Gourmet dining on the Costa Brava at affordable prices

SOPARS MARIDATS 2019 8 February – 31 May La Cuina de l’Empordanet is the name of a group of Baix Empordà restaurants which, since 1995, have been working to promote the region’s gastronomic quality and showcase the Empordà region as a gourmet destination of the first order. The association’s philosophy is to prioritize top quality … Read moreGourmet dining on the Costa Brava at affordable prices

THE ESSENTIAL FOODIE EXPERIENCE THIS WINTER – BIBS A MUST!

The first powdering of snow on the peaks of the Pyrenees heralds the start of a season keenly anticipated by Catalan foodies – it’s calçotada time! It is estimated that by Easter, when the season officially ends, some 300,000 people will have devoured around 14 million calçots, most of which will have been consumed at … Read moreTHE ESSENTIAL FOODIE EXPERIENCE THIS WINTER – BIBS A MUST!

La Sirena, Roses (If it’s good enough for Ferran Adrià…)

In gastronomic circles, Roses has, of course, always been associated with the five-time winner of the accolade of greatest restaurant in the world, El Bullí, where Ferran Adrià broke the mould of haute cuisine until it closed for good in 2011. I wonder how many of those fortunate enough to secure a reservation there actually … Read moreLa Sirena, Roses (If it’s good enough for Ferran Adrià…)

Mas Pou – the place to go for time-honoured Catalan comfort food

When visiting friends ask to go to a ‘typical Catalan restaurant’, one of the names that inevitably makes the shortlist is Mas Pou in the tiny village of Palau Sator, a few miles inland from the coast between Pals and Torroella. Apart from ticking all the boxes in terms of traditional Catalan restaurant décor – … Read moreMas Pou – the place to go for time-honoured Catalan comfort food

Pa i Raim… a well-kept secret no more…

Who could have guessed that hiding behind a discreet brown door on a plain grey street in Palafrugell lies one of the most outstanding gourmet experiences you’ll find anywhere for a mere €23? Pa i Raim bears the distinction of having been the family home of the acclaimed and much loved Catalan writer and journalist … Read morePa i Raim… a well-kept secret no more…

Pomes farcides (stuffed apples)

A celebration of the humble apple… Pomes farcides, also known as pomes de relleno – baked apples stuffed with a savoury meat mixture – have been a traditional Empordà dish since medieval times, with a small town just outside Figueres laying claim to the most well-known recipe, pomes de relleno de Vilabertran, which has recently … Read morePomes farcides (stuffed apples)

DVISI – Casa Vincke, Palamós

The most excitingly creative restaurant in Palamós has recently moved from its rather unprepossessing backstreet location to the far more fitting surroundings of the newly-opened luxury boutique hotel, Casa Vincke, run by the Mas de Torrent group. The new venue is fresh, spacious and modern with a wealth of blond wood, anthracite chairs, aubergine banquettes … Read moreDVISI – Casa Vincke, Palamós

La Vinyeta – an uplifting story of triumph against the odds

Back in 2002, a young Catalan couple called Josep and Marta, approaching the end of their agricultural engineering degree course, embarked on an adventure against all the odds, having decided to start up their own vineyard in the dry, barren lands around Mollet de Peralada in the Alt Empordà, deemed by local farmers as ‘Madness! … Read moreLa Vinyeta – an uplifting story of triumph against the odds

The four essential sauces that form the backbone of Catalan cuisine

Master these and you’re halfway to mastering Catalan cooking! Allioli The real Catalan allioli – which, as the name implies, consists of oil (oli) and garlic (all) and only these ingredients, plus a little salt – probably originated with the Romans and Egyptians, who used to prepare very similar sauces; whatever the case, the source … Read moreThe four essential sauces that form the backbone of Catalan cuisine