Barcelona for the Toro Bravo Cookbook

December 17th, 2012

Just off the plane from Madrid John and David cava in hand at Quimet Quiemt in Barcelona. One of my favorite spots from the trip.

A couple weeks ago I posted about the first part of our trip to Spain — to Madrid — late September for the Toro Bravo Cookbook and this week I’m posting about the second part of our trip, in Barcelona, with Toro Bravo’s chef-owner John Gorham, our McSweeney’s Books editor Rachel Khong, the book’s photographer David Reamer, the restaurant’s chef de cuisine Kasey Mills and charcuterie manager Josh Scofield.

The Barcelona part of the trip went much as the Madrid part — loads of great food, lack of sleep, loads of good drink, lack of moderation, loads of exploring, lack of inhibition. In other words, it was an adventure and we had so much fun. Here are some photos…

Our tiny table at Quimet Quimet filled quickly with tapas. These tinned razor clams, mussels and calamari were super tasty.

The food kept coming...

Another view of the tiny but mighty Quimet Quimet in Barcelona.

Outside La Boqueria. Had heard so much about this place. Dream come true to go...

Inside! So many raw and cured meat stalls. And everything else that is Spanish and delicious...

If only this was in Portland.

John and Josh checking out one of the many processions of the last day of the La Merce Festival -- Barcelona's largest annual street festival.

We got the grand tour of Avinyo Cava that's been run by the same family since 1597. Toro serves Avinyo's cavas and wines so we toured the caves here, the production facility and, of course, tasted cavas, wines and house vinegars.

Mmmm cava.

Our last day in Barcelona. Sad but true. Kasey and Rachel in a happy blurry sunny haze. Viva Espana!

You can check out the first part of our trip to Spain — in Madrid — here.

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October 1st, 2012

Tapas at Quimet Quimet in Barcelona for the Toro Bravo Cookbook, fall 2013 McSweeney's.

There’s a lot going on right now so I’m sorry to do two of these types of posts in a row but such is life. We had an incredible eat/drink trip to Spain last week for the Toro Bravo Cookbook and hit Madrid and Barcelona hard. Three hours of sleep a night hard. We only had a little less than a week in Spain total so we felt like sleep should be the last thing on our agenda. While there we ate old cuisine such as roast suckling pig and Cocido Madrileno, new cuisine at Ferran and Albert Adria’s restaurant Tickets, drank all sorts of tasty cava, cider, wine and spirits and we had some true blue adventures some of which I’ll describe in detail in future posts and some of which I never will. When in Spain. I plan to do a series of posts with photos from Spain in upcoming weeks. I hope that you’re doing well!

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September 17th, 2012

Chef John Gorham whisking egg whites for Toro Bravo's salt cod fritter recipe for the cookbook, the book's photographer David Reamer to the right, and my set up in the foreground. Only 10 more recipes to go!

We leave this week for our week-long trip to Spain for the Toro Bravo Cookbook (McSweeney’s Fall 2013) and I’m so excited! I’ve been looking forward to this trip for a while and to have it come at the end of the cookbook writing process not long before our final deadline is perfect. John Gorham, Toro Bravo chef-owner, got us all tickets and rooms (incredibly generous) for this eating/drinking pilgrimage. Going on the trip: John, the book’s photographer David Reamer, myself, the book’s editor Rachel Khong from McSweeney’s, Toro’s chef de cuisine Kasey Mills and Toro’s charcuterie manager Josh Scofield. I’m probably not going to post for a few weeks because of the trip and everything going on when I get back but I thought you might like this peek into the book. We only have 10 recipes left to test! Hope you’re doing well and enjoying the last bit of summer.

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