Saturday, August 23, 2008

Spanish Tapas: Restaurant Adventure Saturday!

I'll be honest--Spanish food isn't exactly an adventure for us--we have it from time to time, but we are running out of cool restaurant ideas! I can't do Thai or Indian as an adventure because those cuisines are practically staples around here. Well, maybe we'll do those anyway just for fun and try to experiment with some foods we've never tried? Anyway, on to tapas!!

This meal was sort of a comedy of errors. For one thing, Spiderman joined us which is always exciting!
We decided to sit out on the pretty patio because the weather was so nice. But then the skies started to look menacing...
Then it started raining...
Even though everyone else on the patio started fleeing for the indoors, we perservered. The Macarena started playing which is Spiderman's favorite song--so he got up to dance!
Then the food started arriving. Of course with tapas, you gets lots of little plates of food. Our first one is my favorite--dates wrapped in bacon.
Then came Spanish cheese, quince and almond plate.
Pickle was enjoying everything--especially the bacon!
She brought her monkey along. But she calls it a bug.
More food--goat cheese in tomato sauce.
By now, the rain was coming down pretty hard and we had no choice but to move our show inside. Here is a portrait of my rain-splattered plate. I don't even remember what that food item was--some kind of Spanish-style bruschetta?--but it was good!
Oh, and there was pizza! This one had (more) bacon and caramelized onions.
This one was the absolute best! Squid with lemon.
Here's Gooser Squid-face
And a rare picture of me--again with the squid.
Oh, let's see...there was beef with horseradish...
And empanadas with lamb...
And lots of other things I didn't get a chance to take pics of. There was a LOT of food!! So much for my diet...

The kids started getting punchy...
And Gooser almost choked on some squid, but thankfully he was ok! (Although I screamed and scared the entire restaurant.)
All in all, it was a wacky meal! But fun!

Pickle says:
"This lunch was a freak show!!"



Ronda's Rants said...

Yeah...thanks for sharing...I still think you should have your own TV show...

Anonymous said...

Oh I love your family's adventures. You all always look like you are having so much fun.

Shannon said...

I love these posts... always looking forward to see where you go next!

The Spanish-style bruschetta looks yummy... and the pizza with bacon & onions.

Great pics!

Kori said...

What a great time you guys had rain and all. I love the fact that Spiderman was saved from the squid.

Lori said...

It suddenly occurs to me that ANY restaurant you guys go to will be an adventure. What fun!

I love that Pickle calls her monkey a bug! When E was 2 we were discussing what the different characters on Backyardigans were, and I said Uniqua was a bug, and E disagreed. I said "What is she then?" E said, "You know, she's a cartoon."

Kelly said...

Oh, I am laughing so hard...
Spiderman came to lunch and then did the macarena and then almost choked....what an adventure!!
I think you'll have a successful meal with Pickle each time if there is BACON involved!!
I totally think you should do the Indian and Thai restaurants...may not be adventure to you guys, but it would be an adventure for your readers!! Normal staple for my family is Chik fil a!!

Kelly said...

Make sure you stop on by today...I left you something...

JohnnyandJune said...

Ok, now I am exceptionally hungry.

Jennifer said...

Thank you everybody!! I'm iPhoning this in--we sneaked away for the weekend! I apologize in advance that I won't be able to comment much until Monday. Hope you're all having a great weekend!!

Jo-Jo said...

I get on to my step son about not trying new things and when I read your blog I realize I need to take my own advice!

Heather said...

You are such an awesome mom. I wish we could/would go to cool new restaurants. Spanish to us would be Mexican...tacos and burritos. yippie. lol :)

forgetfulone said...

Lots of interesting looking dishes there! And great family pix, too. You are way more adventurous than I am when it comes to food.

noble pig said...

Oh that squid looked good! I love these Saturday's and the dates...yummy!

CaraBee said...

I love Tapas! I am just astounded that your kids are so adventuresome in the food department. Squid!! Such fun!

Jennifer said...

first time i stopped by. love your blog..

the food looked yummy:P

Judy Haley (coffeejitters) said...

looks like an awesome meal - and fun

Kori said...

Everything looked SO good, except the squid. The goat cheese in tomato sauce? Mae my mouth water. you give you kids such great experiences! And I love spiderman, and alos love other moms who let their kids express themselves that way. My middle son who is now 9 was a dragon for over a yaer-when we were out somewhere, he was wearing his dragon costume. Yeah-NOT a battle i thought worth fighting.