Tapas Please!

I live to eat.  Oceania’s restaurants are like having the best of  Bon Appetit and Gourmet magazines come to life.  You have a multitude of choices for breakfast, lunch and dinner….all superb.  Before taking this cruise, I never liked buffets.  I am now a convert, as long as it is Oceania. The menu changes every day.  They grill meat and fish to order.  The buffet selections are beautifully presented.  The choices of mains, salads, cheeses, veggies seem endless and don’t’ even talk about the deserts…..OMG….little masterpieces just waiting for you to finish your meal.  I swear they whisper to you, “save room for me, or two of me”.    We didn’t even investigate the Grand Dining Room until we had been on board for several days.

When we visited the cities and villages up to now we just weren’t interested….our bellies were full from really great food.

That is until we headed for Seville.  I didn’t want to miss the famous tapas.  We ate light that morning.   With the carriage ride under our belt and  walking for what seemed like miles in the heat, we turned down a small winding street and discovered a great tapas cafe.  The menu promised an amazing assortment of little bites.  I wanted to taste everything.

The waiter made recommendations he brought “oxtails” first.  This is the specialty of the chef and my oh my, am I glad we were adventurous.  If you haven’t tried them you are missing out.  Think the most tender short ribs imaginable in a red wine sauce…fall off the bone, or tail, in this case.

The small plates kept coming, each as delicious as the last.  A Mediterranean salad of baby artichokes, grilled and in a light lemon garlic dressing with caramelized onions.  Potatoes were in the mix for next two….a cold potato salad with a light vinaigrette,  hot roasted potatoes with grilled zucchini and goat cheese.

If only they would open a sister cafe in Arizona!