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Wine & Tapas --Early Dinner

From "The City of Ate"

Pera has a nice selection of wines to choose from, most of which can be purchased by the glass -- prices range from $5 to $13 -- or by the bottle, which could set you back as little as $16 or as much as $300. The single-page food menu is divided in half by price, either $6 or $12 per plate. Remember that the idea behind tapas contradicts the American ethos -- "if that chicken fried steak doesn't completely encompass my hubcap of a plate, I'm taking my business elsewhere" -- by encouraging small portions of different dishes. The less expensive options slant towards vegetarian, including white asparagus with poached egg, tomato burrata salad and grilled eggplant caviar. My dining companion and I agreed that the octopus carpaccio, also $6, was the best seafood that can suck you back we had ever eaten, so tender and mild. It was topped with arugula, capers and shreds of fennel, all tossed together in a bracingly acidic vinaigrette. We're talking a four to one acid/oil ratio, people. 

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  • Laurie

    Dead stopped on 30. Will be a little late

    August 31, 2014

  • Megan

    I'm stuck at work...ugh! Y'all have fun!

    August 31, 2014

    • Laurie

      sorry to hear that, we will miss you

      2 · August 31, 2014

  • Carmen

    I don't think I'll make it back in time to meet for early dinner w/you.

    August 30, 2014

  • Laurie

    We will miss you Debbie. Hope you mom starts feeling better

    3 · August 28, 2014

  • Debbie R.

    I really planned to make this but my mom is in the hospital and needs me. I sure hope to make the next one!

    August 28, 2014

  • Cheryl S.

    This is just around the corner from my office. Of course, I'll be in WI when you scheduled this....I might have to check out on my own :-)

    1 · July 7, 2014

    • charlee c.

      Did your plans change? It still shows you as attending. :)

      August 8, 2014

  • Laurie

    Cheryl , I will host

    1 · August 8, 2014

  • Cheryl L.

    This MU needs a host or it will be cancelled ...Thanks

    August 8, 2014

  • marcy

    Are you sure they are open for lunch. i was there this week and it says they open at 4pm. might be worth checking.

    August 7, 2014

    • Cheryl L.

      Thanks Marcy I changed the date and time.

      1 · August 8, 2014

  • Debbie R.

    I have been wanting to get out with this group. This sounds perfect!

    July 13, 2014

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