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What’s to Eat And Do Near Sitges in Catalunya?


  Sitges is a popular beach town south of Barcelona.We spent 3 days there. Our friends from Barcelona. Rosa, Juliá, and Bernát took us on an adventure nearby to Cordoniú Cava Winery, Montseurrat and St Mon Monastery. So fantastic!


Codorníu Cava Winery Tour was unbeatable! This 450 year old family business is the oldest in Spain. The modernistic style architecture and state of the art technology combined with hundreds of years in wine making experience produce the best Cava.


7 floors below ground into the old cask caverns!


Antique wine cases


The best of the Cavas, Spain’s answer to French champagne!


St Mon Monastery, part of an estate and foundation including Hotel Mon, 3 restaurants, cooking schools, produce gardens and the expertise of Ferran Adrià, voted the worlds best chef!

The monastery has museum quality video imaging to recreate the original look

Easter lunch at St Mon   
Strawberry and Tomato Soup


Flatbread with smoked eggplant, roasted red pepper and anchovies with black olive tapenade and a lettuce frisée.

Bacalau, salt cod, over Romanesco sauce topped with chopped hard cooked egg. An Easter traditional food in Catalunya!


“Secret pork” with a wine sauce and roasted potatoes

Chocolate mousse and cake


Citrus cake and cream, an Easter tradition 

Grilled Spring Onions and a sauce, a Catalun speciality! Called Calcot


The onions are peeled of their blackened outer skins at the table and then eaten by tilting your head back and dropping the long onion into your mouth


El porrò de vi

Red wine is poured from this pourer straight into your mouth. No glass needed!

Goat cheese, bread, tomatoes and Cava for dinner back in our apartment in Sitges!


The packaging of the local cheeses

An incredible journey in Catalunya thanks to our friends from Barcelona 😘

Tomato Rubbed Bread/Pa Amb Tomaquet/Pan con Tomato

Prepared Tomato Rubbed Bread

Prepared Tomato Rubbed Bread


1 ciabatta or 8 slices coarse country white bread, preferably sourdough, about ½ pound

4 cloves garlic, halved, optional

4 small, ripe tomatoes, about 1/3 pound

Extra virgin olive oil for drizzling

Coarse salt, such as Kosher or flaked salt

  • Grilling is optional: Prepare a fire in a charcoal grill, preheat a gas grill to high or preheat the broiler. You may prefer to use your toaster or toaster oven.
  • If using ciabatta, slice it crosswise into 4-6 pieces, then cut each piece in half horizontally before toasting
  • Place the bread on the grill rack or on a baking sheet.
  • Grill or broil, turning once, until golden broth on both sides, about 2 minutes per side
  • While the toasts are warm, rub with cut side of the garlic halves.
  • Rub the cut sides of the tomato halves on top of the toasts until only the skins are left, then discard the skins.
  • Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with salt
  • Pile on a platter or in a shallow bowl and serve
  • You and/or your guests may also prepare their own Pa Amb Tomaquet  at the table.
  • This is the first food brought to the table in Catalunya.

Makes 4 servings