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Barcelona :: Cooking Class

Monica was responsible for most of our planned activities in Barcelona, as you know, yesterday we did a wine tour, and tonight we attending a cooking class. I have never been to one, so truly had no idea what to expect, but my experience tonight is one of my favourites of the trip.

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We arrived at the class and had no idea what it was going to entail, what the kitchen would be like, how big/small the group would be, or any other details. When we arrived we were told that the class would be with 8 people, we were shown into a beautiful kitchen area where we would spend the evening. Starting off the evening right, we were offered wine (which flowed through the entirety of the glass) which is said to be the most important ingredient while cooking!

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Once everyone had arrived we made quick introductions and got the cooking underway. We were learning to cook (and later eating) 5 Spanish recipes: Tomato bread, Spanish omelet, soup, Paella, and crema Catalan. We were broken into groups for prep, and then all watched and helped as we cooked. Monica and Katie worked on the Paella, Katie made the tomato bread, and I made he crema Catalan (which is similar to a Creme brûlée… Phil I definitely am in need of a cooking torch!)

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As the evening rolled on, and as the wine continued, our friendships with those we were cooking its also changed, from casual acquaintances to friends who we laughed and shared a wonderful evening with. One couple was from Russia, one couple was from Australia, and we even had a local Barcelona guy in the group too, it was a perfect mix!

Chef Candido was fantastic to work with, he was very knowledgable, and shared many tips and tricks. He allowed us to be very hands on with our cooking experience and joined in the fun. He is passionate about cooking, and you can see that in how he conducts the class, how he interacts with each individual and truly makes everyone a part of the class.

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Finally, it was time to eat…

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After dinner, I was called back into cooking duty to finish off the crema Catalan. This is where it got fun, I was entrusted to use the kitchen torch! (Dad, don’t worry, my hands weren’t even shaking tonight!)

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After dessert, we visited and relished in the fabulous evening we had, as much as it would have been fun to stay, learn more recipes, the evening had come to an end. And what an evening it was.

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We walked home, laughing, enjoying the warm Barcelona evening, and are now ready for a good sleep. Tomorrow is our last day in the city, who knows what kind of adventures we’ll find next.

Adios!

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Barcelona, wine tour!

Today was a fabulous day! Monica planned a wine tour for us in Barcelona! I have yet to acquire the taste of wine, but knew it would be fun, and I was so surprised by the experience, it was amazing & we had a lot of fun! The tour was 8 hours long and we went to 3 different winery’s so filled up the day nicely, especially nice, since nothing is open on Sundays.

First we had to travel to our first stop….

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Which was the Jean Leon winery.

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It is a beautiful winery, it was the smallest of the 3, but unique in that they grow all of their own grapes for the wine on the property. Jean Leon had such an interesting life story, moving to Barcelona with his family when their house burned down, being a stowaway to America and traveling across the states to Hollywood where his luck would change. He met Frank Sinatra who gave him his lucky break and from then he created a famous restaurant that many stars were at through the years, interesting fact, Jean Leon, knew who Marilyn Monroe was with the night she died but was a man of his word in secrets, and never told anyone.

While we were there we tasted the same red wine, unfinished and finished. We compared the color, taste, tears and smell. It was quite interested to be walked through all those little details. It was a great start to our day.

A few pictures from the winery.

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The next stop on our tour was Torres Estate Winery. It was much larger – we had to take a train to tour the cellars and the property. It was a little concerning as we got on the train that the 1st question was if we were claustrophobic, not exactly what you expect, but the tunnel you you go through to get to the cellars was quite small and dark, so I guess it was fair. The drove us thought the winery where we saw the crops, cellars and where they process and bottle the wine. After the train tour we wandered through the museum until we arrived at the wine & cheese tasting room? This is where things got to be really fun!

Each table had about 8 people, at the 1st winery, we met a group of 4 ladies who we agreed if we took photos of them, they would for us. Well, when we got to our table we had room and asked them to join our table, and it was a hoot! We had 3 wines to taste, a white, merlot and Cabernet and paired with it was different cheeses, we ,axe would not only to eat what was at our table but as the other people left and had left food behind we did a good thing to clean up those things too! My favourite was the white wine, as well as Katie’s, and Monica preferred the Cabernet.

Here are some photos from stop 2,

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Our last stop was Faixenet, which is a Cava winery. Cava, is like a champagne, and only in Spain, and only in this particular area. When we arrived we got to tour the estate and see how cava is made, what the process of it is traditionally, and how machines, and technology has helped along the way. It was a tour that you could easily get lost in, the caves are 20kilomoters of cellars, so it was good to stick with the group. Once the tour was over, we had cava and tapas. Yum! We got to try 2 different cavas, a Burt and a rose Burt, I preferred the rose. It they both were good. Wile we were enjoying our drinks and snacks, we were also enjoying the company of our new friends, we shared a lot of laughs together! It was a perfect day.

The last set of photos from the tour.

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When we walked home, we picked up some snacks since dinner in Spain is eaten later, and headed back to the hostel for a rest. We really had a great day, and are looking forward to the rest of our time I’m Barcelona!

Until next time, adiós!

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