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Bilbao: Casco Viejo Top Picks

Here’s a selection of images from my favourite bars in the Casco Viejo.

Mellila y Fez (Calle Ituribide)

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Morocan kebabs. The best tortilla I’ve ever eaten in Spain. Music. Welcoming staff. This is my favourite bar EVER. And it’s very affordable.

 

Gatz (Calle Santa Maria or Andra Maria Kalea)

Award winning pintxos. Never fails to please and really affordably priced.

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Motrikes (Calle Somera)

There are a lot of bars in Bilbao that are famous for their grilled mushrooms, but Motrikes beats the competition. According to urban legend, the recipe is a closely kept secret, and is worth a vast amount of money. All I know is that I love me some mushrooms fresh from the griddle!

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Urban Legends: Keeping the bubbles in with a spoon?

Compendium of internet research

Scientific American:

Says no

http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/sparkling-wine-teaspoon-myth/

Lifehacker

Says yes

http://www.lifehacker.com.au/2009/12/keep-your-champagne-bubbly-with-a-spoon/

Grubstreet says Yes

http://www.grubstreet.com/2013/06/how-to-keep-open-champagne-bubbly.html

El Portal, The Best Restaurant in San Pedro Sula, Honduras

After the espectáculo, the founder of the home took us out to a nice Argentinian restaurant as a thank you and a farewell.

Inside the restaurant was wide and spacious, with a tiled floor and a waterfall coming down an ornamental wall. The restaurant was packed with people celebrating Christmas in large groups, and the waiter took us into a small back room. We were the only people there and it was the perfect intimate setting for our farewell dinner.

 

We had a lovely broth to start with. This is really good to keep out the winter chills (it was only 15C outside…)

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Randomly, there were coffee beans in the salt, as opposed to rice (for absorbing moisture).

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Then we all shared a mixed grill from their own wood fired barbecue, which had a delicious selection of sausages, ribs, and rib eye steak. Yet another time I was in a restaurant where I was glad that I wasn’t vegetarian anymore.

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As we were leaving, this sign was a reminder of the dangers of the city.

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Christmas Dinner at Our Little Roses Honduras

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Here is a picture of our Christmas dinner. Barbeque oven roasted turkey with olive and raisin stuffing, pureed potatoes with cheese, with salad on the side. Delicious!

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Nacatamales

If you haven’t eaten tamales before, then you need this in your life. It’s kind of like the central american version of a pie, but better.

Here’s a pic of how they look when they are served to you:

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Mix together the filling (usually cooked meat, spices, and “maseca”, a dough that forms an almost couscous texture). Envelope in  banana leaves. Boil. And you may have a scrumptious tamale on your hands!

NB Don’t forget to peel your tamale, removing it’s banana skin, to eat it’s sweet sweet insides.

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The first thing I’m going to do when I get home from this trip is find a place that sells tamales. Hmmmm so good!

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