(Side bar: Pink! is has to be one of the best female artist to see live in concert. No joke. The women is gorgeous, has a great set of pipes - she did a sexier version of Chris Isaak's "Wicked Game" than Chris Isaak - and had the crowd of mostly women up out of their seats the whole time. Amazing.)
The atmosphere inside Patria is warm, inviting, cozy. Dark wood, soft lights. Two giant paintings hang on one of the side walls, and on the back wall hangs an enormous tapestry (please look for it on their website as it really is a beautiful and original piece or art). We settled in at our table, excited for the meal and the concert, and slightly giddy after having already enjoyed a bottle of wine in our hotel room while getting ready for the night.
With dinner, my girlfriend very graciously allowed me to pick a bottle of wine for us to share with dinner. I settled on a bottle of red from Ribero del Duero. Since travelling to Spain back in 2012, I've found a love for their reds, and since spending some time in this area, it was an easy choice that we both enjoyed. Smooth and fruity it was a great pairing with all the great tapas to come!
-Ham croquettes with aioli
-Butter lettuce salad with goat cheese, avocado, quince dressing and almonds
-Blistered peppers with sea salt (another fond memory of tapas in Spain)
-Paella with mussels
-Churros (although the waiter tried really hard to get us to order something more upscale, I was all over the deep fried dough sticks with chocolate!)
-and finally to cap it all off, yep. Dos Spanish coffees por favor.
We've made a promise to plan similar weekends away once a year and I can't wait to experience our next Tasty-Travel together!
Tasty-Travel side note: If you ever get the chance, please visit Toronto's Christmas Market. We spent an afternoon walking around Toronto's Distillery district where the Market takes place and it was wonderful. Vendors set up booths both indoors and outdoors, selling Christmas and winter wares (I bought some great wool mittens cause it was damn cold!). Lots of German, Dutch and French influence in some of the booths, as well as tons of food and booze stalls. We enjoyed a tasty cup of Mulled Wine and we can now both say that we love our wine hot and cold. Mmmm warm, spiced wine! Sadly the Market is now over for the season but please keep it in mind for next year.