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Wine Etc.

Why wine service matters

by  |  27-09-2019

I’ve been to a restaurant in Sant Gregori, Girona for several extended family meals on various days for these simple reasons: the food is quite good (see above), it’s not far-flung from civilization, and the... more » I’ve been to a restaurant in Sant Gregori, Girona for several extended... more »

Perhaps a #dryjuly for the future?

by  |  28-08-2019 ~ 4 Comments

When living in Spain, July and August mark the time of year that I patently hate as everything grinds to a halt--doubly so when there are the now annual strikes at the airport. While August... more » When living in Spain, July and August mark the time of year... more »

The Amphora Project

by  |  01-09-2018

Everyone knows everyone in Catalunya’s Priorat region but after living there on and off for two years, for some reason I didn’t know Albert. He was the assistant winemaker at a prominent winery and had... more » Everyone knows everyone in Catalunya’s Priorat region but after living there on... more »

The cost of tea, the cost of coffee

by  |  20-07-2011

I'm an admitted tea drinker and I'm quite happy with that. I do sometimes splurge and go out for a cup of coffee at somewhere like Hooker's Sweet Treats [sadly closed in 2019]. Naturally, I... more » I'm an admitted tea drinker and I'm quite happy with that. I... more »
Not a croissant but still amazing from Patisserie Nouvelle

The Best Croissants Outside of France: Part I

by  |  11-03-2010

To be honest, I have no idea if there will ever be anymore parts to this series, but I just wanted to leave the door open to it, since I have a lot of world... more » To be honest, I have no idea if there will ever be... more »

El Born or el Borne neighborhood in Barcelona?

by  |  12-02-2010

For those who aren't yet aware of the fact, Barcelona--and for that matter Catalunya as a whole--is officially a fully bilingual region no matter what right-wing Spanish media says to the contrary. This seems to... more » For those who aren't yet aware of the fact, Barcelona--and for that... more »

A recipe for pancakes in Metric

by  |  20-01-2010

Every time I tried to make pancakes when visiting Europe from the US (prior to moving permanently) things went a bit, well, screwy. Because of this, I finally sat down and properly weighed and measured... more » Every time I tried to make pancakes when visiting Europe from the... more »

Going to Barcelona, No Not Barthelona… The truth about the Spanish “lisp”

by  |  14-01-2010

Ah, traveling. Is there anything better? Well, sure, but for its purposes, getting out of your permanent place of residence is one of the best things I look forward to each year. This time around,... more » Ah, traveling. Is there anything better? Well, sure, but for its purposes,... more »