Subject: Re: RE: San Sebastian Spain ?
David wrote:

>Thank's John. We were going to stay at the Parador in Hondrabiba but
>chose the waterfront in the city instead, to avoid driving in every
>night and driving back in the dark. What about a meal at the Parador,
>any thoughts?

This particular parador's restaurant only served breakfast. The building itself is kind of different from the more castle-like paradors. It much more resembles a fort#which is what it served as due to its proximity to the turbulent borderlands. One can still make out what appear to be scars left from cannonball blasts on the front facade. The interior appointments are done in an elegant fashion.

Because of the rains that were falling the one night we were there we stayed close to the parador when we dined. The restaurant was called Asador Ainere and we had good (not great) meal there. Appeared to be a family-run operation with the father as chef and the mother and adult daughters serving and filling other rolls in the kitchen. While we were there another table of 8 local gentlemen were getting quite a bit of attention from the chef. Sara (my wife) was under the weather and had a small meal of fish soup (a light tomato, garlic, fish stock) which she thoroughly enjoyed. I had lamb chops grilled with peppers which suited me fine. Sara also imbibed in the local cider. Service was efficient but the madame was a bit dour. Not that I have a problem with that. Lord knows, after 20+ years as a waiter myself, some nights one has to revert to efficient but mechanical service.

John Rule San Diego, CA