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Miramar – Girona, Spain

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Miramar

(34) 97 – 238 0132
Passeig Marítim 7
17490 Llançà, Girona, Spain

www.restaurantmiramar.com

Open Hours:
13:30 – 15:30    Lunch  – Tuesday to Sunday
20:30 – 22:30    Diner  – Tuesday to Saturday

In the Costa Brava municipality of Llançà,  a about an hour away from Barcelona and very close to the french frontier, on the promenade across from the marina, is Paco Perez’s two Michelin star restaurant -Miramar.

Instant happiness, when the brought out the amuse bouche: A collection of fragile, crunchy delights.  Followed by breads so flaky and decadent, it was difficult not to over indulge.

Elegance emanates from the dining room overlooking the sea.  In contrast to the stark whites and the long ocean; the plating is strongly influenced by the Catalan surrealistic artist artists from Joan Miró to Luis Buñuel and the poetry of Federico Garcia Lorca.  

At the time of out visit, the restaurant was celebrating its 75th anniversary with an extension to the menu.  The were bringing back a selection of old favorites like the Millenial egg, black trumpet parmentier (mashed baked potatoe) angulas (glass eels).  Our favorite was from rebirth from the turn of the millennium, the oyster tartar with caviar and apple foam.  The other stand out was  tuna carpaccio with sea urchin, quail egg yolk and citrus.  One must note to stand out at Miramar, is quite an achievement!

The dining experience is everything one would expect from a 2 star seaside institution; the service was kind, attentive and patient – the only thing we would have asked was for a bag of bread to go (it was sooooo good!)

 

Miramar_Girona_006 Miramar  -  Girona, Spain Barcelona Spain  Spain Michelin Llançà Girona Food   amuse bouche
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Miramar_Girona_010 Miramar  -  Girona, Spain Barcelona Spain  Spain Michelin Llançà Girona Food   anchovies Nardin with tomatoes, piparras (traditional long green pepper from the Basque Country ) and onion petals
Miramar_Girona_021 Miramar  -  Girona, Spain Barcelona Spain  Spain Michelin Llançà Girona Food     tuna carpaccio with sea urchin, quail egg yolk and citrus
Miramar_Girona_013 Miramar  -  Girona, Spain Barcelona Spain  Spain Michelin Llançà Girona Food   oyster tartar with caviar and apple foam
Miramar_Girona_022 Miramar  -  Girona, Spain Barcelona Spain  Spain Michelin Llançà Girona Food   Pulpitos (baby octopus) a la Gallega with Calçots and tender fava beans
Miramar_Girona_028 Miramar  -  Girona, Spain Barcelona Spain  Spain Michelin Llançà Girona Food   Crème Brûlée with spherificated fruits and flowers
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Miramar_Girona_029 Miramar  -  Girona, Spain Barcelona Spain  Spain Michelin Llançà Girona Food   a deconstructed version of apple “tarte Tatin” with ice cream
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Karadeniz – Istanbul, Turkey

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Karadeniz Restaurant

(90)  212 258-6290
Başka Şubemiz Yoktur
Istanbul, Turkey

OPEN HOURS: 
12:00pm  7:00 pm – daily

After visiting the Sultan Ahmed Mosque, we walked around the corner to a very touristic arcade bereft of the food options we’d come to expect as our due in Istanbul! The market was a small passage full of shops selling higher quality handcrafts (for the most part), at very high prices with only a few places worth.  We were going to write off the whole market when ….

Towards the end of the passage we came upon a group of men eating some exceptionally yummy looking food, and us being quite hungry at the time, started staring and wondering where did they get their delectable dishes!  Not a minute passed when the men, with true Turkish hospitality, asked if we wanted to try it!  Of course we did 🙂  After a single scrumptious sample, we got the convoluted directions and after a short walk (and couple of wrong turns) we ended in a closed alley with a few local cafeterias, of which  our destination – Karadeniz – was one.  Oh how lucky we can sometimes be 🙂

We ordered the kiremitte kebap, a lovely stew of tomatoes, herbs an eggplant;  – that dish what we had sampled from the men in the arcade.  The Çoban Chopped Salad and a Pide Turkish pizza.

If you are in the area, and wish to eat like locals, then a side bar at Karadeniz is a must.

Karadeniz_005 Karadeniz  -  Istanbul, Turkey Istanbul Turkey  Vegetarian Turkey Istanbul Food   kiremitte kebap
Karadeniz_002 Karadeniz  -  Istanbul, Turkey Istanbul Turkey  Vegetarian Turkey Istanbul Food   Çorba, a red lentil soup with lemon
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Alma – Cartagena, Colombia

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Alma

(57) 5 681 0050
Calle de la Universidad, # 36-94
Cartagena, Colombia

www.almacartagena.com

Located in Hotel Casa Sana Agustin, a beautiful colonial house turned hotel, on one of the prettiest street corners in the old city; Alma’s speaks to the true colonial past of this wonderful city.

The menu shares many favorite Peruvian classics, with a mild influence of Colombian & Asian cuisines.  Peruvian cuisine is quite in vogue throughout Colombia, thankfully.

The restaurant is open pretty much all the time, features courtyard dining and a lovely bar that opens during the evenings.  Add in excellent service, cool AirCon and good wifi speed, and Alma quickly becomes the place to hide during the heat of the day.  A great place  to have a good coffee, bite of lunch and get some work  done while visiting Cartagena.

 

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 Alma_CTG_004 Alma   - Cartagena, Colombia Cartagena Colombia  Food Colombia Cartagena   Salmon tiradito with pink peppercorns, scallions, sea salt and Spanish olive oil
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Asian tuna tar-tar tossed with ginger, onions and soy sauce served with avocado mash, papaya mole and yucca chips
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Çiya – Istmbul, Turkey

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Çiya Restaurant

(90)  216 30-3190
Caferaga Mah. Güneslibahce Sk. 48/B  –
Kadiköy, Istmbul, Turkey

www.ciya.com.tr

OPEN HOURS:
11:00am  10:00 pm – daily

Located in Kadiköy, on the Asian side of the Bospherous, Çiya is not an obvious place, but is quite renowned.  We had the luck of chatting with Yonca Erol manager of the Sekerci (Confectioner) Cafer Erol and after exchanging passionate  stories of food, she literally held our hand and walked us up the hill, via narrow streets, all the way to Ciya.  There, she introduced as vegetarians to Zeynep Çaliskan (part owner and wife of Musa Dağdeviren) and ordered for us.  The exquisiteness and the flavours and freshness of every ingredient were astounding throughout our entire meal.

Opening in 1987, the excllelence quickly expanded.  There are now 3 of thier restaurants on the same road –   Ciya Sofrasi, Ciya Kebap & Ciya Kebab II (where you can get about 40 different kabob flavours!)

Chef/ proprietor Musa Dağdeviren has amazing knowledge in the various traditions of Anatolian, Ottoman, Azerbaijani, Georgian, Turkish, Seldjukian, Armenian, Ottoman, Syrian, and Jewish foods.  He has lectured at the Culinary Institute of America in Napa, California and written articles in about by every major food publication – worldwide.

Fortunately for many of us chef Musa and his lovely wife Zeynep Çaliskan have decided to share with the world the results of his extensive research in the culinary traditions of this vast region.  This is distilled into a seasonal publication called Yemek ve Kültür (Food and Culture) The Magazine is beautifully designed with traditional folkloric illustrations

Highlights for us included:

  • Eggplant and Lentil Stew with Pomegranate Molasses
  • Cheese and spiced apricot phyllo ‘cigars’
  • Stuffed dried eggplant
  • Carrot and pistachio fritters with chili yoghurt sauce
  • Oregano Thyme tea – as a digestif;
  • grape extract
  • “lahmacuns” – a kind of thin-crust pizza baked with mince, onions and tomatoes
Ciya_016 Çiya  -  Istmbul, Turkey Istanbul Turkey  Vegetarian Turkey Istanbul Food   lavaş bread
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Buda (wheat meze),  Sikma Kofte  (bulgur onion and yogurt dip)
Ciya_021 Çiya  -  Istmbul, Turkey Istanbul Turkey  Vegetarian Turkey Istanbul Food   Sikma Kofte  (bulgur onion and yogurt dip), Seaweed, Mahammara (red peppers and walnuts dip), Moa Mara (curry pasta),  Risvat otu yogurt bulgur soup
Ciya_017 Çiya  -  Istmbul, Turkey Istanbul Turkey  Vegetarian Turkey Istanbul Food   Nebrus (keme mushroom kebab),  Zaffron cheese, Sibma kefta (bulgur balls)
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Ciya_024 Çiya  -  Istmbul, Turkey Istanbul Turkey  Vegetarian Turkey Istanbul Food   Black mulberry extract
green elixir of mint, apple & parsley
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above from left Zeynep Çaliskan & Yonca Erol from Cafér Erol
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Yemek ve Kültür
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Yemekve Kültür

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Maison Grazia – Bogota, Colombia

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Maison Grazia

(57) 1 702-1115
Calle 69#5-04
Bogotá, Colombia

www.maisongrazia.com

OPEN HOURS:
7:00am -7:00pm   Tuesday – Saturday
9:00am -5:00pm   Sunday

As of 2013, Maison Grazia is the best pastry shop in all Colombia.  French pastry chef Raphael Haasz, formerly of Daniel in NYC ,and his lovely Colombian wife Claudia Oyuelo (head chef – trained at the French Culinary Institute also in NY and  also worked at Daniel) bring to Colombia a taste of elegant food.  In a City where most restaurants are just a mediocre discolored  copy of European and American favorites, this is sorely needed!

Beyond the beautiful fact that they bring excellent quality, attention to detail, top ingredients, they bring knowledge and education to the local palates via their short classes.  For example, Grazia is probably the only place in Colombia that you can find real ice-cream.  Prepared in the classic way, with actual diary, eggs, cream, flavor and NO corn syrup!   absolute joy for every foodie and expat in the country 🙂

There are also madeleines served out of the oven (the traditional french way).  Serving Breakfast, Brunch, lunch, coffee, tea time and early drinks – anytime is the perfect time to go.

The viennoiseries and breads, always better just out of the Oven, were a part of our daily schedule during our last months in Bogota.  We used to buy them a day ahead and know the baking schedule, arriving just as they were ready to pull apart in a crusty joy.  Maison Grazia is right on the courner of carrera quinta and calle 69.  A lovely space that combines inside and outside with a slick black facade.  A five meter tall vertical garden that serves as a backdrop to the glass island pastry counter tricks out the design and furniture concept by Oda Asociados Ltda.

Thank you Chefs – you have finally brought true culinary artistry to Colombia!

 Grazia-003 Maison Grazia  -  Bogota, Colombia Bogota Colombia  Food Cool Colombia Bogota     Grazia-005 Maison Grazia  -  Bogota, Colombia Bogota Colombia  Food Cool Colombia Bogota   choux, lime tart
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