Fabada Asturiana

When in Asturias, one must have a bowl of the delicious and filling Fabada Asturiana. Check out the photo below:

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Checkout that blood sausage, bacon, beans, and more. All in one dish. When cooked properly, it’s a nearly all-day affair to steep all those elements into an excellent broth with the right flavor. I’ve had this many times in Spain. Always excellent.

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Duchess of Cambridge (pub)

The Duchess of Cambridge is the name of a great pub across the street from Windsor Castle. I thought this might be a tourist joint, but truth be told, they serve fine food and booze in a friendly atmosphere. Hence, I dropped in for a couple of meals while in town. Started with this bowl of soup:

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Mixed vegetable soup at The Duchess of Cambridge, Windsor, England.

Move on to this fine dish, which was so tasty, I wish I could have eaten two platters:

Slow roasted pork belly with whole grain mustard mash at The Duchess of Cambridge, Windsor, England.

Slow roasted pork belly with whole grain mustard mash at The Duchess of Cambridge, Windsor, England.

On the healthier side, you can also have the shredded duck salad that you see next:

Shredded duck salad at The Duchess of Cambridge, Windsor, England.

Shredded duck salad at The Duchess of Cambridge, Windsor, England.

That’s a Blue Moon beer in the glass to the left. It was on tap this particular evening. Finally, you might like your pot pie style dishes, such as this one, a chicken and Windsor ham variety that was beautifully prepared and presented as such:

Chicken and Windsor Ham Pie at the Duchess of Windsor Pub, Windsor, England.

Chicken and Windsor Ham Pie at the Duchess of Windsor Pub, Windsor, England.

You might also like smoked haddock that was a special one night, that you see here:

Smoked haddock with a Blue Moon beer on the side at The Duchess of Cambridge, Windsor, England.

Smoked haddock with a Blue Moon beer on the side at The Duchess of Cambridge, Windsor, England.

Service is very good. You’ll also find friendly people working the bar where you might want to linger for a chat and a great variety of beer and whiskey. Enjoy every meal, especially when you travel.

Melt Down

No, not a nuclear incident, rather a grilled cheese. I’ve been driving past this place for a while now and finally stopped in to give it a try. Pleasant surprise and mild shock. First, let’s talk about the food. There’s a row of sandwich grillers behind the counter so I ordered up the usual, ham and cheddar on Italian white bread. On the side, smoky corn chowder soup with bacon. Here’s the sandwich:

Melt Down ham and cheddar.

As you can see chips and pickle come with the sandwich. Then there was the soup, which you can see here:

Melt Down’s smoky corn chowder.

Both items were tasty and perfectly cooked, if a bit heavy. This is going to be great food on a cold, rainy November day, or in the depth of winter. Service is very friendly, too. Prices are a little high for what you get, almost $15 for the pair above with a soda. Still, if you’re on Lancaster Avenue in Wayne, PA and need a comfort food fix, this place will do a good job.

Wonton Soup, interpreted in Aruba

A couple of posts ago, I showed the menu for White Modern Cuisine, a restaurant here in Aruba that (in my humble opinion) is about the best on the island. There I was a couple of nights ago, having a few drinks and got a hankering for a snack, something that only happens 9.34 times out of ten. Gazing at the menu, I spotted the wonton soup, thinking… hmmmmmm. Well, it was worth the try and below you’ll see why. It comes in two parts. First:

Part 1 of White Modern Cuisine wonton soup.

Those wontons above are crispy and packed with flavor. The other ingredients are as fresh as you can get. Then there is Part 2, delivered by the waiter as you see here.

White Modern Cuisines, wonton soup, Part 2.

That’s right, he pours the broth over the top while you watch. Hot, fresh, tasty. The broth is subtle, adding the kind of reliable base that only makes the other individual components stand out more. And those tiny wontons released flavor with every chew. Of course, you can see the crispy carrot and chives which blended in perfectly. Yeah, I like this place. If all goes well, I’ll have a video soon. Bon dia. (And please, eat SLOWLY. Enjoy your food.)