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Tag Archives: Catalan food

Friday Feature Photo: Catxoflino – Catalan Cuisine

Photographer: Ryan Opaz Capture Date: September 28, 2013 Location: Costa Brava, Spain About: Catxoflino is your quintessential Catalan surf and turf using anything and everything on hand. Like jazz, it’s the result of pure improve and intuition. Some of the most popular are: calçots (similar to a spring onion) with pork feet and asparagus crayfish, mussels, clams, ribs, beans and meatballs crayfish, mussels, meatballs, sausage and potato goat, lobster, sausage, ribs and aioli And the King of Catxoflinos: cod, pigeon, squid, sausage, potato, egg and wine Great video by Fabian Laine on Catxoflino. Desktop Wallpaper: To download this image, simply right-click on the image and select “save link as” or “save target as”, then select the preferred location on your computer to […]

Restaurant Cañete: Fun Fine Dining in Barcelona

To find Bar Cañete, head down a bleak street branching off the Ramblas of Barcelona into the heart of the lower Raval. Among Russian import markets, used cell phone stores and corner groceries, Bar Cañete and Cañete Mantel (the fine dining side of the same kitchen) stand strong as bright spots for people in search of excellent, honest food and a convivial atmosphere in these less-than-vibrant economic times. On a personal note, it was the ‘historic’ location of my first fine dining experience upon moving to Barcelona, and since then, it has only continued to impress. A meal at Cañete is lively, entertaining, and—most importantly—satisfying in the way dinner at the countryside farmhouse of a retired three-star chef would be […]

El Pecat: A Sinfully Good Restaurant in Barcelona

The slogan of new Barcelona restaurant El Pecat is ‘Art and Cuisine’; an honest motto that is upheld by reserved yet delicious food. El Pecat is sinfully good (hence the name; ‘The Sin’ in Catalan), with a passionate team of dynamic partners and a young chef who is poised to become the next big name. Having risen up through the ranks of the the world’s best restaurant (El Cellar de Can Roca) over the last five years, Javi Moreno now has the rare opportunity head his own kitchen for the first time, at the age of 22. Javi brought his best friend and fellow Can Roca veteran Daniel Delgado along with him as his righthand man; the two of them […]

The Calçotada: From Spain to Your Backyard

Fire up the barbecues and grab your friends. No, it is not Memorial Day weekend or a celebration of the first day of spring. Winter marks the time of year when Cataluña celebrates the almighty calçot. It is no secret that Catalans love to party, and the annual calçotada is just one more excuse to gather with friends to eat, drink, and celebrate. Fortunately, this is one unique culinary tradition which can be duplicated here at home. Calçots originate from a variety of scallion from Lleida (Lerida), Spain. Although the origin is disputed, one of the most widely accepted accounts is that they were developed by a peasant farmer from the southern Catalan town of Valls (castells, the human towers, […]

La Vuelta a España Stages 10-12: Cava, Penedes & Costers del Segre

In our next installment of La Vuelta a España (check out the first and second installments), we’re now coming across one of our favorite regions in Spain, Catalunya. And having spent the last 3 days doing a massive road trip through the designated route of La Vuelta, the cyclists should be in for a thrilling adventure, not to mention a jaw dropping view! So what makes Catalunya the absolute treasure chest it is? Well, first and foremost, one must understand that this is not Spain. For those of you who thought otherwise, realize that the region has fought tooth and nail to retain its unique culture, history and language after decades of oppression under Franco (1936-1975). Catalan, the official language […]

Restaurant Llucanes: A Taste of Diversity in Barcelona

How often do you walk into a Michelin starred restaurant and say, “Hey, I know you’ve created an incredible Tasting Menu for our group today, but do you mind creating a vegan menu especially for me?” Likely answer, “Never!”. A few weeks ago, I was asked to be a judge at the III Annual DO Catalunya Wine Blogging Competition in Restaurant Llucanes, where a group of 6 decided which lucky Catalan wine blogger would receive a fat check of 3,000 euros. Clearly, this isn’t small potatoes. Restaurant Llucanes is a Michelin starred restaurant located in the heart of the hip and trendy barrio Barceloneta; renowned for its nightlife, hip restaurants and unique location bordered by the Mediterranean Sea, the Muelle […]

Winter Announces the Traditional Calçot and Cava Festival

Live in Cataluña for any length of time, and inevitably, you’ll experience a Calçotada. What’s a Calçotada? Well, I can tell you that it’s not a Catalan dance, a side-splitting headache, or a type of monster that hides under the bed and eats small children. Nope. It’s an enormous sweet onion festival! Each year when the boughs of the almond trees are thick with delicate pink blossoms, the calçot season, lasting only six weeks, gets into full swing. Calçots (pronounced kalsot), a cross between leeks and spring onions, are considered as integral of an ingredient within the Catalan culture as is butifarra (Catalan sausage) and tomatoes spread over toasted baguette drizzled with olive oil and garlic. In appearance, they are […]