The eating of sea urchins (garoines in Catalan), like oysters and prawn heads, and even olives, neatly divides the human race into three distinct types. There are those who love them. There are those who hate them, or would not even entertain the thought of trying them. And then there are those – and I … Read moreGourmet Gonads
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 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!
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
Discerning gourmets will be quick to spot a glaring omission on this list – the much-lauded three-star Celler de Can Roca which, since the closure of El Bullí in 2011, has reigned supreme as the restaurant with the most impossible-to-get-onto waiting list in Catalonia. And that’s essentially the reason it’s not on this list: you … Read moreMichelin-star dining on the Costa Brava
In the Empordà region, where the mountains come down to embrace the sea, legend has it that this meeting point gave rise to one of the most original contributions to Catalan cuisine and one that is typical of the Costa Brava: mar i muntanya; literally sea and mountain, but more colloquially surf’n’turf. Nobody knows exactly … Read moreMar i Muntanya, by Rafael de la Torre