Red Snapper, Aruba (2014)

I’ve posted about Zeerover in Savaneta, Aruba, DWI several times before. Well, here’s a first hand look at some poor red snapper going through the saw in preparation for a fresh meal.

If you like fish, it doesn’t get any fresher than that. Of course, at Zeerover, you’ll have one beautiful view of the Caribbean as well, including the tankers off shore. Stop by for some Aruba local flavor.

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Mercado San Miguel, Madrid (2014)

For a culinary extravaganza in Madrid’s old town, go directly to Mercado San Miguel, adjacent to the Plaza Mayor.

Mercado San Miguel, Madrid, Spain.

Mercado San Miguel, Madrid, Spain.

Inside you’ll find every type of food both prepared and not. Let’s start with fresh fruits and vegetables:

Fresh fruit and vegetables at Mercado San Miguel, Madrid, Spain.

Fresh fruit and vegetables at Mercado San Miguel, Madrid, Spain.

If you like fresh seafood, you can have that too!

Fresh seafood at Mercado San Miguel, Madrid, Spain.

Fresh seafood at Mercado San Miguel, Madrid, Spain.

Now how about some olives?

Olives and more at Mercado San Miguel, Madrid, Spain.

Olives and more at Mercado San Miguel, Madrid, Spain.

Back to seafood, how about some oysters?

Oysters at Mercado San Miguel, Madrid, Spain.

Oysters at Mercado San Miguel, Madrid, Spain.

Of course, there’s plenty more, such as fresh-roasted nuts of all types:

Mercado San Miguel, Madrid, Spain.

Fresh nutz at Mercado San Miguel, Madrid, Spain.

And you can have a seat here while you enjoy your snacks:

Dining area at Mercado San Miguel, Madrid, Spain.

Dining area at Mercado San Miguel, Madrid, Spain.

Don’t forget some bread or pizza:

Mercado San Miguel, Madrid, Spain.

Bread and pizza at Mercado San Miguel, Madrid, Spain.

Of course you’ll need something sweet, too, right?

at Mercado San Miguel, Madrid, Spain.

Sweets at Mercado San Miguel, Madrid, Spain.

There are these things and much, much more at this market, including wine, beer, raw honey, delicious cheeses, literally everything. So go hungry and plan to stay a while.

Gil’s Restaurant, Roxborough, PA

On Ridge Avenue in Roxborough, PA, you’ll find Gil’s Restaurant. I consider this place to be a neighborhood joint where you’ll find Italian favorites done right and served up by a friendly staff. So, let’s get right to the food. Started out with some appetizers including a beautiful shrimp cocktail and this version of a caprese salad:

Gil’s Pomodoro and Mozzarella.

Then there was an entree of sea bass with clams, which I thought was an exotic combination. Check it out:

Gil’s Sea Bass with Clams.

This was reported by my companions to be delicious. I enjoyed a simple chicken parm that was tasty. Of course, we had to have dessert. My usual is tiramisu, which came in a huge portion. Then there was this chocolate cake:

Gil’s Chocolate Cake

What a great feed! Gil’s is also a BYOB and we guzzled nearly three bottles before the night was over. The nice thing about at BYO joint is it saves you the liqour markup. Gil’s prices are very reasonable. The setting is like a big living room in your pal’s house. The service is friendly, cheerful, and willing. Stop in here and keep it on your list of regular places.

Fellini’s Cafe, Media, PA (USA)

Well, my regular Italian joint closed down a couple of years ago, and I’ve been looking for a regular spot with good food, reasonable prices, and decent atmosphere. There it was, right under my nose: Fellini’s Cafe in Media. The place is noisy and friendly, fairly priced and well-staffed. So let’s get the food. I like things simple, the old favorites. How about a caprese salad? Yeah, take a look:

Fellini’s caprese salad.

I like the little extras that came with that caprese salad, a little more flavor, a little more texture. This place is going all the way. Moving right along…

Fellini’s mixed salad.

Great dressing on those greens. Now for more of the usual done right  in a very, very big way, like spaghetti bolognese, enough for three people as the next photo shows:

Fellini’s spaghetti bolognese.

As long as we’re into pasta, let’s double down with the seafood linguine. Check it out.

Felllini’s seafood linguine.

Don’t even ask about dessert. No way was there room. Plus, there was plenty to take home for the next day. As mentioned above, service here is great and the prices are almost too cheap. It’s a good thing to have a place like this to drop in on a random day when you need a food fix. I look forward to becoming a regular.