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Old Nov 17th, 2007, 02:15 PM
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Somethings do not translate well (Re: the babblefish translation).

The lack of translation is not an indication of rudeness but speaks of the complexity and uniqueness of the menu.

I suggest you read the Portuguese/English phrasebook by Pedro Carolino. He did not speak English and first used a Portuguese/French Dictionary and then a French/English dictionary. The result was some of the most bizarre and yet poetic tarnslations ever recorded. Mark Twain wrote the forward for one edition for one American edition.

My favorite remains "to craunch a mormoset." I have no idea what it means but I do not beleive it was on the menu at Codex Calixtinus.
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Old Nov 17th, 2007, 04:26 PM
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I just returned for yet another exciting day of retail banking and had a good laugh. Thanks for cheering me up with this.

I agree "lukewarm peas", well it is just altogether different translated like this.

BTW Percebes are special cockles, no? Please correctr me if I'm wrong. My uncle had percebes somewhere on the northern coast of Spain and when he asked from where they came he was told the USA! HA! I doubt it, they were likly pulling his leg...

Copain: We were so worried about the distance and the location of the restaurant, not having ever driven in Spain. We stayed at the Hospederia de Santo Domingo in Pedraza de la Sierra.
The drive to Codex took 7 minutes in the Pouring rain at night! The drive is cake. I do understand there are limted buses to Pedraza from Segovia, but not to Canicosa as far as I know. I would be happy to to e mail the owner re taxi service or private car etc. from neighboring towns. Actually once he e mailed me a list of casa rurales nearby.

Thingorjus I am glad you accept.><
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Old Nov 17th, 2007, 04:32 PM
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Percebes are found in Galicia. And I have been told they are a form of goose barnacles. They are quite the sight when alive.
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Old Nov 17th, 2007, 06:14 PM
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Thanks Auduchamp!
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Old Nov 17th, 2007, 07:39 PM
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I'm glad the humour in the very loose translation was not lost on all, amsdon.

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Old Nov 18th, 2007, 12:33 AM
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I have sent the babelfish translation to a number of people. It is a classic.
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Old Nov 18th, 2007, 08:22 AM
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Yes it certainly is a classic!
As far as I am concerned anything done of "calm form" must be better than the alternative.

Greenhouse, consider me one "of the enthusiastic ones of the kitchen!"
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Old Nov 28th, 2007, 06:32 AM
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What timing, coindidently there is now a new wesite that is also in English.

Different site:

http://www.restaurante-calixtinus.es/

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Old Feb 20th, 2009, 11:12 PM
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Update: sadly this restaurant in Segovia province is now closed. Although it had been around for some years, it sounds like the economy hit it hard. A shame, Juan Manuel was (is) a wonderful chef & the place was special.

I wish him well in his new endevours.
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Old Feb 21st, 2009, 10:12 AM
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amsdon,
Oh, no! That's so sad-it was a beautiful place to dine. Do you know if the hotel ever opened? We drove by last spring, and although the building was in place, it hadn't opened to the public yet. Has he moved on to manage the hotel?
Thanks for the update.
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Old Feb 21st, 2009, 12:21 PM
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No as far as I know he did not. He is actually moving on to other things, another casualty of these tough times.
The hotel looked so ambitious I was shocked.

It aslo sounds like he is very involved in another area having somethiing to do with forest fireprevention.
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Old Feb 21st, 2009, 12:26 PM
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I am so sorry to read this.
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Old Feb 21st, 2009, 02:04 PM
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Dining there was one of the highlights of my trip...
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Well, amsdon, I'll just have to go on a search for a replacement for you! What a hardship!!
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Old Feb 21st, 2009, 03:58 PM
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Hi amsdon,
Here's a new one in Pedraza itself whose chef has worked at Balzac in Madrid, one of my high end favorites in the capital. Not as charming decor wise or as cozy as Codex but does have great views.

www.latabernadeantioquia.com
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Old Feb 22nd, 2009, 08:44 AM
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Yes I think I peeked inside & have their card somewhere. Sadly there is only so much one can eat in one trip!
La taberna de Antioquia was alo recommended by the ladies at the hospederia I think.

Maribel you must console yourself by seeking out the best places to eat for us. (But I know we are all indeed sad about Codex Calixtinus)

I also had a card from this place which looks intersting too. I suspect it's popular for weddings.

www.latejeradefausto.com

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Old Feb 22nd, 2009, 07:10 PM
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OK Maribel, I just found this buried in an old post.
You made this contibution a while back?
Pago de Cirsus?

www.pagodecirsus.com


I can say one thing....WOW!
What would we do without our belioved Maribel?
What kind of prices are we talking here for the hotel & for dinner? The events menus alone sound wonderful.
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Old Feb 22nd, 2009, 07:22 PM
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Pago de Cirsus is truly fabulous-the hotel, the setting and not to mention the wines and the olive and truffle oils! Put it on your to do list for some day. I'll take you there! It is a splurge for dinner-we spent 120 euros on 3 courses plus wine and digestif. The rooms run under 200 euros and all are exquisitely decorated. A perfect place for a special anniversary......
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Old Feb 23rd, 2009, 06:00 AM
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Great you're on! Maybe for 2011.
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