Tasty Tapas! Alicante, Spain

9.25.14

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Here are some photos and descriptions of the food we enjoyed while in Alicante. One evening at around 8 pm we went to a fun Tapas bar just down the street from our apartment, it’s truly wonderful how so much variety is within easy walking distance.

Nancy being more well versed in Spanish than I has typically been the one to order off the menu for us, I’m learning but slowly, although I do have ordering the house wine and cervezas down! This has been half the fun though as at times she needs to make an educated guess, which has resulted in some interesting food fare; like the fish meatballs in black squid ink! It’s common for restaurants to have daily 3 course lunch menus, which we have enjoyed, we really like lots of variety in our meals. If coming to Spain and you want Paella, plan on always ordering for two as that seems to be the minimum requirement we learned. For lunch one day we ordered seafood paella that came to our table in the large pan it was cooked in, how fun is that!?

Adios for now and we shall see you up the coast in Valencia, Spain!

Tapas bar just 2 blocks up  our street.

Tapas bar just 2 blocks up our street.

Nancy brushes off the dust from High School Spanish class and orders up Tapas dinner.

Nancy brushes off the dust from High School Spanish class and orders up Tapas dinner.

Most every meal is served with a mini appetizer that is brought to you with your drink order or water.  This common potato appetizer we fell in love with as it's much like potato salad but in mayonnaise and heavy garlic and no pesky, no flavor celery to ruin the party.

Most every meal is served with a mini appetizer that is brought to you with your drink order or water. This common potato appetizer we fell in love with as it’s much like potato salad but in mayonnaise and heavy garlic and no pesky celery to ruin the party.

Meaty fish balls in squid ink.  They were actually good and certainly different.  We left the last two behind as one was enough for each of us!

Meaty fish balls in squid ink. They were actually good and certainly different. We left the last two behind as one was enough for each of us!

No, that's not ketchup on Lay's Potato Chips...but that's what we thought when they first arrived at our table!  The chips had an amazing hot sauce on them and the chips certainly did not taste like they were bagged.

No, that’s not ketchup on Lay’s Potato Chips…but that’s what we thought when they first arrived at our table! The chips had an amazing hot sauce on them and the chips certainly did not taste like they were bagged.

We believe these were shrimp fritters and they were yummy.

We believe these were shrimp fritters and they were yummy.

Can't have a meal in Spain without some pork.  These sections of perfectly cooked and crispy pig tail were the bomb!  Nancy's not much for the rib style of eating with your hands but these tasty morsels broke her of that!

Can’t have a meal in Spain without some pork. These sections of perfectly cooked and crispy pig tail were the bomb! Nancy’s not much for the rib style of eating with your hands but these tasty morsels broke her of that!

The end result...many plates mostly empty and happy tummy's!

The end result…many plates mostly empty and happy tummys!

Typical small bowl of olives served with our drink order.

Typical small bowl of olives served with our drink order.

...and this is where those olives came from at this different restaurant we were at.  The chef here walks across the street from the restaurant and bangs the alines with a broom handle off the tree then soaks them in a marinade for 3 months.  Now that's tree to table!

…and this is where those olives came from at this restaurant. The chef walks across the street from the restaurant and bangs the olives off trees with a broom then soaks them in a marinade for 3 months. Now that’s tree to table!

Paella for two in downtown Alicante proper.

Paella for two in downtown Alicante proper.

Our walk back to the far end should wear off all that food!

Our walk back to the far end should wear off all that food!

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