Thursday, March 31, 2016

Pasta alla Puttanesca with (or without) Shrimp

I am making a concerted effort to put some great vegetarian recipes together for all kinds of reasons—health, being eco-friendly and just giving us all more options for terrific meals.  And this recipe, which came out of  “Fine Cooking” magazine a couple of years ago, is a fantastic discovery.  You can satisfy your vegetarian eaters with its spicy full-on flavor and/or you can take it to another level by adding some sweet and tender shrimp in the last few minutes.  So one dish can be served two ways—at the same seating.  It’s perfect for families where increasingly there’s a vegetarian at the table. 

Monday, March 28, 2016

Where to Eat in Barcelona on a Sunday Night.

Find yourself in Barcelona on Sunday and everything’s closed? Here’s an insider tip
Staff Writer
Where to Eat in Barcelona on a Sunday Night
Monte Mathews
Just a sample of the cuisine Etapes has to offer....Lamb Parmentiere on a bed of Pommes de Terres Puree
Who knew Barcelona’s finest restaurants all shut up tight on Sunday nights? Or for that matter, Mondays too? If you’ve made plans to be in the Catalan capital and they include either of those nights, you can rule out visits to any of the four restaurants Ferran Adrià (of the late-elBulli) has opened with his brother Albert (with two more on the way). Still, you’ve saved yourselves a trip to Paral-lel, the suburb where the brothers have set up shops. Of course, you can still find endless places that trade in Tapas for tourists, but if you want to eat something more than the fantastically-fried patates bravas, or a jamon sandwich, and wish for a real dinner beautifully presented and served, your options may be limited. Within those options, however, one shines brightly in the heart of hotel country: Etapes.