Cantina dei Papi, Rome

Cantina dei Papi has a few locations in Rome. I stopped in to the one in the Trastevere neighborhood for a snack while in the city.

eC+400HgRwWwlgZucGcbXwThe place serves simple fare, mostly charcuterie, which can be quite tasty along with a nice bottle of wine. Here’s what we enjoyed:

IMG_2329It was a great snack, one that primed us for a fantastic dinner.

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Big Shake’s, Franklin, TN

In my pursuit for fantastic local joints, I stopped at Big Shake’s, Franklin, Tennessee.

imageThis is a small joint, several tables and a counter, as you can see in the photo below:

imageThey have some darn spicy chicken for sure, but I like the flavor of chicken just as it is. Nonetheless, I tried the regular and the “cry baby” which is a mild hot version.

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The cry baby heat comes as a sort of after taste, just enough to tickle those receptors. As for the regular fried chicken, it was juicy and good. Next time, I’ll move up the heat ladder; see what happens. Enjoy every meal.

Lunch in Belchite, Spain

While roaming about Spain, of course one of my favorite things to do is enjoy a “local” meal. There’s hardly a bar-restaurante, truck stop, roadside stand, or snack shack that doesn’t catch my attention. That being the case, I have to make a selection and take my chances. Well, while in the tiny town of Belchite, Spain, I found the perfect spot. A corner place, with an awning and a few tables outside where the local older gents were having a chat. To this day, I’m not sure of the name of this place, but here’s a photo of the outside:

Exterior of a great little corner bar/restaurant in Belchite, Spain.

Exterior of a great little corner bar/restaurant in Belchite, Spain.

Going inside, I found several more guys at the bar, enjoying a tapas-style snack.

The tapas bar at a local joint in Belchite, Spain.

The tapas bar at a local joint in Belchite, Spain.

This place had a fine variety of tasty tapas, and I ordered several to make a meal.

Tortilla española and more at a local joint in Belchite, Spain.

Tortilla española and more at a local joint in Belchite, Spain.

Note the ice-cold Coca-Cola backing up the tapas. And there were plenty more, including these:

More tapas at a local joint in Belchite, Spain.

More tapas at a local joint in Belchite, Spain.

This was a great meal, served by a friendly lady who ran the place with a smile. I asked a few questions about the town, the bar, and such, which she was happy to answer, thereby giving me some local insight. Amazingly, the whole adventure cost me less than 15 euros. That’s an incredible value and a fun way to spend a few hours. Enjoy every meal!

Fermin’s Bar BQ (Aruba), video visit

Stopped in for lunch at Fermin’s Bar BQ today. A friend recommended the joint, telling me the cook won the local bbq contest three years in a row. This place is easy to find, from the high-rise hotel area, take the road to the main intersection in Noord, then turn right and keep looking on your left. It’ll be easy to find because there’s usually plenty of cars there and a big sign. Here’s the video visit:

I enjoyed the ribs and chicken platter, which comes with two sides. My regular sides were the cole slaw and garlic mashed potatoes. I added the baked beans because baked beans always go with bbq. It’s a hearty meal and much better than the regular grilled ribs you find at so many places around Aruba. Also, the beer is ICE-COLD which helps tamp down the Aruban sun. Prices are local, the scene is local, and you’ll fit right in. Bring your friends for lunch and enjoy!