Spanish Invasion: Smoke Oil Salt

I’ve been dying to go back to Spain since we went a few years ago. The tomato bread! The jamón!…which is virtually impossible to find on this side of the world by the way, largely because it is so expensive to import. In Barcelona, we wandered the Gothic Quarter, plopping down in a hole in the wall that turned out to be the best meal of our entire trip. In Mallorca, we hiked down to the sea in Deia, feasting on fresh fish and gazpacho while watching sunbathers take a dive in the cool water. Let’s reminisce…shall we?


tomato bread



Hotel Es Moli

Our hotel in Deia, Mallorca— the Es Moli


There’s nothing quite like slurping cold gazpacho on a hot summer day. Here is my favorite Gazpacho recipe from Tory Burch. I actually prefer leaving it chunky rather than pureeing it. Try it this weekend and let me know what you think!


Deia water

View from Ca’s Patró March , a restaurant in Deia.



But, until I can get back to that side of the world, I’ll be holding down the fort over at the newly opened Smoke Oil Salt, a Spanish tapas style restaurant finally done right smack dab in the middle of West Hollywood….


Nestled below a tattoo parlor. (You can’t win em all).


But, once inside, the ambience is really cozy and welcoming, I promise!


I only had two things on my mind…

Smoke Oil Salt Tomato Bread
Tomato Bread. Check.

Smoke Oil Salt Imberico Ham

Imbérico Ham. Check.

Molly Smoke Oil salt

And good Lord, wine (I guess that’s three things).

Smoke Oil Salt Inside

This was followed by Braves Trencades–fried potatoes, serrano ham, chorizo, fried egg. Amazing and SO rich.


And the caramelized cauliflower and broccoli with garlic spicy chili.


They aren’t kidding about the smoke (see that big smoker back there), oil and salt.

molly smoke oil salt copy

Everything is very rich and filling, so plan to take your date night right on back home to the sofa for an hour of the most delicious trashy American television before falling into your ultra comfy bed. Something I definitely missed when I was actually in Spain!

Smoke Oil Salt.  7274 Melrose Ave.  West Hollywood CA 90046.  323-930-7900

My friend Elisabeth’s trip to Deia that inspired me to go

The Best Tour in Barcelona

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