The Tapa of the Week (Entries 10 & 11)…

Yes, I know that I slacked off last week (again)–but cut me some slack!!…Being on the verge of my vacation made me feel REALLY lazy, but now that I’m officially libre, that means more time for blogging (hypothetically)–yay!!…

As per usual, because I was A.W.O.L. last week, there’s two entries for this week!!…

I recently went to a bar in El Tubo called La Ternasca…The name is a play on the meat they specialize in serving: ternasco (lamb)…

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The Tapa of the Week (Entry #5)…

For this week’s pincho, I take you to an establishment that’s not in the Tubo–it’s in a bar called El Rincón de Sara (Sara’s Corner), which is about 4 min. from my house on Avenida de Madrid (I apologize beforehand for the relatively poor quality of my pics)…

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The Tapa of the Week (Entries 3 & 4): El Ensanche’s Morcilla w/ Squash & El Refugio’s Garlic Croqueta…

SORRY, YA’LL!!…I know I’ve REALLY been slack with this post series, but last week I was super-busy, and yesterday, I was too exhausted to even write!!…But, let me make it up to you with a special double-serving of deliciousness!!…

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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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The Tapa of the Week (Entry #1): Croqueta de Arroz Negra at Doña Casta…

O.K., people–today, I shall attempt to write what shall be the first entry in a (hopefully) regular series of posts entitled “The Tapa of the Week”!!…As you can probably guess, the point is for me to highlight a pincho that, I feel, was the best that I’ve eaten for the week…

This week, I went to La Taberna de Doña Casta, a bar in El Tubo (the city’s main tapas district) that is an all-around favorite…As a lover of croquetas, I had heard people rave that Doña Casta has the best in the city–so obviously, I had to see it for myself!!…

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Let’s Talk Food–My Favorite Spanish Eats…

During these 4 months in Spain, I’ve come to be quite acquainted with the food…Granted, I don’t think it’s as delicious as Italian vittles (my hands-down favorite [cállate, Jav Jav–¡¡hay más que pasta, dang it!!]), but I’ve still developed something of a fondness for it…Here, I expound upon my favorite dishes…

Savory Dishes

Croquetas:

Dear Lord–these things are like my own little heroin…Who would have thought that little fried masses of béchamel (a white sauce made of flour, milk, and butter) and jamón (and/or eggs, cheese, shellfish beef, veggies–what have you) could be so good!?!?

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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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