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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Asador Don Jose, Peñafiel, Spain

Spain maintains its food traditions to an extremely high level. This is one of things I enjoy about visiting Spain, the consistent traditions. Well, at Asador Don Jose, you’ll find some fantastic lechazo, roast lamb that is, prepared exactly right.

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This is a simple place, with friendly owners who are truly pleased to have you. I was walking this area when I noticed two local couples chatting, waiting for the restaurant to open. Surely, that’s a good sign. Inside, you’ll find a cosy dining room:

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And the aroma coming from the nearby kitchen will set your appetite up for the tasty delights. Sorry, I didn’t catch a photo of the food because I was enjoying the wine seen below:

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Enjoyed a great meal that filled me up for the rest of the day. Seriously, this is something to enjoy with a group. Best to walk up to the castle afterward to burn it off.

Sharpening Knives, Spain

While in Oviedo, Spain, I spotted this fellow sharpening knives outside a popular restaurant.

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His bicycle powered grinding wheel was quite fascinating, providing both transportation and the means to conduct his business. While I watched, a waiter took one of the knives in to the chef and then returned to request more work on it. Low-tech for sure, yet very functional. Impressive in its utility and economy. Such is life in Spain. Always interesting.

Giant Meatball

Seems to be a trend in Italian restaurants these days. Most I’ve visited in the past six months have a giant meatball on the menu. Check out this example:

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That was a tasty meatball, for sure. Perched atop the rigatoni in a homemade sauce, it was also very filling. Almost couldn’t eat it all, but persevered to the end. Enjoy every meal.

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