Kalsotada (calçotada) - a traditional Catalan feast, which consists in eating roasted over an open fire bow "kalsot". Kalsot - a special kind of onion, which grows only in Catalan earth, He is somewhat reminiscent of leeks, only the size of a much larger and taste completely different. You have two options: you try kalsots and fall in love with the Catalan delicacy forever, or onion happiness is not for you.
But even they, who do not like kalsots, happy to participate in this step, because apart from the bow, on kalsotadah serves meat and homemade sausages on the grill, rustic bread with tomato, and wine at such events can be drunk through a special vessel "porron".
It is believed, that the most delicious kind of kalsots grows around Tarragona near the town of Valls. There is even a registered trademark - "Kalsot de Valls", this bow is characterized by a white color, delicate flavor and high content of vitamins and minerals. It takes place in Wals most important annual Kalsotada, which come from all over Catalonia onion connoisseurs and lovers of good food. In our 2020 , this gastronomic fiesta will be held on 26th January.
If you are in Catalonia in the winter, be sure to visit kalsotadu, They are held from late October to April in most traditional Spanish restaurants. Kalsots prepared on special braziers, which stoked dry vine. Lucky fried to charcoal-black state, and absorb as follows: tie Bib, right hand take the tip of the beam, elegant movement left him flay the burnt skins, Macau onions in a special nut and vegetable sauce "romesko '(12 mandatory ingredients plus a special secret each cook), throws his head back and sending the whole onion pod in your mouth. And so - until you run out of kalsots, and the whole bib will not appear in black from coal and red gravy stains.
Where to try kalsots in Barcelona? We recommend a restaurant Taberna del Swig. Be sure to book your table in advance.
But the Catalans insist, kalsots that you need to try the restaurants in the country, "Macias". In these old estates surrounded by nature, you will feel the true spirit of kalsotady and enjoy dinner in the open air. These restaurants are located in the suburbs and here is difficult to get there without a personal car.
Restaurant Vinya Nova
If you are in the winter we came to Montserrat, be sure to combine a visit to the monastery with a dinner at this restaurant. true, to get here without a car is impossible. From late October to April kalsotady held here 28,00 € per person. The restaurant is located at the foot of the mountain, hence open vistas. On a sunny winter's day you can sit on the terrace and enjoy kalsots with local wine on the first, and the second you have a choice of lamb on the grill or cassoulet. The price includes bread with tomato, dessert and wine muskatnoe, which is drunk from porron. You remember the meal of a lifetime!