Spring: calçotada time

Barcelona, like every year is preparing for one of the typical culinary traditions: calçotada. In the period from February to April, which represents the end of winter and the arrival of spring, the Catalans meet with friends to eat together the calçots.

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As tradition says
But what are the calçots? It is simply a variety of fresh onion elongated, leaning on gates, placed on the coals, baked and then served. The feature is that the calçot are cooked on the grill, and, after they are submerged in the sauce, eaten with the hands. The calçot is grown mainly in the province of Lleida and in the twentieth century, spread rapidly in the province of Tarragona, especially in Valls, where calçotada came to life and became a real tradition.

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Black hands and romesco sauce
Following a good meal calçots, your hands will be dirty, and your clothes will stain very easily, because the calçot are eaten dripping sauce. For this reason, probably be given you a special towel to use, to prevent damage.
The calçots should be peeled and soaked in a sauce: the romesco sauce, bright orange color and strong taste! This is prepared with tomatoes, peppers, nuts, almonds, hazelnuts and oil.

Calçotada - Casa Tortilla Barcelona Blog

Calçotada - Casa Tortilla Barcelona Blog

Enjoy a plate of calçot with a good glass of red, or even better wine Cava (Catalan sparkling wine), but do not forget the napkins! The calçots are usually the first course of the meal, which is followed by a second, consisting of grilled meats. The Calçotadas serve to bring people together, people gather around a table, with neighbors and friends, including children playing and running, and grandparents who remember the good times.
In Spain, during a party there is always music, a band playing popular songs and wild dancing.
There will always be kiosks selling badges, flags and shirts and will air all around joy and happiness. These are the days dedicated to Calçots! A myth of tradition, fun and imagination that will surely leave with a full belly!

Calçotada - Casa Tortilla Barcelona Blog

Calçotada - Casa Tortilla Barcelona Blog

Various types of Calçotada
Calçotada at a restaurant or farmhouse: usually you can go with a group of friends to a restaurant to eat calçots there are also restaurants in Barcelona offering this delicious menu, but it is certainly better to go in the Valls (city “mother” calçot) or in any case within the Catalan country, where the landscape and invite you to sit outdoors to enjoy this specialty.

Calçotada “al aire libre”: there are places outside Barcelona provided with benches and tables, where, taking material and groceries, you can roast the whole outdoors. It is a very pleasant way to spend a Sunday outdoors with friends and family.

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Calçotada popular: If walking down the street you can smell the coals, it means that in the neighborhood are organizing a “calçotada popular”. You will see as the calçot is prepared and eat with the locals. It starts grilling grilled calçots, the meats, sausages and vegetables. Long tables are mounted and all participants start eating, soaking the calçot (bare hands) in romesco sauce that accompanies every meal. Along with the inevitable slices “pa amb tomàquets” (bread rubbed with fresh field and topped with a drizzle of olive oil tomato), you can eat delicious vegetables and excellent grilled meat and drink typical Catalan cava.

I’ll leave you a list of some restaurants where you can eat calçots in Barcelona and surroundings:
• El Glop de La Rambla – Rambla de Catalunya, 65
• La Barbacoa de Gràcia – Torrent de les Flores, 65
• L’Antic Forn – Pintor Fortuny, 28
• Masia Cal Dimoni – Ctra. De Badalona a Montcada, km 3,3 (BV-5011) – Badalona
• Restaurante Patricio – Calle 11, 9 – Castelldefels
• Restaurante Devesa – Ctra. De Badalona a Montcada, km 6 (BV-5011) – Badalona
• Can Borrell – Ctra. De Horta a Cerdanyola, km. 3 (BV-1415) – San Cugat del Vallès
• L’Esportell del Bou – Diputat Orga, 3-5, Picamoixons (Tarragona)

This video describes the true atmosphere of a calçotada!

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