div class=’posterous_autopost’pThe strongFires or Festival of Girona/strong continues apace with the holiday for strongAll Souls (Tot Sants/strong) on nov 1st being the busiest day. All around town but especially near the fairgrounds are stalls selling chestnuts (castanyes) and sweet potatoes which are a Fires tradition in itself. The monopoly on these stalls seems to belong to the gipsy community of strongGirona/strong and make for colourful characters as all family members are involved from children to grandparents./p pFires ends this sunday 6th of november with a spectacular firework display so if can make it, do so, strongGirona/strong is on fire!/p pdiv class=’p_embed p_image_embed’ a href=”http://getfile3.posterous.com/getfile/files.posterous.com/temp-2011-11-02/vleBAthgCgcazkJwdCfbfvxiszDnialGCxzoDwGfvhowxbybtjqDIfquCfii/P1050025.JPG.scaled1000.jpg”img alt=”P1050025″ height=”375″ src=”http://getfile8.posterous.com/getfile/files.posterous.com/temp-2011-11-02/vleBAthgCgcazkJwdCfbfvxiszDnialGCxzoDwGfvhowxbybtjqDIfquCfii/P1050025.JPG.scaled500.jpg” width=”500″ //a a href=”http://getfile8.posterous.com/getfile/files.posterous.com/temp-2011-11-02/HakDrqrnidFusGegmqhvyeepvwkcxmsJksAicnnDwCqEdbkDbdGAlfzJkqhh/P1050019.JPG.scaled1000.jpg”img alt=”P1050019″ height=”375″ src=”http://getfile6.posterous.com/getfile/files.posterous.com/temp-2011-11-02/HakDrqrnidFusGegmqhvyeepvwkcxmsJksAicnnDwCqEdbkDbdGAlfzJkqhh/P1050019.JPG.scaled500.jpg” width=”500″ //a a href=”http://getfile2.posterous.com/getfile/files.posterous.com/temp-2011-11-02/HhDpiiwmmHhnpJIJBiiduuBlvedyDoIEhIklrmkwpmbeEpFifsygmnarudvf/P1050044.JPG.scaled1000.jpg”img alt=”P1050044″ height=”375″ src=”http://getfile6.posterous.com/getfile/files.posterous.com/temp-2011-11-02/HhDpiiwmmHhnpJIJBiiduuBlvedyDoIEhIklrmkwpmbeEpFifsygmnarudvf/P1050044.JPG.scaled500.jpg” width=”500″ //a a href=”http://getfile2.posterous.com/getfile/files.posterous.com/temp-2011-11-02/zqrsuanbJnAdhiaexuzuukhhHDfmAGHBFxHujAnIyGsgCEysEHkeatoAFAcz/P1050023.JPG.scaled1000.jpg”img alt=”P1050023″ height=”375″ src=”http://getfile0.posterous.com/getfile/files.posterous.com/temp-2011-11-02/zqrsuanbJnAdhiaexuzuukhhHDfmAGHBFxHujAnIyGsgCEysEHkeatoAFAcz/P1050023.JPG.scaled500.jpg” width=”500″ //a a href=”http://getfile9.posterous.com/getfile/files.posterous.com/temp-2011-11-02/lkqfFsaGIaCdtudwDjtwhzgIhyiGnAoAiwxcCjirvIrHqBjfomvIEsqmHEbG/P1050018.JPG.scaled1000.jpg”img alt=”P1050018″ height=”375″ src=”http://getfile3.posterous.com/getfile/files.posterous.com/temp-2011-11-02/lkqfFsaGIaCdtudwDjtwhzgIhyiGnAoAiwxcCjirvIrHqBjfomvIEsqmHEbG/P1050018.JPG.scaled500.jpg” width=”500″ //a a href=”http://getfile2.posterous.com/getfile/files.posterous.com/temp-2011-11-02/FbenwricsayrepehwopwhgDFpbmchwfexqyuwtBoyBqhgcdrwehFowigyaju/P1050031.JPG”img alt=”P1050031″ height=”375.0″ src=”http://getfile2.posterous.com/getfile/files.posterous.com/temp-2011-11-02/FbenwricsayrepehwopwhgDFpbmchwfexqyuwtBoyBqhgcdrwehFowigyaju/P1050031.JPG” width=”500″ //a a href=”http://getfile0.posterous.com/getfile/files.posterous.com/temp-2011-11-02/anhndmvGzAhkzxeGajenxDgwngtDbfHiivoIesrrIswDzuzlwsfHCgdkmpEr/P1050035.JPG.scaled1000.jpg”img alt=”P1050035″ height=”375″ src=”http://getfile9.posterous.com/getfile/files.posterous.com/temp-2011-11-02/anhndmvGzAhkzxeGajenxDgwngtDbfHiivoIesrrIswDzuzlwsfHCgdkmpEr/P1050035.JPG.scaled500.jpg” width=”500″ //a a href=”http://getfile0.posterous.com/getfile/files.posterous.com/temp-2011-11-02/dCdbwvHpscowtyHkCIoBBfJxvAgHaAcEEeJpAjxcFvxowzvovnAihgdpCjIB/P1050047.JPG.scaled1000.jpg”img alt=”P1050047″ height=”667″ src=”http://getfile7.posterous.com/getfile/files.posterous.com/temp-2011-11-02/dCdbwvHpscowtyHkCIoBBfJxvAgHaAcEEeJpAjxcFvxowzvovnAihgdpCjIB/P1050047.JPG.scaled500.jpg” width=”500″ //a a href=”http://getfile7.posterous.com/getfile/files.posterous.com/temp-2011-11-02/djabHkedlCCctfqAwbuEertqxjAlkkbyFeycjhCCtkkfjjiimsxHBtbrojdC/P1050049.JPG”img alt=”P1050049″ height=”375.0″ src=”http://getfile7.posterous.com/getfile/files.posterous.com/temp-2011-11-02/djabHkedlCCctfqAwbuEertqxjAlkkbyFeycjhCCtkkfjjiimsxHBtbrojdC/P1050049.JPG” width=”500″ //a a href=”http://getfile7.posterous.com/getfile/files.posterous.com/temp-2011-11-02/dBuDnxkrAJznzaBbnxrqtqxqdywxyBjxmDbvfkteIyadyHfezAxywIfHhAJI/P1050053.JPG.scaled1000.jpg”img alt=”P1050053″ height=”667″ src=”http://getfile8.posterous.com/getfile/files.posterous.com/temp-2011-11-02/dBuDnxkrAJznzaBbnxrqtqxqdywxyBjxmDbvfkteIyadyHfezAxywIfHhAJI/P1050053.JPG.scaled500.jpg” width=”500″ //a div class=’p_see_full_gallery’a href=”http://gironaj.com/castanyes-everywhere-it-must-be-fires”See the full gallery on Posterous/a/div /div /p/div
Held in Girona this year but alternating with Santiago de Compostela, this gastronomic event has taken off in a big way considering it is not hosted in a large city. This week’s tragic news of the death of Santi Santamaria, one of the top chefs in Spain ever since being the first in Catalonia to get 3 Michelin stars at the Raco de Can Fabes in 1994 is being remembered by his public. He would have been at the Fòrum to comment and encourage the amazing progress of all things gastronomic in Spain and in particular here in Catalonia.
There are stands selling everything from fresh sea urchins or organic steaks delivered to your home as well as information on healthy diets. A perfect place to find products with a coveted local quality certificate and of course tasting the wide selection of foods on offer chased down with wines and cavas from all over Spain. The best part of the Fòrum are the dozens of workshops where you can learn about certain types of cooking and their preparation. There are general talks like blue fish from the Mediterranean and how to cook them or you can learn from top celebrity chefs like Charlie Trotter from Chicago who is here giving a masterclass.
Local boy Ferran Adria (El Bulli) is giving a presentation, the Roca brothers(El Celler de Can Roca) are here of course this being their home town as well as French and Japanese chefs to dazzle us with their skills and tastes.
If you have a chance to attend, the feast will continue until the 23rd of february.
Sometimes we have to accept that the French do it better, not bigger or louder, just with more style. Such is the case of the saturday morning market in the streets of Ceret, which is just across the border some 45 mins from Girona.
The stalls are more varied, the products look nicer, even when most of the fruit on sale is Spanish. You can find lots of interesting things for presents like candles and soap, then there is the selection of organic bread, fruit and vegetables as well as wines, honey, cheese, which is also never seen, or at least not promoted as such in Spain.
Add in the fact that Ceret is a charming village with some interesting old squares, narrow lanes and plenty of terraces to sit outside and eat and drink and the whole experience feels somehow more satisfying.
Winter is not the best time to visit as there are fewer stalls, and thus selection, but it is also less crowded and if you plan well, after indulging in lunch in one of the many tempting restaurants, the local rugby team may be playing which is a real treat.
Vive la France, and having it so close by!
The World?s 50 Best Restaurant Awards 1-50 (2010)
|1||Up 2||Noma||Denmark||The S.Pellegrino Best Restaurant in the World, The Acqua Panna Best Restaurant in Europe|
|2||Down 1||El Bulli||Spain||Restaurant Magazine Chef of the Decade|
|3||Down 1||The Fat Duck||UK||The Chef's Choice sponsored by Electrolux|
|4||Up 1||El Celler de Can Roca||Spain|
|6||Up 7||Osteria Francescana||Italy|
|7||Up 3||Alinea||USA||The Acqua Panna Best Restaurant In N.America|
|8||Up 33||Daniel||USA||The Highest Climber sponsored by Cocoa Barry|
|10||Down 4||Per Se||USA|
La Gola is where the river Ter flows into the Mediterranean Sea, having started in the Pyrenees mountains around the ski resort of Vallter 2000 some 220 kms away.
Summer is almost over and yet some people have been busier than ever; my 90 year old friend Lluis is one of them. First he was busy sorting and platting the onions and garlic and now he is working on this years hazelnut harvest, by hand of course.