A journey to Spain at Colombia Restaurant in Celebration

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Published on February 1, 2014

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t rave le rf o o die .wo rdpre ss.co m http://travelerfo o die.wo rdpress.co m/2014/01/31/a-jo urney-to -spain-at-co lo mbia-restaurant-in-celebratio n/ A journey to Spain at Colombia Restaurant in Celebration by Traveler Fo o die Tourist who come to experience Central Florida’s many theme parks are always in f or an international journey. None more so than at Colombia Restaurant in the quaint town of Celebration. Celebration Town is a magical creation as an extension of Walt Disney World Resort. T he homes are replicas of traditional American architecture. Cobbled streets lead to a central shopping and dining area set on a waterf ront. Mind you, this is no theme park. Actual people live here. Many Disney employees including high ranking of f icials make this area their home. T here is still growth as in evident to the ongoing construction of more condos, townhomes and single f amily homes. Colombia Restaurant has a history that dates back to 1905 in Tampa, Florida. T he Celebration location sits f acing the waterf ront in a charming brick building. Very high cathedral arches wrap the patio f or that mystique alf resco dining. T he interior compliments with more brick, expansive leather booths, historic f ixtures, low hanging f ans, all in a warm space. T here is a shop that sells novelty items and a very impressive wine storage. Spanish small plate, Tapas, is served alongside classical cuisine. T he menu is not limited to Spanish cuisine but draws f rom many of Central Florida’s Latin heritage in Cuban and Mexican. It is very dif f icult to make selections here as everything sounds scrumptious. . Devil Crab Croquettes A version of the original Ybor City Devil Crab Croquettes as sold on the streets by bicycle vendors in Tampa’s Latin Quarter. Six mini croquettes with blue crab meat, Cuban cracker crumbs, paprika, onions and garlic. Grandmother and great-grandmother Aurora Gonzalez’s recipe. Served with Columbia Hot Sauce. Moist, tender, little deliciousness. Perf ectly blended with slight crunch on the outside. Costillitas de Cerdo Habana Tender baby pork ribs slowly roasted and tossed in mojo-marinated sweet onions and pepperoncinis. Firm exterior gave way to f all of f the bone tenderness. Wonderf ully seasoned with well balanced bold f lavors. Scallops “Casimiro” Colossal f resh scallops baked in a clay casserole with lemon butter and topped with seasoned bread crumbs and white wine. Little nuggets of tender moist juiciness. Crunchy breading adds a depth that can only be enhanced with lip smacking lemon butter. I have to be honest, af ter eating ALL the scallops I dipped my bread in that sauce and devoured it. More sauce please! Paella “A la Valenciana” T heir version, prepared in a traditional paella pan, f eatures clams, mussels, shrimp, scallops, calamares, chicken and pork, baked with Valencia rice, extra-virgin olive oil, green peppers, Spanish onions, ripe tomatoes, garlic, spices and splashed with white wine. T his preparation f or two was served tableside. A classical European technique of f ork over spoon divided this pan with much artistry and f anf are, very impressive. T he f lavors of this plate was like a the ups and downs of a salsa routine. It carried and stopped with emphasis on technique and pronunciation. A simple marvel. A glass of Licia Albariño Rías Baixas, Spain, was a perf ect compliment to all of these dishes. T he tart acidic mineral melody of the old world with subtle nose lingered on the back palate f or a clean long f inish. Regional wines pair extremely well with regional f ood. Why have a variety that you can f ind in any restaurant?

We really don’t have to travel all the way to Europe to experience Spain, we can do that right here in Central Florida. T he attention to detail with moderate presence ensured that service was delivered without being overtly hovering. Atmosphere and music set the stage f or an enchanting journey. T here is a reason that this restaurant has been around f orever, they do it well. Very well.

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