Summer Sizzle Spain

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The weather is heating up and so is the kitchen at Daiquiri Dick's Restaurant. The second week of Summer Sizzle features Spanish pintxos (peen-chos) June 11 through 16, 2014.

Traditional in northern Spain, a pintxo is a snack that is usually eaten while hanging out with friends or relatives so they have a strong socializing component, and in the Basque country and Navarre they are usually regarded as a cornerstone of local culture and society.

Summer Sizzle Spain lets you enjoy three courses for just $299 pesos and choices for each course. You will also receive a complimentary beverage. The chefs have developed a wonderful selection.

Starters
Asparagus Brie Tartines with Prosciutto and Sun Dried Tomato on Grilled Baquette
Olives Stuffed with Almonds and Roasted Bell Peppers, with Aioli
Mortadella and Cheese Panini

Entrées
Garlic Basil Chicken with Caprese Salad
Grilled Shrimp Marinated in Romesco and served with Potatoes drizzled with Aioli
Grilled Salmon mounted on an Arugula Salad with Grilled Peppers and Basil Ailoi
Canelloni with Eggplant, Ratatouille and Ricotta Cheese

Desserts
Rum and Coconut Flan
Hazelnut Ice Cream with Chocolate
Chocolate Dipped Churros

Enjoy all of these flavors, plus the regular a la carte menu. The Summer Sizzle is not subject to any other discounts.

Endless cultures that passed through or settled in Spain influenced the history of Spanish cuisine. The Phoenicians left their sauces; the Greeks introduced the wonders of olive oil; and the Romans, Carthaginians, and Jews integrated elements of their own cooking into Spanish cuisine.

The Moors, during their centuries of reign, had the most influence on Spanish cuisine. They introduced fruits, light seasonings and nuts used with meats and fish, along with rice. They brought in saffron, cinnamon, and nutmeg. The foods we consider to be "typically Spanish" would either not exist or would be extremely different without the intervention of so many cultures into the history of Spanish food.

Along with historical impact, the discovery of the Americas by Christopher Columbus in 1492 resulted in the addition of more important elements to the history of Spanish cuisine. As of 1520, foods from the new lands arrived in Spain and immediately began to integrate themselves into the Spanish diet. Some of the products include tomatoes, vanilla, chocolate, various beans, and potatoes, (which surprisingly arrived in Spain before arriving in Ireland) are all staples of today's Spanish kitchen. Many of these came from Mexico.

The Summer Sizzle menu changes every Wednesday until August 31, 2012. Delicious destinations still to come on this journey include exotic Morocco, France, a USA 4th of July menu and Oaxaca, Mexico. Don't miss your chance to enjoy a colorful sunset and an equally colorful dinner at Daiquiri Dick's, an exceptional experience.