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Fun Photo Friday — Transatlantic 2022; Palma de Mallorca and Valldemossa Favorites 3

Today finishes up our 2022 transatlantic cruise series, and next week I begin a series on an eight-day follow-on journey aboard the same ship — Vision of the Seas. We’ll begin with a town I’m thinking most of you will not know, Aigues-Mortes in France. Until then:


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Transatlantic 2022 — Returning to a Barcelona Favorite; Restaurante Anduriña

Restaurante Anduriña, Barcelona, Spain

Today concludes my series on our transatlantic cruise, but this trip is far from over. As you may have surmised, since several of the destinations covered over the past several weeks were hit more than once, the next segment of this two-and-a-half-month journey was an eight-day Mediterranean cruise that hit seldom-visited ports in Spain and France. So, while the transatlantic aboard Vision of the Seas ended in Barcelona, our next Vision of the Seas adventure began later that same 13 May date.

Restaurante Anduriña outdoor tapas menu

Now, if today’s restaurant review appears familiar, it’s because I’ve covered Restaurante Anduriña before in an article from when we visited this establishment on multiple occasions in October of 2021. I thought it might be fun to go back and see if the quality is holding up. Spoiler: It is. Here’s the article on our previous visit for comparison: Fun Food Friday — Restaurante Anduriña. If you compare the menu images from last year’s visit to the visit in May, you’ll find that inflation is indeed a worldwide post-pandemic phenomenon. But the prices didn’t go up all that badly.

13 May 2022 prices — Main Menu
13 May 2022 prices — Drinks and Desserts

But, hey, don’t forget the specials:

Menu del Dia — Menu of the Day

Inside, not much has changed. Restaurante Anduriña retains its intimate charm, but with limited seating. If you want to eat there, go early or see if you can reserve a table:

As the old saying goes: When in Spain, do tapas. Okay, I just made that up. But tapas is a truly Spanish invention that bears sampling. However, before getting your chosen tapas, don’t forget Andurina‘s exquisite sangria, which I told you about in my previous review, which read: “It was on our second visit that we also discovered Restaurante Anduriña also makes a mean sangria. Needless to say, the house wine went by the wayside once we discovered sangria by the “jug” (pitcher).

Restaurante Anduriña‘s sangria is still wonderful and refreshing

One of our favorite discoveries here from our last series of visits was the delectable Padrón peppers, which I described thusly: “On our second of three visits Ursula’s nose detected the faint aroma of green chilies. Looking around we saw a couple savoring a plate piled high with what we soon learned were Padrón peppers. It was love at first bite, and we wound up ordering it more than once. No need to worry about spiciness (unfortunately for us), as they were quite mild and very tasty. The peppers came to us fried and rolled in coarse salt.” Well, those Padrón peppers were just as irresistibly delectable this past May:

Padrón peppers; so good you’ll want your own plate

Shall we zoom in for a closer look?

Padrón peppers

And a very short time later we were left with:

Ooops. You blinked and they were gone!

One quibble I might have is that bread comes as a separate expense at Restaurante Anduriña, but Ursula and I remain willing to overlook that because everything else is so yummy and relatively affordable. One item that remains a constant on this visit as well as our previous three last October is the Spanish cured meat platter. From my previous review: “Let’s zoom in and see what goodies await, as this platter includes olives, chorizo (a spicy sausage), Iberian ham, fuet (a thinly sliced dry-cured pork sausage), bull blanc (the pale meat pictured, a type of pork sausage).” That, too, is just as good as it was before, and the price for this wonderful tray is only €2 more than it was last year:

Spanish cured meat platter includes olives; bread is extra, but is an absolute must

You may wish to peruse my previous review of Restaurante Anduriña for details on other menu offerings, such as their pulled pork sandwich served with some incredible fries, anchovies swimming in olive oil, and their great hamburger. Want to know the location for your next Barcelona visit? Well, that’s a secret.

Just kidding:

Restaurante Anduriña; on Carrer Comtal just east of Avinguda del Portal de l’Àngel

As for their website, that is linked here: Restaurante Anduriña.

I hope you enjoyed this return to a Barcelona favorite of ours. See you for this week’s Fun Photo Friday, where we’ll finish up with one more set of favorites highlighting Palma de Mallorca and Valldemossa.

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Dinner was Just Ducky

There is a delicacy for which certain high-end restaurants in Beijing are famous.  It’s called “Peking Duck.”  I must say that it is indeed impressive.

After a very exhausting day our guide Mao Gu’i “Jim” Chen of China Spree turned us loose for a bit of rest back at the hotel, only to return a short while later to herd us to our next destination — the famous Bianyifang Restaurant dating back originally to 1855 using an established name that goes back even further.  A lot further.  To 1412 to be exact.

Can you imagine . . . a restaurant that traces its roots back to 364 years before the signing of the Declaration of Independence, and some 80 years before Columbus tripped over the New World on his way to Beijing for some Peking Duck?

The most incredible thing you’ll first notice about Peking Duck is the tasty, crisp skin.  It’s simply indescribably.  You just have to taste it to know what I mean.  Served with the duck were lotus root, noodles, snow peas, other assorted vegetables, a type of crepe in which to place the duck meat, various condiments, and a rather interesting Yanjing beer.

Here’s the feast complete with descriptions:


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