March 9, 2011

eating my way through nyc | boqueria | soho

I’ve always been a snacker. I love getting little tastes of all sorts of different foods (sometimes from other people’s plates, which the teacher man frowns upon) whenever I can. The perfect solution to my snack habit? Tapas!

On my first night in New York City with my BGF Carolyn, we rounded up a group of friends (including my food editor girlfriend Tabitha) and headed to Boqueria in Soho to share Spanish-style tapas and wine. The restaurant was cozy yet trendy and filled with beautiful people eating beautiful food.

Our group of six ordered off the tapas and artisan cheese/meats menus to fill our table with a variety of sweet and savory dishes. I was a little too busy chowing the food to take note of everything I ate off the meat and cheese board (hey, we all ordered something for the table, and I just trusted that Boqueria wouldn’t let me down), but surely some sweet person with a better memory than mine will be able to help me define everything in the following picture (help, Tabitha!).

cheese and meat board

{Our spread of ham and mushroom croquettes (upper left), Serrano ham (upper right) with grilled breads and artisan cheeses was divine.}

boqueria cojonudo fried quail eggs and chorizo on toast

{I shared my order of cojonudo — fried quail eggs and chorizo on toast — with Tabitha because my BGF Caro doesn't eat meat (more for me!).}

Boqueria Buñuelos de Bacalao salt cod fritters

{The Buñuelos de Bacalao — salt cod fritters — had a nice flaky crust and melt-in-your-mouth middle.}

Boqueria Gambas al Ajillo shrimp garlic and Guindilla pepper in olive oil

{I've made these Gambas al Ajillo — shrimp, garlic and Guindilla pepper in olive oil — at home before in my Spanish cazuelas, but they're just too good to not go ahead and order from the tapas bar!}

We washed our tapas down with tasty red and rosé wines. Though we skipped out on a formal “dessert,” Tabitha and I saved a little room for Dátiles con Beicon — dates stuffed with almonds and Valdeón, wrapped in bacon. For some reason, the dates didn’t stay around long enough for a picture…

What’s your favorite local tapas spot? Kansas City readers — where should a self-proclaimed snackaholic like me go for tapas in this town? Tell me your suggestions in the comments section.

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  • http://nofindersfee.wordpress.com Caro

    Well, on the cheese board photo, that’s the tortilla española on the left. And those balls above are the croquetas cremosas (you mentioned), which were heavenly. I can’t remember them all, but I know we ordered the rosemary manchego and the la serena (soft sheep’s milk cheese).

    We also had patatas bravas, which were surprisingly flavorful. And don’t forget the blood orange sangria!

    This post made me huuuungry. Next time you come, I’ll take you to Oliva: http://www.olivanyc.com/

  • http://kimberlyloc.com kimberlyloc

    Ohmygosh how did I forget those blood orange sangrias? So good. I love that place so much.

  • http://Www.ginadebacker.wordpress.com Gina

    A great place for tapas in KC is La Bodega. I’ve been meaning to head back there some time so hit me up if you ever want to go with me. That place serves Delicious food!

    • http://kimberlyloc.com kimberlyloc

      Ohmygosh G, I just went there last night for the first time. It was delish and reasonably priced. There’s one in Leawood near where I live now…I sure would like to go back with you! xx

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