Cava is the best-known sparkling wine in Spain. It is made using the traditional methods used by its French counterpart Champagne. Last night, I dropped into Pasaporte Espana at the Dallas branch of Central Market. I chatted with Michel Parellada, owner of Caves Naveran in Penedès, which is located close to Barcelona, we talked about Cava and what food to serve it with.1 Comment »
Kristy Alpert’s latest report on where you can find great food for under eight dollars:
Raised by suburban pseudo-hippie parents outside of Dallas, my interest in locally-sourced and naturally-grown food was further cultivated while living in Portland, Ore., for a year, where even the fast-food was au-naturel. Now that I’m back in Dallas, I’ve spent the past few months scouting out restaurants to get organic, or at-least natural, dishes; which is why I was stoked to find Green Spot Market & Fuels around the corner from where I live. I was even happier when I saw the prices for their lunches! (And no, I was not coerced to try this place by Tim Rogers, although you can hear what he thinks about this place here, here, here and here.)
The Highland Park Village “Starbuckians” will soon have a new place to wear their designer work-out togs and read Park Cities People. Starting June 4 at the civilized hour of 8AM, Patrizio will open for breakfast. (You can sleep in; they serve until noon.) Need to know more? Jump… Continue reading "Patrizio in Dallas Opens for Breakfast on Weekends"
I have been sipping wines from around the world lately that are both palate pleasing, and gentle on the budget. Here are a few favorites that I have run across recently, some have been sent for editorial consideration.
I had an opportunity to have lunch recently with the daughter of Raul Jofre, founder of Bodega RJ Vinedos Joffre e Hijas, Jimena Jofre, in Dallas from Argentina, the home of her fathers incredible winery situated in the Valle de Uco, Mendoza. Over a leisurely lunch we tasted several of the small production wines her family has making since their relatively recent start, 1998, with two big standouts. Pasion 4 Chardonnay-Chenin and the Joffre e Hijas Grand Malbec. The Pasion 4 line was created in honor of the first true love and passion of Raul Jofre , his four daughters. The Chardonnay – Chenin Blanc blend is lively and crisp with balanced acidity and a very drinkable style. Filled with green apple, banana and a citrus with a bit of vanilla lingering on the palate at the end, and a perfect accompaniment to a fish and shrimp ceviche created by Sevy’s Grille. The Malbec grasped the beauty of this earthy, dense and elegant varietal with black cherry, ripe fig and chocolate flavors with a hearty finish. They are both new to the Dallas market but should be available at Sigel’s soon with the Chardonnay retailing for about $12 a bottle, the Malbec for about $18 a bottle. Continue reading "What to Drink Now: A Few International Wines For Just a Few Dollars"
Like many people, I don’t make a habit of indulgence, in fact, I allow myself only semi-annual immersions into the world of brexcess (breakfast excess, so clever). Last Sunday, with a mountain of home improvement projects ahead of me and the delusional idea that I could rechannel all those carbohydrates into kinetic energy, the hubs and I headed to Crossroads Diner to roll around in what many have referred to as the best %$*& pancakes around.
jump for brekky pics… Continue reading "Who Doesn’t Love an Old-Fashioned Carb Overload on a Sunday Morning?"
Jon Alexis, head halibut at TJ’s Seafood Market says the popular seafood market in Preston Forest will close from May 21-26 so they can do some renovation. They don’t want any seafood going to waste so they’re marking everything down. On Saturday, from 4-6PM, fresh seafood (including Copper River salmon), house-made sauces, take out food, and Vietri dinnerware will be marked down 25%. Don’t call and ask them to hold anything for you, just get over there and have your way with them.
In other seafood news, Sea Breeze Fish Market and Grill has a fresh batch of Copper River salmon and a fine selection of fresh fish.
Last night I stopped by Central Market on Lovers to check out the food samplings at Passport Espana! The store is very festive and there are goodies galore. It really made me want to get on a plane and eat my way across Spain.
Hark! This morning, an email with the subject line: Check out this trip to Spain.
Turns out the festivities at Central Market has inspired A Taste of Spain, a boutique travel agency specializing in private, authentic culinary tours of Spain, to create a special tour for CM customers. It’s called the Ultimate Foodie Tour of Spain and it takes place September 11-18, 2011. Check out the full itinerary. Here are some highlights.
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From hands-on cooking classes to VIP wine tours to avant-garde meals in Michelin-starred restaurants, A Taste of Spain has created a spectacular itinerary with the participation of Spain’s best chefs, food purveyors, and wineries throughout Madrid, Rioja, Basque Country, and Catalonia. Among the highlights: dinner at the restaurants of Paco Roncero and Quim Marqués (pictured is coca de sardines from his Suquet de l’Armirall), two of the participating chefs during Passport Spain; a private visit to Caves Naveran to taste and learn the process of Cava, the Catalan sparkling wine; and lunch at a private sociedad gastronómica.