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Galicia Profunda (Pontevedra, Ourense, and a little bit of Lugo)

El tiempo vuela…

 

Plaza America (Vigo).

Christmas Eve and Christmas Day were a wonderful time nonetheless and it was great to spend time with the grandparents and hear their stories of when they lived in New York.  Andrea was positively hyper due to gifts from Papa Noel and the sugar rush from all of the turron.  A day later, it was time to bid farewell to everyone (and avoid an Iberia strike) and head back to the US.  Saying goodbye at the airport was extremely difficult (we were all crying), but I try to remember that it is not a true goodbye and I will see my Spanish family again sooner than I expect.

Restaurant Review: Espana (Larchmont)

We’ve grown so accustomed to tapas being an experience where we pay a lot of money for a little bit of food.  Espana turned this concept on its head by serving us portions that were more than two bites at fair prices.


Patatas bravas, croquetas…getting full yet?


Patatas Bravas – I really don’t like patatas bravas, but these were actually okay.  They actually used aioli, although it was light on the garlic.

 

Sardinas – My favorite of the evening.  They were fresh and grilled in just a little bit of olive oil, which was perfect.  The small side of potatoes prepared Galician style, with paprika was the perfect accompaniment.  I was left with a plate of “cartoon cat” looking fish bones 10 minutes later.

 

Croquetas – There must have been a mix-up, because we ordered croquetas de jamon and received croquetas de pollo?  Not sure how I feel about chicken because the taste just blends into the background, rather than standing out like bacalao does.  These were a little bit sweet and the exterior was slightly overcooked.

 

It was also interesting to see angulas on the menu.  If you call ahead of time, they will prepare them for you – but at $200 for 100g, they don’t come cheap!

 

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Churros y chocolate – the Spanish cure for a hangover.

It was time for dessert – what a tough decision.  Jen and I narrowed it down to churros and filloas.  The churros were amazing.  Not greasy in the slightest, the chocolate was thick and bitter, the caramel for dipping was also great.  As for the filloas – these were also incredible.  The crepes were filled with vanilla custard and drizzled with a red wine reduction.

 

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Filloas – preemptively getting ready for Carnival.


The best part of the evening was receiving a gift card from our waiter.  I can guarantee you that we will definitely be back (and maybe I will finally devise a solution to the Tapas Catch 22).