Cod madness!

Yesterday friend Juvenal Soto and I embarked on a rather extreme gastro- nomical adventure. We had noticed that Artxanda, the local Basque restaurant in the Malagueta, was celebrating a week dedicated to cod.  As we both love that king of the North Atlantic, we decided to give it a try. Wow! I'll just give you the menu, and I think any further commentary is unnecessary. Well, I should say first that all the dishes were very good, and most were really outstanding. So here we go, a twelve course feast followed by dessert: 1) cod "meatballs" with almond sauce, 2) crispy cod canelloni, 3) marinated cod, 4) cod salad with a crab vinagrette, 5) cod tartar in pistachio oil, 6) an easy done egg with paper thin slices of cod, 7) cod in an onion confit with raisins and ham, 8) grilled cod with a squid vinagrette, 9) slices of cod with grated Idiazabal cheese and quince. Those were basically the appetizers, which were followed by three classics: 10) cod al Pil-Pil, 11) Cod in the Vizcayan fashion, and 12) cod al Ajoarriero. No, I don't eat like that on a daily basis. Not even on a weekly basis. An excessive treat, perhaps, but it was wonderful and a lot of fun. Afterwards I had a splendid nap!

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