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)
September 8, 2011
A 4-year-old red from Rioja for less than $20? That's why Bodegas Sierra Cantabria always gets such high marks for its price/quality ratio. Winemaker Marcos Eguren conjures up a delicious intro-level Rioja, one that anybody would be proud to serve. Modern in style, it has both fruit and intensity without sacrificing elegance. Layers of blackberries and spice and its well-integrated tannins make the 2007 Sierra Cantabria Rioja "Crianza" a great quaffing wine. Have it with grilled sausages, charcuterie, tapas and first courses.