Gazpacho, Eating in the Heat

Go directly to Recipe Spain is hot!  It may be cool in winter and can be cold and snowy in the mountains (great ski resorts!), but for most of the year it is hot and the Spanish food reflects this.  It also reflects the abundant variety of fruits and vegetables grown everywhere.  One often finds … Continue reading…

Eating on the Road…Road Trip Food

Nothing more clearly defines a culture than food: kinds of food, dining hours, eating habits, etc.  This is never more obvious here than in warm weather.  The French are a very orderly people.  They are not given to change easily and are somewhat leery of trying new things.  (I brought Boston Baked Beans to a … Continue reading…

Octopi and other delicacies….that I won’t eat

I grew up in the Midwestern U.S…..and I have never figured out why the world refers to those 5 states (Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa and both Dakotas) as the 'Midwest' when they are so obviously 'Midnorth'…there is nothing western about them!  I digress.  The only water critters we had access to for dinner were what we … Continue reading…

Eating and Drinking through Spain…and Portugal, II

The Portuguese part….The hotel we stayed at in Portugal,the Pestana Golf Hotel had just opened in April so they were still getting the 'kinks' out.  Rather than a proper restaurant, they were offering a buffet for breakfast and dinner.  There might have been a clue that they were catering to the Brit's when I saw … Continue reading…

Eating and Drinking through Spain…and Portugal

If you want the travelogue check out the photo album.  This is going to be about the food.  After all, which is more important: visiting an 8th century mosque or finding the best roast suckling lamb?  If you don't know the answer just go look at the pretty pictures…Something you often find in a Spanish … Continue reading…

Eating out in America – the importance of ‘elbow room’

There are lots and lots….and lots of fast food restaurants in the U.S.  And there are lots and lots of 'non-fast food but still 'chain' restaurants…the kind that serve every meal in a skillet; or ginormous breakfasts all day long.   Both of these types serve gargantuan portions for very little money (relatively speaking) and most … Continue reading…

They Eat Horses, Don’t They?

When we first moved to Ireland,  I remember there being a bit of a flap in England about joining the European Union and having to export their prized hunting stallions to France to be eaten.  I don’t remember the particulars but do remember wondering if an Arabian was better than a Palomino.  After moving to … Continue reading…