This year's July was definitely not my month. I was on the surgeon's table once again , not for some much needed maintenance which will undoubtedly make me look better than ever, but for some life -saving repairs.
Thankfully, surgery went off without a hitch. However, the next two weeks were my least favourite days this year. I caught an infection, was in pain, sleepless and what do you know, lost my appetite! I was so miserable that I did not even rejoice at my weight loss.
As per doctor's advice, I took my time recuperating. Nothing strenuous in the next weeks, he says. I have a body to heal and a mind to calm, per se . So I was stuck at home, reminiscing good times and good places. Often, I dreamed of our previous vacations, of warm rays of sunshine, tan, of friendly people and of delicious foods.
3 weeks post surgery, My wounds are finally started healing, my appetite's returning and my moods, well, testy. Being homebound did not fare me well. It made me restless . I miss being surrounded by people and miss being in the middle of all bustle and hustle. FF knew, how happy disposition and fresh air could attribute to a patient's well being , so he decided to take me out to dinner.
He brought me to Monte Christo .
Revered for its good food and efficient service, this Spanish restaurant is smack in the middle of Baden Baden.
The place is compact, cozy and was buzzing with people just few minutes after it opened. I managed to whipped my camera and took few pictures of the colourful tiled walls, mismatch furniture and cactus adorned restaurant before people started pouring. Soon after that, empty seats were filled. It was jam packed at 6 in the evening, so reservation is a must, esp. on weekends.
After weeks of being on mostly soft diet and light meals, FF decided to throw me a little feast. Tapas is a perfect way of indulging in variety of foods and be ok with it. It's like a buffet brought to your table.
After a toast to recovery and good health, the food started coming.
Few olives and slices of bread are placed on each table, courtesy of the house.
Croquetas de jamón Ibérico
Morcilla negra con cebolla, balsámico y manzana
Gambas al ajillo
Juicy, succulent shrimp in lemony garlic sauce. The grease was so tasty, we ''mopped'' it all up with our bread.
Queso cabra horneado con miel
My favourite dish of the night. Baked goat cheese with honey, served with salad. The slightly salty but creamy cheese and the sweet honey is just a match made in heaven.
Espaldilla de cordero estofada
Braised lamb shoulder, hearty and very filling. I could eat this with rice.
Relleno de mozarella y jamón Ibérico
Mini cordon bleu stuffed with mozzarella cheese and Spanish ham. Tasted as dry as it looks.
A generous heaping of sardine.
Mozzarella de búfala con guindillas asadas y pesto de rúcola
Mozzarella cheese in pesto vinaigrette. Wonderful this summer.
Monte Christo make really good Creme Catalana. It was creamy, vanilley, not overly sweet nor eggy. I loved this dessert!
Tarta de Santiago
With tummies full and mood lighter than 2% Greet Yogurt, we went home but promised ourselves to come back.