Regrets…

09/07/11

If I had to do it all over again… this would be my wedding cake!

Rounds of cheeses piled on top of the other is very ingenious as a wedding cake, well a representation of a wedding cake anyway. But who among the guests would not enjoy this?

I tumbled upon this photo at Janis Ratnieks Photography (a cool events photographer), and it made me think how prodigious it would have been had this been a part of the my  “I’m the princess” day. Anyway, what’s done is done and all’s well that ends…

Just think about it for those of you who are pondering upon getting hitched, instead of the same old, same old fluffy, spongy, diabetic-friendly confection – how about a literal cheesecake?

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Jaleo brags about being the first ever critically-acclaimed Tapas – Bar in D.C. ; and bragging rights they have. It has been months now since I ventured into the doors of a place that I envisioned some joint in Spain would be and my! the taste of the concentrated flavors of the tapas I had for a brunch there still stimulates my taste buds and palate when the thought occurs to me.

That early afternoon, I had the Manzanas con Hinojo y queso Manchego, made of sliced green apples, fennel salad with Manchego cheese, chives and sherry dressing to start. As the name suggests – this salad had Green apple, sourness, sweetness, roasted-garlic-soaked thin strips of fennel, Spanish olive oil with sherry, chives and a cheese named “Manchego,” which comes from sheep’s milk in La Mancha, Spain. I’ve had Gambas al Ajillo (sauteed garlic shrimp) as well but, to this day, I long for Manchego cheese with the impatience of a child longing for dessert while the parent force-feeds the vegetables.  In every Spanish, Latin-American joint I have ventured in since that day, I have been searching for that melange in my mouth, like how I tasted it then, perhaps like how a flower needs the rain, but the pursuits have come up short.

I have been to 2 other supposedly acclaimed Tapas spots now in cities other than D.C. but still remain on the quest for it. Will I find it again other than in Jaleo? or like Alonso Quixano de La Mancha will it just be a dream… the impossible dream?