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Friday Feature Photo: Montjuic, Barcelona

Photographer: Ryan Opaz Capture Date: September 9, 2011 Location: Barcelona, Spain About: Montjuïc is a steep hill just outside of the Barcelona city center, featuring a number of attractions including: Font Màgica (Magic Fountain), Poble Espanyol, Anella Olímpica (Olympic Ring from the 1992 Olympics), Castell de Montjuïc (18th century castle) and Palau Nacional (National Palace) and Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya (MNAC), one of the city’s most important museums. Worth a visit if you’ve never been! 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 save the photo. Purchase: Please contact us directly if you’re keen to purchase any of Catavino Friday Photo images. Note that the images […]

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 […]

Hidden Factory: The Clandestine Restaurant Movement in Barcelona

Chef Javier Morón and business partner Sergi Salguero have joined the slowly growing cadre of gourmands and entrepreneurs who bring their passion for food and service directly to the public of Barcelona in the form of underground—“clandestine”— restaurants. “Clandestine restaurants are exciting,” says Javier. “They are ephemeral events; a space, an ambiance, a menu, and a note of theatricality all in one. They are born from the inspiration of the moment, or the actual physical space that the restaurante clandestino inhabits. To me, what we are doing is completely different than cooking in a restaurant. In a restaurant, things are always the same, while at Hidden Factory and other places like us, every day is something magical; something unrepeatable.” Javier […]

#inCostaBrava I saw some marvelous things

A momentous 2013 has almost come to a close, and to be perfectly honest, it’s been a good year. I’ve travelled a considerable amount, moved countries and had a son. 2013 will mark one of the most memorable years of my life. However, it’s around this time that we sit with a list of what our future may hold, and if I may chime in with a suggestion, you should seriously consider visiting “The Costa Brava“. The Costa Brava, translated to “Wild” or “Rough Coast”, is located just along the Mediterranean in northeastern Spain. A stunning landscape extending from Blanes (approximately 60 km northeast of Barcelona) to the French border, it is renowned for its gorgeous scenery, avant guard cuisine, and […]

Malvasia de Sitges: A grape born from mercenaries and knights

Hundreds of years before Catalunya became part of Spain, the land was under the control of the Crown of Aragon; a kingdom that stretched from the Iberian peninsula through southern France, modern-day Italy, and as even as far as Greece. Without a standing army, conquests and vengeance were exacted in the name of The Crown (our whoever had the gold) by troops of ruthless, long-haired, fast-moving Catalan mercenaries called almogavars. In 1303, led by the infamous Roger de Flor—an Italian-born Templar Knight, commander of the feared “Catalan Company”, and namesake of my first (temporary) address here in Barcelona—a troop of almogavar foot soldiers set sail for Constantinople to protect the city from the invading Ottoman Turks. They were under the pay of the Byzantine […]

GSMA Mobile World Conference: Tech Tips on How to Eat and Drink Well in Barcelona

Next week, Barcelona will be inundated with a digital waterfall of techies attending the largest mobile conference in the world. The GSMA Mobile World Conference attracts some 60,000 mobile players including mobile phone and tablet manufacturers, telecom operators, trade associations, service providers, app developers and amateurs developers who are keen to discover the next “must have” device for 2013. The #MWC13 is no small event, but despite the deluge of new tech prognostications hitting the interwebs, we’re rather skeptical that our tech friends will take the time to look up from their mobile units to ensure a delicious meal. That’s where we come in. Being that Catavino prides itself on its latest gadgetry, in hopes of taking that next 1 million […]

A Catalan Christmas Poo: An Unsuspecting Holiday Celebration

Snuggling close to a crackling fire as the bitter winds rush past double paned windows, I smile enjoying the warm smell of cinnamon and nutmeg, the clink of ice in scotch tumblers and the docile tones of Bing Crosby floating in the background. Christmas equates to everything cozy: warm nurturing foods, giggling laughter of children, and of course, the gentle blinking lights on the Christmas tree. And despite the fact that the Holidays can occasionally lead to family feuds, drunken brawls and the occasional disowning of your cousin Bob for public disorderly conduct, it has never included the celebration of poo. Yes, you heard me correctly. Despite Catalunya’s fame for creating one of the most glorious cities in the world, not […]

Wild Fires Rapidly Spread through DO Alt Emporda

Yesterday afternoon, as gentle wispy clouds zipped through the summer skies, a wild fire sparked in the northeastern wine region of Alt Emporda, located just along the French border and along Mediterranean Sea, followed by a second not 6 hours later. According to the Minister of Catalunya, “Strong winds gusting up to 90km/h (55mph) have rendered one fire ‘out of control’.” All 135,000 residents in the country have been ordered to stay indoors and away from the licking flames. Approximately 13,000 hectares of woodlands have been claimed, as well as three lives. Reports stated that approximately 80 firefighting crews from both Spain and France are working diligently to control the blaze, which is quickly advancing southwards towards the famed city […]

Senseless Crime: A Priorat Winery is Hit with Vandalism

Not an hour ago, Catalan blogger, Joan Gomez Pallares of Devinis requested that we hit the internets with an important Press Release. Normally, we’re not ones to republish PR’s verbatim, but in this case, we feel you should hear it directly from the winery itself. We tried to call the winery, Terroir al Limit, for a statement but no one answered, understandably so. Also keep in mind that although petty crime is common in Spain, we rarely hear of vandalism of this nature – or of violent crime at all – and are truly saddened for the winery, extending our deepest sympathies. If you would like to contact the winery directly for more information, just head over to the the […]

The Assemblage: The Art and Science Behind Blending a Cava Wine

Before we dive into this article, I’d like to invite you to play with me for a moment. Imagine that I’ve placed three buckets of red paint infront of you named: Burnt Orange, Fire Engine Red and Sunburst Yellow. Each of these vary slightly in vivacity, purity and tone, and your job is to mix all three of these colors to make the color, Cranberry. Sounds relatively easy, doesn’t it?! For some color savvy individuals, it might be a breeze, but now let’s imagine that I’ve taken out Fire Engine Red and Sunburst and replaced it with Eggplant and Tawny. Suddenly creating that exact same Cranberry color might not be so easy. Come morning, when the breaking light peeks out […]