September 2, 1994 |
Alegria, the new tapas bar on Pine Avenue in Long Beach, has a stylishly mad-cap look, as if the alegria--or happiness--in question was the intoxicated, transient giddiness of Pedro Almodovar's happy endings. A cute, swoopy counter lines a brick wall hung with colorful, cartoonishly framed Miro and Picasso posters. Over the bar, from iron racks, swing skeins of chiles and garlic and whole dry hams--and I mean whole: Each ham still sports a leg and cloven hoof.
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May 29, 1986
It has proven rather amusing of late to tell people that restaurateur Paul Dobson has opened a new tapas bar in downtown San Diego. The word tapas seems to register incorrectly with about three out of five listeners. Their eyes narrowing in amazement or amusement, these folks tend to blurt: "Dobson has opened a topless bar?"
March 5, 2008 |
Tell me, what food-loving traveler can visit San Sebastian in the Spanish Basque country and not fall head over heels for pintxos (pronounced "peenchos"), the local version of tapas? It happened to me. It's happened to countless other foodies discovering Basque cuisine for the first time. And it happened to Joe Miller, chef-owner of Joe's Restaurant in Venice and now of Bar Pintxo in Santa Monica too. Slip into one of the more than 50 tapas bars lining the twisting, narrow streets of San Sebastian's old town, order a glass of Txakolina wine, try one or more of the house specialties and then move on to the next bar for its specialties.
January 1, 1998 |
By Allesandro Street, Glendale Boulevard is teeth-gnashing desperate to get onto the Glendale Freeway. At this last moment, with freedom just in sight, not a whole lot of traffic stops at the little corner mall. Of course, there's not much there. Just a market, a dentist, a video store and the blazing yellow Restaurant Spain.
January 6, 2012 |
Spain has a post-holiday tradition that goes way beyond Black Friday. Each year the country conducts an entire month of January sales, or rebajas , that make winter a good time to visit. Illinois-based Tourcrafters offers a four-night Madrid shopping trip through the end of the month that starts at $485 per person. On this tour, bargain hunters have free time to check out the Mercado de San Miguel food market, the Rastro antique flea market and El Corte Ingles department store while enjoying tapas and wine-tastings along the way. Dates: The five day/four-night tour is offered for travel through Jan. 31. Price: $485 per person, based on double occupancy (this tour is offered in February and March for a higher price)
November 22, 2012 |
Fifty years is a long time to have a bad reputation. That's almost how long Silver Lake's El Cid - the Spanish restaurant known for its flamenco dinner theater - has been open. It's also about how long Angelenos have raved about the show while lamenting the quality of the food and drink. The venue is now under new management, however, and the guardians of the historic space are as serious about food as they are about hosting quality entertainment. Owner Scott Milano has brought in foodie and organic jam-maker Laura Ann Masura to revamp the bar program and chef Olivia Hernandez to create a menu of seasonal tapas.