Barcelona is a great city in so many ways. Not only is it so wonderfully warm and sunny this time of year, but I can also be sure that I will never lack good food or sparkling wine! Take our lunch today, for example, El Quim in La Boqueria. Small, cozy, right in thecenter, rapid pulse and great great food!
La Boqueria is a covered market on the main pedestrian street La Rambla, and just to walk there is an experience. When one enters the market you have to zick-zack between hordes of people in the isles between fruit stand and butcher shops. Amidst all this are small tapas bars where various dishes are served at the counters. You have to have the luck on your side and come when someone else just leaves their place, but you can of course wait for a free seat too, because the Spaniards are not sitting around for ever so the turn over is pretty good.
Garlic Shrimp with cava reduction, poached eggs (in oil) with baby squid or caramelized foi grass, along with cava brut nature. Not bad at all to start of the trip. El Quim is not the cheapest place in Barcelona, but it is well worth a visit if you appreciate good food with good quality, which is also typical of the region.
If you do havesome extra space in your bag on the way home, you can take the opportunity to buy a whole leg of ham. Think what a great thing to have when he cold winds starts to blow around the corner of the house in November and you sit there with your cava and your ham, rememberingthose hot days in Barcelona!
Today my husband will come home after being away working for two weeks. This marks the end of sandwiches and porridge for dinner! I just don’t eat real food when I’m alone, basically because it boors me. So the only time I have eaten something nutritious during these two weeks has been when someone invited me for dinner. Lucky for me I have nice and kind friends and a wonderful family that does take care of me.
But now there’s will be a stop to this and I will make up for a two-week cooking shortage! Since we are soon off to Barcelona, I thought it might be nice with a little “boosting before the trip” now that we have the first chance to talk through the journey and do some planning.
The dear husband hinted that he was longing for some good red wine, so the cava has to go with the starter. I have therefore designed the following menu this Wednesday.
Starter: Segura Viuda, Reserva Heredad, with some Catalan tapas, ham, Manchego cheese, mixed olives and salsichón.
Main course: Amarone Classico, limosine tenderloin with roasted beets and chèvre with honey and a little bacon and chanterelles.
Dessert: Pomme de tarte, (thinly sliced apples in puff pastry with moskavado sugar). Easy and very tasty!
Welcome home, darling!
Now it is not many days left, because on Friday we are taking the early flight to Barcelona and the harvest. It will be great to finally get back to San Sadurni.
We have a tight schedule with at least two producer visits a day. But it is a sweet hassle when you do something you love!
Over the weekend we will try to find the very best cava bars and restaurant in Barcelona, so you know where to go next time you’re there. Maybe it will be some hotel tips too, so you can plan a weekend soon. There will also be a section on Barcelona in the book with some tips and trix.
Then on the Monday it’s off to San Sadurni and all the cava producers. We will visit, among others, Agusti Torello Mata, Freixenet, Codorniu, Gramonan, Villarnau and Pares Balta. And I’m thinking already about how we should go about transporting all the cava that I know we will want to bring home. Maybe I have to buy an extra suitcase since the one we have only fits 10 bottles if you do not want to break the weight limits on the flight.
We will see how it goes!