Calçotada – a gastronomic party at La Terrassa de Duquesa

Just thinking for a moment about Calçotada make us hungry even if we’ve already have a dinner. These soft white chives recently picked up from the fire accompanied with botifarra, grilled meat and wine are the best of the best of the winter season gastronomy in Catalonia. So let’s see in what consists Calçotada – a gastronomic party you shouldn’t miss.

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The tradition seems has over 100 years and was discovered by the chance thanks to a farmer from Valls village. In particular, Xat de Benaiges was a man who roasted on the flaming fire the chives of white onion instead of doing it over the coals. Since then it was cultivated especially to be cooked on flame.

From the early 20’s century Calçotada became a regular meal for many vallenses families during the holidays. Typically, people had used to go to the farmhouse to cook the spring onions during a long period between November and April.

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 So as it is the beginning of the season we are happy and proud to announce an opening of a gastronomic party at La terrassa de Duquesa. Since January, 17 of 2015 you are welcome to our terrace to try Calçots together with your family and friends. And the most important thing you haven’t to take a car and we’re sure the views from La Terraza will impress you!

See you soon!

Where to celebrate Thanksgiving day in Barcelona

Celebrating something out of Catalan traditions for inhabitants of Barcelona becomes a usual thing. Some years ago it was impossible to meet a restaurant o local bar decorated for the Halloween or a menu with specialties for Thanksgiving Day. Nevertheless it was progressing during the years, local people were discovering “America”, and some of them were living for some time what have influenced to the local habits. Now you can see much more places offering you a special menu for Thanksgiving Day.

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As we know, this is the most important holiday of the year in United States. Not even Christmas can overcome the tradition and popularity of this day. Although every American family celebrates the holiday in their own way and there are many variants as households in the United States. So we know how important is for all of you who celebrate it enjoy your first Thanksgiving in Barcelona.

Thanksgiving is mostly a family party. Although, of course, if you are far from your family traveling around the world you probably would love to celebrated it with friends. This day usually people used to stay at home. The party moves to the previous day, which is officially one day of the year most of Americans like to go out. We are more than sure; you won’t miss it in Barcelona. Here there is enough “fiestas” for everybody.

Well, talking about the menu, this year at Hotel Duquesa de Cardona we have elaborated Thanksgiving Menu especially for our dear guests and everyone who wants to celebrate this day in Barcelona. The turkey is the undisputed star of the Thanksgiving menu. And our menu isn’t an exception, moreover served with cranberry sauce, green beans, mashed potatoes and fresh celery. To complete the menu, the apple tart paired with wines and american cider. It is a perfect choice for a group of 8 friends, if you travel with family or if this is a corporate dinner.

Do not forget to book your table in advance! We hope you’ll like it!

Latin American side of Barcelona: the best restaurants

As most of you know the diversity of gastronomy in Barcelona is endless. We always try to show the best of it and today it is turn of Latin American side of Barcelona. So, we invite you to go over the best restaurants that represent cuisine from Argentina, Peru and Mexico. Would you like to join us?

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Let’s start from the above of the world map; to be exact we are going to the colorful and spicy Mexico! The variety of Mexican restaurants in Barcelona doesn’t have count. But the fists we are going to talk is La Taquería situated at Passatge de la Font, 5, just in 5 minutes from the most famous highlight of BarcelonaSagrada Familia. If you have never tried Mexican food, this place is for you! Its owners are Mexican and they know everything about authentic street food. Every weekend they do some traditional recipes. Don’t pass by!

Continuing with spicy food we’ve moved to the land of Sapa Inka – Peru. This kind of cuisine also is well-known in Barcelona. At the same part of the city, right Eixample at c/Còrsega, 607 we have found a large line waiting their turn. El Señorío takes the leading role among some Peruvian restaurants of Barcelona. Here you will find the menu with cebiche and creole food you really would like to repeat. Good lunch menu, well presented and energetic. Try it!

Now is time to eat meat, yeees a good fillet steak from El Calafate, a unique space that exclusively dedicates to Argentinean cuisine in Barcelona. El Calafate was born from the passion for Argentina’s cuisine and especially of that part of Patagonia, which gives this name to the restaurant. If you really like a good food try Argentinean barbecue, right in the Eixample of Barcelona. This place was ​​recognized as one of the best Argentinean restaurants in town.

Now your turn to choose what you’re going to try first!

Bon appétit!

Have fun with children in Barcelona is possible!

Barcelona is a city that gives you a wide variety of activities and, therefore, if you come to Barcelona with your children there is plenty of things to do. Although it is clear that there are a number of monuments and views of Barcelona you should not miss in Barcelona even if you come with small children (plus they can also make them perfectly), you’re probably thinking more proper places for children, at least you can combine leisure of parents with children.

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 Take the advantage because when you go to visit most sights and highlights of Barcelona, children have significant discounts. Same with services like the Barcelona Card, museums and transportation.

  • Start your day at the most famous street in Barcelona – Las Ramblas. Your little one will definitely love it because of monsters that move or dance. Finishing your route by Las Ramblas don’t miss the opportunity to visit the Wax Museum and El Bosc de les Fades.
  • Aquarium is another activity kids used to like and it’s perfect place to have fun with your children in Barcelona. Situated in Port Vell next to Maremagnum shopping mall it is one of the most important and big aquariums in the world. It houses more than 11,000 fish and sea creatures of 450 different species. Thanks the proximity to the shopping mall Maremagnum where you can find fastfood restaurants, even though look for other options as Barcelona has a big variety of gastronomy.
  • The king of Magic as its name tells us, this is an authentic temple for magicians. Situated at c/Princesa, 11 in a plenty center of Barcelona, this place houses a big shop for all who is fan of magic. Also counts with theatre and museum that you can find at c/Jonqueres, 15. Be sure your little ones will take some tricks for sure.
  • Zoo of Barcelona. Is there anything more that could fascinate kids as the zoo? At the Barcelona Zoo you will spend a wonderful day with family for sure, both young and old. Each season has its advantages and disadvantages to see the zoo, but always ensures fun for everybody. Kids will especially enjoy shows with dolphins and seals.
  • After all those activities it’s time to relax, but with less activity. It’s time to cook! Your kids will enjoy the process of cooking, especially if we talk about sweets. So, do you like a plan?

We hope you will enjoy your stay and have fun with your children in Barcelona! And then don’t forget to tell us what was the most interesting?

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