Eating Across Spain (and Portugal), 2017 Edition

This June we found ourselves back in Spain by way of Lisbon, Portugal. And once again, we enjoyed old favorites and discovered some new (to us) dishes – a few of which I’m working on making at home already! Highlights definitely include the delectable Pastéis de Nata (or Pastéis de Belém) egg custard tarts in Lisbon; octopus (pulpo) either grilled or in salads (why, oh why can’t I buy octopus at home…); jamón ibérico and its beef counterpart, cecina; wood-grilled cabrito (baby goat); empanada gallega, a larger format empanada with fish (or meat) and vegetables, sliced into squares; paella; and the superb cabrales blue cheese from Asturias. We also enjoyed our fair share of more basic but well prepared fare, including a variety of fried fish croquetaspechuga empanada (pan-fried chicken schnitzel), and even chorizo and eggs for dinner.

Once again, we found the custom of eating dinner very late not very workable for us, since we’re generally early risers for birding and other activities. So the plan was to try to eat more at lunch, and just enjoy some tapas and a drink around 7-8 pm. That didn’t always work though, with the consequence that we ate quite a lot, at all hours. 🙂

Restaurants and wine tasting rooms we visited included:

  • Wines of Portugal,  Lisbon [Praça do Comércio]
  • Restaurante Beira-Gare, Lisbon [Rossio]
  • Hostal Almanzor, Navarredonda de Gredos
  • La Rollerie bakery, Madrid [Calle de Atocha]
  • Garnier bakery, Madrid [Calle de Atocha]
  • El Caldero, Madrid [Huertas district, near Atocha] (best paella!)
  • El Capricho Extremeño, Madrid [Calle de Toledo]
  • Los Gatos (tapas), Madrid [Calle de Jesús]
  • El Diario de Huertas (tapas), Madrid [Calle de las Huertas]
  • Las Vigas, Hotel Real Monasterio de San Zoilo, Carrión de los Condes
  • La Trastienda del 13, León
  • Enxebre, Parador de Monforte de Lemos
  • Raxería San Marcos, Santiago de Compostela
  • La Tita Compostela, Santiago de Compostela
  • Zielou, Madrid [Madrid Chamartín]

© Liza Weissler 2017, licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 4.0 International License.


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