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An Ode to Sal deTraglia’s Virtual Tapas Bar

21-Mar-2005

Some time ago while looking for other food blogs I came across a blog with a promising name, "Sal deTraglia’s Virtual Tapas Bar".  Well, it turned out that this particular blog sometimes talks about food but isn’t really a food blog.  No, it’s something better in its own right – a blog about life in a small Spanish town, Castilla-LaMancha. 

I have never been to Spain, but it is high on my list of "places-to-go" and this blog gives a great peek into life there.  Sal’s voice comes through loud and strong in his writing and he’s a very funny guy.  I urge you to check it out! 

In the meantime, with summer approaching (okay, I know we just got to Spring yesterday…) I’ve been thinking about some Tapas dinners that I had last summer.  I love tapas and wanted to start learning more about them.  I plan to continue that education this summer and will be digging into "From Tapas to Meze" by Joanne Weir.  But here’s a sample of what I did last year:

Tapas Menu
Sunday May 30th

Salted Almonds
Marinated Olives

Paprika-Glazed Baby Back Ribs
Garlic Shrimp
Potato Saffron Omelet with Tomatoes
Sherried Mushroom Empanada

Asparagus and Orange Salad
Manchego Cheese with Membrillo
(Quince Paste)

Mojito Sorbet

For information about what worked and what didn’t see "Tapas Party Summary".

2 Comments
  1. Unknown permalink
    21-Mar-2005 9:28 am

    Wow! What can I say? I\’m speechless. Fortunately, speech and writing are two different things…so let me write a big "¡GRACIAS!" to you, Culinary Fool, for the nice things said in this post. It\’s touching more so, in that I\’ve never had an "Ode" written about me. Several limericks, yes…but never an ode. Wow! Billie Joe McAllister and me…we both have our own odes. But my ode ends on a much happier note.Best regards to my foodies friends in Seattle…and beyond!Sal

  2. Culinary permalink
    24-Mar-2005 6:27 am

    There\’s got to be a first time for everything… :-)

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