Eat local: Restaurant Terasa U Zlaté studně, Prague, Czech Republic

Restaurant Terasa U Zlaté studně, Prague, Czech Republic, is located just below Prague Castle and has an outstanding view of the city and the Vltava River and Old Town, beyond, from

Restaurant Terasa U Zlaté studně, Prague, Czech Republic, is located just below Prague Castle and has an outstanding view of the city and the Vltava River and Old Town, beyond, from the terrace where we dined al fresco

 

From our hotel in Old Town, Prague, Czech Republic, our friends and we walked across the Charles Bridge to the neighborhood below Prague Castle (which is referred to as the Hradčany district) where we enjoyed an excellent dinner at Restaurant Terasa U Zlaté studně on the terrace (4th floor) of the Golden Well Hotel.  From the terrace the view certainly lived up to the billing of Prague as the “city of a hundred spires.”  The hotel, which dates back to 1528, is situated just below the Royal Gardens of Prague Castle.  The restaurant was extensively renovated in 2008 and has been rated for several years as the best restaurant in the Czech Republic (by Tripadvisor.com) and is highly rated by the Michelin Guide.  The chef, Pavel Sapík, comes from a family from Southern Moravia, where his family had worked as inn-keepers and butchers since the 17th century.

 

From the terrace, the view certainly lived up to the billing of Prague as the “city of a hundred spires”, Restaurant Terasa U Zlaté studně, Prague, Czech Republic

From the terrace, the view certainly lived up to the billing of Prague as the “city of a hundred spires”, Restaurant Terasa U Zlaté studně, Prague, Czech Republic

 

A first course of white asparagus soup, Restaurant Terasa U Zlaté studně, Prague, Czech Republic

A first course of white asparagus soup, Restaurant Terasa U Zlaté studně, Prague, Czech Republic

 

A first course of shrimp in an Oriental broth, Restaurant Terasa U Zlaté studně, Prague, Czech Republic

A first course of shrimp in an Asian broth, Restaurant Terasa U Zlaté studně, Prague, Czech Republic

 

A first course of scallops with asparagus, strawberries, and caviar, Restaurant Terasa U Zlaté studně, Prague, Czech Republic

A first course of scallops with asparagus, strawberries, and caviar, Restaurant Terasa U Zlaté studně, Prague, Czech Republic

 

A first course of foie gras two ways with fruit sorbet and macaroons, Restaurant Terasa U Zlaté studně, Prague, Czech Republic

A first course of foie gras two ways with fruit sorbet and macaroons, Restaurant Terasa U Zlaté studně, Prague, Czech Republic

 

An entrée of lamb loin with fava beans, snow peas, pea puree, white mushrooms and demi-glace, Restaurant Terasa U Zlaté studně, Prague, Czech Republic

An entrée of lamb loin with fava beans, snow peas, pea puree, white mushrooms and demi-glace, Restaurant Terasa U Zlaté studně, Prague, Czech Republic

 

An entrée of duck breast with gnocchi and vegetables, Restaurant Terasa U Zlaté studně, Prague, Czech Republic

An entrée of duck breast with gnocchi and vegetables, Restaurant Terasa U Zlaté studně, Prague, Czech Republic

 

After dinner, the view of the city from Restaurant Terasa U Zlaté studně, Prague, Czech Republic, included the full moon – a fitting conclusion to a wonderful evening

After dinner, the view of the city from Restaurant Terasa U Zlaté studně, Prague, Czech Republic, included the full moon – a fitting conclusion to a wonderful evening

 

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Prague (Czech: Praha), Czech Republic

Prague, Czech Republic, a magical city of bridges, cathedrals, gold-tipped towers and church domes, has been mirrored in the surface of the swan-filled Vltava River for more than ten cen

Prague (Praha in Czech), Czech Republic, a magical city of bridges, cathedrals, gold-tipped towers and church domes, has been mirrored in the surface of the swan-filled Vltava River for more than ten centuries; this view of the 1402 pedestrian Charles Bridge was taken just after sunrise from our hotel room

 

Prague (Czech: Praha), capital city of the Czech Republic, is bisected by the Vltava River.  Nicknamed “the City of a Hundred Spires,” it’s known for its Old Town Square, the heart of its historic core, with colorful baroque buildings, Gothic churches and the medieval Astronomical Clock, which gives an animated hourly show.  Completed in 1402, pedestrian Charles Bridge is lined with statues of Catholic saints.  Prague, with a population of about 1.2 million, is one of the largest cities of Central Europe and has served as the capital of the historic region of Bohemia for centuries.  The city is famous for its unique medieval architecture, and the historical center of Prague is inscribed in the UNESCO World Heritage Site list.

 

Prague, Czech Republic, with a population of about 1.2 million, is one of the largest cities of Central Europe and has served as the capital of the historic region of Bohemia for centuri

Prague, Czech Republic, with a population of about 1.2 million, is one of the largest cities of Central Europe and has served as the capital of the historic region of Bohemia for centuries

 

Prague, Czech Republic, thrived under the rule of Charles IV, who ordered the building of the New Town in the 14th century - many of the city's most important attractions date back to th

Prague, Czech Republic, thrived under the rule of Charles IV, who ordered the building of the New Town in the 14th century – many of the city’s most important attractions date back to that age; Prague Castle, on top of the hill (with its church and spires) remains one of the top attractions in the city

 

“This magical city of bridges, cathedrals, gold-tipped towers and church domes, has been mirrored in the surface of the swan-filled Vltava River for more than ten centuries.  Almost undamaged by WWII, Prague’s medieval centre remains a wonderful mixture of cobbled lanes, walled courtyards, cathedrals and countless church spires all in the shadow of her majestic 9th century castle that looks eastward as the sun sets behind her.  Prague is also a modern and vibrant city full of energy, music, cultural art, fine dining and special events catering to the independent traveler’s thirst for adventure.

“It is regarded by many as one of Europe’s most charming, colorful and beautiful cities, Prague has become the most popular travel destination in Central Europe along with Vienna and Krakow. Millions of tourists visit the city every year.

“Prague was founded in the later 9th century, and soon became the seat of Bohemian kings, some of whom ruled as emperors of the Holy Roman Empire.  The city thrived under the rule of Charles IV, who ordered the building of the New Town in the 14th century — many of the city’s most important attractions date back to that age.  The city also went under Habsburg rule and became the capital of a province of the Austro-Hungarian Empire.  In 1918, after World War I, the city became the capital of Czechoslovakia.  After 1989 many foreigners, especially young people, moved to Prague.  In 1992, its historic centre was inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List.  In 1993, Czechoslovakia split into two countries and Prague became capital city of the new Czech Republic.” – http://www.wikitravel.org

 

We arrived in Prague, Czech Republic, from Vienna, Austria, by high speed rail and our first sight of the city was this beautiful main hall of the Art-Nouveau train station, Praha hlavni

We arrived in Prague, Czech Republic, from Vienna, Austria, by high speed rail and our first sight of the city was this beautiful main hall of the Art-Nouveau train station, Praha hlavní nádraží, that first operated in 1871 and is named Franz Josef Station after Franz Joseph I of Austria

 

One of Europe_s biggest and most beautiful urban spaces, Old Town Square (Staroměstské náměstí, or Staromák for short) has been Prague_s principal public square since the

One of Europe’s biggest and most beautiful urban spaces, Old Town Square (Staroměstské náměstí, or Staromák for short) has been Prague’s principal public square since the 10th century, and was its main marketplace until the beginning of the 20th century

 

Kinsky Palace is one of the older buildings in Old Town Square (Staroměstské náměstí, or Staromák for short), Prague, Czech Republic; note that all of Old Town in Czech is St

Kinsky Palace is one of the older buildings in Old Town Square (Staroměstské náměstí, or Staromák for short), Prague, Czech Republic; note that all of Old Town in Czech is Staré Město pražské (Staré Město for short)

 

Týn Church and its spires and the Old Town Square (Staroměstské náměstí, or Staromák for short), Prague, Czech Republic

Týn Church and its spires and the Old Town Square (Staroměstské náměstí, or Staromák for short), Prague, Czech Republic

 

The Church of Mother of God before Týn, often translated as Church of Our Lady before Týn (Týn Church), is a gothic church and a dominant feature of the Old Town of Prague, Czech R

The Church of Mother of God before Týn, often translated as Church of Our Lady before Týn (Týn Church), is a Gothic church and a dominant feature of the Old Town of Prague, Czech Republic

 

Architectural and decorative details on one of the buildings in the Old Town Square (Staroměstské náměstí, or Staromák for short), Prague, Czech Republic

Architectural and decorative details on one of the buildings in the Old Town Square (Staroměstské náměstí, or Staromák for short), Prague, Czech Republic

 

The oldest surviving residential-commercial building in the Old Town Square (Staroměstské náměstí, or Staromák for short) dates from around 1400, Prague, Czech Republic

The oldest surviving residential/commercial building in the Old Town Square (Staroměstské náměstí, or Staromák for short) dates from around 1400, Prague, Czech Republic; the famous astronomical clock (covered in scaffolding for renovations during our visit) dates to 1410 (making it the third oldest astronomical clock in the world) and the Old Town Hall gothic tower was constructed in 1364

 

The art glass at Moser (in Prague, Czech Republic, since 1857) is regarded as some of the best in Poland and Europe; their main retail store is in the Old Town Square (Staroměstské n

The art glass at Moser (in Prague, Czech Republic, since 1857) is regarded as some of the best in Poland and Europe; their main retail store is in the Old Town Square (Staroměstské náměstí, or Staromák for short)

 

Beautiful architectural and ornamental details on an old building in the Old Town Square (Staroměstské náměstí, or Staromák for short), Prague, Czech Republic

Beautiful architectural and ornamental details on an old building in the Old Town Square (Staroměstské náměstí, or Staromák for short), Prague, Czech Republic

 

Havelské Tržišteē (Havel_s Market) in Old Town (Staré Město pražské) Prague, Czech Republic, dates back to 1232

Havelské Tržišteē (Havel’s Market) in Old Town (Staré Město pražské) Prague, Czech Republic, dates back to 1232

 

Trdelnik is one of the most common pastries to find on Prague_s streets; the pastry was originally known as kurtsoskalacs and hailed from Szekely Land, Transylvania — home of the Sze

Trdelnik is one of the most common pastries to find on Prague’s streets; the pastry was originally known as kurtsoskalacs and hailed from Szekely Land, Transylvania — home of the Szekely Hungarians

 

Musicians playing for the walkers on the pedestrian Charles Bridge in the early evening, Prague, Czech Republic

Musicians playing for the walkers on the pedestrian Charles Bridge in the early evening, Prague, Czech Republic

 

An early evening view of the central east bank of the Vltava River in Prague, Czech Republic, from the pedestrian Charles Bridge

An early evening view of the central east bank of the Vltava River in Prague, Czech Republic, from the pedestrian Charles Bridge

 

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Drink local, Eat local: The Wachau and Jamek Estate Winery, Vienna, Austria

We sailed on a river boat along the Danube River in the Wachau wine-growing region, Austria; this small town along the river has a beautiful church built under towering medieval ruins

We sailed on a river boat along the Danube River in the Wachau wine-growing region, Austria; this small town along the river has a beautiful church built under towering medieval ruins

 

From Vienna we spent one day exploring the region along the Danube River to the west. We drove to Dürstein in the Wachau wine-growing region — only 12 miles (19.3 km) long — and took a river cruise on one of the scheduled public boats to the west to Spitz, which marks the end of the Wachau.  We had arranged for a driver to pick us up there and take us back to the east to explore a little and then arrive at the Jamek estate in Joching for a wine tasting and luncheon on their beautiful terrace, overlooking the Jamek vineyards.  It is one of the leading estates in the Wachau region that now has 232 wineries in Austria’s smallest wine region.  Wines have been produced in the area since the Romans, and the monasteries at the beginning of the 10th century constructed many of the terraces used to plant the vineyards, making the Wachau an historic cultural landscape.

 

Each small town along the Danube had a church that dominated the skyline, Wachau wine-growing region, Austria

Each small town along the Danube had a church that dominated the skyline, Wachau wine-growing region, Austria

 

We ended our river cruise in the town of Spitz, Wachau wine-growing region, Austria

We ended our river cruise in the town of Spitz, Wachau wine-growing region, Austria

 

“The Wachua is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and region of natural beauty, and lies in the Danube valley between the towns of Melk and Krems.  The wine grape varieties Grüner Veltliner and Riesling prevail on 1,344 hectares, partly on very steep-inclined terraces.  The best vineyard sites produce some of the best white wine in the world with decades of aging potential…  The Wachau is one of Austria’s most exciting and fascinating wine regions.  Over millions of years, the Danube has gorged its winding waterway through the consolidated gneiss and amphibolite.  The crystalline rock soils on steep terraces produce outstanding Rieslings.  During the Ice Age vegetation cover was poor and, prevailing winds carried drifting sand that settled in the lee of the east-facing crystalline hillsides, resulting in layers of loess.  This is where great, opulent and expressive Grüner Veltliner is cultivated.  The extremely diverse geological terrain, coupled with the construction of terraces in the best aspects, and the cultivation of vines on these steep inclines by the Bavarian monasteries during the Middle Ages, has resulted in a spectacular and unique Wachau landscape.” – www.austrianwine.com

 

Before setting off for the Jamek Estate Winery, we climbed a gentle walk up to the church in Spitz, Wachau wine-growing region, Austria

Before setting off for the Jamek Estate Winery, we climbed a gentle walk up to the church in Spitz, Wachau wine-growing region, Austria

 

The estate house at the Jamek Estate Winery, Joching, Austria, dating back over 100 years

The estate house at the Jamek Estate Winery, Joching, Austria, dating back over 100 years

 

“Embedded in the romantic landscape of the Wachau region [in Joching] and right next to the Danube [River], the classic Jamek estate is surrounded by vineyards and a few apricot trees.  A beautiful place, just perfect for enjoying. A competent team of committed people fulfills every culinary desire.  This is how the Jamek estate became an institution which enjoys great popularity in Austria and abroad – and for many years now…  Built under the name “Hotel Wachau” in 1912, this estate represents the epitome of successful hospitality.  Four generations, whose greatest desire has always been to please visitors to the Wachau region by offering the highest possible quality…  Delicious wines and fine food have a long tradition in the Jamek estate.  The family is committed to producing legendary wines such as the Riesling from the famous single vineyard Klaus.  Traditional practices are combined with modern methods in the winery.  Modern technology is a prerequisite for careful vinification, but the traditional ageing in wooden barrels makes the wines attractive…  Our main grape variety is Riesling, which is seconded by Grüner Veltliner.  We also cultivate some Weissburgunder (Pinot Blanc), Chardonnay, and Gelber Muskateller, and naturally some red varieties as well: Zweigelt and Spätburgunder (Pinor Noir).  The three quality categories of the Wachau region: 1) Steinfeder: Light and fragrant – maximum of 11% alcohol, 2) Federspiel: Medium bodies Kabinett wines — maximum of 12.5% alcohol, and 3) Smaragd: The most full-bodied wines – at least 12.5% alcohol.” – Jamek estate brochure

 

Vineyards of Jamek Estate Winery, Joching, Austria

Vineyards of Jamek Estate Winery, Joching, Austria

 

New growth on the vineyards in spring at the Jamek Estate Winery, Joching, Austria

New growth on the vineyards in spring at the Jamek Estate Winery, Joching, Austria

 

The Jamek Estate Winery labels feature the estate house, Joching, Austria

The Jamek Estate Winery labels feature the estate house, Joching, Austria

 

Wine tasting of Jamek Estate Winery Grüner Veltliner and Riesling wines, Joching, Austria

Wine tasting of Jamek Estate Winery Grüner Veltliner and Riesling wines, Joching, Austria

 

A standout dish at our luncheon at the Jamek Estate Winery, Joching, Austria, was scallops with fresh spring green asparagus with a side of potatoes

A standout dish at our luncheon at the Jamek Estate Winery, Joching, Austria, was scallops with fresh spring green asparagus with a side of potatoes

 

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Eat local: Café Kör, Budapest, Hungary

One of the buildings adjacent to our luncheon destination, Café Kör, in the Pest side of Budapest, Hungary, near St. Stephen_s Basillica

One of the buildings adjacent to our luncheon destination, Café Kör, in the Pest side of Budapest, Hungary, near St. Stephen’s Basillica

 

Our local guide in Budapest, Hungary, suggested for lunch the first day that we and our friends try one of his favorite cafés in the city, Café Kör.  Gabriel joined us for lunch and helped us navigate the menu and the daily specials (see photograph of the wall menu).  While our friends went the more Continental route (fresh salmon and frilled chicken on a skewer), we chose some of the local specialties (grilled goose liver with potatoes and veal stew “Brasso” style with potatoes).  This was an excellent introduction to the local dining scene and typical Hungarian dishes.  When we left we noted the certificate on the wall testifying that the readers of Budapest Week Publishing chose Café Kör as the best café in the Best of Budapest Survey 2000.

 

We were the only English-speaking tourists at Café Kör for lunch – virtually all the other diners were locals (couples, business groups and families), Budapest, Hungary

We were the only English-speaking tourists at Café Kör for lunch – virtually all the other diners were locals (couples, business groups and families), Budapest, Hungary

 

Our guide, Gabriel, suggested salad and a local charcuterie plate as a starter while we pondered the menus, Café Kör, Budapest, Hungary

Our guide, Gabriel, suggested salad and a local charcuterie plate as a starter while we pondered the menus, Café Kör, Budapest, Hungary

 

The daily specials menu at Café Kör, Budapest, Hungary, was handwritten and posted on the wall

The daily specials menu at Café Kör, Budapest, Hungary, was handwritten and posted on the wall

 

One of the daily specials -- grilled goose liver with potatoes, Café Kör, Budapest, Hungary

One of the daily specials — grilled goose liver with potatoes, Café Kör, Budapest, Hungary

 

Fresh grilled salmon, Café Kör, Budapest, Hungary

Fresh grilled salmon, Café Kör, Budapest, Hungary

 

Grilled, skewered chicken with a fresh salad, Café Kör, Budapest, Hungary

Grilled, skewered chicken with a fresh salad, Café Kör, Budapest, Hungary

 

Another of the daily specials -- veal stew “Brasso” style with potatoes, Café Kör, Budapest, Hungary

Another of the daily specials — veal stew “Brasso” style with potatoes, Café Kör, Budapest, Hungary

 

Gabriel, our guide, enjoyed a delicious grilled steak, Café Kör, Budapest, Hungary

Gabriel, our guide, enjoyed a delicious grilled steak, Café Kör, Budapest, Hungary

 

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Eat local: José Carlos Garcia Restaurante, Málaga, Spain

The indoor dining room at José Carlos Garcia Restaurante, Málaga, Spain, with its indoor vertical living garden wall; the intrepid explorer is at our table with our friends

The indoor dining room at José Carlos Garcia Restaurante, Málaga, Spain, with its indoor vertical living garden wall; the intrepid explorer is at our table with our friends

 

While in Malaga, Spain, we and some friends from Canada decided to splurge on a Michelin one-star restaurant for a wonderful, long luncheon on our last day in the city.  It was a fantastic experience and, while it consisted of 19 courses plus sweet petit-fours, the portions were small enough so that we left not feeling too “stuffed.”  The chef, José Carlos Garcia, started with his parents in the family business and formally trained in Malaga’s cooking schools.  His cuisine focuses on ingredients from the sea and the mountains, sourced locally.  We enjoyed Spanish wines recommended by the sommelier to accompany the luncheon that were an excellent match with the food.  An experience worth having if you are in Malaga and quite memorable.

 

Presentation of the menus on our table at José Carlos Garcia Restaurante, Málaga, Spain

Presentation of the menus on our table at José Carlos Garcia Restaurante, Málaga, Spain

 

We started our luncheon with a delicious, crisp white Spanish wine made from the Godello grapes in Gallicia in northwest Spain -- Louro from Rafael Palacios; José Carlos Garcia Restaur

We started our luncheon with a delicious, crisp white Spanish wine made from the Godello grapes in Gallicia in northwest Spain — Louro from Rafael Palacios; José Carlos Garcia Restaurante, Málaga, Spain; note that just a few decades ago the Godello grape had virtually disappeared from Spain, but was rescued (which we were very happy about!)

 

Course #1 “Hand Cocktail” whose contents were Campari and orange juice, a delicious start to our luncheon, José Carlos Garcia Restaurante, Málaga, Spain

Course #1 “Hand Cocktail” whose contents were Campari and orange juice, a delicious start to our luncheon, José Carlos Garcia Restaurante, Málaga, Spain

 

“Restaurante José Carlos García is one of the Michelin star restaurants on the Costa del Sol and the only one in the city of Malaga.  Located at Muelle Uno, in the Puerto de Málaga (Malaga”s port), the chef offers a fusion of local produce with cutting edge cuisine.  The restaurant has just a few tables so that you can enjoy a unique, intimate and very personalized experience.  In addition, the kitchen is enclosed in glass so that you can enjoy watching the elaboration of each dish. Both the indoor room, with its outstanding vertical garden, and the terrace, have a sleek, modern decor.” — www.visitcostadelsol.com 

 

Course #2 “Oysters Bloody Mary”, José Carlos Garcia Restaurante, Málaga, Spain

Course #2 “Oysters Bloody Mary”, José Carlos Garcia Restaurante, Málaga, Spain

 

Course #3 “Sunflower seeds Polvoron” which was meringue-like and composed of egg whites and sesame seeds, José Carlos Garcia Restaurante, Málaga, Spain

Course #3 “Sunflower seeds Polvoron” which was meringue-like and composed of egg whites and sesame seeds, José Carlos Garcia Restaurante, Málaga, Spain

 

Course #4 “Homemade bread -- hummus” with pureed carrots, José Carlos Garcia Restaurante, Málaga, Spain; the breads were amazing and were served through the rest of the meal

Course #4 “Homemade bread — hummus” with pureed carrots, José Carlos Garcia Restaurante, Málaga, Spain; the breads were amazing and were served through the rest of the meal

 

Course #5 “Sea urchin – Guava” (really sea urchin in a guava “skin”), José Carlos Garcia Restaurante, Málaga, Spain

Course #5 “Sea urchin – Guava” (really sea urchin in a guava “skin”), José Carlos Garcia Restaurante, Málaga, Spain

 

Course #6 “Pasta choux – Game parfait” (which was a liver mousse inside gougeres) and Course #7 “Liquid Olive” (and our notes say “great flavor!”), José Carlos Garcia Restaurante, Málaga, Spain

Course #6 “Pasta choux – Game parfait” (which was a liver mousse inside gougeres) and Course #7 “Liquid Olive” (and our notes say “great flavor!”), José Carlos Garcia Restaurante, Málaga, Spain

 

Course #8 “Espeto Mackerel”, José Carlos Garcia Restaurante, Málaga, Spain

Course #8 “Espeto Mackerel”, José Carlos Garcia Restaurante, Málaga, Spain

 

Course #9 “Scallop – Dashi-Appel” where the Japanese-style dashi was made with tuna, José Carlos Garcia Restaurante, Málaga, Spain

Course #9 “Scallop – Dashi-Appel” where the Japanese-style dashi was made with tuna, José Carlos Garcia Restaurante, Málaga, Spain

 

Course #10 “Baby shrimp – liquid red pepper” served with yogurt, José Carlos Garcia Restaurante, Málaga, Spain

Course #10 “Baby shrimp – liquid red pepper” served with yogurt, José Carlos Garcia Restaurante, Málaga, Spain

 

Course #11 – a signature dish of the restaurant -- “Almond soup [photographed as it was being poured into the bowl]” served with mango balls and an almond gelatin wafer, José Car

Course #11 – a signature dish of the restaurant — “Almond soup [photographed as it was being poured into the bowl]” served with mango balls and an almond gelatin wafer, José Carlos Garcia Restaurante, Málaga, Spain

 

Course #12 “Red prawn” served with white asparagus and Béarnaise sauce, José Carlos Garcia Restaurante, Málaga, Spain – this dish tasted even better than the gorgeous photogr

Course #12 “Red prawn” served with white asparagus and Béarnaise sauce, José Carlos Garcia Restaurante, Málaga, Spain [Béarnaise sauce is a sauce made of clarified butter emulsified in egg yolks and white wine vinegar and flavored with herbs] – this dish tasted even better than the gorgeous photograph!

Course #13 “Fish of the day -- Lime” was sea bass with a lime cream sauce and lime zest, José Carlos Garcia Restaurante, Málaga, Spain

Course #13 “Fish of the day — Lime” was sea bass with a lime cream sauce and lime zest, José Carlos Garcia Restaurante, Málaga, Spain

 

For a red wine, the sommelier chose a delicious Tempranillo from the mid-north of Spain by Bodegas Hermanos Pérez Pascuas in the town of Pedrosa de Duero in Ribera del Duero, where the

For a red wine, the sommelier chose a delicious Tempranillo from the mid-north of Spain by Bodegas Hermanos Pérez Pascuas in the town of Pedrosa de Duero in Ribera del Duero, where the vineyards are over 25 years old and there is a winemaking tradition in the region that is over 100 years [Tempranillo is a black grape variety widely grown to make full-bodied red wines in its native Spain; its name is the diminutive of the Spanish temprano, a reference to the fact that it ripens several weeks earlier than most Spanish red grapes.]

 

Course #14 “Tortellini – Beef consomme” served with caviar, José Carlos Garcia Restaurante, Málaga, Spain

Course #14 “Tortellini – Beef consomme” served with caviar, José Carlos Garcia Restaurante, Málaga, Spain

 

Course #15 “Pichón – Pigion leg Canelonni”, José Carlos Garcia Restaurante, Málaga, Spain – thinks squab; it was really delicious and was very nicely complemented by the Bo

Course #15 “Pichón – Pigion leg Canelonni”, José Carlos Garcia Restaurante, Málaga, Spain – thinks squab; it was really delicious and was very nicely complemented by the Bodegas Hermanos Pérez Pascuas Tempranillo

 

Course #16 “Sweetbreads veal -- Sweet Corn”, José Carlos Garcia Restaurante, Málaga, Spain

Course #16 “Sweetbreads veal — Sweet Corn”, José Carlos Garcia Restaurante, Málaga, Spain

 

Course #17 began the desserts- “Pineapple – Piña Colada” was actually compressed pineapple with coconut atop and quite tasty – a nice play on the name of the cocktail, José

Course #17 began the desserts: “Pineapple – Piña Colada” was actually compressed pineapple with coconut atop and quite tasty – a nice play on the name of the cocktail, José Carlos Garcia Restaurante, Málaga, Spain

 

Course #18 “Pumpkink – Raisin from Málaga” served with almond crumble and dried grapes and French vanilla ice cream, José Carlos Garcia Restaurante, Málaga, Spain

Course #18 “Pumpkink – Raisin from Málaga” served with almond crumble and dried grapes and French vanilla ice cream, José Carlos Garcia Restaurante, Málaga, Spain

 

Course #19 “White chocolate -- Strawberries”, José Carlos Garcia Restaurante, Málaga, Spain

Course #19 “White chocolate — Strawberries”, José Carlos Garcia Restaurante, Málaga, Spain

 

Additionally, to end a fabulous meal, Petit Fours “plated” cleverly in a cooking pot filled with cocoa nibs (served with tea, coffee, cappuccino), José Carlos Garcia Restaurante, M

Additionally, to end a fabulous meal, Petit Fours “plated” cleverly in a cooking pot filled with cocoa nibs (served with tea, coffee, cappuccino), José Carlos Garcia Restaurante, Málaga, Spain

 

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Eat local: uvedoble taberna, Málaga, Spain

The outdoor seating area at the entrance of the modern tapas restaurant, uvedoble taberna, Málaga, Spain

The outdoor seating area at the entrance of the modern tapas restaurant, uvedoble taberna, Málaga, Spain

 

We liked the description that we had read: “modern tapas”.  Located near the Cathedral in the old town district of Málaga, Spain, uvedoble taberna is one of what Spanish food critics are calling a new generation of “Gastrobars” or “Gastrotapas”.  Unfortunately the outdoor seating was full when we arrived at the fashionable hour of 2:00 p.m. for a luncheon of tapas, so we were seated at a high table with stools in the front of the bar area and enjoyed the minimalist and modern décor with a view of the plaza outside the front windows.  Chef Willie has been turning out top notch contemporary interpretations of traditional Spanish tapas at the restaurant for nine years.  We thoroughly enjoyed our delicious luncheon prepared with very fresh, local ingredients and highly recommend the restaurant.

 

Tapa Foie Micuit (foie gras), uvedoble taberna, Málaga, Spain

Tapa Foie Micuit (foie gras), uvedoble taberna, Málaga, Spain

 

Tartar de Salmon (salmon tartar), uvedoble taberna, Málaga, Spain

Tartar de Salmon (salmon tartar), uvedoble taberna, Málaga, Spain

 

Ensalada Templada (warm salad with vieira (scallop) and gambas (shrimp), uvedoble taberna, Málaga, Spain

Ensalada Templada (warm salad with vieira (scallop) and gambas (shrimp), uvedoble taberna, Málaga, Spain

 

Tortilla Trufada (truffled potato Spanish tortilla), uvedoble taberna, Málaga, Spain

Tortilla Trufada (truffled potato Spanish tortilla), uvedoble taberna, Málaga, Spain

 

Fideos Negros (squid ink noodle fideuà with cuttlefish (like baby squid), uvedoble taberna, Málaga, Spain [note- fideuà is essentially a Catalan version of paella made with pasta o

Fideos Negros (squid ink noodle fideuà with cuttlefish (like baby squid), uvedoble taberna, Málaga, Spain [note: fideuà is essentially a Catalan version of paella made with pasta or noodles instead of rice]

Tapa Vieira (scallop tapa), uvedoble taberna, Málaga, Spain

Tapa Vieira (scallop tapa), uvedoble taberna, Málaga, Spain

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Shop local: Mercado Atarazanas, Málaga, Spain

The Mercado Atarazanas building, designed by the architect Joaquin de Rucoba, was constructed in the 1870s; Málaga, Spain

The Mercado Atarazanas building, designed by the architect Joaquin de Rucoba, was constructed in the 1870s; Málaga, Spain

 

The Mercado Atarazanas (Central Market) of Málaga, Spain, is slightly north of the main shopping district and was within walking distance of the port where we docked.  The building, designed by the architect Joaquin de Rucoba, was constructed in the 1870s and is named after the naval workshop previously located on the site.  The building underwent major renovations from 2008 to 2010, including the restoration of the individual glass panels in the stained glass window that represents various monuments and historical moments in the city’s history.  We were able to purchase a wide array of local products including fresh fruits and vegetables, Spanish ham, olives, seafood and meat that we enjoyed cooking in our apartment’s kitchen on board over the next few days.

 

The stained glass window at the end of the building represents various monuments and historical moments in the city_s history, Mercado Atarazanas, Málaga, Spain

The stained glass window at the end of the building represents various monuments and historical moments in the city’s history, Mercado Atarazanas, Málaga, Spain

 

Springtime in Spain translated into a wide selection of fresh fruits and vegetables, Mercado Atarazanas, Málaga, Spain

Springtime in Spain translated into a wide selection of fresh fruits and vegetables, Mercado Atarazanas, Málaga, Spain

 

Olives at the Mercado Atarazanas, Málaga, Spain

Olives at the Mercado Atarazanas, Málaga, Spain

 

Fresh strawberries were very ripe and sweet, Mercado Atarazanas, Málaga, Spain

Fresh strawberries were very ripe and sweet, Mercado Atarazanas, Málaga, Spain

 

A local specialty is freshly fried and salted Marcona almonds, Mercado Atarazanas, Málaga, Spain

A local specialty is freshly fried and salted Marcona almonds, Mercado Atarazanas, Málaga, Spain

 

Fresh local seafood, Mercado Atarazanas, Málaga, Spain

Fresh local seafood, Mercado Atarazanas, Málaga, Spain

 

“Fast food” for eating in the market – grilled local gambas (shrimp), Mercado Atarazanas, Málaga, Spain

“Fast food” for eating in the market – grilled local gambas (shrimp), Mercado Atarazanas, Málaga, Spain

 

The various kinds of Spanish ham (jamón) that we purchased here (e.g., Serano, Ibérico, etc.) were excellent and shared with several friends on board, Mercado Atarazanas, Málaga, S

The various kinds of Spanish ham (jamón) that we purchased here (e.g., Serano, Ibérico, etc.) were excellent and shared with several friends on board, Mercado Atarazanas, Málaga, Spain

 

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