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I moved to Cataluña when I was very young--it is a very special place for me. To celebrate, I will toast you with the region’s sparking wine, cava, in the episode “Surf and Turf”. We will learn all about this exceptional wine and cook with it, making a dressing for oysters and a wonderful mimosa that will change your life. I will take you mushroom hunting in the mountains and fishing for shrimp off the coast.

In the coming weeks, we will return to this special region in “Food Arts”. I will take you to my beloved market, La Boqueria, in Barcelona. And I will show you two great Catalan artists: Salvador Dali and Ferran Adria, hailed by many as the world's most creative chef.

Palamos, gambas fishing
   
Barcelona - las Ramblas, la Boqueria   En Espanol
Mushroom hunting in Solsona, A Visit to El Suquet    
The Sparkling Wine of Penedes--Cava, The Cheese of Montserrat    
A Visit to El Bulli    

In Cataluyna we visit many wonderful places….

Freixenet
Joan Sala, 2
Sant Sadurní d'Anoia
Tel : 011 34 93 891 7000
www.freixenet.com

Freixenet is one of the sponsors of “Made in Spain.” Here you can visit their winery and see where they make the cava that Cataluña is famous for.

La Boquería Market
Plaça de la Boqueria
Barcelona
Tel: 011 34 93 318 25 84
www.boqueria.info

This is Barcelona’s main market, probably the best market in Europe. José never misses a chance to go when he is in town. Don’t miss Petras, where all the seasonal mushrooms will be available, and Bar Pinotxo, where José ’s friend Juanito serves the best breakfast in town. Head there early in the morning. Eat what you see. It is an amazing place.

Bar Pinotxo – Boqueria Market
La Rambla, 91
Barcelona
Tel: 011 34 93 317 17 31

A tiny, tiny bar but the owner Juanito Bayen is one of the most well known restaurant persons in Barcelona. José used to go there almost every morning when he was living in Barcelona. Go only for lunch or breakfast very early. They don’t have a menu but ask about the specials.

 

El Suquet del Almirall
Pg. Joan de Borbó, 65
Barcelona
Tel: 011 34 93 22 16 233

La Gamba de Palamós restaurant
Plaça Sant Pere,1
Palamós
Tel: 011 34 972 31 46 33
www.lagambapalamos.com

Restaurante Rafas
Calle San Sebastian, 56
Roses
Tel: 011 34 972 254 003

Casa-Museo Salvador Dalí
Portlligat
Cadaqués
Tel. 011 34 972 251 015
www.salvador-dali.org

The present Portlligat House-museum was Salvador Dalí’s only fixed abode from 1930, the place in which he normally lived and worked up till 1982 when, upon Gala’s death, he took up residence at Púbol Castle.

El Bulli Restaurant
Cala Montjoi
Rosas
Tel: 011 34 972 150 457
www.elbulli.com

Ferran Adria’s gastronomic temple that needs no introduction! Request your reservation by October of the previous year in order to sample the extraordinary cuisine of Jose’s friend and mentor.

San Benet de Montserrat Monastery
Afores S/N
Monistrol de Montserrat
Tel. 011 34 938 350 078
www.montserratvisita.com

Park Güell
Carrer d'Olot 13,
Barcelona
Tel: 011 34 934 132 400

Prolific Catalan architect Antoni Gaudi designed this fascinating garden complex, located on the hill of el Carmel in the Gràcia district of Barcelona. Built in the years 1900 to 1914, it is now part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site that includes all of Gaudi’s masterpieces. Check out the famous mosaics and original artwork at this park.

Els Casals Restaurant
Hotel Rural Els Casals
Sagas
Tel: 011 34 93 825 12 00
www.hotelelscasals.com

El Celler de Can Roca Restaurant
Can Sunyer, 46
Girona
Tel: 011 34 972 222 157
www.cellercanroca.com

Formatge Baume Cheesemaker
Masia la Solana S/N
Borredà
Tel: 011 34 938239064

 

To learn more about Cataluña, visit:
www.gencat.net/turistex_nou/home_ang.htm