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Sep 17, 2012 10:36 AM

Arzak, Akelarre, and eating for two?

I just found out that I'm pregnant, and we have reservations at both Arzak and Akelarre for next week. I'm debating on whether I should just cancel one as I worry that my new dietary restrictions and possible inability to eat too much at one sitting will make two long tasting-menu meals in two days difficult, and ultimately not worth the high prices. I think if we choose to do only one of these meals, it will be Akelarre for lunch. I would love to hear from people who have been to one or both of these with an opinion on whether I'd be wasting my money or I'd still get a great meal despite the restrictions. Here's what I am not supposed to eat:

Raw fish or meat (or even very rare)
Raw eggs
Cheeses made from raw milk
Basically raw anything...
Cured meats (this is pretty upsetting as I love jamon iberico and jamon serrano)

Do either of those restaurants rely on a lot of these items? Am I going to have to be wary of raw eggs used where I might not notice them (ie. sauces, foams, emulsions?)

And any advice in general about traveling with a bun in the oven is appreciated! I know how to say "I'm pregnant" in Spanish, but I don't know what dietary recommendations for pregnant women might be like in Spain so I don't know how much additional explaining I might have to do. I hate having dietary restrictions!

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  1. Congratulations!

    I would imagine that both restaurants would be extremely accommodating. From our meal at Akelarre in 2011 it doesn't strike me that you would be eliminating very much at all. They also do (did?) offer an a la carte menu as well which you could choose from.

    The obvious point is of course that you must get in touch beforehand and make it very clear what you can and can't eat so that the restaurant can be prepared.

    As a man with no children I sadly can't offer too much in the way of advice on travelling while pregnant.