Eating in Barcelona area….

mardi, 18 septembre, 2012

Leaving my beautiful village of Cadaqués and my friends’ restaurants.. discovering some new places, at least for me !

DAY 1….

First stop in Palamos, crossing the whole town, parking by the side of the sea and a little walk into the old town to get to « Restaurant La Menta« 

La Menta Palamos. Carte.

La Menta Palamos. Carte.

A big smile from Agathe welcomes me. I met her a few months earlier while she was working at « Plaça del vi »  (Plaça del Vi )   the fabulous place to drink great wines and eat excellent Catalan cuisine in Girona! Grand sourire d’Agathe que j’avais connue avant à Plaça del Vi a Girona.

Now Agathe and Roger have their own restaurant ! It already had a good reputation, but now it is theirs ! I sit outside, the weather is good at this time of the year, just cool enough !

Jose Luis Matteo...Galicia

Jose Luis Matteo…Galicia

Some nibbles to eat while looking at the « carta »….

Agathe is offering me a selection of Rogers’s cooking…. Great, I will only have to choose the wine ! I look at the wine list . Got it.. the white wine from Jose Luis Mateo.. a long time since I have drunk any… Alanda 2010, DO Monterei, Galicia, fabulous freshness, elegance and length…What a pleasure to drink it  and how fabulous to go with the marvelous lunch….. Déjeuner préparé par Roger. Je n’ai qu’a choisir le vin; Facile ! Alanda 2010, DO Monterei, Galicia, superbe fraicheur, élagant et suffisament long en bouche avec un superbe équilibre.

La Menta Sardines

La Menta Sardines

– Sardines marinated with Joselito’s thin slices of « lard »…. velvet in the mouth…. Sardines marinées et lard de Joselito !

– Cannelloni with green veggies… light and very tasty ! Cannelonis farçis et légumes: super agréables.

La Menta Arroz - Rice

La Menta Arroz – Rice

– Seafood rice with Gambas rojas (red gambas) a local speciality… GOOORRRGGIIOOUUSSSS….. Riz aux fruits de mer ENOOOORMEEEE !

La Menta Calamares a la plancha

La Ment; Calamares a la plancha

– Calamars a la plancha..so perfect…..

Tel: 972 314 709

Tauler I Servia, 1
17230 Palamos

Driving south, having a nice siesta though on the way to my friend Christophe!

Diner d'amis...

Diner entre amis…

A nice welcoming table with great wines…. Yes, I can hear some of you say… « he  never stops ».. Well some times I do, but I love food and food & wine pairing, and this is also the way I have chosen to promote my wines as well… Diner chez mon ami Christophe; Super délicieux et convivial !

Great Grenache blanc d’Embres & Castelmaure, and superbe vin de paille 1996 de la famille Tissot along with 3-4 other superb red wines… what a treat….

DAY 2 … Meetings with contacts…. hopefully new customers 🙂 ….

 la Cova Bruma, cap i pota...

la Cova Fumada, cap i pota…

A quick tour in Barceloneta to La Cova Fumada  (932 21 40 61) for a snack lunch at the bar with a « got de vi negre »… just an amazing place, everything is fresh (no fridge…) and cooked daily…. for a few « euros » you have a great meal !

La Cova Fumada une halte obligatoire pour decouvrrir la vrai cuisine « de toda la vida  » Catalane, et super pichet de vins rouge ! 

Not enough time to go and see my friend MIRKO CARTURAN in Caldes de Monbui but I am already planning a « special trip » with my Catalan friends… Pas eu le temps de passer mon ami Mirko mais cela n’est que partie remise. Super cuisine aussi !

Dinner was planned in advance weeks ago at this new palce in Sabadell?

I can hear you ! « Where is that?  Sabadell, spell it again? » well 30 minutes north of Barcelona…. « Why should I go there to have dinner »? Just because I told you and I go…  🙂  « and »….

El Fil D'Ariadna; Sabadell

El Fil D’Ariadna; Sabadell

El Fil d’Ariadna is in the city centre, next to the « Mercado », easy parking.. Nice looking place. The whole gang is there…. 8 of us and 10 bottles going from Gramona – 2004 Sauvignon; a Jeroboam of Terra Remota 2010, La Roche aux Moines Saveniéres – at least a great Loire wine, not like that shit from Coulée de Serrant ;  Saint Joseph 2009 de Pierre Gonon; Viñas del Cadastro 2009 from Olivier Riviére; MV from Canet Valette ( Mourvédre); Saint Chinian from Canet Valette (old vintage); Closde l’oum; a swiss wine Clos des Cornassins(?) and to start, for the « apéritif », a unique sparkling beaujolais Gamay soooooo refreshing !

Au centre de Sabadell.. Le Fil d’Ariadna: GRAND moment au niveau de la cuisine !

El Fil d'Ariadna: Tasting !

El Fil d’Ariadna: Tasting !

Apetiser:

–  Pig crackling, A classic !

El Fil D'Ariadna, Pulpito

El Fil D’Ariadna, Pulpito

– small pulpito in it’s ink, sage and pepper… huuuummmm perfect cooking, almost as good as The great Chef Paco Perez‘ ones …

– Stuffed « fleur de courgette »… light and delicious….

El Fil d'Ariadna; uevos i salsa cremosa de trufas...

El Fil d’Ariadna; uevos i salsa cremosa de trufas…

– soft boiled egg (Oeuf mollet), with truffle sauce…. still have the perfume in my mouth after 4 days !

El Fil d'Ariadna, Rouget, Red mullet....

El Fil d’Ariadna, Rouget, Red mullet….

– Red mullet (rouget) stuffed with fresh veggies … OUTSTANDING with a bit of fresh olive oil..

El Fil d'Ariadna.... huuuummmmm

El Fil d’Ariadna…. huuuummmmm

– Bavette with « cépes »….. can’t speak…. juust sooooo good!

– Pork lard with « cépes »….. creamy inside and crunchy outside… very, very unique experience !

some bit of Spanish parmesan, quite delicious but different from the real stuff! (sweeter..)

Pudding…. coffee, carajillo…..  and quickly back to Christophe’s place for a perfect ZZZZzzzzRRRRzzzz  rrrrrZZZZZ…..

El Fil d'Ariadna...The End !

El Fil d’Ariadna…The End !

The whole dinner was not just perfect, but elegant , delicious cooking, authentic products and specialities and at the same time very easy for any « food- lover » to enjoy, i.e., « nothing too strange … »

No need to say that Ariadna, although she is a pretty young Chef, has a great experience in terms of cooking.

It is a place where every dish is a special treat and a real pleasure…. Go, go , go Ariadna, go !

Tel: 935 372 563

c/ Sant Jaume, 19
08201 Sabadell

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Fiesta de la Virgen del Carmen

vendredi, 7 août, 2009

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La llegada de la festividad de la Virgen del Carmen a la provincia de Girona provoca diferentes manifestaciones religiosas como la de Cadaqués.

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De « Es Poal » hasta la Iglesia de Santa Maria.

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Es, para la mayoría de los pueblos del litoral español, una de las más bellas y antiguas tradiciones que guarda nuestra cultura.

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Cada 16 de julio los aldeanos madrugan para dirigirse a la iglesia de su pueblo porteño con el fin de recoger a la virgen del Carmen, patrona de los marineros, para dirigirse en procesión hacia el puerto y embarcar la figura de la virgen mar adentro mientras le rinden culto con oraciones y cantos religiosos.

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De vuelta a la costa los aldeanos la esperan afanosos para conducirla de regreso a la iglesia y de esta forma finalizar en el recinto religioso la advocación a la Patrona.

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El pueblo de Cadaqués, es reconocido por su belleza… y sus fiestas tradicionales. Habanera « Mare vull ser pescador ».

Además de procesionar por mar a la Virgen del Carmen, se entonan habaneras, se bebe vino, se comen sardinas y se balla la Sardana.

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 Sardanes amb la cobla Cadaques

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La Virgen también esta procesionada en Palamós, Llança o Sant Feliu de Guíxols, entre otros municipios de la Costa Brava.

Fotos de NONA  i de Ivo !!

S'alqueria- Single photo - PETITE

 

 

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On ze road: de S’Alqueria hasta Palamós

mercredi, 1 octobre, 2008

Départ de S’Alqueria le matin. Salida de S’Alqueria la mañaña. Departure from S’Alqueria in the morning. (vue de la playa del Papà ! vista de la playa del Papà, view from the Papà’s beach.) 

Calme.... le matin à l'abri du vent
Calme, le matin à l’abri du vent. 

…..Et voilà, belle journée… sur la route pour rencontrer des distributeurs ! Pués un bel dia…en el coche visitando a distributores!  So here is a great day…on the road to go and meeting with distributors !

Et puis le troupeaux de moutons qui traverse la route tout naturellement !! Pues el ganado que atraversa la carretera muy naturalmente !! So the sheep crossing the road..naturally !

 

Tranquilos ...

Tranquilos ...

 

Et puis finalement les amis (14) sur la plage de Palamós et le vin qui arrive ! Finalmente los amigos (14) en la playa de Palamós y el vino que llega ! And finally the friends (14) on the beach in Palamós and the wine that arrives.

 

solo se queda- reste plus que - Claude

solo se queda- reste plus que - Claude

 

Belle aprés-midi et la sieste alors- Que buena tarde. Y la siesta, que? – Lovely afternoon isn’t it What about the siesta.