Portion Control Included For No Extra Charge

Mangia E Bevi – For some reason, crossing the Lion’s Gate Bridge on a gloomy, hard-raining day feels like breaching the boundary between anytown USA and the land of the zombies. The simple 10 minute journey from my house to the West End seemingly becomes an arduous journey full of pitfalls and perils. On those days, my mind tries its best to psych itself out of going across the bridge to a destination in which almost endless options for satisfying my hunger exist. On those days, I often choose to try out one of the several genre-abiding restaurants on Marine … Continue reading Portion Control Included For No Extra Charge

Barcelona: Maritim Restaurant

This post will be the most difficult that I will have ever written. I don’t even know if I will be able to finish describing the dishes I had after I insert the photographs of the them into the post. Hopefully I will be able to suppress all of the negative images and feelings that my mind has associated with the food I had at Martim Restaurant. It’s not that the food was bad-tasting; The food that my wife, kids, and I had there was actually quite delicious. It’s just that I fell ill with an acute case of food … Continue reading Barcelona: Maritim Restaurant

Not As Good As Guy Fieri Made It Out To Be, But Good Nonetheless

Jethro’s Fine Grub – This place is so popular that I knew I would visit it for a meal sooner or later. It turned out my visit to Jethro’s Fine Grub was later rather than sooner because of a few reasons. First, it was simply too far out-of-the-way from my house. Another reason was that I have become weary of Guy Fieri visited local restaurants. My two other experiences at restaurants featured on his show have all been mediocre, therefore I didn’t exactly have high expectations for this place. The potential long wait for a table also contributed to my … Continue reading Not As Good As Guy Fieri Made It Out To Be, But Good Nonetheless

Barcelona: Generic Paella

I think it was around our third or fourth day in Spain that my wife reminded me that it would be odd for us to visit Spain without trying paella. We were at the city’s most iconic tourist attraction at the time, and we decided we would just walk in to one of the numerous tourist-trap restaurants around the attraction for our first “authentic” paella experience. It was probably not the smartest thing to do, but we reasoned that the dish was probably the one dish that was least likely to be screwed up by the tourist-trap places because it … Continue reading Barcelona: Generic Paella

Barcelona: El Quim De La Boqueria

    El Quim De La Boqueria- as its name suggests -is located in Barcelona’s landmark public market, the Boqueria. The market’s history dates back several centuries, and it has become much more of a tourist destination than a market where locals shop for ingredients that comprise their daily meals. El Quim de la Boqueria is perhaps the most well-known of the few sit-down stalls in the market where visitors could actually sit down for a meal. The restaurant/bar is mentioned in every travel guide, recommended on every travel website, discussed on every foodie discussion board, and even visited by … Continue reading Barcelona: El Quim De La Boqueria

Spain: Cava – easy drinking bubbly

Champagne comes with a lot of baggage and context. Most people drink champagne when they’re celebrating a special occasion or during an important event or when meeting that all-too-important person. When’s the last time you broke out that bottle of Krug or Dom or Cristal when you’re unwinding after 8 hours or paperwork or when you’re just chilling with your buds? Plus, $200+ bottles of champagne drives those who are drinking it into over-analyzation mode; how big are the bubbles? Is the nuttiness overbearing? Is it too dry or too fruity or too sweet? And Champagne alternatives such as Prosecco … Continue reading Spain: Cava – easy drinking bubbly

Barcelona: Parrilla Alfonsina

My very first meal after arriving in Barcelona turned out to not be Catalonia or Spanish but Argentinean. My wife, kids, and I were walking around our short-term apartment rental looking for a place to eat and it was down to a cozy looking local hole-in-the-wall joint and Parrilla Alfonsina. We almost walked into the hole-in-the-wall but stopped short after realizing that all of the patrons and employees in the restaurant had their eyes ¬†focused on the city’s most popular Argentinean dribbling a soccer ball on their wall-hung LCD monitor. No one was eating; No one was serving; No one … Continue reading Barcelona: Parrilla Alfonsina