re: jim leff
re: Jim Leff
Would appreciate as many suggestions..I would
really like to try the most authentic Catalan
cooking, not expensive. Any ideas of places to go
outside of Barcelona..Girona,etc? Would love to go
to the Basque countryside and try their food,feasible
in 1 week's time?
Thanks so much!
The Basque area is pretty far...and it's so
beautiful (and the food so good...some of the
best in Europe) that you'll want to stay a
Get up to the Dali museum in Figueras, Girona's
cool but if you want a city, stick to Barcelona
and if you want a village, there are closer
ones nearby there.
I'm in New Mexico now, and don't have any of my
Spain notes with me, but I can recommend my
favorite restaurant, maybe in the world: Llar
de l'all i oli ("the house of garlic
mayonnaise") in Badalona, right near Barcelona,
at calle conquista 87, 383-5307. It's awesome:
freerange chicken done on an old fashioned
charcoal brazier, artichokes, potatoes and
endives also grilled (all this stuff best
slathered with the garlic mayo, which here
quite properly contains no egg, just garlic and
olive oil and 7000 horsepower of elbow grease).
The have ostrich, and whole heads of baked
Don't go for tapas, flamenco, bullfights,
gazpacho, anything really Spanish in Barcelona.
They're proud Catalans, and look down on
anything typically Spanish. For insight into
Catalunya as well as Spain in general, buy the
terrific book "The New Spaniards". You can read
my review and order from Amazon by going to
hope that helps