While in Selcuk I decided to have a fancy night out to dinner so I went around the corner to the upscale hotel that had a rooftop restaurant. I enjoyed the sunset views (forgot pictures) and view of the pool.
I can’t remember what I ordered as an entree but this meze platter (see above) was marvelous. I tried for the first time sea beans and I love them. Growing up in Florida it seems like I should have had them before but I have not. I am going to seek them out when I return home. Also in the platter is hummus, yogurt sauce, eggplant and beets; all are excellent.
My only regret from the night is that I did not purchase this lamp that was at my table. It was the only battery powered one I saw in turkey. I really wanted a lamp but the power supply (European plugs) always kept me from buying one.
It was a great night out and I am glad I treated myself.
We soon discover we are where Vasco da Gama the explorer is buried.
We have Fado reservations for the evening so we return to closer to the main part of town. While we wait we watch tourist boats in the harbor. I ended up taking this boat about a week later when I was traveling alone again. It was quite fun.
Now it is off to Fado. I’ll dedicate a post to this later. Bye!
I didn’t do a tapas/pintxos crawl during my return visit to Bilbao because quite frankly I am sick of tapas. I just want real meals. But I did have on my to-do this to visit this historic tapas place that is close to my new Bilbao hotel – Cafe Iruna.
A must while in the Asturias (in my case Gijon) is to try out a local Sideria.
A Sideria is a bar that serves a local cider. There are many to choose from. You order by the bottle which is the same size everywhere.
I enjoyed checking out one of the more popular ones called La Galana.
The cider is good but what is also fun is watching the cider men pouring. They place the bottle up above their head and the glass close to their knees and pour. Most do not look while they are pouring.
I did not get a video but this is what it looks like.
One of the best things to do in Logroño is take a tapas stroll down Calle del Laurel. It just so happens that my hotel room is located in the middle of it all.
I only scheduled one evening in town so after some daytime sightseeing I return to my room to freshen up for my food crawl.
Logroño does pintxos right. You can find a few cafes that will offer many choices like below.
But what is different about most of this crawl is that there are specialty stops, meaning many places have their item that they do well. In addition most places are paired with a local vintage. So basically you have unique food and wine pairings at each spot.
Logroño really knows how to eat well!
Probably my favorite of the night is Bar Volapie. There are many choices to eat but the specialty is the peel and eat prawns. I enjoyed my prawns and wine.
The crowd keeps getting thicker and I keep getting fuller so it is time to go back to my room. What a great night!
My cute little room
I definitely recommend Logroño as a stop in the region.