25 November 2009

corner view "menu del día"


I find that the majority of restaurants in the Basque Country all serve the same dishes. I always joke that I never have to look at a menu, because I already know what´s on it... Mixed salad, vegetable medley, blood sausages, beans with chorizo, fish, lamb, steak, rice pudding, egg custard, and apple pie.... The locals think that they have the best cuisine in the world, so why bother trying anything else... Even the McDonald´s ended up closing... (OK McDonald´s is a poor example- but you know what I mean...) The following is Daniel´s school lunch menu for this week.... but it could be any restaurant´s menu del día...

White beans with vegetables, chicken breast, fruit.
Fresh peas, steak with fries, yogurt.
Potatoes with chorizo, pork chop, fruit.
Vegetable medley, fish, yogurt.
Lentle soup, fish, fruit.

...My kingdom for some Pad Thai....

Next week´s theme is "corners of your home." I got this idea from Caitlin when she posted corners of her home a while back. So thanks Caitlin for the idea!

P.S. Thanks for all your well wishes! They really made me feel better!
¡Dos besos muy gordos!


57 comments:

Kaylovesvintage said...

amazing photo

Lollipop said...

i'll made a pad thai for you if come to brussels ;-)
love your photos!

ibb said...

Almost the same?¿ hahahahaha....
Just must come with me to lunch...there are some different secret places...
And I have a McDonald´s just ready opened next to work. jajajaja

julochka said...

beautiful light in that photo!

i'm playing along today and will definitely play next week too!! yay for corner views!!!

Jane said...

beautiful photo. I know what you mean about the food. And the thing I miss the very most when I travel in Europe is spicy food. I can't go without it for more than a few days!! One day I will even be organised enough to do a Corner View of my own. xoxo

pien said...

who needs pad thai [whatever that may be] when living in spain with all the food you discrape ...

Kari said...

I love the photo.
I'm serving Pad Thai - you gotta come and join me!!!
Happy Day.

B said...

Jijiji! You're right, Spanish always think that there is no point on trying other food! When I fist moved to England, I couldn't believe the variety of restaurants you can find here! :)
I'm sorry you're sick, hope you're feeling better!

Francesca said...

Not bad for a school lunch menu, or do they eat at the restaurant:)?
PS - what happened to the "menu AL dia"?

Fancy Fodder said...

That school lunch is incredible! The things they serve our children here may as well be pure salt, sugar, fat, and cardboard.
McDonald's went out of business there?
Hahahahaaa! That poisonous chain just keeps popping up here in the states.
Will you be celebrating Thanksgiving this year?
Happy Thanksgiving, anyhoo.
I'm thankful for your blog :+)

likeschocolate said...

It is funny that it is all the same because when I lived in Switzerland I thought the food was all the same. Not much diversity. With that sad, I didn't gain any weight when I was there because I just got tired of eating the same choices. I wish American school menu's sounded more like your sons. The junk they feed the children here is just gross.

Mulot said...

I love your photo, so quiet ! For me, the speciality of Toulouse ... le cassoulet !

l i s e said...

I sure love your photo.
It is so nice to read that Mac Donald
endup closing!
have a wonderfull wednesday
besos

Christyn said...

Une jolie table pour une future dégustation.....
chez moi , en Vendée, ce sera du typique !!!!
c'est posté
bon mercredi à toi,,,
christyn

Jenna's Scribbles said...

Poor Mickey D's. :)

Crescent Moon said...

I can understand missing variety, but really that school menu is better than the ones at any of the schools I ever went to. I can't imagine any of my schools serving steak.

la ninja said...

grass always greener... ei?
how many would love to have basque grub on the menu on a daily basis. consider yourself a lucky gal ;)

however, I see what you mean regarding asian food (for example) being scarce. I reckon you get that everywhere in "gourmand" areas; france, italy, spain, even at regional level! but also in asia itself (reverse effect.)
I call it culinaire dogmatism (basically because that's what it is) but anywhere that can push macd's out of business gets immediately in my good books. ha ;)

Daan said...

It must be hard to be a veggie ;-)

I'll look up some nice corners of our home for next week!

Have a good week, dearest Jane!

Lisa notes... said...

I would either learn to love new foods or go hungry if I lived near you. :-) Interesting!

jgy said...

Thanks for setting an extra place at the table, would love to basque in that light:)

Mama Zen said...

How funny!

Ritva said...

i´m not much of a food person. my favorite meal is anything (vege) someone else has made.
and it´s even worse when i´m in the middle of something with my work.
i forget to eat.

your photo is perfect- i could eat it!

pödane said...

Superbe photo!
Chez moi ,le foie gras ....spécialité du sud ouest!
bonne semaine!

Janina Modaal said...

Hi Jane!

Today, i'll post my first corner view!
En because I got the idea from you, I think I'll do it in English, so I can share it with you :o).

Thanks fot the inspiration!

Finn said...

Hello Jane! I would love to be in your picture with your company :) Take care of you

Cabrizette said...

Sometimes, it must be good !!! but not every day, i agree !!! Courage Jane ; ) et bises

Conny said...

Pad Thai exists in great quantities in my "kingdom." Too much of a good thing makes it easy to ignore.

I would love to have my son's school lunch menu look like yours; ours is an embarassment - way too many cheap carbohydrates. "Salad" (nutrient deficient iceberg lettuce) is always placed on their trays and rarely eaten - that's what counts for a green vegetable. Your school menu looks well-rounded. Ahh, "my kingdom for a healthy school lunch menu."

Now I'm off to view more Corner Views - I suspect I'll need a napkin (servet), fork and knife. Buon Appetit. Thanks for hosting.

Le blÖg d'Ötli said...

My kingdom for spanish food ;)

anna said...

Wow it may be all the same, but it sounds verry good! Looking forward to nexts week theme. Peeking in other peoples houses happens to be my hobby ;)

nicola@which name? said...

the opposite here. want me to get some amazing pad thai take out and mail it to you?
nicola
http://whichname.blogspot.com

Hayley Egan said...

One of my paintings in this exhibition is called "the menu", and it is about how all restaurants have the SAME menu, it's AMAZING. But try telling it to a Spaniard they will be shocked and appalled.

Demara said...

pad thai is yummy! Unlike where you are, here menus are all different.

L'Atelier said...

sounds wonderful :)
and looks like you could do a world tour of pad thai restaurants ;)
there is a place across the road of my place, which does the best asian in cape town- well i dare say africa

The Wanderers' Daughter said...

Well, "exotic" is just a question of perspective, right? Beautiful photo - and your riding school photos in the last post are STUNNING!! My kingdom for that appaloosa ;)

ticklishfromadistance said...

Obsessed with chorizo which I imagine you are WAY sick of!!!! xoxoxoxo

Michael Mattison said...

Beautiful photo, as always on your blog. Nice!
All the best,
Michael

Allegria said...

Hi Jane! Thanks for stopping by and posting earlier today. I just posted the corner view 2 seconds ago. I know--it's late in the day, but since I include it as part of my photo-a-day challenge, I needed part of the day to put it together! Thanks to this challenge, I had an excuse to go out for lunch. :o)

Your photo is so peaceful and clean looking. I want a sip of water! And the menu sounds wonderful, but as in anything, variety can be a good thing. I get tired of the same old "homestyle" burgers, fries, and so on that we get all over the place here.

la ninja said...

ha was reading this and started smiling and thinking of ya post! I assume you know Luisa's blog but, should you not, get yourself round there. like. now. it's the best.

http://www.thewednesdaychef.com/the_wednesday_chef/2009/11/mark-bittmans-bok-choy-with-shiitakes-and-oyster-sauce.html

no pad thai mentioned here as such, but chinese food and (fear of) the lack of it when moving to europe. ha. ;)

aimee said...

delish! i'll take basque grub any time. i couldn't come up with any menu, let alone a single dish, that would send anyone scrambling to kansas. corn maybe.

kim said...

i'll take monday's meal! daniel, do yo mind?

Yoli said...

Que blog tan bello!

Theresa said...

Yum. Welcome back.

Puna said...

Wonderful photo. I finally got my post up. Happy Thanksgiving from the USA.

Elizabeth said...

I love that you posted your son's typical school lunch. It's so different than our own!

lucylaine said...

beautiful photo!!! Mc Do here too!!
my menu del dia; Soup, pizza,and raviolis!!

trinsch said...

love the photo. and the food sounds pretty good too. but i guess everything becomes a bit boring in the end ;)

Kasia said...

I love your photo!
This week's CV made me wandering if I've ever eaten anything typical Spanish... and I don't think I have! Well,maybe someday :)

Hugs from rainy Genoa,
Kasia

Jodi said...

reading over the cv's and eating left over Pad Thai. funny. love the shot. thanks so much for doing cv and happy spanished turkey day.

Catalina said...

Very, very funny!!! hilarious

sinnlighet said...

ohhhhhh sooo lovely and great photo!!

agneta from sweden

life in yonder said...

With the dark and cold days that we are having over at my corner and the even darker and colder days ahead a Basque menu sounds perfect. Send me some of your beans, chorizo and potatoe stews, ohh and some Xacoli please! ;-)

Miss Zen said...

Such a lovely picture : nothing better than a beautiful table to start a good meal, not a guarantee but at least a good start !

KathyA said...

What?? No gazpacho???

baballa said...

how amazing are all this picturesssss!!!!!love it!

MODsquad said...

Oh, their lunch menu sounds amazing!!

Love this photo!

caitlin said...

Glad to hear I served in some inspiration. I hope it gets me off the hook for tomorrow's CV, sorry I have been slacking lately. Life get's too busy sometimes, and it's all I can do to remain creative.

I will be back soon though. (I hope)

Also I laughed at the comment about Pad Thai. There's a Thai place by our house that I constantly crave.

Seamus said...

Love the table and place setting. I have found Italy to be the same. They eat the same thing every day pasta, fresh vegetables and some type of meat with a bit of cheese and fresh fruit. I still love it though.

On one of our trips I tried to make Mexican food for my Italian friends. I couldn't find the right ingredients. There was no cilantro or tortillas or jalapeno peppers.

I find it so odd that Italians for the most part have never eaten Mexican food. Until I found Italy Mexican was our favorite food.

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