent Mom-and-Pop shop, hole-in-the-wall tapas bars are about the same quality of the Michelin-star restaurants there.

Oh, and one must go to Barcelona for the seafood. For me, it's the best seafood on the planet. When they cook it, they don't really do anything to it, but the product really speaks for itself, it is absolutely superb. Great, now I have an appetite for grilled octopus and blood sausage. :-L

That's what I hear about Spain. I have some friends who've gone over there as well, and they all come back in love with the country and the food. I'll get there someday. Barcelona is a must. ;-D

EDIT - we should do a food exchange. I'll ship you some excellent Nebraska beef and you ship me some tapas.


My Dad is an excellent cook. I go there almost every weekend for some fantastic grilled seafood, paella, and all sorts of things. That's the best part about being raised in a biracial household, especially when both parents can cook very well. I also love my Mom's honest-to-goodness Japanese delicacies.

Here's a fairly good online mart for Spanish ham (unfortunately, it's still not legal to import them from Spain):

http://www.tienda.com/jamon/

Like I normally say to first-time visitors trekking on to Barcelona, if you love contrasts, you'll love Barcelona. ;-D
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Re: European Vacation

Postby Dan Lambskin » Thu Jul 09, 2009 2:45 pm

AussieDodger wrote:I've always wanted to go to Tokyo, I reckon it would be like going to Mars 8-o


been there...it was awesome. stayed in Roppongi which is kind of like their red-light district and also went to Shinjuku which is like their Times Square. also went to the Maji Shrine which was pretty cool. i was only there a couple of nights though, and i would defintaley like to go back
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Re: European Vacation

Postby The Artful Dodger » Thu Jul 09, 2009 2:49 pm

AussieDodger wrote:
knapplc wrote:
AussieDodger wrote:I've always wanted to go to Tokyo, I reckon it would be like going to Mars on acid with a thorazine drip 8-o

FTFY

But I would love to go to Tokyo, too.


Check this out for backward, my g/f WANTS to go to Tijuana, and DOESN'T want to go to Tokyo. Ever.
That's called "coming from the country" ;-7


I have to go to Tokyo someday soon for many reasons. Whenever I watch the Japanese episodes of Iron Chef on Youtube, I keep thinking about the contestants' restaurants and think how divine their food must be. Like any big city, you can find any cuisine there, but from what I know, they have the highest-quality Chinese and French food in Japan.
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Re: European Vacation

Postby kimchi_chigae » Thu Jul 09, 2009 3:14 pm

Dan Lambskin wrote:
AussieDodger wrote:I've always wanted to go to Tokyo, I reckon it would be like going to Mars 8-o


been there...it was awesome. stayed in Roppongi which is kind of like their red-light district and also went to Shinjuku which is like their Times Square. also went to the Maji Shrine which was pretty cool. i was only there a couple of nights though, and i would defintaley like to go back


If you stayed in Roppongi, you must certainly have gone to Osaka Jail. :-L
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