Going international

Destination Valparaiso

By EMMA  PALOVA

EW Emma’s Writings

After more than two decades of living in North America, the Pala and the Konecny families still like to patronize international venues around the world.

Here is a sampling of few of our favorites spread around the Midwest. The most recent one that we visited as a family was the Don Quijote Spanish restaurant in Valparaiso, Indiana for  my dad’s 80th birthday.

One day on their way from Chicago, my parents Vaclav and Ella Konecny spotted a billboard with the famous Spanish knight Don Quijote on a stretch of freeway 94.

Located about 12 miles from the Indiana State Dunes, Valparaiso is a small university town with a cosmopolitan fare.

The restaurant is a real Spanish treat owned by Mr. Carlos of Barcelona.

And does Mr. Carlos know how to cook and entertain.

Owner Carlos with Ella and Vaclav Konecny at Don Quijote restaurant
Owner Carlos with Ella and Vaclav Konecny at Don Quijote restaurant

The menu offerings range from pork, blackened lamb and salmon to seafood and the signature Spanish dish paella. The yellow saffron rice is sautéed with seafood and sprinkled with peas for a delicious meal for two.

Annually Mr. Carlos throws a picnic for customers around mid July.  He roasts two pigs and makes a big pan of paella.

The ambience is Spanish inside the Don Quijote restaurant.
The ambience is Spanish inside the Don Quijote restaurant.

It wouldn’t be Spanish if there wasn’t any wine. The garage is set up with mixers for Sangria and Margaritas, as well as bottled wine and beer.

Mr. Carlos’ clientele is truly international in customs and spirit. With Chicago only 60 miles away and the nearby Indiana State Dunes Park, the restaurant is a cool destination in summer or winter.

The tastefully decorated restaurant with an interior that resembles on outside street is a reprieve with its own store that carries authentic  Spanish goodies.

For more information go to  www.donquijotevalpo.com

The Dunes Region http://www.BeyondtheBeachDiscoveryTrail.com

Copyright (c) 2014 story and photos by Emma Palova

 

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