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Tag Archives: costa brava

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: calçats (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 […]

#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 […]

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Best Wines To Bring On A Spanish Sailing Holiday

Spanish wines are some of the rewarding in the world, whilst Spanish waters offers some of the best sailing in the Mediterranean. How about we combine the two? Our friends at Get Sailing recently asked Catavino to recommend a choice wine for three of their favourite destinations in Spain… Menorca GS: Arguably our favourite of the three major Balearic Islands, Menorca is smaller and less touristic than Majorca and more peaceful than Ibiza – the renowned party island. One the one hand it has hardly any high rise developments and on the other it boasts more beaches than its more famous neighbouring islands combined, making it perfect for that relaxed sailing vacation. This being the Mediterranean, conditions are rarely too […]

Big Day Out in Barcelona: What to do in a very magical town!

Editor’s Note: Today we feature experienced travel writer, Duncan Rhodes, who is the Editor of who has kindly offered to shared some ideas on how to spend a day (and night) in the company of The Great Enchantress. Chances are, if you’re a regular reader of this blog and you’re on your way to Catalonia, there’s only one thing on your mind. You’re on a pilgrimage to the fertile plains of the Penedès and the Holy Grail looks suspiciously like a large wine glass full to the brim with the seductive effervescence of the region’s famous sparkling wine. But even if you’re a single-minded devotee of Dionysus it’s well worth taking a break from the vineyards and cellars which […]

Restaurant Review: Costa Brava – Heritage And Passion: The Recipe For Success

“I was frying cabrito [baby goat] when I was 13 years old,” Javier tells me when I ask him how he got started in the restaurant business. Javier Gonzalez, the owner of Costa Brava Spanish Restaurant and Tapas Bar in San Diego, is truly a blend of Northern Spain and Southern California. With his thick brown hair pulled back in a pony tail and an extreme passion for his homeland and restaurant, Javier and I set out on a two and a half hour journey that would take us from Santander to San Diego and back again. I was happy to sit back and enjoy the ride – the incredibly enjoyable ride. Santander is the seaside capital of the autonomous […]

D.O. Emporda: A Mecca of Natural Beauty and Legendary Wine Stories

Last week, we had the pleasure of enjoying some quality family time in the small mountainous town of Calonge, located north of Barcelona, southeast of Girona and not a stone’s throw from the sea. Perched on a terraced mountain at approximately 500 feet, our casa rural overlooked the dry bush valley, spotted with pine trees, white rhododendrons and red bougainvilleas that slowly declined directly into the bright blue Mediterranean. This entire coastal area is called the Costa Brava, with absolutely breathtakingly scenery and considered the perfect getaway place when you only want to drive an hour to find yourself on the small pebbled beach, relaxing under a palm tree, while eating freshly grilled sardines. In wine terms, Calonge is located […]

Catavino’s on Vacation, but first a question: What is Your Summer Comfort Wine

Hey everyone, Catavino is headed for a brief vacation! My aunt and uncle have flown in from Santa Monica, California for a 10 day whirlwind tour of Roman ruins, coastal hideaways, small medieval pueblos, quaint little restaurants serving fresh grilled fish, leisurely strolls through the expressive creations of Gaudi, and of course, a dip in the warm and ever inviting Mediterranean. What more could a vacation could possibly consist of?! Wine! While Ryan and I packed up our gear for the weekend, we realized that without batting an eyelash, we grabbed a few bottles of Fino Sherry and Cava – our two summer standbys. These are the styles of wine we reach for when we don’t want to think, and […]

Wine of the Week: 2001 Brut de Brut Gran Reserva Brut Nature Cava from Cavas Recaredo

This past week, after visiting a new client in Palafrugell, we spent an incredible night in a sleepy seaside pueblo called Llafranc, approximately 135 km northeast of Barcelona. It was a chance for us to get away for a night as a couple, far from tweets, status updates and cellphones! This coastal section of Catalunya is known as the Costa Brava, stretching from Blanes, 60 km northeast of Barcelona, all the way to the French border. Costa in both Catalan and Castellano means ‘coast’, while Brava means ‘rugged’ or ‘wild’. In the 1950′s, under Franco, the government destined this area as the sweet holiday spot of Spain, hoping that substantial developments in restaurants and hotels would entice both the Brits […]