Sunday, October 26, 2008

Spain..On The Road Again

I have been watching this series the last few weeks on PBS where Chef Mario Batali (who I hated for the longest time when he had that one cooking show with that one sidekick of his..but he wasn't bad in these new series...), Gwyneth Paltrow, New York Times food writer Mark Bittman and Spanish actress Claudia Bassols cruise around Spain exploring it's culinary traditions and history.

In episode 106 "Rockstar Surprise In Catalunya" Batali surprised Paltrow by picking up a hitch hiker who turned out to be...Michael Stipe. But Michael, Michael, Michael, why must you ruin the tapas experience by texting on your phone? You were showed on camera being on the phone and texting a couple of times at the table, buddy. Quite rude of you.

It's quite a good series for Spain, travel and food lovers. I don't know anything about Claudia Bassols work, but she turned out to be a foodie who also spoke six languages. And the mouth-watering food featured, especially freshly-caught seafood served on the same day...I wish it was as easy and inexpensive to get really, really fresh foods here in America, it's quite difficult to eat good, fresh and organic food unless you aren't poor or grow them yourself....

Fisherman's Lobster Stew

Hake With Clams and Parsley

Pisto Manchego

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