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Tapas on a Hot Shanghainese Night

28 May

Last Wednesday my husband and I were craving some serious Jamon Serrano (Spanish Ham) and Pinchos (a kind of tapas). We have some beautiful and fun memories from all our trips to Spain, but my favorite ones usually involve some kind of gastronomic action 😉

Jamon y queso

Well, since we were in Shanghai for a couple of days, we wanted to eat as much good food as our bodies could handle before coming back to Taizhou and resuming our rice and vegetables diet. It was a painful task but one that had to be done if we wanted to survive until our next visit to Shanghai 😉 The result 4 lbs. of extra baggage (not in the right places, as usual!) and a very happy tummy.

tortilla

There are several Spanish restaurants in Shanghai, but I’ve only been to a couple of them: El Willy and La Finca.

El Willy is more of an upscale tapas restaurant, although their website’s “feel” suggests differently (it’s a pretty cool website). It’s located on the Bund, and has a spectacular view of the skyscrapers in Pudong and the Huangpu river. The food is good, especially all the seafood dishes and their amazing black rice paella. The only tapa I didn’t enjoy much was their Patatas Bravas, for they had too much cream/mayo (not sure what it was). I prefer my Patatas Bravas very bravas ;). Overall, El Willy delivers delicious traditional dishes with a twist.

La Finca one the other hand, is a more simple restaurant, nothing too opulent. I honestly wasn’t expecting too much from this restaurant in Xintiandi, but their simple Tortilla Española and shrimps with garlic and spicy sauce were delicious. We also ordered some Jamon, but it wasn’t quite what we were expecting, for the meat was a bit tasteless. Their terrace is small but quite welcoming, especially during these hot Shanghai nights!

Camarones

taizhou

Have a great one!

Lovely San Sebastian (Spain)

25 Aug

These are a few photos from San Sebastian. I have to admit that before visiting this lovely city, I knew very little about San Sebastian and its history. People call it the Spanish Switzerland because everything is so perfect and clean. You can see different architectural designs in one square, from the  modern and minimalist apartments to the historical and antique buildings that represent the city and its history.

This city is considered to be the richest city in Spain. Wages are much higher than in any other part of the country, therefore the cost of living in this city is also high. Tapas bars, restaurants and hotels are somewhat expensive compared to other Spanish cities (Spain is going through a difficult economic period, so prices are usually very convenient, especially for tourists).

If you have the opportunity to visit San Sebastian you should try their “Jamon Serrano“, which is a Spanish ham that melts as soon as you put in your mouth and it’s so good. Also try the “Solomillo” which is a very juicy meat (you can have an entire portion or just a tapa). San Sebastian also offer great fish dishes (I ate a “Bonito” fish seasoned with garlic, vinegar, olive oil and parsley (mmmmmm.. so, good!). Don’t forget to taste their local wines (Rioja), which are also very good.

In the next days, I’ll upload my San Sebastian Food photos.

Thank you for reading my silly blog and hope you like the pictures 😉

Have a wonderful day!

Que tengan un día muy especial !