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Jan 17, 2011 01:27 AM

Calcots in Barcelona

I will be visiting Barcelona in early March and would love to eat my body-weight in calcots but i won't have the time to make it to Valls or a similar location for the full calcotada experience.

Can anyone recommend a good place for calcots in Barcelona?


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  1. It's a noble and wonderful intention to eat your body weight in calçots, but I can't really imagine doing it in BCN - calçots = country, not city. Where would you put those wonderful grills the size of beds, where would they get the vine clippings to make the fire, and who would wear those silly bibs in BCN? Besides, there wouldn't be any castells and the romesco might not taste the same. Gotta go south, if not to Valls, at least into Penedès. Why not Google calçotadas and see what's the closest option to BCN? Am deeply concerned too (on your behalf) that March might be a bit late - they're at their best right now

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    1. re: Sue Style

      At the risk of breaking into this thread, Sue, do you mind letting me/us know if the calcotadas in towns including Valls take place during the weeked only, or can one travel there anytime during the week and expect to find a calcot feast? Many thanks!!

    2. You might be able to find a "calçotada popular" (neighbourhood calçotada) while you're in the city. Keep an eye out for posters or ask around. Last year, I saw signs of restaurants offering calçotadas. I didn't go so I can't recommend any. If you can't find anything in town, there is a "pollo a l'ast" place near the Sant-Antoni market around Floridablanca that sells take-away calçots and romesco. I'm sure other places do too. You could always take it to the beach and have your own calçotada.

      1. I know I am late but I'll put my 2 centavos in:
        We visited Barcelona in February and stayed on Pintor Fortuny a few blocks off of Las Ramblas. There was a restaurant neaby called L'Antic Forn that had a Calcot special. It was so good we went twice. We had not idea they were such a luscious delicacy.

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        1. re: Motosport

          I was on a calcot quest during my visit to the area this past March; we tried two BCN restaurants and I wrote about them here:

          1. re: erica

            I picked up some Calcot look alikes at the Union Sq farmers market. They called them "Spring onions/scallions"
            I mixed up a fabulous dipping sauce and grilled them on the BBQ with some hangar steaks.
            They were not nearly as tender as the Barcelona Calcots but pretty darned good if I don't say so myself.

            1. re: Motosport

              They look great! I've been roasting them in the oven and eating with a jarred calcot sauce (like Romesco) that I bought at El Corte Ingles. I found two types of spring onions at Union Square--yellow onions with a white-ish bulb and white onions with a purple bulb.

              Here is a photo from Can Marti:

              1. re: erica

                The Romesco sauce was easy: Roasted almonds, roasted garlic, cubed fried bread, roasted red peppers, roasted tomato. Put it all in a blender and Ay Bendito!! Actually that's Puerto Rican for Voila!!!

        2. Hey there, did you happen to find a calcotada experience in Barcelona or the surrounding areas in March?

          I will be there March 8-13 2012 and trying to find a full-on calcotada experience somewhere in the region. I can't find a list online, but if anyone has further info it would be much appreciated.


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          1. re: projectbennett

            L'Antic Forn as in my June 8, 2011 post above. Fabulous!!

            1. re: Motosport

              Did you read my report above? I had them in two places last March.

              1. re: erica

                Hey Erica, I did read your report on restaurants... sorry, I don't think I was very clear, totally my fault ;)

                I'm looking for an outdoor calcotada festival experience in mid-March where wine is consumed from porrons and open fires roast calcots... I'm NOT looking for a proper restaurant to try calcots. Sorry about the confusion.

                Anyone have any suggestions - better yet - is anyone Spanish on here?


                1. re: projectbennett

                  Unfortunately, most of the big public calçotadas occur around this time, late January, to celebrate the beginning of the season.
                  You might have better luck looking for public festivals/fairs around the time you'll be there, rather than actual calçotadas. It wouldn't be unheard of that someone would be selling calçots at such an event.
         is a good resource for finding food-related fairs and other events but their calendar only goes about 2 months into the future.