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Just a couple of weeks ago we were sitting on the front porch of Willows Inn, drinks in hand, gazing out over the shimmering Salish Sea on a warm, sunny afternoon and waiting to enjoy what The New York Times claimed was one of the ten restaurants in the world worth a plane ride to dine at.
With summer finally here I thought I'd give a shout out to some of my favorite dining experiences of the past few months that didn't get a dedicated post. If you haven't been to these six restaurants, put them on your summer to-eat list
At seventy-one years old, Shiro works just three nights a week. One of those was a recent Friday when, for my birthday dinner, Craig and I dutifully lined up forty-five minutes prior to opening and breathed a sigh of relief when we realized we'd get two of the eleven seats at the sushi bar.
I started my search for the best sushi restaurants in Vancouver, and the one that everyone seemed to be writing about was Miku. With little exception, people raved about Miku for their food, service, and décor. And while expensive, most reviewers and bloggers seemed to think it was well worth the price of admission.
Nestled off La Rambla lies one of Barcelona's great landmarks, the Mercat de Sant Josep de la Boqueria - more commonly known as La Boqueria. A public market with roots dating back to the 13th century, it is as much a feast for the eyes and ears as it is for the nose and mouth, and was one of our favorite adventure stops in the city.
Fourty-one courses consisting of tastes and sips in a culinary trip around the world. There are some elBulli classics here, as well as many other unique and new dishes, all with the common goals of intense flavor, gorgeous and pain-staking presentation, along with surprise and magic.
Hisop is a small, starkly modern and minimalist dining room located in a quiet alley off Barcelona's busy Avinguda Diagonal. Open since 2001, in 2010 it received its first Michelin star and would be our first Michelin experience. While I know stars aren't required for a great dining experience, I can't say I wasn't curious to see what Michelin star dining was like. Although not pretentious or stuffy, it was the most formal of all our dining experiences in Barcelona and was a nice change of pace from the previous two nights of casual tapas.
Tickets is considered the hardest reservation to get in Barcelona right now. Seats are released at midnight GMT exactly sixty days in advance and are quickly snapped up, so it requires calculated advance planning if you're going there. And you are going – because it's Tickets, and because it's the Adria brothers.
La Pepita was just the type of place I had hoped for. With the energy of a favorite neighborhood restaurant, it was absolutely packed. We decided to give ourselves over to the chef and let them choose which tapas to bring out for us to share, and with a lovely bottle of Catalan wine to accompany the meal the dishes started to arrive quickly.