Quirky European dinner
Monday, December 27, 2010
DH and I decided that after an 8 hour siteseeing day (and over 15,000 steps on my pedometer), we probably didn't need to walk too far for dinner. So after about 45 minutes back in our hotel room, we wandered around our neighborhood, which is 4 blocks or so from the main shopping road in Barcelona. We walked in the opposite direction and looked at menus, in windows, and finally chose a place that sounded as if there were things we'd both enjoy.
Our waiter explained that they had a 40% discount on food items (we weren't sure if this was a special for the holidays, or if they had just opened, or what - our Spanish and the waiter's English didn't allow us to gather much beyond the discount) - so DH and I each ordered a starter, and a main course.
I ordered the grilled vegs, which were lovely but it was a HUGE platter of grilled eggplant, zucchini, two kinds of mushrooms, and artichoke - with some kind of red pepper sauce. Very tasty, but I couldn't finish it. (I did eat about 75% of it) Then, our main courses - my beautiful magret of duck, skinned, with a red wine sauce - and half a poached pear, redolent with spices and a touch of vanilla - and three slices of what tasted like a lemony muffin or cupcake. Really! I have no other way of describing it - lemon cupcake sans icing. I cut the fat off the duck and thoroughly enjoyed it. I ate the pear and told DH it was too good to share with him. And I ate half the cupcake and gave the other half to DH, who ate it for dessert after his Argentinian steak.
It was a wonderful meal, the price was right, and it was just the oddest combination!!!!