A culinary trip to Spain

The other day, after my long work day in the field, J decided that I deserved to be taken out for dinner and I mean, who would say ‘no’ to that? Not me!
We have a few really nice little restaurants in the neighborhood and they’re all within walking distance and we decided to have dinner at “Tapa the World“. I know I’ve blogged about this particular restaurant before, because it has this great European flair. You might recall that “tapas” are Spanish appetizers and instead of ordering separate meals, we shared a bunch of those delicious ‘snacks’ and Sangria!

Tapa the world

Spanish Tortilla

Tortilla Española – The Spanish poor man’s potato cake cooked in olive oil with onion and egg.


Champiñones al Ajillo – Mushrooms sautéed in olive oil, garlic, parsley, and white wine.


Steamed Mussels – Sherry, tomatoes, ginger, shallots, and mixed fresh herbs.

Beef tips

Filet Mignon Beef Tips – Sautéed in a spicy plum & ginger sauce.

Not pictured are the basket of delicious fresh bread (which we asked to be refilled twice) and a tasty dipping sauce (extra virgin olive oil, balsamic vinegar & garlic).

To be honest, not only is  the way to a man’s heart through his stomach, it’s also the way to my heart. J and I both really enjoy good food and he couldn’t have made me happier than suggesting a nice dinner after a 12 hour work day.

  1. Ohmygoooodness this looks so amazing! I’m really fortunate that my brother married into an all Spanish family, so I’m often greeted in their homes with classic Spanish dishes. & that doesn’t include when their family visits FROM SPAIN. Oh now I’m really hungry.

    Your pictures literally made my mouth water. For mussels. At 9:30am. Ha :)

  2. I’m totally in LOVE with tapas! I love idea of getting many small little things than having the one traditional main. So much fun! :)

  3. Shut the front door, this all looks amazing! Ok, now I’m hungry!
    Happy Monday xxx

  4. I love tapas and these look delicious!

  5. the stomach is also the direct route to my heart. ;) love the name of the restaurant – so clever!

  6. I used to have some favorite tapas restaurants in Chicago and haven’t been to them in ages. Your post is also reminding me of my trips to Barcelona, possibly my most favorite city so far. The only downside to tapas is that because you’re eating a little of this and a little of that, I think it’s easy to get carried away without even realizing you’re eating too much!

  7. Yum, those tapas look delicious. I love going out for tapas as you get to try so many different things! Looks like a fun end to a very long day!

  8. i love tapas, it’s such a fun way to try all sorts of different foods. yum.

  9. I LOOOOOVE Tapa the World! Next blogger meet-up spot? ;)

  10. Yummy. That looks great.
    Now I am hungry – at 7 in the morning,…

  11. This post reminds me that Tapa the World is how we “found” each other! Your last post about it caught my attention and I was all, “WAIT. SHE IS NEAR ME.” :) Ah, fond memories!

  12. Yum! Sharing appetizers and sangria (well, not sharing the drinks probably) sounds like the perfect date night! I don’t know if there is a Tapas place nearby but I’d love to try it sometime!

  13. Oh my goodness, I am drooling over your meal. I’m not even hungry, but now I want all of that! Lucky you!

  14. Oooh that sounds like an awesome restaurant!! & SANGRIA! YUMM!

  15. OMG, my mouth is watering. hmmmyum.

  16. I LOVE tapas. I think mostly it’s because I like sharing food with people because it means I get to try more things. We’ve got a great Greek place called Stella’s that has meze, which is Greek for small plates and it’s AMAZING.

  17. I freaking love TAPAS!

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