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Agro-products and agro-shops Empordàlia

To continue our acquaintance with wineries and olive oil producers in the Empordà region, let’s talk about a cooperative of small wine and olive oil producers called Empordàlia. This union, in their own words, is based on the love of the Tramontana wind, rocky ground, short torrential rains and salty sea air.
Empordàlia offers many interesting activities, excursions and courses, such as the wine and chocolate pairing workshop (see link below). They also have two agro-shops in the vicinity of Girona and one online store where even experienced gourmets will find a lot of ideas for gifts or souvenirs.

Instagram: Empordalia
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The Olive Story of the Salar d’Arbúcies

Today we would like to brief you on Salar d’Arbúcies olive oil that is manufactured in the town with the same name. Its history is quite unique. Thanks to the support of the Agro-Department of Catalonia, as well as of some European organizations, a team of growers carried out a series of genetic, agronomic and ecological studies of the olive trees. As a result, they were able to select one tree, which later became the ancestor of the Salar d’Arbúcies variety, which is now produced in the region declared a UNESCO reserve. The oil is very fruity, and its aroma is described as complex, crunchy, bitter and fresh. It can often be found in restaurants and gastro shops on the Costa Brava. The history of its creation and production adds special meaning to its taste : good olive oil should be slightly bitter.

Author: Julia Chesnokova
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Cava, harvest time

La Verema del Cava is a festival that takes place in late summer and early autumn among the wine cellars of the Penedès region. This is how local winemakers celebrate the harvest.
A huge number of events dedicated to winemaking are planned for this time. The Association of Winemakers Specializing in the Production of Cava also offers a very interesting program. Musical dinners among the vineyards, breakfasts in nature, dances, concerts, workshops and even Nordic walking. All this, of course, with a cava tasting.
But if you don’t have a chance to go all the way down to Penedès, don’t worry! ALÀBRIGA has an excellent selection of cavas to offer you !

La Verema del Cava

Author: Julia Chesnokova
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September: tomatoes on your plate!

Mediterranean Indian summer is in full swing, which means that the season of tomatoes, those magnificent tomatoes that are grown on Catalan soil, is also in full swing.
Trying the pear-shaped tomatoes from Girona, also known as pink tomatoes, is an absolute must. They have great aroma and rich taste that turn any salad into a real feast. There are not so many seeds of this variety, and therefore those pink tomatoes are especially valuable and loved by those who pay attention to the product quality.
OK, we eat tomatoes all year round, but the real ones, with incredible taste, you can buy in the local markets from mid-June to early autumn. And the best time is undoubtedly August and September. So, go for it!

Author: Julia Chesnokova
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The Honey Festival at Ribes de Freser

Ribes de Freser

September 10th & 11th. The Honey Festival at Ribes de Freser is an excellent opportunity to taste local honey, learn about its varieties, origins and flavours, as well as taste the products and enjoy exhibitions and workshops dedicated to beekeeping and honey products.
There will be workshops on making cosmetics, candles, natural air fresheners, an exhibition of bees and a giant bubble workshop.
An open-air screening of the documentary “Much more than honey” is scheduled for Saturday the 10th at 9 pm (Market Square, free entrance, pre-registration required).
More information and registration on the event website: Festa de la mel 2022

Author: Julia Chesnokova
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Anchovies from L’Escala

If the red shrimp is the “superstar” in Palamos, then in L’Escala this position belongs to the anchovies.
La Escala, a village on the Costa Brava 50 km north of our hotel, where the anchovy business flourished for centuries. In fact, the Greeks brought this ancient form of fish preservation here. Today, at least ten anchovy companies coexist in the city. Some of them date back to the 18th century, such as Anchoves Fill, owned by J. Callol i Serrats.
You can visit the company’s website to learn more about the fishery and the different fishing methods. It turns out there are more than a hundred of them.

ANXOVES FILL DE J. CALLOL I SERRATS

Автор: Юля Чеснокова
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Cheese gem of Catalonia

There are many products that Catalonia can boast of. Cheese is definitely one of them.
Small home-made dairies are numerous here. For some people, the pleasure of tasting cheese is greater than that of tasting wines and spirits. But why compare when you can combine?
La Xiquella Cheese Farm in Val d’en Basse was started by Oriole Rizo in 2015. He produces incredible artisanal cheeses from raw cow and sheep milk. Cheese is Auriol’s passion and many of its products have the Girona Excellent Agrifood Quality Seal, among other distinctions.
La Xiquella cheese can be found in some gastronomy shops in Barcelona, such as ARTiSANA in the Old City or Nova Galiza in Eixample. But seeing the production with your own eyes and hearing the history of the dairy from its founder is much more interesting.

La Xiquella

Автор: Юля Чеснокова
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Kayaking with wine tasting

It has been a while since we talked about the wines of our region, but they certainly deserve special mention. Today we want to focus on the Hugas de Batlle winery, owned by Ed Hugas, and his unusual offer for the guests.
The main attraction is that you can enjoy a Hugas de Batlle wine tasting combined with a kayak trip. From the city of Llanca, north of our hotel, you can kayak on a special route with the SK Kayak team to Bramant Bay at Cape Ras. And there the team of the winery will meet the rowers and offer to combine a halt with a tasting. Wouldn’t it be great to make the D.O. Empordà wine route on the water?
See the link below for a more detailed description of the tour.

https://www.kayakcostabrava.com/es/actividades-guiadas/ecoturismo/enokayak-hugas-de-batlle-eco/

Author: Julia Chesnokova
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Alaska and Catalonia: Wild Fish Week

Recently, combined with the Sea Food Expo Global forum, Alaska Seafood Spain organized a “Wild Week” (Semana Salvaje) to introduce wild fish to a larger audience. What is important –the fish is extracted following all modern standards of respect for the environment and working conditions.
A world leader in responsible fishing, the Alaskan Fishermen’s Association has selected several restaurants and trendy places in Barcelona to sample fish bearing their Soy Salvaje eco-label: CDLC, Dos Palillos, Dos Pebrots, Flax & Kale (at Tallers and Passage streets), Green Co, Nectari, Nobu, Tamae Bar, Velissima, Virens and Xavier Pellicer.

https://alaskaseafood.es/semana-salvaje-de-barcelona-2022/

Author: Julia Chesnokova
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Three new ice creams in Barcelona

Craft ice cream shops have been trending for years, especially in Barcelona in summer. We dedicate this post to three sweet ice novelties:
1. Bandiani: This is an exclusive Italian ice cream, the winner of the Gelato 2015 festival, created by a family from Tuscany. We recommend trying their buontalenti, a sugar, egg and milk ice cream that is copied all over the world.
2. Lucciano’s also opened their first store in Spain. Here you will find 24 different flavors with 20 of their iconic icepops. The brand has the exclusive rights of Universal Pictures to produce IcePops minions. If you have kids, they will love it.
3. Baboia – very high quality ice cream with amazing tastes. They taste like “miel-i-mato” (cottage cheese and honey) or cava with tangerines. How do you like the taste of sangria? Let’s try everything!

badiani1932.es Carrer del Rosselló, 232
luccianos.net Gran Via de les Corts Catalanes, 601
baboia.es Carrer dels Canvis Vells, 2

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