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Randy Salenfriend May 25, 2001 12:55 PM

Updated request. Anyone dined here since my last post seeking info?? We are dining there tonight.

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    Melanie Wong RE: Randy Salenfriend May 29, 2001 01:35 AM

    So how was it, Randy?

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      Randy Salenfriend RE: Melanie Wong May 29, 2001 12:37 PM

      Hi Melanie:

      In a word, superb. We had: The traditional Tortilla Espanola, although tasty, this was the least exciting of the dishes but still quite respectable. The kitchen really sparkled on the remaining dishes, blood sausage, requisitely charred on the exterior and served with a zippy aioli, sauteed shrimp, simply presented with garlic and herbs and still sizzling in the serving dish, grilled asparagus, nice grilled smoky flavor with a slightly different aioli, grilled pork tenderloin skewers with red peppers and onions. The pork was marinated perhaps sherry? and was fabulous. Detect a common theme, the grilled items were consistently good. Finally, we were still slightly hungry so we opted for the calamari. The preparation was different from the fried version that we all know and loved, rather, this was flash grilled and dusted with paprika. In addition, the calamari pieces were whole, not the tentacles and rings to which we are accustomed. With a squeeze of fresh lemon, the taste of the calamari really shone through, though I must admit that I asked for a side of aioli in which to dip the squid. Service was prompt and attentive and they also feature several good Spanish wines by the glass (reasonbly priced) as well as beers brewed by Thirsty Bear. Noise level is pretty loud but we enjoyed the lively atmosphere. It is quite contemporary and fun. Great prices, all the above plus two different glasses of wine each and the tab was about $77.00 with tax and tip. Enjoy!!

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        Melanie Wong RE: Randy Salenfriend May 29, 2001 05:16 PM

        More squid talk!

        Excellent post, Randy, sounds like you're making the rounds of Spanish cuisine?

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          Randy Salenfriend RE: Melanie Wong May 30, 2001 12:26 PM

          Thanks Melanie:

          Yes, we were on a mission to find new Tapas restaurants to add to our list. I believe we will have to try Destino one of these days as well. Cheers.


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            Melanie Wong RE: Randy Salenfriend May 30, 2001 03:46 PM

            Please keep us posted, Randy!

            It's a cuisine that I'm very interested in. I'm hoping to visit Spain and the Basque country soon.

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              Randy Salenfriend RE: Melanie Wong May 31, 2001 10:54 AM

              Will do Melanie. I've not been to Spain but my wife has as have friends. They all speak highly of it so I am certain you will enjoy yourself. I am particularly fond of the cuisine, primarily because of the vivid flavors. PS I happened to spot your post on Burgundies, very impressive and interesting, especially in light of my passsion for that wine. Look forward to more Pinot talk!!! Cheers.

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                Melanie Wong RE: Randy Salenfriend May 31, 2001 10:05 PM

                Yes, the foods have very direct and vivid flavors, as do many of the wines. I love the ripeness and intensity of fruit of Spanish wines, plus the old world acidity levels and minerality. If you look further down this board, you'll also see a past discussion about Rioja and Ribera del Duero wines.

                I'm not sure if you meant the Burgundy post on this board or the one on the International board. If you're a Pinot-phile, you should catch both.

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                  Randy Salenfriend RE: Melanie Wong Jun 1, 2001 05:47 PM

                  Well put. For my tastes, the sense of terroir in the old world wines far outstrips our sanitized wines. Although some may consider this harsh, in my opinion, there is a certain sameness in today's domestic wines, with very few possessing the stuffing to break out of the pack. There are exceptions of course, I am fond of Anderson Valley Pinot Noir for example. Spanish wines, Bordeaux and Burgundy, the Rhone as well as some Italian wines do not suffer from this malady. Also, I was referring to your post on this board, I've not seen the other yet but will check it out when next I have some time to browse. Next time, remind me to mention some of the wines from the Anderson Valley Pinot Festival, which was terrific.

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                    Fine RE: Randy Salenfriend Jun 5, 2001 10:36 PM

                    Read all these posts in hopes of finding out where Ramblas was located, but, alas, never did.

                    Am I the only one who doesn't know??

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                      Rincon Center RE: Fine Jun 6, 2001 11:50 AM


                      It is in the Mission at 557 Valencia between 16th & 17th. Enjoy!!

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                        Randy Salenfriend RE: Rincon Center Jun 6, 2001 01:00 PM

                        Proof positive that gremlins are alive and well in my p.c.!!! My post re: the location of Ramblas designated the respondent as Rincon Center. I am not now nor have I ever been known as Rincon Center!!

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          Syre RE: Randy Salenfriend Jul 5, 2001 01:09 AM

          I have to comment that I've eaten at Ramblas and have also recently eaten near the Ramblas in Barcelona.

          I found Ramblas on Valencia St. to be entirely mediocre, perhaps a slight cut above Timos and Picaro, but not as good as Charanga (which itself isn't incredibly great).

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