Can Culleretes – Barcelona

Mixed Grill at Can Culleretes - after

One of the main reasons Notes on a Meal returns to Barcelona is the Can Culleretes Restaurant, located in the heart of the Gothic neighbourhood, lost somewhere among the alleyways. It is a magical spot, still decorated and running the same since it first opened its doors in 1786. It is not pretentious, not fancy, not quiet, not necessarily friendly but absolutely charming and the food is pretty damn good. The decor is outdated, all the way from the terracotta floor tiles to the wood panelled walls littered with photographs and... Read The Rest →

Pintxo basics

To put it simply, a pintxo is any snack served in the bars and restaurants of Northern Spain (the Basque region). They come in a variety of shapes and sizes, generally spiked by a toothpick or skewer (that’s what makes them different from tapas) and often on a slice of bread. They are served after 11 am for the lunch rush and until 10 pm when most people head home or out for dinner. There’s generally an unofficial break between 2pm and 5pm (siesta) but if you really look, you’ll... Read The Rest →

Tasty European Travels – Part 1

I know it sounds very silly to consider a place like the Amsterdam Airport a worthwhile point on our European culinary journey but it was definitely an eye opening experience. It was our first encounter with the food culture present on this continent and how different it is from what we’re used to in Canada. North American fast food chains were present but they were hidden in far corners of the building while local sandwich shops were taking culinary center stage in the main food courts. Fresh fare and organic... Read The Rest →

Some More On Rome

Its a beautiful morning here in Florence.  The sun is shining and the air is crisp; a little Joan Jett playing in the background.   A far cry from the hustle and bustle of the ginorma-city, Rome.  WIth a little time for reflection, Ive got some thoughts about Rome. It is a wonderful city.  There is a close connection to history.  There are literally hundreds of archeological sites around the city.  Some fully restored, some in progress, others, just kinda hanging out.  Rome is not, however, very welcoming.  It is a giant tourist trap.... Read The Rest →

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