Mercat a la planxa-Chicago

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Our final evening in Chicago, I suggested we check out a tapas restaurant not far from our hotel. We were sat by a window so that we could watch the world wiz by on Michigan Ave.

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Mercat a la Planxa, is a Chicago Tapas restaurant where we took a culinary tour of Barcelona with Catalan-inspired cuisine. Chef Jose Garces’ mod-Mediterranean kitchen delivered a pot-purri of savoury tastes.

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We started with refreshments of course. One girlfriend was delighted by this flight of sangrias.

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I loved my pear cider and another girlfriend enjoyed her cucumber mojito.

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An amuse bouche of bruschetta arrived at our table. We agreed unanimously that we had come to the right place.

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My traditional tapas choice of Montadito (small bread with topping) Escalivada (roasted eggplant) arrived first. We shared the crostinis which were also topped with white anchovies, roasted red bell pepper and whipped goatcheese.

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Next up were Cepes (wild mushrooms)/ Butiffarra (Catalan sausage) enhanced by bacon marmalade! These too were delectable.

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Our third plate to share was the Truita (rainbow trout) de Navarra (a province in Spain), with a crisp piece of Serrano ham, green beans and sherry aioli. Delish.

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I added an order of Patatas Bravas just for good measure and remarkably it was the dish that I was most crazy about. When I have enjoyed Patatas Bravas at my favourite tapas restaurant at home in Winnipeg, they were presented like potato wedges. These plumb discs of potatoes must have been carefully formed, cooked and then patiently lined up on the rectangular dish. The smoke paprika aioli put the heavenly dish over the top!

The night was still young so we did some exploring in hopes of finding a gelato spot.

Mercat a la Planxa Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Kath’s quotes:“Short story collections are the literary equivalent of canapés, tapas and mezze in the world of gastronomy: Delightful assortments of tasty morsels to whet the reader’s appetite.” ― Alex Morritt

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“Mercat a la planxa-Chicago”

  1. Avatar January 21st, 2017 at 7:46 am Alex Says:

    Hi Kath, thankyou for choosing to display my ‘Short Story Collection’ quote in this post. Your decision along with that of many others worldwide inspired me to publish a new book: ‘Lines & Lenses – A Quotographic Collection’ which you can preview here: http://www.blurb.ca/b/7547355-lines-lenses Happy viewing and if you or your followers feel like owning a print copy they are currently 25% off list price if you use the code GIVE25 on checkout before 11.59 on Jan. 28th. Best wishes, Alex


  2. Avatar January 21st, 2017 at 8:36 am Kathryne Says:

    Thank YOU Alex.


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