The Mid-2016 Gastro Tour #9 – Tapas Madrid

2016.Aug.10 Wednesday
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Just a short moment in Madrid – I flew in from NYC, arriving early afternoon. By the time I got settled in, I was hungry, you know? (I just can’t, any more than necessary, eat airline food, I’d rather just be hungry on arrival most of the time.) So it was out for a little […]

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The Mid-2016 Gastro Tour #8 – The Last Days of New York

2016.Aug.09 Tuesday
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There are some limits, self-imposed I admit, to these gastro-tours. My stomach, and jeans, need a break at moments. So Saturday involved a single meal at Cosme, and then later just some bar snacks with friends at a couple of spots, but no real eating (sharing a bowl of blistered shishito peppers and mini-bacalao fritters […]

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The Mid-2016 Gastro Tour #7 – Mercury Rising

2016.Aug.07 Sunday
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I’ll bet you didn’t know that August 5th is National Oyster Day. We certainly didn’t. It popped up in a friend’s Facebook feed, I checked it out to be sure it was legit, and suddenly, all the best laid plans of mice and men were sent topsy-turvy. How could we not participate in a festival of […]

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The Mid-2016 Gastro Tour #6 – Sino-Japanese Snack Relations

2016.Aug.06 Saturday
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It was Dim Sum Day, that’s what we knew when we started out the door. At least that was sort of, kind of, the plan. We’d decided on a trio, or quartet, of spots that are currently touted as the best spots to eat dim sum in the city. And that was just for lunch. Then […]

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The Mid-2016 Gastro Tour #5 – Trilateral Summit

2016.Aug.05 Friday
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Still in NYC for a few more days, and more Asian fare! Oh, I miss stuff like this…. Vanessa’s Dumplings, 220 E. 14th Street, Manhattan – Why not compare to yesterday’s dumplings from Tasty? Vanessa’s is a small chain of shops, currently three locations around town. It’s a bit sleeker and more modern in look, […]

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The Mid-2016 Gastro Tour #4 – Top Chefs

2016.Aug.02 Tuesday
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Two days in New York City – altogether now! Talde, 369 7th Avenue, Brooklyn – Those of you who are Top Chef fans will remember Dale Talde, the constantly pissed off chef-testant from season 4. He’s now got a restaurant in Brooklyn where he’s turning out a sort of mashup between Filipino cuisine and American fast […]

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The Mid-2016 Gastro Tour #3 – Williamsburg 2x

2016.Jul.31 Sunday
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On to the first full day in New York City… It was a double trip to Williamsburg, starting out with a mid-day snacking fest at Smorgasburg, a weekend street food celebration – Saturdays in East River State Park and Sundays in Prospect Park. Lots of fun looking stuff, and I sampled through a few different stands […]

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The Mid-2016 Gastro Tour #2 – Santiago Casual

2016.Jul.30 Saturday
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Second day in Santiago, Chile, a lot of wandering around, and eating. Started off with revisits to the Mercado Central, and Mercado La Vega. More detailed writeups on those links from my visit seven years ago. What I hadn’t realized then is that I’d only visited Vega Chica, which is where all the spots to eat, […]

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The Mid-2016 Gastro Tour #1 – Santiago Modern

2016.Jul.28 Thursday
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I know, every time I go on vacation you get subjected to an onslaught of photos and videos about everything I/we ate. So this time, not going to do that. I’m going to do a composite photo from each place, and pick out one dish that was, for me, the best of the meal. Quick […]

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