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Cerveza, Cargols i Covid - a summer in Catalonia


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1 hour ago, Duvel said:

After the surprisingly filling lunch, the small amount of walking around and briefly visiting the beach was not enough to work up an appetite. That, coupled with a rapidly increasing feeling of laziness (as mind & body are getting into holiday mood) led to a simple, yet tasty dinner.

 

Fresh bread (w/ tomato, salt & olive oil), topped with goat cheese, thinly sliced head cheese and bull blanc. Accompanied by a beer from Barcelona and shortly after enjoyed on the terrace in a cooling breeze …

 

Looks like you have an nicely appointed house to vaca in! How far from the beach is it?

 

9 hours ago, Anna N said:

Yes! Thank you. 

Wow - it was ten years ago!  

 

 

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1 hour ago, weinoo said:

Wow - it was ten years ago!  

Wonderful post although I do not think that is where I first learned of this place. But I was delighted to read of yet another open-faced sandwich:

“Ask for montaditos (mounted bread) and you're liable to end up with these...”

 

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2 hours ago, weinoo said:

Looks like you have an nicely appointed house to vaca in! How far from the beach is it?


About 900m. This town is in between some of the major tourist spots on the Catalan coastline, just south of the Costa Brava. It has (at least to me) the same nice beach, but completely uncrowded. 
I am not very much into beach & sea, but the little one goes absolutely bananas here (as does my wife, so another proof of genetics at work) …

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OH how did I miss this until today!  I'm so excited for this.  Thank you so much for taking us!!!  Between Covid and other world events this is MUCH welcomed :) 

 

I've never heard of red wine mixed with lemonade.  I'm off to google.

 

And that bread is making me want to get my mill out and make a loaf....with tomatoes....I'm drooling.

 

The head cheese from above looks delicious.

 

Can't wait for more!

 

 

 

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6 minutes ago, rotuts said:

@Duvel 

 

fantastic job

 

throughly enjoying the pics.

 

Kudos your way.

 

what do people do w a ' sliced head ? '


I’d say head cheese or soup, but I’ll ask next time to be certain …

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3 minutes ago, Shelby said:

I've never heard of red wine mixed with lemonade.  I'm off to google.


It is maybe the lesser known cousin of Kalimotxo, which is equally popular here, but huge in the Basque country. Definitely a suitable drink for temperatures above 30 oC …
 

 

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A light breakfast, as we will visit one of my wife’s aunts later for “lunch”.

 

Canya de crema (puff pastry, filled with crema catalana) for my wife, ensaïmada for the little one and a spinach-stuffed pastry for me (there was a two for one deal obviously - couldn’t quite get her as she spoke Spanish) …

 

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""  red wine mixed with lemonade ''

 

N.B. :

 

the wine picked for the mix , was improved 

 

by adding lemonade .

 

the lemonade was not given a choice.

 

my 2 pesetas 

 

they probably do not have pesetas any more.

 

love the markets 

 

 

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1 minute ago, rotuts said:

they wine picked for the mix , was improved 

 

by adding lemonade .

 

the lemonade was not given a choice.


That sounds pretty much apt as far as the origin of this drink is concerned. But I have to say it is tasty and very refreshing.

 

A few years ago I was touring the Basque country, and after some bar hopping in San Sebastián I noticed that quite some bars there have Kalimotxo ready made coming from a dispenser, just as soft drinks do, due to its popularity there …

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28 minutes ago, Duvel said:


That sounds pretty much apt as far as the origin of this drink is concerned. But I have to say it is tasty and very refreshing.

 

A few years ago I was touring the Basque country, and after some bar hopping in San Sebastián I noticed that quite some bars there have Kalimotxo ready made coming from a dispenser, just as soft drinks do, due to its popularity there …

It, along with the canned food, leaves me shaking my head. We hold some cuisines in such high regard only to discover that they serve food from cans and mix wine with cola. And more, can elevate such things. I am speaking with admiration not derision!

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Outstanding pictures, Master Duvel! Seeing what's popular there is most intriguing. Thank you. My family had a little spread in Portugal for 20 years so much of these are familiar. Saudades...

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6 minutes ago, blue_dolphin said:

@Duvel, did you pack the Ooni?


There were more than one heated argument about that. In the interest of a happy marriage and because my wife is very persuasive (“think how much stuff you can bring back to Germany if that thing is not in the trunk”), it stayed in Germany. 

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1 hour ago, Duvel said:


That sounds pretty much apt as far as the origin of this drink is concerned. But I have to say it is tasty and very refreshing.

 

A few years ago I was touring the Basque country, and after some bar hopping in San Sebastián I noticed that quite some bars there have Kalimotxo ready made coming from a dispenser, just as soft drinks do, due to its popularity there …

 

Not too much different in its effect that a Radler, wouldn't you say?

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27 minutes ago, rotuts said:

why cook

 

when you can go out

 

possibly on foot

 

and bring so many tasty things home

 

and perhaps safely visit selected

 

local restaurants 

 

eating outside.


That’s certainly true, but of course there will be a bit of cooking in the holidays … here is a view on “my” cupboard & “my” nightstand*/** 😉

 

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* sorry for the watch - I know there was a (short-term) member that liked to leave his Rolex in his pictures. I can assure you this is a cheap Garmin and not meant to be a hidden product placement 
😉
 

** a big thanks to @JoNorvelleWalker for suggesting this year’s holiday read - it is a great book !

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On 8/15/2021 at 4:04 AM, Duvel said:

Little one was so enticed by the smell of the warm catalana (a rustic local baguette variety, that has a bit of whole wheat mixed in), that he had to sample on the spot).

 

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Just think what a fantastic food writer he could be in the future should he choose to go that route.

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43 minutes ago, Duvel said:


That’s certainly true, but of course there will be a bit of cooking in the holidays … here is a view on “my” cupboard & “my” nightstand*/** 😉

 

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* sorry for the watch - I know there was a (short-term) member that liked to leave his Rolex in his pictures. I can assure you this is a cheap Garmin and not meant to be a hidden product placement 
😉
 

** a big thanks to @JoNorvelleWalker for suggesting this year’s holiday read - it is a great book !

What type of power outlet do you have there?  Is it Swiss?  I always thought Spain's outlets were similar to those in Germany...

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“Lunch” happens a bit later in Catalonia. Around 16.00h, to be precise …

 

We went to one of my wife’s aunts, a very lovely person and a good cook. My wife stayed at her house for some years while studying at the UAB in Barcelona, which is too far from her hometown for daily travel.
 

After salty snacks and a glass of vermouth we started with Esqueixada, a salad made from salt cod (desalinated, but not cooked), ripe tomatoes, peppers, good oil and vinegar, served with raw onion. It is traditional and fits perfectly to the temperatures …

 

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Main course was rap amb cloïssas (or monkfish with clams), served in a sauce made from olive oil, garlic, roasted almonds, a bit of chocolate and parsley. This was fantastic. Each of us got a small monkfish - the little one finished his portion alone, much to the surprise of our hosts …
 

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Drinks included (cooled) red wine, water and a 0/0 version of the wine/lemonade mixture - no calories and no alcohol …

 

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For digestif #1 a strong coffee with milk & brandy …

 

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And digestif #2 was a herbal liquor called orujo de hierbas

 

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The little one was happy with the food, but even happier with the pool ☺️

 

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