Monthly Archives: September 2010

Song of the Week

We No Speak Americano

Yolanda Be Cool & DCup

This song is played almost every time I go out. Yolanda Be Cool is an Australian Indie Band who has hit the top 5 charts here in Spain as well as Australia, France, and Norway. If this name sounds familiar to you at all, it may be….it is a reference to the movie “Pulp Fiction.”

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Tortilla con Chorizo

Tortilla: an omelette-like dish composed of 4 simple ingredients. Delicious as a tapa, on a sandwich, or as a meal, it is usually served at room temperature. This dish screams Spanish cuisine.

This is one of the simplest tapas you can make (click here for the recipe). All you need is a relatively good sized frying pan, a couple ingredients, maybe some good tunes (I love listening to music while cooking) and you are all set. To give it a bit of flare I added a bit of chorizo to mine. Peppers or ham are great additions as well. If you choose to take the plain route, which is equally as delicious, serve it with this recipe of aioli sauce.

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Weekly Appreciation: Ich liebe München

I fell in love with the city of Munich. Here are a few highlighted laughs, loves, and finds.

{Intricate dress I tried on for Oktoberfest. Absolutely loved it.}

{I found bikes and bikes and more bikes}

{Amazing walking city with beautiful street views}

{Sign at the entrance of a church. No hands in your pockets? What?}

{Silly things in the outdoor market}

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Drool: German Delights

{Schnittlauch-Breze}

My taste buds could not have been more satisfied when I visited Germany. I have to admit, I think I grew an extra stomach just to digest all the food I consumed. Within the first two days I ate four of those Schnittlauch-Breze (pretzels with butter and chives). Addicted…I think so. Take a second to drool over these pictures with me. Caution: this may make you hungry.

{Balkin Special}

{Brühwurst}

{Nusshörnchen and Various Pastries }

{Cornflake Turkey Snitzel}

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Oktoberfest

Oktoberfest 2010. Do I need to say more? Of course! The day was crazy mayhem of beer drinking festivities, standing on tables, and singing songs at the top of your lungs (which I just pretended I knew the words to). We made a couple German friends along the way who taught us the proper traditions along with some do’s and don’ts of Oktoberfest. I couldn’t have been more grateful for their help. I recommend everyone make a German friend while you are there.

Since it was the first day of this 200th year celebration, we were informed by a lovely new friend to arrive early to the tent in order to get a table. In case you didn’t know, you cannot get served beer unless you are at a table. So this in fact was a very important point to a successful Oktoberfest experience. So how early do you ask? Try 6am. (Keep in mind this early timing isn’t necessary for everyday, just the opening day.) However, this was totally worth it. I could not emphasize this more. A couple breakfast pretzels with butter and chives later, we were one of the first 50 people in the tent after some mosh-pit status crowd control. Luckily, we also made a new friend with a security guard early in the day who made sure we didn’t get sucked into the sea of people. The chain wall of linked-armed security pushing the crowd back into some sort of “controlled” formation was intimidating enough. This friendly protection made my stampeding experience even enjoyable.

Once inside, we remained in the Schutzen Festzelt Tent for the majority of the day. So what did we do? Drink beer of course! That is what Oktoberfest is for, good quality, ginormous beers! I even managed to get myself a mug as a little or I guess not so little souvenir. Talk about heavy mugs.

Now don’t you worry about missing out on this experience because there is still time left. Oktoberfest lasts until October 3rd. So hop on a plane and get there! Over 7 million people are joining in the festivities, why not you? It is an experience of a lifetime. I will never forget it.

{Schutzen Festzelt Tent: holds 5,600 people, we were the first 50 in.}

{Beer Maid}

{I’ve never seen such a happy crowd}

{Our whole group including our new German friends}

{Singing my heart out, in German. P.S. I don’t know German}

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Weekly Appreciation: New Surroundings

Being in a new city leaves me wandering the streets in slow motion. Here are some of this weeks’ appreciations.

{Statue in Plaza de España}

{Love this Ad}

{Sometimes from the right angle this looks real at night}

{One of my new favorite tapas}

{Panty Dispenser in a Club Bathroom}

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Tapas

Tapas [tah-pah]: a wide variety of appetizers, or snacks, in Spanish cuisine.

This is one cultural trait that I have had no problem in adapting into my lifestyle. First off, this is one of my favorite ways of eating. You get to eat smaller portions, are able to try a multitude of dishes, and get to share them amongst all your friends. Add a nice refreshing cerveza or tinto de verano to your tapas and you have a wonderful meal.

I have made it a point at each outing to try at least one new thing. This past experience was one on the adventurous side. Take a look below.

{Cazuela de Callos}

This may look a harmless, which in retrospect it is. I mean….it is just food. However, it is hard for me to stomach the thought of what I ate when I asked a Spaniard the next day what the real ingredients were in this tapa called Cazuela de Callo. Drum roll please……..its animal stomach and intestines. Yum.

The rest of the tapas that I have had were truly spectacular! I am starting to get cravings constantly. They varied from patatas bravas (potatoes with sauce), calamares a la andaluza (fried squid), pincho de tortilla (similar to quiche with onion and potato), sepia a la plancha (grilled cuttlefish), y más (more). I still have a lot more exploring to do in the culinary world, but so far I have no complaints, only smiles. Well, with exception to Cazuela de Callo; that was a one hit wonder.

{Cerveza}

{Calamares a la Andaluza}

{Patatas Bravas}

{Sepia a la Plancha}

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