Dinner at La Sidereria Escondida

Walking past the Sidereria during the day

Menu (what I can remember)

  • Preserved/cured beef
  • Six kinds of cheeses including a buttery blue cheese called Cabrales
  • Smoked fish pate
  • Potatoes with langistino and eel with aioli
  • Blood pudding
  • Chorizo cooked in cider
  • Breaded and fried beef (pork) with fried potatoes and a blue cheese sauce
  • Bread
  • Chocolate mousse
  • A large bottle of cider for each person


People in Spain eat really late and the stay up all night. That’s what siesta is for. Eating and drinking is just a background for social life. I noticed in Madrid there were a lot of older people (past their 40’s) out late, not just in the Tapas places or bars, but coming out of the theater. At the Sidereria we met a couple with children who were hanging out with us until the late, late hours of the evening. Their children were staying at their grandparents for the evening.

I sometimes feel that we in America are incredibly insular (to the nuclear family) that there’s not a lot of socializing going on in general unless you’re younger. Maybe that’s why we’ve been leaning more towards being social online. Online is nice, but somehow, at least to me, it’s still lacking of the intangible rewards of being in the actual presence of others. But what do I know? I’m really introverted by nature.

The night we arrived our host Miguel and his mother treated us to a wonderful late dinner that included White asparagus with aioli (garlic mayonnaise), cheeses, bread, ham and a savory dish of snails (Caracoles). The snails were actually quite good and actually not unlike mushrooms in texture.

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Eating Snails Alicante Style

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3 Responses to “Dinner at La Sidereria Escondida”


  1. 1 naturalelegance October 23, 2007 at 4:18 pm

    Basílica de Nostra Senyora de la Mercè

    That is the name of the cathedral on your Google map.

    Late Gothic style church. It still retains an image of the city’s patron saint, the Mercè Virgin

    Originally in the thirteenth century the building was Gothic however, it was renovated in the eighteenth century in a late Baroque style by Josep Mas. Its interior is a single nave and houses the image of the patron saint of the city, the Virgin of ‘La Mercè’, a Gothic carving.

    Type of monument: Church.
    Period: 18th Century.
    Style: Baroque.

    Can you tell I love architecture? One of my fav subjects in Art History!

  2. 2 nkilkenny October 23, 2007 at 4:31 pm

    You would have loved Amsterdam. It was really wonderful to see how the older buildings have been restored and remodeled or even re-purposed. The most interesting things I saw in both Spain and Holland were the juxtaposition of both the old and new architectures. We actually met an architect while we were visiting in Alicante she was responsible of all things of restoring the building which housed the MUBAG (Museum of Alicante Artworks). I have real respect for women who make it in professional fields in Spain and Mexico. They must have to deal with more discrimination than most. They’ve got to be pretty gutsy and work extremely hard.

  3. 3 naturalelegance October 24, 2007 at 6:19 pm

    I think you’re right on target with that last statement. I know my sister struggles with cultural influences in her own marriage because of it. On the other hand, she’s a really strong woman!

    I need more pictures of architecture. Feel free to post them or send them to me! 🙂


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