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Tagliata di Manzo (Beef Tagliata)

Tagliata di Manzo, or beef tagliata, is a simple but delicious dish served throughout Italy as a main course. The dish consists of perfectly seared high quality steak, accompanied by fresh spicy arugula and aged Parmigiano Reggiano cheese.  For this version, I used a good-sized filet mignon, but any other quality cut of beef will …

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Amaretti Biscuits – Soft Amaretti Cookies

Amaretti Biscuits (soft Amaretti Cookies) are an Italian dessert made with almond flour and Amaretto Liqueur. Amaretto Liqueur is made with apricot pits and, frequently, almonds. It has a slightly bitter taste and  a distinct almond scent. Amaretto helps give the Amaretti Biscuits a strong pleasant nutty almond flavor. Some recipes substitute almond extract for …

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Albondigas con Salsa de Almendras – Spanish Tapas Meatballs

Albondigas con Salsa de Almendras, or Spanish Tapas Meatballs in Almond Sauce is a traditional Spanish recipe.  It frequently appears on Spanish Tapas menus, which include an assortment of small appetizer portions of dishes meant to be shared (see more receipts below). A sauce made with almonds probably isn’t the first thing that comes to …

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Patatas Bravas with Garlic Aioli

Patatas Bravas (or Papas Bravas) are a popular Spanish Appetizer. The name translates literally to “spicy potatoes” and once we discovered them, we’re always on the hunt for the perfect “Bravas” whenever we’re traveling through Spain. These crispy little potato bites come either smothered in a sauce, which can be a spicy tomato sauce or …

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Spanish Meatballs (Albondigas Tapas)

When we visit any of our favorite tapas bars in Spain, one of my go-to choices is Spanish Meatballs (in Spanish, albondigas). Albondigas Tapas are similar to Italian meatballs, but the Spanish meatballs are smaller (about 1 inch in diameter) and are meant to be appetizer or snack portions. They are often eaten with a …

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Best Beaches in Puerto Vallarta

Puerto Vallarta beaches aren’t the only reason people visit this popular Mexican city. It has a laid back atmosphere, while also offering many things to do in Puerto Vallarta, such as hiking, water sports, shopping and a vibrant nightlife. There is an array of dining possibilities in Puerto Vallarta, range from top of the line …

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