We popped up to Barcelona today, going the pretty way as it was a nice day which meant a longer journey but going through the Cava Country. This meant vinyards as well as olive groves to the sides of the road, and some very pretty villages and towns. Drink stop was at a Biker’s Cafe, which was more like a Motorbike Restaurant; very civilised and friendly, a quick beer and a glass of aigua con gas and off we go. There were lots of mountains which meant tunnels…. It took a while but a beautiful journney.
We had a mission to accomplish with regard to my birthday and just around the corner was a great little restaurant based on cheese. Cheese’s Art. There were all sorts of dishes based on Cheese!
The Fondue was served in a beautiful Artisan cottage loaf with tostada (toasted bread) to dip in and Cheese on toast and plates of just cheese of all varieties and nationalities. There was also an enormous Cheeseburger menu. Way too many to mention but hop along to their site and have a look for yourself. We had a cheeseburger. Approximately four times the size of a McDonalds one and the beef was superb and served pink in the middle.
After we had finished we were approached by a lovely young lady who was handing out samples of Olive oil. The Spanish government were promoting difference and we tried four different oils Arbequina, Cornicabra, Picual and Hojiblanca. The first and last we have on the farm here. The oils we tasted were from four different regions of the country, Arbequina from Catalonia, Cornicabra from Madrid, Andalusia for the Hojiblanca, and Picual was from Jaen. Needless to say, we liked the Arbequina best and Cornicabra was second favourite.
Manna House Cooking Holidays does taste testing of olive oils.. but ours tend to be from different farms within 10km from here.