The Tapa of the Week (Entry #2): The Mushrooms at El Champí…

Hello, lovely readers!!…Today, I am taking you back to El Tubo, to a delightful spot known as El Champí…

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Touring Oireland: Days 4 & 5…

…Hello, everybodyyyyyyyyyy!!…Because the Wi-Fi at my hotel totally spazzed out on me yesterday, I’m going to try to roll my first 2 full days in the Irish capital into one post–Here we go!!…

Yesterday, our main attraction was the Guinness Storehouse–a former fermentation house that now serves as a museum devoted to the history and evolution of (you guessed it) Guinness…Like most every visitor to this Mecca for Stout Lovers, I ended up with my own pint of the black stuff at the end of the tour, and boy, let me tell you…I hated it…I don’t know–I’m not really that much of a beer person to begin with, but the taste of the alcohol was too strong for my taste (I’m a cider kind of girl)…But, hey–at least I managed to down over half of it…

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Let’s Talk Food–La Cocina Española…

This Wednesday, me and about half the members of our group here took a little mini-course on Spanish cuisine…We went to a local restaurant, where we got to cook a little (and by cook, I mean help Antonio [the main chef] prepare the tortillas) and then partake in three typically Spanish dishes: the aforementioned tortilla española; gazpacho; and, of course, paella

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A Night At Erasmus…

So yesterday evening, me and some members of my group went to the Erasmus Café for some intercambios…For those of you who don’t know, and intercambio (the word literally means “exchange”) is when you meet people who are native (or REALLY fluent) speaker of a language you’re learning and want to perfect, talk with them for 30 (or more) minutes, and then they speak with you in your native tongue for that amount as well, in order to perfect their skills…

Also, the Erasmus Café (really more of a bar) is a place whose namesake comes from the ERASMUS program (which in itself was named after a guy named Erasmus http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Desiderius_Erasmus)…It’s a program that gives out a certain number of scholarships to European students who wish to study abroad in another European country/university…Hence, the bar has a very broad international clientele

But, I digress…We ended up having one with 2 girls from Salamanca: Marta, and, well, the other girl’s name I can’t remember!!!!…It wasn’t a straight-up intercambio in that we spoke almost entirely in Spanish, but it was still good practice of our language skills nonetheless…

But, what was REALLY fun was the trivia game that went along with it!!!!…You see, every Wednesday night from 10-1, the Café puts on a trivia game for all who want to participate…One of the questions had a representative from each group guess how many bicycles were on the ceiling (yes, you’ll see what I mean when you see the pictures)…I, being the representative of our group guessed the closest (I said 20–there are 19 bikes on the ceiling), and we won a PIZZA–La Erasmus…And, at the end of the night, we ended up in 2nd place, and got a 2009 bottle of Orgasmus, which is the bar’s personal brand of wine…

All-in-all, it was a most amusing evening: good company, good conversation, and, of course, pizza and Orgasmus

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Cómo los españoles comen tapas (How Spaniards eat tapas)…

Last night, I got to do something inherently Spanish for the first time: Fui a tapear (I went to eat tapas)…Now, what exactly does that mean???…Let me explain…

A tapa  (or pincho)is a small apertif that could be anything–paella, pasta, assorted vegetables, etc.–and typically served with a drink…Something like this…

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Una  bola de patatas y atún, con salsa y pan (A ball of potatoes and tuna, with sauce and bread)… Continue reading “Cómo los españoles comen tapas (How Spaniards eat tapas)…”