Prepare for a midwinter, mega-onion feast: ’tis the season for calçots (pronounced calsots) in Catalunya
Why I prefer a good B&B to a modest hotel and some favourites in France, Spain and Switzerland
If you’re anywhere near Sant Martí d’Empuries on the Costa Brava this weekend, be sure to look in on the Arrels del Ví wine fair – a great chance to meet some of Empordà’s top wine makers and taste their wines
Stand on the small town beach in L’Escala on the Costa Brava at dawn, close your eyes and try to visualise the scene a century ago. A procession of white-painted, wooden-hulled anchovy boats makes its way round the point, their triangular lateen sails gracefully inclined as they tack towards the beach. A team of strong… Continue reading Do Anchovies Grow Up To Be Sardines?
It hardly matters which way you approach the Empordà region of Catalonia: from France, via Languedoc-Roussillon and across the border through which countless Republican refugees streamed at the end of the Civil War, or from Barcelona, which lies a little over one hour south. The landscape, flanked by the shimmering Mediterranean and dominated by the Pyrenees… Continue reading Empordà Calling
Before slinking off to the bottle bank with the evidence of our Christmas excesses, I had fun fishing bottles out of the wheelie bin, reliving the memories of the ones we especially relished and which we’ll buy again if the opportunity arises – and making a a mental note of which ones not to bother… Continue reading Favourite Holiday Wines (sparklers and still whites)
I love lunch. I like it at home – something simple: a salad of tomatoes and basil with a selection of cheeses… an omelette aux fines herbes…quesadillas with sweetly oozing raclette cheese and guacamole front-loaded with cilantro/coriander…And I like lunch out, whether it’s somewhere swanky like the Auberge de l’Ill (ca. €100) or the menú… Continue reading In Praise of Lunch