Yes, there were oranges. Lots of them!
But what I’ll remember most about my trip to Valencia (aside from the sunshine and excellent company) is the 5-course lunch I had at the Seu Xerea “lounge restaurant.” It was easily the best 12 Euros I have ever spent. Delicious, fresh, high-quality, creative dishes fusing Mediterranean and Asian flavors. I also discovered a fabulous Spanish beer in the process. That’s my idea of a perfect meal…and the perfect prelude to a siesta.
Seared octopus with creamy polenta, sesame seeds, and chives
Mixed greens with seared chicken breast, mung bean sprouts, radish, sesame vinaigrette, and citrus aioli
Green Thai fish curry with snow peas, mung bean sprouts, chives, coconut milk, and sea salt
Asian “fideos,” i.e., lo mein with grilled calamari, shitake mushrooms, carrots, and bell peppers.
Strawberry soup with basil ice cream and sesame garnish
And to wash it all down:
An ice-cold Alahambra Reserva 1925, a delicious full-flavored amber lager
Muchas gracias, Valencia! I will never forget you.