El Garzon

January 18, 2013 § Leave a comment

*by catie

Some olives, wine and a long lunch.

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A thirty minute drive from Jose Ignacio… we barely saw the sign and took a left into the heartland of Garzon where the olives, wine and honey are abundant.

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Town is quiet, small and charming. Not much there besides El Garzon Hotel & Restaurant by Francis Mallmann. Which is enough to make the trip.

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Checked into the quaint, perfect room right off the courtyard.

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Lunch was underneath a palm tree sitting at an antique farm table. Right next to our room (one of 4) for the night.

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Menu:

Garzon Albariño 2011

Fried potato skin with salsa

Fresh zucchini, Parmesan, mint, toasted almonds & preserved lemon

Citric, arugula & tosted hazelnut wood oven grilled prawns

Smashes lamb, broken potatoes & gremolata

Pumpkin ravioli, sage butter & Parmesan

Burnt peaches & plums, homemade vanilla ice cream

Dulce de leche panqueque

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Afternoon tour of Garzon olive oil, wine, almonds and honey. Quite magnificent…. All accompanied by amazing tour guide, Nico.

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Finishing off the day, Nico took us dove hunting on the ranch (we were helping to protect the olives and almonds…!)

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Back at El Garzon that evening, cocktails were served out in the courtyard grass area, set up like a make shift tent/bar almost like a safari in Africa… So cool & chic.

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Another amazing meal for dinner, which I’m too embarrassed to show pictures at this point for how much we ate and drank today.

What a spectacular place to experience the true spirit of this beautiful region.

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