This blog reached a milestone. This is the 1000th post. I will do a give-away contest when this blog reaches 5 years in July.
In a thousand posts, this blog didn't have as much food images in it. Not that I didn't eat out or cook. It's my failure to produce sensible blogworthy food images that hinder my posting of food images here.
Anyway, since I am celebrating the thousandth post, I will have some food here, sort of celebratory meal.
A week ago Tuesday, I met up with my husband and another couple after work to sample what they are serving at BarCeluna in Alameda. BarCeluna is a tapas place in the heart of Alameda.
On Tuesdays, they have a Green Hour (happy hour) deal of 2 for 1 all night through (they open from 5 till about 9:30 - according to the website), which is a great deal. And the pitcher of sangria is discounted to $15 from a regular of #20.
But we couldn't avail of the said deal as we were coming here with a coupon. You must all be well aware of many websites that give out deals - for travel, eating out, spa etc. Groupon is one of them. And my fave is Travelzoo. I sign up for the weekly newsletter and I get a lot of deals on my inbox. One of the deals that came in was a $60 worth of food from BarCeluna for $25. Now isn't that the best deal? You can have similar deals (although not as good as this one)on restaurantdotcom.
Anyway, we found the place easily as Alameda isn't that big. Parking is another concern. Yet on a Tuesday, we found parking a block away. We were cautious on where to park as we know from experience how tough the parking enforcement is in this town.
The facade wasn't anything at all. You'd even miss it, we almost did. As we entered the restaurant its looked big. It's longer than wider and seatings are on both sides with a long hallway in the middle. You can have a dancing night here with all the space. It has high ceilings, and a few tables on the second floor - which looks like balcony seating.
I leave work at 6 pm daily and I probably didn't leave on the dot, so we must have arrived a little before 7 pm and was immediately seated. It's Tuesday!
The seating arrangements are cozy and lighting subdued. The wait staff - I noted only one the whole time - was friendly and was there when you need him and not when you don't.
A lousy shot. I had to ask my dining companion to take this as I am a little shy taking pics when eating out.
I love tapas. I love munching, snacking when I dine out. So this place was perfect for me.
We started with a pitcher of sangria. My take? It's not bad, but I have had better.
With tapas you order a few dishes and share with companions. That's what we did. The pacing between plates was perfect. No wait and not rushed to finish the plate because the next one is coming on the table. Good job by the wait staff.
Marin Triple Cream Brie ($7). What can I say I love cheese and I love brie.
Fresh cut papas fritas ($6 for large plate). Seasoned properly with paprika aioli dip.
Most tapa places, they have the papas fritas cut thick. I didn't mind the thin cut here. It was a wonderful dish.
Lamb tacos - 3 pieces per order ($7.5). We ordered two of these and they were excellent. So flavorful.
Spicy Red Chard - not on the menu on the website, but was the hands down fave dish of the night. It was flavorful, a little tart and spicy. It most likely was cooked in white wine - so gooood. I wanted to eat it with plain steamed rice and fried fish :)
I cannot NOT have a margherita pizza if it's in the menu ($14). The crust could use a little more crispy-ness.
Steamed Mussels ($12). This dish is super flavorful, a tad salty to my taste but the rest of my companions didn't think so. The bread is so good dipped in the soup.
It was a great dining experience over all. I'd love to come here one summer evening and sit outside and people watch while I spread my bread with brie.
BARCELUNAmay not have reminded me of Barcelona, but it certainly awakened my taste buds.