Spain – the food connoisseur https://thefoodconnoisseur.co.uk I'm on the mission to explore the wonderful food out there Sun, 20 Nov 2016 08:49:20 +0000 en-GB hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.4.1 https://thefoodconnoisseur.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/cropped-avator-2018-pink-32x32.jpg Spain – the food connoisseur https://thefoodconnoisseur.co.uk 32 32 67390964 Vamos a la playa all day and night Alicante part 2 https://thefoodconnoisseur.co.uk/travel/vamos-la-playa-day-night-alicante-part-2/ https://thefoodconnoisseur.co.uk/travel/vamos-la-playa-day-night-alicante-part-2/#respond Thu, 31 Mar 2016 21:24:02 +0000 http://thefoodconnoisseur.co.uk/?p=10136 IMG_3350 IMG_3349 IMG_3342 IMG_3336 IMG_3333

It’s time to write up part 2 of my Alicante adventure. After the night from the midnight fireworks from the beach, the next day we headed off to S auntie’s house. There she lived by an apartment by the beach, the perfect hideout to sit by the balcony, waiting for the small breeze of fresh air. My eyes squinting from the bright sunrays just letting your mind go forgetting about your troubles.

 

We left our belongings at the apartment and headed down to the Playa de la Albufereta beach. It’s a lot rockier then the beach and I had my lesson learned to bring some proper aqua shoes with me next time. My poor Havaianas kept slipping off my feet but luckily floated in the sea for me to retrieve before being swept away.

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The sea is way too salty as I accidently swallowed too much putting me off from swimming. After our top up tan time we headed back to S aunt’s apartment and had takeaway pizzas and tapas.

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We finished up and headed back to our airbnb apartment resting and getting ready for a night out in town. We found a delicious tacos place called Taquería Mexicana de Alicante tacos Calle Jorge Juan 6, 03002, Alicante. Were we indulge on small plates, tacos costing only €1.50. The fish dishes were incredible, tacos with zesty tomatoes guacamole dips and my favourite chicken enchiladas. A wall full of colourful bottles stacked with different Jarritos. It was here I tried my first ever Mexican Jarritos soft drink.

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We finished up our meals and headed out to town to a few bars for drinks. What I love about Spain is the warm weather even when night falls, I was wearing a short sleeve dress and only needed a cardigan to keep me warm until the early morn.

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The next day we went to S family penthouse and went to the pool for a few hours before heading to the airport to return to London.

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I loved Alicante for the ease of getting to and from the airport and hitting the beach within walking distance, the cloudless sky, managing to tan in two days from the sun. It’s safe to walk around even at 2am in the morning and everything is within reach.

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Alicante – Cloudless skies, turquoise and emerald beaches https://thefoodconnoisseur.co.uk/travel/alicante-cloudless-skies-turquoise-and-emerald-beaches/ https://thefoodconnoisseur.co.uk/travel/alicante-cloudless-skies-turquoise-and-emerald-beaches/#comments Sun, 16 Aug 2015 11:21:24 +0000 http://thefoodconnoisseur.co.uk/?p=8746 Alicante

Alicante was a spontaneous trip planned at the beginning of the year. My Spanish colleague S pleaded to visit her hometown since last year. The dates were set for the end of June for 4-day trip. IMG_3207 IMG_3205 IMG_3204

S booked a 4-bedroom apartment from Airbnb, only 10 minutes away from the city centre and beach. On a Thursday night, my colleagues and I shut down our computers at 4:30pm and made our way to Gatwick airport. With our Easyjet plane being delayed for over 4 hours with only £3 compensation, we arrived at Alicante 2 am in the morning.   S father picked us up from the airport and 20 minutes later we arrived at the apartment drinking sangrias through the night. IMG_3208 IMG_3209 IMG_3210 IMG_3211 IMG_3219 IMG_3224 The next day we talk a walk to visit one of the main attractions in Alicante Castle of Santa Barbara situated on the outcrop overlooking the city. Parts of the medieval rural of the fortress still exist, canons, dungeons and a lift going up to the castle. We all thought we take a hike up along the steep paths there instead of taking the lift. Once we climbed up, we were rewarded with fantastic views of the coastline of turquoise and emerald beaches and cloudless skies. IMG_8703 IMG_8713 IMG_8715 IMG_3253 IMG_3262 IMG_3266   IMG_3246 IMG_3247 IMG_3262 IMG_3252 IMG_3242 IMG_3239 IMG_3231 IMG_3225 IMG_3273 In the afternoon, we pre-booked a city Segway tour with Akra Vibe. Christian was very helpful and fluent in English and let us roams the streets, getting around the city longer than 2 hours. I was a dare devil, super charging the Segway speeding the roads. Akra Vibe. IMG_3281 IMG_3285 IMG_3290 IMG_3326 IMG_3322 IMG_3318 IMG_3320

Our first proper meal we had a special set menu at a place near the Segway tour office. The set meal consisted of tapas starters, rabbit paella and a dessert. The paella was extremely flavourful, Granma’s cake is special homemade dessert crafted to look somewhat similar to tiramisu.
address: Sabores – Calle Castaños  44, 03001 Alicante

IMG_3295 IMG_3298 IMG_3294 granma's_cake Strolling down to the Playa De San Juan beach, we caught some sun and then headed back to the apartment to get ready for a night out.

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For dinner, we headed to a place in Casco Antiguo called 100 montaditos at a place serving tapas in mini baguettes for €1.50 euros each. Filling our bellies up from the deceptively simple but delicious food and cheap sangrias drinks by the tap. // address 100 Montaditos –  Rambla Méndez Núñez, 28, 03002, Alicante // website

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The night it flooded – Tapas 24 https://thefoodconnoisseur.co.uk/spanish/tapas-24-night-flooded/ https://thefoodconnoisseur.co.uk/spanish/tapas-24-night-flooded/#comments Fri, 28 Nov 2014 23:18:49 +0000 http://thefoodconnoisseur.co.uk/?p=6224 Casa Milà Casa Milà

I remember the day I visited Casa Milà, during the day than chilled at the rooftop poolside bar at la terraza del Claris drinking cocktails in the scorching sun. As the evening darkened rain started to fall, the night dinner mission was Tapas 24. A recommendation by Chef Omar Allibhoy.

As soon as we arrived at Tapas 24 the queues started to get busy a lot of people were in front of us. We finally got seats outside, but the rain started to chuck down heavily.

The roof umbrella almost started to rip from all the rainfall collected on the side, even when the staff emptied it. It was risky to stay outside. The staff made sure we got seats and kudos to them for being that extra nice. What seemed like eternity we got our tables. I liked the informal casual settings sitting up on high stools with a direct view of the kitchen. Chefs in their white uniform with Tapas 24 font and logos, and checking the orders on the magnetic board.

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The menu is downright simple, with very few dishes, as always with tapas small plates it’s best to order a bundle to share amongst your friends. I got my usual ham croquets, patatas bravas, Spanish omelette, and went a bit daring and got some rabbit.

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Food came out fast in no time, cooked very well. Thin bones, with barely any meat piled up was the rabbit dish, I sucked out the meat and left the bone dry.

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The spicy meatball didn’t look as I expected, big round ball in a breadcrumb with two blobs of sauce on top and didn’t even taste spicy at all.

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Patatas bravas, had a great fluffiness to it, I couldn’t even tell it was deep-fried. The long trail of grilled lamb meat came in bite size pieces.

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Tapas 24 were great, a busy place that attracts all kinds of people, service is fantastic, food wise I found places in London tasting better, but I do recommend it to everyone.

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Calle diputación, 269, Barcelona, Espana, T: 934880977

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Unique freshest seafood in Barcelona – La Paradeta https://thefoodconnoisseur.co.uk/seafood/unique-freshest-seafood-barcelona-la-paradeta/ https://thefoodconnoisseur.co.uk/seafood/unique-freshest-seafood-barcelona-la-paradeta/#respond Sun, 28 Sep 2014 19:32:17 +0000 http://thefoodconnoisseur.co.uk/?p=5867 Spain Barcelona Barcelona

Barcelona was the chosen destination this year. Arriving to the sunny warm weather, I had plenty of exploring to do. The last meal of my trip had to be the favourite. With glowing reviews on trip advisor, La Paradeta was the mission worth for. It’s a see to plate restaurant and an exciting fun way to get quality seafood at low prices. I thought there was only one branch but as soon as I got back to the UK I realised there’s a few in Barcelona. You be glad to hear that my favourite travel navigation app Citymapper can be used in Barcelona. It finds the fastest routes by tube, bus on foot for you giving an estimate time and live departure times.

Citymapper – the Transport App with Live Times for Bus, Train and Tube – Citymapper Limited

 

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The queues start to form outside even before it’s opening hours. Once you’re in its chaos, just like a fish market people are frantically pointing at what they want. Prices are by the kilo and you don’t know what things costs until you go to the payment tills.

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Ordering a whole calamari, pint of prawns, and a bag of mussels, fish and oysters. This is the freshest seafood you can get in Barcelona for a bargain feast. The seafood feast began, we also had bread and salad as sides and the bill came up to €77.22 between the four of us.

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Fresh seafood from the sea, simple seasoning equates to a successful formula, waiting for dishes to be called out by the counter was also part of the fun experience. Oysters were swallowed down in a matter of seconds, the perfect start to the meal. Mussels cooked in a thick mild herb tomato sauce. Dragging my fork into the fish it flaked off.

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A whole calamari on the plate, layers of perfect rings with a slight crunchy batter meet the chewy flesh.

Prawns seared in garlic butter, very sweet and plumped. We struggled to finish our feast but were left very satisfied.

 

La Paradeta, thanks for making my Barcelona food adventures the perfect ending to my fun trip. I cannot wait to go back and dine at the restaurant again.

La Paradeta Born
C/ Comercial 7
08009 Barcelona
Tel. 932 681 939

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http://www.laparadeta.com/marisqueria-la-paradeta-born-barcelona.html

 

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