Month: November 2013

Oh finally, A Coruna

 

 

 

 

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I wanted to go to the end of the Earth, but that was just a tad farther away than we had time to do in our driving itinerary, and since I had not yet touched the wheel and had no intention of doing so….A Coruna was our own version of the end of the Earth. 

This trip happened so long ago that the details are blurry but mainly it was misty and rainy and we struggled to find pintxos with the same ease as some of our other stops. Perhaps it was bad timing on our part, but we did eat more excellent sea food and crisp dry white wine- the famous Albarino. 

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We gobbled up these peppers like we had not eaten in weeks. There was just something perfect about them.

As we made our way down the promenade alongside the beach we stopped at a museum “The House of Man” Casa del Hombre which had some interesting interactive science exhibits.  

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Making our way towards the 2,000 year old lighthouse- the oldest in the world! It is called the tower of Hercules and apparently when it is open you can go up a lot of steps and have a great view but we did not do that. Walking up the path to get there was a journey in and of itself and I enjoyed the view as rain misted over us non stop. I remember having an incredibly sad moment looking out onto the water thinking that this was the end of my trip and the end of my experience in Spain. The end, the end, the end. Fini, finnis, finito. 

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Having seen most of the recommended sights, our number one focus was finding a great restaurant for dinner to really cap off the trip with excellence. Budget out the window, let’s go to THE best restaurant in town according to TripAdvisor. As I was feeling sad and for some reason rich it seemed like the best plan. 

I actually just looked it up again to remember the name and it is ranked # 3, but Artabria is # 1 to me. 

This little morsel came before we even ordered. Que rico whatever you are!

This little morsel came before we even ordered. Que rico whatever you are!

Salmon rolls of some sort. Delicious. Perfect.

Salmon rolls of some sort. Delicious. Perfect.

Those little green guys were filled with octopus aka my new best friend to my tummy.

Merluza in a creamy garlic sauce (I think…). Those little green guys were filled with octopus aka  new best friend to my tummy.

Meat with a plum sauce.

Meat with a plum sauce.

Dessert- always.

Dessert- always. Chocolate mousse. 

The best kind of art.

The best kind of art. A queso cremoso with mango and red fruits. 

The restaurant.

The restaurant.

Just some recognition of its amazing-ness.

Just some recognition of its amazing-ness.

For being at a fancy restaurant on a weeknight (maybe a Tuesday or Wednesday) it got pretty full. I figured maybe we would be alone and it would be weird, but it was awesome and the staff were so nice and spoke with us about the terrible rainy weather and their insanely awesome food.

They were quite humble about all of their rankings and did not seemingly know that they were ranked so highly on TripAdvisor but let me tell you if a restaurant like this existed in Chicago I would not be able to afford it or get a table at it. This place is reasonable and not just because of my rich feelings.  Of all of the food I have eaten in my life it ranks up in the top 5 or 10. I have eaten a lot of great things so it’s really hard to say but I would recommend going to Artabria in La Coruna Spain whenever you are able to. 

 

And that ladies and gentlemen concludes my final journey through Spain. I still had some goodbyes in Logrono to attend and seeing the fiestas of San Bernabe that I had missed the first year, but I really could not have wished for a better last trip than discovering the beauty, the rain, and the food of Galicia. 

Besos

 

 

 

 

 

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