Last Friday evening, my friend (a fluent Spanish speaker with a M.L.A from Duke who is married to an airline pilot and has traveled extensively in Latin America and Europe) and I (married to a Northern Italian who has lived in Latin America and travelled extensively world-wide) enjoyed a tremendously delicious meal at Tasca Brava in Cary, near Research Triangle Park.
We ordered a range of 5 dishes, including empanadas with cheese, El Torero (succulently flavored meatballs in a red sauce that was nothing like Italian ragu), a goat cheese melting into another type of spiced red sauce, meat patties with blue cheese topping and flavorful potatoes, etc.
An Andalusian woman who co-owns the restaurant with her Colombian husband prepared all the food from scratch.
We ended the evening with delicious coconut flan and creme brulee, which were already too much after the amount of food we'd consumed.
I cannot pretend to know Spanish food. The closest I have come was in a Spanish bistro in Rio Di Janeiro about 20 years ago, and in a famed Spanish-style restaurant in Miami.
However, the experience was so wonderful, I'm taking my spouse back for my birthday.
The total for me and my friend for the meal, along with two drinks apiece for us, came to $73.00. This was indeed money well spent!
Donata Lewandowski Guerra
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