Skip to content

Arzak

November 13, 2018

We were dead tired after dinner the previous night, so we slept late and had a slow morning.

IMG_3610

We’re creatures of habit I guess, so we went back to Old Town Coffee. It’s just so good.

 

IMG_3615

Cobi got his avo toast again, and I went with yogurt with fruit and granola.

 

IMG_3632

We had another 3 star dinner later that evening, so we wanted to work up an appetite. We walked across the river and through the town. It was a beautiful day, and we enjoyed our time in the sun!

 

IMG_3651

We found another old staircase leading to a mysterious location, so we of course made our way up.

 

IMG_3649

We weren’t sure where we were headed, but the view sure was nice.

 

IMG_3657

Eventually the path lead to a road, and we decided to look at a map to see if we were actually headed somewhere real. Apparently there were ruins a bit further along, so we decided to keep walking.

 

IMG_3659

We came across these stairs… and decided not to venture down them. Too creepy.

 

IMG_3662

These ones seemed more my speed.

 

IMG_3672

And they lead to the ruins! We toured the ruins for a bit, looking at the old whale fishing watch tower.

 

 

 

IMG_3677

The views were pretty spectacular.

 

IMG_3680

We decided to head back down a different way than we came up. Cobi said it was a path, I wasn’t sure he was right…

 

IMG_3683

Sorry – where is this so-called path?

 

IMG_3684

Eventually the route cleared up and we actually made our way back into town.

 

IMG_3689

At this point we were exhausted and starved, so we stopped for pintxos and rum & cokes at Baztan. We snacked on blood pudding, sausage & egg, prawn, and a Gilda, the original Pintxos of pepper, olive & anchovy.

It was so beautiful out, we decided to find a patio to grab another drink in the sun.

 

IMG_3690

We stopped at Pub Terraza Txurrut, and Cobi got a G&T while I had a Radler. We sat, drank, and relaxed for awhile. It was still a few hours until dinner, so we decided to go back to the apartment and nap before our 9pm reservation.

 

 

IMG_3712

We walked the 40 minutes to Arzak, and I was really excited. Mostly because I was actually pretty hungry!

Arzak had a set menu, but you can choose between a few of the larger courses. Cobi and I went with different dishes in order to try more things.

 

IMG_2120

Our first appetizer was a citrus and mussel croquette. Great start to the meal.

 

IMG_2121

Not 100% sure what this one was, but there was a foie cylinder under the crispy cracker.

 

img_2123.jpg

Next was “Fortunate Fish & Cured Yolk”. Not sure how the fish was fortunate, as he ended up as my dinner…

 

IMG_2124

Another mystery appetizer. Our server unfortunately had a very strong accent and we missed a few key details. All I know is it was crispy and delicious!

 

IMG_2127

The final appetizer was called “Gilda”, after the original pintxos. It was a red pepper cracker with tuna and a strawberry jam. Super weird combo, but it worked.

 

IMG_2129

This dish was another of my all time favourites from the entire trip. It was horse mackerel marinated in local wine, and it was outstanding.

 

IMG_3713

Cobi wasn’t feeling too hot so we didn’t indulge in the wine pairings. Instead, I went with their house cocktail. It was white wine with amaretto, mint and orange. So good, I could have drank it all night.

 

IMG_2132

The lighting for the remainder of the photos is pretty terrible, and I apologize in advance. It’s hard to see, but there were delicious marinated prawns under a crispy krill cracker.

 

IMG_3716

This one was insane. Not only was the plating beautiful, but the perfectly cooked egg with crunchy corn, ‘tomato candy’, mushrooms and truffle crispy bits were to die for.

 

IMG_2137

For the larger plates, Cobi got the “Pretty Sea Bass” which was confit sea bass with crispy nori and sweet potato.

 

IMG_3717

I got the roasted Monkfish with pistachio shavings and soufflé skin. Both were incredible, but I think I preferred Cobi’s.

 

IMG_3720

For the next choice, I went with the “Symbolic Pigeon” which was roasted pigeon with blue potato and parsnips over oranges, vanilla and kimchi. It was so, SO good. I love pigeon, it turns out.

 

IMG_2144

Cobi’s was beautifully plated. He went with the “Clockwork Lamb”, which was roasted lamb with an acorn flour trellis, pepper ‘gears’ and black lemon pulp. It was also so good, but I was getting very full at this point and couldn’t have more than a small bite!

 

IMG_3721

Thank goodness we were moving into the dessert courses! First up was “Summer Frost” – Guava granitas with lemon ice cream and açaí. So light and refreshing.

 

IMG_2147

Next was hibiscus ice cream over beetroot crumble, with melon juice, dried bergamot and sumac meringue. This one was also very light and refreshing! They were a good ease into the dessert courses.

 

IMG_2151

This was a dessert I could get on board with – “Cacao Debris”. Literally a pile of shaved chocolate. Fantastic.

 

IMG_3722

Last was the “Square Moon”, which was a chocolate cube with a mint, neroli and kiwi liquid centre.

 

IMG_3725

Just when I thought it was over, they brought out a plate of petit fours! The yellow frogs were Turmeric, the chocolate frogs were Toffee, and the multi coloured frogs were Avocado. Then there was a passionfruit chocolate, and cinnamon sticks. We were fighters and finished them all!

 

IMG_2157

By the end, we were so stuffed. It was an incredible meal, I absolutely loved it! The experience wasn’t as over the top as Azurmendi, but I preferred the food at Arzak. The head Chef came out to each table after dessert, and she was lovely. She had recently been to Toronto, and complimented us Canadians on our top notch maple syrup!

We also met a lovely couple from Dallas who were seated at the table next to us and were also on their honeymoon. Turns out, we were doing the same walking food tour the following night! Cobi and I walked back to the apartment, and watched some Netflix before falling into a deep sleep. All the walking and food had really taken it out of us. Luckily I had two nights until my next Michelin meal to build my hunger back up!

Advertisements

Azurmendi

November 12, 2018

We set our alarm for 9am, as we had a late lunch reservation in Bilbao (about an hour outside of San Sebastián), and we wanted to spend some time exploring the town.

IMG_3478

We went back to Old Town Coffee, because the coffee was fantastic and the breakfast menu looked really good.

 

IMG_3479

Cobi got an Avocado Toast with tomato and ham, and I had toast with peanut butter and banana, topped with honey and coconut flakes.

 

IMG_3486

After we finished eating, we picked up the car from the parking garage, and drove to Bilbao. We parked near the Guggenheim, and started to walk around. We didn’t have quite enough time to tour the museum, but the building itself was beautiful! We walked along the water, around the museum, and through the town for a few hours, stopping once to grab a coffee before continuing on.

 

IMG_3498

There was a horrifying spider sculpture that I didn’t love, but I guess it was cool…

 

IMG_3520

We walked back to the car and drove to Azurmendi for our 3pm lunch reservation.

 

IMG_3522

The building was so cool. All glass windows, with a greenhouse on the top floor and the restaurant on the main floor.

 

IMG_3523

It was my first 3 star experience, and I couldn’t wait. Cobi had done all the research and made the reservations for all our Michelin meals, so I was a little in the dark on what they were all going to be like.

 

IMG_1974

When you arrive, you hang out in the waiting area where they serve you a glass of white wine that is grown on property. It was delicious, and the room was so cool.

 

IMG_1970

Still in the same room, they presented us with a little picnic! Clockwise from top left was Tartar of Iberico, Smoked Fish Brioche, Dry Asparagus (like an asparagus flavoured meringue!), and Hibiscus juice. Everything was incredible, it was good omen for the rest of the meal.

Next they brought us into the kitchen, and showed us what each station was for. In the kitchen, they served us a Truffled Egg and their own Vermouth. For the egg, part of the yolk was removed using a needle and a truffle consommé was injected back in, cooking the egg from the inside out. We didn’t take photos of this, as it was a somewhat immersive experience and we didn’t want to take our phones out!

 

IMG_1975

Next they brought us into the greenhouse on the main level, which was so beautiful. It was a smaller example of what they grew on the upper level, and they served us more appetizers.

 

IMG_1977

First was a delicious Fermented Apple Cider.

 

IMG_3528

Next was a “Spices Cornetto”, which was a hot pepper cone, with some sort of cream and spices. Hard to explain, but so good. And smelling all the bagged spices was very interesting.

*A common theme for these tasting menus will be “hard to explain but so good”… apologies in advance.*

Next we were given what they called an “Herb Quark”, which was some sort of curdled milk, that curdled in a way where it turned into a kind of pudding. It sounds super gross, but it was really good. I took a photo of it, but suffice it to say it did not look appealing so I decided to leave it out.

 

IMG_3530

Finally, was the “Kaipirtxa”. This was an orb that burst with fruity flavour. It was like the appetizer dessert.

 

IMG_3535

After the Greenhouse, we were brought into the main room and seated. We had a fantastic table right by the window.

 

IMG_1987

The restaurant overlooks their vineyard, which was surprisingly tiny.

There were two tasting menus to choose from, one was Erroak (The Roots) and the other was Adarrak (The Branches). Our server said she preferred the Adarrak menu, so that’s what we went for. They were somewhat similar, but the Adarrak had Red Mullet and Iberian Pork where the Erroak had Monkfish and Pigeon. In retrospect, I somewhat wish we had gone with Adarrak because I had a lot of Pigeon on this trip (posts to come) and I absolutely loved it. I would have liked to try what Azurmendi offered!

 

IMG_1983

Already on the table when we were seated was a wood centrepiece with greenery. Turns out, the brown leaves on either end were another part of the meal! It was an “Autumn Leaf” that was actually dried apple.

 

IMG_1994

First dish was Mushrooms Praliné, which was roasted mushrooms served atop mushroom powder, with dark chocolate twigs. The mushrooms were really good, but I had a hard time eating all the mushroom powder. Needed more chocolate twigs…

 

IMG_1995

Next was bean paste (the brown stuff) with jellied pumpkin and squash (the orange and yellow jellies), with a ‘citrus refresher’ to drink. This one was really good.

 

IMG_3536

This one was beautiful as well as delicious! Inside the hollowed limes was a Foie Gras mousse topped with caramel sauce. They called it “Limón Grass”, I called it genius. I could get used to fine dining…

 

IMG_1999

The next dish was definitely one of my favourites. It was called “Sea Txakoli”, and was a fried oyster. One of my favourite dishes of all the restaurants we went to, for sure. We were told to eat the leaf separately. Not 100% sure why, but it was a delicious leaf.

 

IMG_3540

This was an oyster with an “essence of herbs”, whatever that means. Very delicious, medium confusing.

 

IMG_3542

Next in the small-portion-big-plates category was marinated shrimp on a layer of jelly, with a tomato sorbet. A very interesting mixture of flavours and textures, I enjoyed this one.

 

IMG_3544

Next I had “Cauliflower Textures”, another dish that is really difficult to describe. It was topped with shaved truffle, and was really tasty. This was actually a dish from the Erroak menu – I was intrigued by it, so they suggested I swap out one of the Adarrak dishes for it!

 

IMG_2089

The dish they swapped it for was “Sea Urchin 3 Ways” – a fritter, an urchin served with foam, and a sea urchin Bloody Mary. Cobi let me try the straight up sea urchin with foam, but it wasn’t for me. I find it too mineral-y, I don’t like the ocean taste very much. But I loved the presentation!

 

IMG_3545

Next up – roasted and peeled lobster topped with a coffee butter foam. This one was very, very rich. Cobi loved it, but it was a little too much for me. Still very good, and I really liked the onions it was served with.

 

IMG_2091

Okay this one was so good. Anyone who knows me knows I looooove garlic. This was a garlic soup with garlic confit, garlic crisps, garlic crumbs and roasted garlic. Y-U-M!!! Garlic heaven.

 

IMG_2092

Next up was Red Mullet served two ways. The first way was smoked Sashimi, which was delicious.

 

IMG_2093

The second was roasted with pickled grapes. Pickled grapes, it turns out, are incredible.

 

IMG_2002

Can’t forget the milk bread. This was the best bread I have ever had in my entire life. I only ate one of the two because I needed to save space for the rest of the meal, and I regret not eating both.

 

IMG_2022

The next course was Pork two ways. The first way was crispy Iberian Pork meatballs with truffle and mushroom broth.

 

IMG_3549

The second way was a salty combination of piglet tail and anchovies. This was not my favourite, but Cobi enjoyed it.

This was the final savoury dish – I was ready for dessert!

 

IMG_3552

First up was an avocado paste with mango crisps, mint foam and lime ice. It was really, really good. Definitely my favourite dessert of them all!

 

IMG_2035

Next was yogurt ice cream with honey and five spice ice cream. So light and refreshing, it was so good.

 

IMG_3555

Now, this one… definitely not for me. Sheep’s milk ice cream, dark chocolate truffles and cream on top of black olive powder. I love olives, don’t get me wrong. But not in dessert. NEVER in dessert. The truffles were nice, but that’s all I can say about it. Cobi absolutely loved it. I considered an annulment. But we got through it. Bleh.

 

IMG_2067

Thank goodness there was a final dessert course to redeem the meal! All the petits fours looked incredible, so we got one of each.

 

IMG_3557

Macarons, fruit jellies, truffles, chocolates, and a white chocolate lollipop. Served with a cappuccino to keep me out of a food coma at least until we made it back to our apartment in San Sebastián!

 

img_3559.jpg

Because all that wasn’t enough, the restaurant was kind enough to present us with a special celebratory dessert because they knew we were on our honeymoon. It was the most incredible chocolate cake, but I could hardly eat more than a bite, I was so full.

 

IMG_3563

After the meal, I needed to digest before getting back in the car so we decided to tour the grounds a bit. We started in the greenhouse upstairs, looking at all the herbs and spices.

 

IMG_3562

It was very beautiful, and fun to look at the flowers they grow to garnish the dishes!

 

IMG_3566

The balcony on the rooftop of the restaurant was stunning.

 

IMG_3568

We stood on the balcony for awhile, looking at the vineyard. It was pretty, but also I was just too full to move…

It was such an incredible meal. Perfect start to our time in San Sebastián! We drove back to our apartment, and were both too tired to go back out exploring, and we ended up calling it an early night.

Madrid -> San Sebastián

November 9, 2018

Travel day today! We set out alarm for 9am, packed our bags, picked up the rental car and set off for San Sebastián.

We didn’t have breakfast before we left, and about an hour in I started to get pretty hangry. Cobi knew I needed to eat soon or it wasn’t going to end well, so he took the next exit and we stopped at a random hotel.

IMG_3363

There ended up being a 5 star restaurant attached to the hotel, called Hotel Restaurante Las Casitas. I ordered an egg, potato & hash dish, and Cobi ordered something similar but with blood sausage. Both were so good, the perfect roadside stop!

 

IMG_3378

After we’d finished our meal, we got back on the road.

 

IMG_3377

It was a 4 hour drive – not too long, but we certainly required sustenance. Luckily we had picked up some perfect road trip snacks in Madrid! The selection of Haribo and Milka is what dreams are made of.

 

IMG_3379

The drive was so cool. It went from flat dessert-like terrain to big rocky hills.

 

IMG_3395

Made it!!

 

IMG_3397

We found our AirBnB, dropped off our luggage, then parked our car in the nearby garage. All the one-way roads were so narrow and complicated, it took us longer to get to the garage than we’d care to admit…

 

IMG_3400

The AirBnB was incredible. Big, clean, modern, with a lovely little patio. We were excited for our stay.

 

IMG_3401

After getting settled in the apartment, we went out exploring.

 

IMG_3402

We were feeling a little sluggish after sitting for 4 hours, so we stopped by Old Town Coffee for cortados and a chocolate chip cookie bar. The coffee was fantastic and the treat was delicious! The breakfast menu looked really good, so we planned on coming back the next day.

 

IMG_3406

We walked around aimlessly for awhile, admiring the beautiful churches and buildings. I love all the pedestrian-only streets in Spain, it makes walking around so much nicer.

 

IMG_3412

We made our way to the beach, where there was a surprising number of people swimming. It was way too cold for that!

We saw a statue at the top of the hill, and wondered what it was. Instead of looking it up, we decided to just walk to it and figure it out.

 

IMG_3413

The view from the other side of the beach was pretty spectacular.

 

IMG_3421

We found a path and made our way up the hill.

 

IMG_3432

I spy a statue!

 

IMG_3426

The statue was on top of Monte Urgull, a military fortress. The views were incredible, and you could walk all through the fortress,

 

IMG_3444

We decided to walk down a different way than we came up, and stumbled upon a bar on the side of the hill. We stopped for a beer while taking in the views.

I had become very enamoured with San Sebastián very quickly.

 

IMG_3467

When we got back into town, we were both ready for some food and stopped at Gandarias for pintxos! We weren’t really sure what to get, so we got one of everything. The first plate had a ham thing, a crab thing, something with cheese and prawn. I had a glass of wine, and Cobi got a glass of Lustau Vermouth.

 

IMG_3468

The second plate had a selection of blood sausage, sea urchin, and prawn. Maybe something else, we couldn’t be sure.

 

IMG_3469

Last, something deep fried and sardines! Pintxos are supposed to be small bites, eating one or two before moving along. But they all looked so good, we tried nearly all of them.

We were exhausted from the drive and the exploring, so we made our way home after dinner, turned off our alarms, and passed out.

I couldn’t wait to keep exploring San Sebastián!

Castles, Cocktails & Tentacles in Madrid

November 8, 2018

We set an alarm for 9am again, but snoozed until 10am. Late night churros make us sleepy…

IMG_4719

We went to Toma Café for breakfast, and each got Avocado Toast and cortados. The avo toast had cream cheese and blueberries – game changer. And all the coffee we’ve had here has been really, really good.

 

IMG_3122

We got to the Palacio Real de Madrid nice and early, so we had lots of time to tour the armouries, the castle, and the basement kitchens.

 

IMG_3317

My favourite part was looking at all the baking equipment. There were so many cake molds, in every size and shape. Plus baking trays and the most beautiful platters to serve the creations on.

 

IMG_3319

My second favourite was the ice cream maker – so cool.

 

IMG_3321

Cobi’s favourite was the huge mortar & pestle. I think he wishes we had one that big at home. Shame it was too big to fit in our luggage.

 

IMG_3334

Dream wine cellar… Very interesting that all the food and wine was French-inspired.

 

IMG_3343

After learning all we could about Spanish royalty and their eating habits, we focused on our own eating habits. We were peckish but didn’t want a full meal, so we stopped at a place called Amargo for a drink and a snack.

 

IMG_3340

The kitchen was closed, so we settled on two fruity rum cocktails.

 

IMG_3341

Cobi was excited for his…

 

IMG_3339

The best part about this place was the snack tray they served us with our drinks. A delicious mix of salty snacks and gummy candy – it was the best thing ever, and the perfect little pick me up.

After we finished our drinks, we continued to walk around until our feet were too sore to continue. We made our way back to the apartment and had a quick nap before dinner. I was getting really good at this afternoon-siesta-before-a-late-dinner thing.

 

IMG_3346

We decided on Restaurante La Maruca for dinner, a recommendation from a friend. Cobi ordered a Gin & Tonic, and I got a glass of Cava. Gin is having a moment in Spain right now, and are always created table-side. Cobi was in G&T heaven the whole trip.

 

IMG_3349

We ordered a few things to share, starting with avocado and smoked salmon tartare. There was more cream cheese than avocado than salmon, but I loved it.

 

IMG_3350

Next we ordered the Patatas Bravas. A little sweet, a little spicy, nice and crispy. Heaven.

 

IMG_3351

Last, we had grilled octopus with chorizo. I’m not usually one for tentacles, but I decided to be open minded on this trip and eat whatever was put in front of me, suckers and all. This dish was so, so good. All the seafood we had on this trip was over the top delicious.

 

IMG_3352

For dessert, we opted for the Lemon Pie because it had rave reviews from any site we looked at. Plus the people at the table next to us ordered it, and inhaled it so fast we knew it had to be good. We weren’t disappointed. I really only ever order chocolate things for dessert, but this may have me re-think that moving forward. Maybe…

After dinner we walked the long way back home to digest, then fell asleep watching Netflix. The next day we were leaving Madrid and driving to San Sebastián, so we wanted to get an early start!

Museums, Cocktails & Churros

November 7, 2018

We decided to set our alarms for 9am, so we didn’t sleep half the day away again.

IMG_3257

Cobi found a cute cafe called Plenti for breakfast. I had peanut butter, banana, honey & walnuts on toast, and Cobi had a cheesy ham sandwich. Both were delicious, and the Cortados were excellent. Perfect fuel for a full day in Madrid!

 

IMG_3260

We figured we needed to get some culture while in Madrid. The line at the Prado was insane and all advanced tickets were sold out, but we managed to get tickets to the Museo Reina Sofia to see some Dali and Picasso.

 

IMG_3268

For some reason, this was the piece that really spoke to us…

 

IMG_3275

We took advantage of the sunny weather and did more exploring. Everything here is beautiful – I love this city.

 

IMG_3278

At this point I was exhausted, so we made our way to a large food hall called Platea for a bite to eat. We snacked on some cheese and meats and enjoyed some Mai Tai’s while resting our weary legs.

 

IMG_1876

Then Cobi suggested shopping and I perked right up!! Crazy how that happens…

I didn’t buy anything, but I made a mental note on what I would buy if I happened across a few thousand dollars just laying around.

 

IMG_1879

We needed to hydrate after a long afternoon in Gucci and Valentino. Outdoor G&T’s and Cava for the win!

 

IMG_3290

I was still a bit full from dinner the night before (and the many snacks and drink we’d enjoyed during the day), so we had a relaxed dinner at a nearby restaurant called Lamucca de Pez for a very non-Spanish meal of a Hamburger and Pad Thai.

 

Burger

Photo courtesy of Lamucca de Pez https://www.lamuccacompany.com/

While not exactly a Spanish delicacy, the burger was outstanding.

 

IMG_3291

Even though it was pouring rain by the time we were done with dinner, we still wanted to venture out for something sweet. We stopped by Chocolateria San Ginés for some churros and chocolate. The chocolate was so rich and the churros were delicious, it was the perfect way to end the day!

StreetXO – Day 2 in Madrid

November 6, 2018

After having gone to bed so early, we woke up at 3am and were worried we wouldn’t be able to fall back to sleep. When I looked at my phone again, it was after 12pm! I knew we were tired, but I didn’t realize we were 17 hours of sleep tired.

 

IMG_4692

Once we were up, we got going fairly quickly to take advantage of the rest of the day. We stopped at La Infinito for a quick breakfast of avocado toast and Bombon for Cobi, and a croissant with jam and Bailey’s coffee for me.

 

Park de El Retiro

We walked to the Park de El Retiro, wandering through the gardens and along the water. It started to drizzle, but walking under the trees kept us dry!

 

IMG_3213

We had passed by a market the day before, the Mercado San Miguel, and decided to go back to grab a bit to eat to tide us over until dinner. There were so many incredible options, we didn’t know where to start!

 

img_3211.jpg

We grabbed two beers, and Estrella and a Damm Lemon (my new favourite), and some little salamis while we made the rounds and decided what else to try.

 

IMG_3212

I grabbed a prawn & egg Pintxos, and Cobi grabbed smoked salmon. Both were so good!

 

img_3227.jpg

Next we picked up Burrata with ham & figs – the burrata was insanely delicious.

 

drinks

By now our beers were empty, so we picked up some Sangria (on tap), and an Aperol Spritz. It’s important to stay hydrated…

 

croquettes

Final course was croquettes. One was ham, the other mushrooms. Both fantastic.

We’d eaten more than we were planning, and we needed to work it off before dinner! We tried to tour the Palacio Real de Madrid, but it was too close to closing and were weren’t able to get in. We made a note to come earlier the next day, and instead toured the neighbouring chapel.

 

img_3223.jpg

We still had a few hours before the restaurant we wanted to go to for dinner opened, so we started walking in the direction of dinner, but spent some time exploring side streets and checking out the cool shops. We stopped for a caffeine fix at MÜR Café, and rested our aching feet. It was getting close to when the restaurant opened, so we made our way over.

 

IMG_3238

Cobi was hoping to get a reservation at DiverXO, a 3 Michelin Star restaurant, but we weren’t able to. Instead, we decided to check out another of the Chef’s restaurants called StreetXO. This place was only open from 8:30pm-10pm and didn’t take reservations so we were expecting a line, and ended up waiting 1.5 hours to get in! Well worth it.

 

IMG_3241

While waiting in line they asked us about our drink preferences, if we’d like wine or a cocktail, if we like sweet or sour drinks. Once we gave some direction, they asked if we’d prefer to choose or be surprised. We went with surprise. Cobi was served a drink the size of his head, while I got a white chocolate and pineapple drink served in a plastic bag.

 

IMG_3253.jpg

Both were amazing.

 

IMG_4712

While we were perusing the menu, we were served fried bread covered in powdered butter. It was insanely good. The set up of the restaurant was very cool. The kitchen is in the centre of the room with bar seating surrounding it, so you have a constant view of the chefs working away!

 

IMG_4713

The first dish we ordered was Pork & Veggie Dumplings with crispy pig’s ear. This was my favourite dish of the evening. I used the bread to soak up the remaining spicy sweet sauce.

 

IMG_4714

Next was Iberian Pork Belly served with a lettuce wrap, and topped with a mussel. So tasty.

 

IMG_4715

Next up, Chicken Tikka Masala served with cheese-filled Naan. All naan should be stuff with cheese, in my opinion.

 

IMG_4716

Final dish of the evening was Suckling Pig Crispy Tacos. These were a close second to the dumplings – so, so good!

 

cocktail

As there was no dessert menu, we went with a liquid dessert. This cocktail was Strawberry Chili, topped with Chocolate Pop Rocks! Weird and delicious.

By the end, we were stuffed. It was such an incredible meal, we highly recommend checking it out if you are ever in Madrid.

We walked the 15 minutes back to the apartment, and fell into a food coma while watching Netflix in bed. Party animals!

Honeymooning in Spain

November 5, 2018

What a month it’s been!

89baa68a-0b93-47e6-9501-2371b697c589

On October 13th, my boyfriend of almost 10 years and I got married. It was the most incredible day, we were surrounded by all our closest friends and family, eating the most delicious food. I will be sure to write a blog post about it once we receive the professional photos!

A few days after our wedding, we set off on our honeymoon to Spain. It’s one of the places neither Cobi or I had been yet, so we were excited to explore it together. It’s also one of the food capitals of the world, with more Michelin ranked restaurants than we could fit in a single trip.

We decided on four locations – Madrid, San Sebastián, Barcelona and Seville, spending four nights in each. Cobi was in charge of planning and booking restaurants, and we managed to get reservations at five different Michelin-ranked spots.

 

img_3098.jpg

The Wednesday following the wedding, we spent a majority of the day packing and picking up snacks, before heading to the airport for our 6:45pm flight to Madrid. Because Cobi has been travelling so much for work, he’s racked up quite a few miles, which he used to upgrade us to first class! If you’re going to take an overnight flight to Europe, better to do it in style.

We landed around 8am, and took a cab to the apartment where we were staying. A good ski buddy of ours has an apartment in Madrid, and he was kind enough to let us use it! Once we freshened up and got our bearings, we decided to do some exploring before our first meal reservation. Neither of us slept much on the flight so the first stop was to find some coffee!

 

IMG_3110

We went to Café de la Luz where I got a coffee with Baileys, and Cobi got a Cafe Bombon – espresso with sweetened condensed milk! This one was also topped with whipped cream and cookies. Excellent start.

 

IMG_3127

Once we were sufficiently full of caffeine and sugar, we continued wandering around before making our way to DSTAGE, a 2 Michelin star restaurant, for a late lunch.

 

IMG_4691

The meal was incredible. It was 15 courses, and we decided to add the wine pairings (of which there were 8). There were a few weird dishes, like the powdered fermented fish with freeze-dried seaweed and tomatoes (top right photo), and a few total stars, like the pigeon (centre), and the roasted carrot slices with cocoa, cream and seaweed (bottom left). The most interesting dessert course by far was the ice cream corn cob in cotton candy (bottom middle). You wrap the cotton candy around the corn cob (which was actually ice cream) like a burrito and enjoy. The flavours and textures were out of this world!

By the end, I was completely stuffed. We walked back to the apartment (slowly), put on our pajamas, and watched Netflix in bed. We were both completely passed out by 7:30pm.

Fantastic start to our honeymoon!