The best in Spain ...
1. tapas and meze with cultural awareness, non toxic ingredients, no lard and green too
2. home grown roof top urban gardens ( this is a fairly large metropolis )
3. staff learning how to food and wine pair
4. flexitarians ... Spain had never known a vegetarian or anyone who eats fish and chicken however, doesn´t eat alot of beef, pork or lamb ...
5. people from waiters to preppers and people in general, taking good basic culinary courses in techniques and developing a profound interest in what is going on their plates and yours
6. Canellonis from sweet to spicy ( The Sicilians and The Italians outdo Spaniards on this item )
7. Boar Sausages and Boar Salami Culture
8. Oven warm brown bread basket with seeded varieties on rise ( before it was all white Industrial lard filled basura = rubbish )
9. Laboral Lunch Menus at 8.50 - 10 Euros throughout the country due to crisis
The Worst in Spain ...
1. Overcooked Pastas in Spanish Restaurants serving Laboral Lunches as one of the 4 selections ... Horrendous ... and to top it off, they do not know how to make a Tomato Sauce at all ... Go to an Italian Trattoria if you want pasta and a good Marinara or Bolognese.
2. Fusion done poorly
3. The worst Asian I have ever had anywhere in the world ... If you want Asian other than Japanese, go to San Fran, L.A. or NYC or Wash D.C. or another city in the USA ... or anyplace else, not Spain. Kibuki at the Wellington Hotel is renowned for its Japanese under the helm of Chef Ric Sanz who spent many years in Japan. The Chinese, Thai and Vietnamese: you are visiting the wrong country ...
4. Spaniards have a tendency to have a heavy hand with salt ... so, over salty and over oily and over cooked dishes ... Yuk.
5. Poor visual presentations.
6. Packaged verses home made desserts with Lunch Menus ... They need to master the art of home made easy to do desserts ... Flan or Cream Bulee out of a box is garbage.
7. Heavy medieval food swimming in cheap brand olive oil ... This is a disgrace.
8. When 5 restaurants serve almost the same dishes and a lack of innovation.
9. Soy anything ... It has an aftertaste that turns me totally off and my older daughter, a Nutritional Biologist Investigator in Wellington, New Zealand, says NO ... This is not as healthy as one might believe it to be ... Far from healthy actually. This product is grown on un-sustainable soils ... Watch ! Only buy Organic Ecological Soy Products.
Have a Happy New Year,