El Celler de Can Roca Menu – 2018 Can Roca Menu Update

El Celler de Can Roca Menu – 2018 Can Roca Menu Update

The meal that requires more than one blog post. I wrote about our surreal dining experience at El Celler De Can Roca. But, I wanted to dive more into the menu items, for the true food lovers out there. Here is a recap of the over 30 different courses and bites we had during our 4 hour El Celler de Can Roca menu, in Girona Spain. We also include an update at the bottom about the El Celler de Can Roca Menu 2018. We chose the Feast Menu, with about 15 named courses. The other alternative is a tasting of their classic menu. The tasting menu is about 7 courses, where you have a choice for two of the courses. Of course, we went all in. The Can Roca Feast Menu with wine pairing.  And, I did the best I could with photos considering the lighting, and I did not want to disturb the diners nearby. Bear with me.   Want to learn more about Catalan cuisine? Check out this traditional Catalan Cooking Class in Girona or our Ultimate Guide to Girona Restaurants The Can Roca Menu: Snacks We started with The World, a paper lantern, ceremoniously untied at the table, and opened to reveal 5 bites reminiscent of flavors from all over the globe. In this case, our world included: From Thailand, Thai chicken, with coriander, coconut, curry, and lime From Japan, miso cream with nyinyonyaki, the Can Roca version of a fried, breaded snack From Turkey, focaccia with lamb, yogurt, cucumber, onions, and mint From Peru, a Causa limeña, or a potato-based bite with avocado From Korea,...
5.8 Restaurant – An Underwater Restaurant In The Maldives

5.8 Restaurant – An Underwater Restaurant In The Maldives

When researching what to do in the Maldives, we spent most of the time researching the website of the resorts we planned on visiting. After all, in most cases, travelers land on a private island, and stay on that private island. During my Maldives research, though, I never thought we would end up in an underwater restaurant. About 5.8 meters underwater to be exact.  Book Your Holiday at Hurawalhi Maldives 5.8 Restaurant Maldives Just before dusk, we left the soft sands of the Maldivian island where we were spending our luxury holiday in the Maldives. Up to that point our stay at Hurawalhi Maldives was already magical, filled with an overwater villa, bright blue seas, and spa treatments.  We walked onto a jetty that juts out into the warm Indian Ocean. As we walked along, we looked to either side and spotted small, black tipped reef sharks, that seemed to be circling us. Just before hitting Aquarium restaurant, where dined the night before, we made a left turn down another overwater walkway. This one offered views of Hurawalhi island resort to the left, and the sea to the right. We crossed over several glass panels, which offered views to the world underwater, just below our feet. This was just a sign of what was about to happen. our server asked us to remove our shoes. I was happy to comply. I always think dining barefoot is something special.  Our server opened the double doors, almost as though he was presenting another world to us. And, in some ways, he was. We started to walk down a narrow spiral stair case, descending further and...
Locavore Ubud Review- Eating Local at Restaurant Locavore Bali

Locavore Ubud Review- Eating Local at Restaurant Locavore Bali

When we left Ubud, 2 years ago, anyone who read the last of my Ubud blog posts would assume I would never return. In fact, when I left, I too assumed I would never return. But, when the chef at Locavore Ubud invited us for lunch, I suddenly found an excuse to return to Ubud. I’m glad I did. Because Locavore Bali Indonesia is unlike the Ubud I knew before. It’s unlike any Indonesia I knew before. Read Locavore TripAdvisor Reviews – Updated 2018 Here is our restaurant Locavore review: Why We Returned to Ubud During our last week of living in Bangkok, we attended an award ceremony for Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants, hosted by The World’s 50 Best. I’m still not entirely sure how we ended up on the invite list. I will assume it is because we met Joan Roca of El Celler de Can Roca, the 2015 best restaurant in the world. Or, that I am a budding culinary author with my recent publication of the Food Traveler’s Guide to Emilia Romagna, home to the 2016 best restaurant in the world. Sometimes, it’s just luck. Powered by GetYourGuide. Become a partner. We showed up at the W Hotel in Bangkok, where the top echelon of the Asian culinary world rubbed shoulders. We were fancy for one night. We tried to fit in. We drank Champagne. We sat in the large ballroom and awaited the announcement of the top 50 restaurants in Asia. Only one of which we’ve actually eaten at. But, we met the chef during that visit, so I felt a little fancier. At one point they announced...
Dining at Arzak San Sebastian – San Sebastian Food Guide

Dining at Arzak San Sebastian – San Sebastian Food Guide

Being surrounded in Spain by so much great gastronomy, we’ve made the decision to start exploring more of the country. And, we started with the “other” culinary capital of Spain, and that meant a trip to San Sebastian, in the Basque Country. And, on the top of our list was a stop at the 3 Michelin Star Arzak San Sebastian. Check out our Spain Food Travel Guide for more travel recommendations We drove about 10 minutes out from the center of San Sebastian, into a residential neighborhood. We actually managed to find Restaurant Arzak, and park, without getting lost, so we were a little early. We walked into the entrance, which was part bar, part lobby, and as we would find out, part contemporary family living room. Everything at Arzak was family-like. And, that is the reason why I enjoyed it so much. We are not strangers to Michelin Star dining, having previously dined at the number 3 restaurant in the world, El Celler de Can Roca. We thoroughly enjoyed the Can Roca menu, and splurged on the full tasting menu. And, we’ve dined at a few other 3 Michelin Star restaurants, but this experience was, well, unique. When I made the reservation, I asked for a table with good lighting, or near a window, so that I could take photos for my travel blog. That was my only request. I didn’t even really introduce myself at all. Certainly not a reservation laced with special requests. And, maybe I am fancier that I think I am, particularly with my burgeoning reputation within Spain, but we were treated quite well,...
Bodega 1900 Barcelona – Review

Bodega 1900 Barcelona – Review

Vermouth is making a big comeback in Spain, in part because it often has a slightly higher alcohol content and can be ordered all over town. This makes it easy and cheap for young hipsters to get drunk quickly. But, at Bodega 1900 in Barcelona, they are taking a more traditional look at the concepts of vermouth and the bodega. Traditionally, anar a fer el vermut, or to go have a vermouth, was an event in an of itself. Along with the glass of vermouth, traditional tapas were served, often small plates of preserved meats, pickled vegetables, or salted fish. It is still possible to find bodegas in Barcelona that do just that. But, the Bodega 1900 menu offers this and so much more. Read TripAdvisor Reviews of Bodega 1900 Barcelona. Or Book a Barcelona Foodie Tour Powered by GetYourGuide. Become a partner. Gluttony at Bodega 1900 Barcelona Bodega 1900 is the brain child of the famous Albert Adria, brother of Ferran Adria who for years had the best restaurant in the world nearby in Costa Brava, el Bulli. Albert is trying to breathe new life into the old traditions of vermouth and preserved dishes. Go behind the scenes and learn more about el Bulli The Sorcerer's Apprentices: A Season in the Kitchen at Ferran Adrià's elBulli Price: $29.77 Price Disclaimer I knew I wanted to give it a shot, although I was a little hesitant about the preserved foods and strange confits.  We decided to start with a few dishes and see where it took us. I was not expecting to end up touring almost the entire Bodega 1900 menu,...
Surreal Dining at Can Roca in Girona

Surreal Dining at Can Roca in Girona

In part, this dining experience was not about the food. I mean, of course, it was. But, having eaten in Costa Brava, and having learned about the history of gastronomy in the region, this was a pilgrimage. And, a surreal one at that. This was our experience dining at Can Roca in Girona Spain. El Celler de Can Roca I’ve written about El Celler de Can Roca before. We were fortunate enough to have a little taste from the menu, after meeting all three Roca brothers, back in 2015. That visit occurred just after Can Roca won the number one restaurant in the world, and the whole world was abuzz about Girona. El Celler de Can Roca is set in a residential neighborhood, just outside the center of Girona. The 3 Michelin Star restaurant is around the corner from the family restaurant and bar, Can Roca. But, the two restaurants could not be more different. Can Roca is traditional Catalan. A family run establishment, for everyday dining. El Celler de Can Roca is not for everyday dining. It is, indeed, a surreal experience. We’ve dined at Michelin Star restaurants before, and even 3 star Michelin Restaurants. But, somehow this was different, and I am not sure why. Perhaps it was due to the influence of Ferran Adria and elBulli in the region. Perhaps it was because we were dining at the number 3 restaurant in the world. Perhaps it was because we scored a last minute reservation, and only had less than 10 hours to let it sink in that we were dining at Can Roca in the first...