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The Best Places to Eat Calçots in Barcelona

In the Catalan countryside surrounding Barcelona, young, sweet onions break ground in mid-winter, growing tall and pale in the rich Mediterranean soil packed around their roots. The fertile earth guards the tender white shoots from the sun, leaving them delicate, delicious, and ready for grilling. Calçots—as these indigenous winter onions […]

Alghero: Where Catalan and Sardinian Cuisine Merge

Imagine a social event in Italy or Spain and you are likely to conjure up images of long lunches over copious glasses of wine, children running amok among 1,001 family members, a powerful mother figure who unequivocally has the final word, and ridiculous amounts of food. While these two countries […]

5 Fantastic Hikes in Catalunya for Food Lovers

Beyond the urban hive of Barcelona, the natural wonders of Catalunya await. Mountains, vineyards, forests, and coastlines; the region has it all! Hiking is a popular pastime here and should be at the top of the list for any visitor with a passion for both recreation and authentic cuisine, as […]

Flirting with Fire: Inside the Fire Festivals of Spain

There is a saying in the Catalan language: sense foc no hi ha festa (without fire, there is no festival), and they aren’t exaggerating. Indeed, the region’s pyromaniacal bent may be the most evolved and embraced in the nation, yet flames, explosions, devils, and beasts play a role in many […]

Friday Feature Photo: The Spicy White Mistress of Spain

Photographer: Ryan Opaz Capture Date: September 4, 2010 Location: Penedes, Catalunya, Spain About: We see Xarel.lo as a cross between the coquettish and cute Drew Barrymore and the spicy sultry side of Charlize Theron. She’s the grape that gives Cava its gorgeous structure and acidity, when paired with Parellada and Macabeo, while offering just […]

Friday Feature Photo: The Human Pyramids of Spain

Photographer: Ryan Opaz Capture Date: September 16, 2006 Location: Terrassa, Spain About: One of the most astounding cultural events one can see in Spain, is the castell of Catalunya. A castell is a human tower traditionally constructed in festivals; which translates to “often, as festivals are as ubiquitous in Spain as jamon. During these festivals, teams compete against one […]

Thanksgiving in Iberia: An Ode to Port Wine and Stuffed Fowl!

Thanksgiving is a famed holiday in the European community. Non-American friends and co-workers repeatedly ask when this epic meal occurs (hinting for an invite), and nearly all Americans living here agree that the best part of having an authentic Thanksgiving meal on foreign soil is sharing the experience with at […]

Sunny and Special Chiringuitos: The Best Beachside Dining in Barcelona

First things first: Barcelona is NOT a city where you can walk into any random restaurant and expect an “at least decent” meal. Yes, this food Mecca is full of amazing cuisine, culture, craftsmanship, tradition and innovation; however, it’s also full of businesses (restaurants and otherwise) that are operated with […]