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Menú del Día: Tasca de Russafa

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Tasca de Russafa is a huge place, popular in the evening for their tapas. Our first time there, it was so packed that we had to leave again. But, we soon came back to try their menú del dia.

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All the food was freshly cooked and yummy. And their desserts … mmm … but you’ll see for yourself:

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I had the Gazpacho Andaluz:

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again … fresh! A lot of restaurants will serve you Gazpacho out of a Tetra Pack!

My second plate was Pechuga Roquefort – chicken breast in a fantastic Roquefort sauce:

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Mike’s first plate was macaroni, fresh from the oven:

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And for the second dish, he chose a veal steak:

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And now the promised desserts. Flan and mousse au chocolate:

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All this, including a beverage and coffee, for only €8.50 makes you think you should do menú del dia everyday. It can’t be cheaper to buy and prepare it yourself.

Tasca de Russafa
Calle Cádiz 48
46006 Valencia
Tel. 96 381 85 30 (if going at night, it’s not a ad idea to make reservations)

Monday it’s closed!

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May 29, 2008 at 8:24 am Comment (1)

El Greco in the Museum of Fine Arts

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Until June 15th, you’ll have a chance to see a great exhibition of paintings by El Greco, in the San Pío V Museum of Fine Arts (location).

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The Tears of St. Peter

The exhibition (which is unfortunately only in Spanish) focuses on the painter’s relationship with the city of Toledo, around 1900. At the turn of the century, El Greco had been dead for hundreds of years and his work had fallen into artistic obscurity. But in early 20th century Toledo, thanks largely to the work of the Marquis Vega Inclán, El Greco was rediscovered and reintroduced to the world. Today, of course, he is considered one of Spain’s preeminent masters… though, yes yes, he’s Greek.

The exhibition is interesting — plenty of El Greco’s striking paintings are on display, including portraits of all 12 apostles, along with photographs that show how damaged they were before being rediscovered. Our favorite was the Tears of St. Peter — if you’re interested, you can read more about it.

This was our first time to the museum, and as it was rainy out, we took the time to fully explore it. It’s a wonderful building, adjacent to the Viveros Gardens, and if you’re at all interested in art, you’ll be pleased to have gone. And it’s free on Sundays! I think this may be true of all the museums in Valencia.

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The Museum’s Rather Lame Website
Open Tues – Sun, from 10:00 to 20:00
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May 27, 2008 at 5:32 pm Comments (2)

Corpus Christi Valencia, 2008

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Sadly, the 2008 celebrations for Corpus Christi, one of Valencia’s most traditional and popular festivals, were ruined by bad weather.

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Most of the events take place on Sunday, and we went at noon to see the Cabalgata del Convite, during which children would have their throats slit by King Herrod’s henchmen. That’s my kind of party! How disappointing to learn that it would just be a reenactment of that historical event (I must have misread the brochure in my excitement). Instead, the little monkeys would be lightly tapped on the head with a baton to symbolize the slaughter. Yawn.

At any rate, that parade was canceled due to the rain which has been a constant presence here for two weeks. The buckets of water with which residents drench Herod’s child-murdering henchmen were left untipped.

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We did get a nice view of The Rocas: large wooden sculptures, some centuries old, built in honor of historic occurrences in the city. Beautiful.

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And our parade-itch did get scratched. The rains parted in the early evening, allowing the official procession to take place. It was one of the most colorful and entertaining ones we’ve seen yet.

Corpus Christi – Valencia from Valencia Blog on Vimeo.

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Corpus Christi was almost over before it began! Hopefully, the weather next year will allow us to better experience this popular festival.

May 26, 2008 at 5:31 pm Comment (1)

Last Chance Virgin Touching

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On Wednesday we had to run an administrative errand. The office was right across the Micalet and while waiting we got a nice view of people queuing up to take advantage of the chance to kiss the Virgin. This also symbolises the end of Festival of Virgin de los Desamparados.

Here are the recently captured highlights of that Festival:

And now huge lines of people to kiss the virgin good-bye.

I kind of was tempted to get in line myself just to see what’s going on in the church and to snap some extra pictures. Maybe next year. So these images will have to suffice and as a bonus I’ll throw in some extra ones from that day.

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May 25, 2008 at 2:09 pm Comments (0)

Official Procession de Desamparados: Not Canceled

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After the Traslado, the weather turned so bad that they had to postpone the official Procession (I was wrong to announce that they had canceled it). Enjoy the video and images of the Virgen de Desamparados getting carried around the long way home. And yes, more rose petals!

March of the Virgin – Valencia from Valencia Blog on Vimeo.

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Rita Barberá

Again, Valencia’s Mayor Rita Barberá. I hope she doesn’t think I am stalking her.

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The next festival starts in 2 days. So get ready for Corpus Christi

May 23, 2008 at 4:42 pm Comments (0)

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