I'm currently working on two posts about some quirky little things I found there. Now that I have better - and free - Internet access it will be easier to do a big of digging to find out more about several of the things that intrigued me there.
Normally I like to see what Lonely Plant and Trip Adviser suggest when planning to eat in a city but as those options proved unavailable we trusted to the kitchen gods to lead us to a good place. It was a Saturday and the area around the Plaza Real and Mercado was awash with locals and tourists. As we left the Llotja de la Seda (Silk Market) Laurent suggested that we get away from the crowds so we detoured down a small side street and stumbled upon El Rall (website in Spanish only). We noticed that two of the senior officers from the cruise ship were at a terrace table (a good sign???) and that there was shade, an interesting tapas menu and available tables.
Comments that appear in several reviews of the restaurant in Trip Adviser mentioned the "slow service" and in truth it was a little on the leisurely side but as we were in no hurry and the food, the wine and the atmosphere were good so we couldn't consider it a problem.
|The last time Sidd had tapas was in Amsterdam and he was eager to see|
if the "real" stuff measured up. The meatballs certainly did and the
tomatoey sauce was yummy when sopped up with that crusty bread.
|The boar stew wasn't something that Sidd thought he'd like but when he saw|
the youngsters at the table next to us dig into theirs' he figured he'd give it a try.
He wasn't all that fond of it so I had to do the honours. Fortunately I love boar!
|The cod and potato croquettes were a little more to his taste but he would have liked|
the outside a bit crispier - some crunch is always good.
|When there's ham on the menu Sidd always has to doff his cap to Cecilia and have a slice or two|
in her honour. And when its been cured for 38 months it has that special deep flavour. Porcine heaven!
|My mango sorbet, though good, was of little interest to our Sidd; particularly|
when there's cheesecake on offer. The homemade marmalade topping hit his
sweet tooth at just the right angle. Laurent approved of it too!
November 25 - 1947: Red Scare: The "Hollywood Ten" are blacklisted by Hollywood movie studios.