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Arzak, Akelarre, and eating for two?


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Arzak, Akelarre, and eating for two?

faycat | Sep 17, 2012 10:36 AM

I just found out that I'm pregnant, and we have reservations at both Arzak and Akelarre for next week. I'm debating on whether I should just cancel one as I worry that my new dietary restrictions and possible inability to eat too much at one sitting will make two long tasting-menu meals in two days difficult, and ultimately not worth the high prices. I think if we choose to do only one of these meals, it will be Akelarre for lunch. I would love to hear from people who have been to one or both of these with an opinion on whether I'd be wasting my money or I'd still get a great meal despite the restrictions. Here's what I am not supposed to eat:

Raw fish or meat (or even very rare)
Raw eggs
Cheeses made from raw milk
Basically raw anything...
Cured meats (this is pretty upsetting as I love jamon iberico and jamon serrano)

Do either of those restaurants rely on a lot of these items? Am I going to have to be wary of raw eggs used where I might not notice them (ie. sauces, foams, emulsions?)

And any advice in general about traveling with a bun in the oven is appreciated! I know how to say "I'm pregnant" in Spanish, but I don't know what dietary recommendations for pregnant women might be like in Spain so I don't know how much additional explaining I might have to do. I hate having dietary restrictions!

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