Jamon Y Queso

Hi friends! I just wanted to pop in and tell you about a great time I had on Saturday. Before we get into the nitty gritty, I wanted to ask if anyone played Candy Crush? My co-workers recently turned me on to it and it’s seriously all that has been on my mind.

All of our friends were coincidentally free at night, so we all gathered up like old times for a fun night out. We left our house around 6:30p to try to catch a cab, which is a little hard on my side of town (mostly residential, etc). The sunset was looking a little crazy, so I had to capture a picture.

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When we finally gave up and starting walking toward the BART, a empty cab stopped right in front of us. Isn’t it funny how those things always happen? We payed our $20 dollar fare to the heart of downtown, where our friends recently moved too. I was the only one to have seen their place before, so it was nice to get everyone on the same page.

Let’s keep in mind that it was the night before St. Patrick’s Day, so it was crazy downtown. There was even an alleyway rave that we considered attending, but we all agreed to eat; so we were on the hunt for an affordable, yet tasty dinner. When passing Claude Ln, we noticed that there was a stretch of a weird backyard-alley dining. Each restaurant put up these pop up tents and it looked so fun! The first restaurant was French, which we couldn’t all agree on so we walked down further and seen a cute Spanish restaurant. Yes, please! This next picture doesn’t quite show the vibe of this hidden alley, but this was the popup tent of the restaurant we went to. (Imagine about a row of 4-5 of these.)

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If there is a perfect example of a hidden gem, Gitane would be it!

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We walked inside to put our name on the menu (do you see that perfect table open for the seven of us? I do!) and was introduced to the most bizarre, Moulin Rouge-esque decorations.

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I’ve never been to a 50s French nightclub, but this is how I imagine it. The bartender told us that it use to be a French restaurant, but they didn’t change the decor when they changed owners.

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While waiting for our table to be cleared, we tried some of their fancy cocktails at the bar. I had the Los Muertos, which is a tequila, sweet vermouth, grapefruit marmalade and lime concoction. These cocktails were really tasty, I can say they rivaled the drinks at Beretta.

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Boys will be boys. These guys have been friends since kindergarden, can you tell? I’d say they’re more like brothers.

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And an instagrammed picture of the girls. If you ask me, I’d say we’re a pretty good looking group!

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Since we were eating Spanish food, it’d be wrong to do anything but tapas, so we ordered a bunch of appetizers to share. Although, I’m not sure how much the waitress liked that.

First to come out was a pretty sad looking (but delicious) taster of cheese. We couldn’t come up with a unanimous decision of our favorites, each one had a special characteristic. In case you were wondering, the dressing on the side is fig. It was definitely a group effort to figure out what fruit it was, I’m sure the patrons next to us had a good laugh.

L-R: La Peral, Murcia De Vino, y La Serena.

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Obligatory bread picture, to use a base for the cheese and jamon.

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They gave us a double serving of proscuitto, which was really nice of them and much appreciated. The Iberico was truly divine, it just melts in your mouth. I think that one was the group favorite.

L-R: Jamon Iberico de Bellota, Lardo Iberico, y Jamon Serrano.

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We also ordered the Alcahofas, which is artichokes roasted & crisped, sun chokes, manchego cheese and olive oil. I really enjoyed this dish, as did the rest of the people.

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Missing was a plate of asparagus, so I will set you up with a grand finale of Albondigas, which was made with braised rabbit meatballs, spicy sofrito, and oregano. This dish was definitely the star of the show, everyone thoroughly enjoyed it. I’m not a big fan of gamey meat, but if I was, this would of definitely of been my favorite dish.

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I had a blast hanging out with everyone, since we haven’t all went out as a group in a long time. After dinner, Chi and I went home early because he had to work the next day. We may or may not of ordered a pizza when we got home, don’t judge us! 🙂

Now off to play Candy Crush!

How was your Saint Patrick’s Day? Do you enjoy eating gamey meats?

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