A full calcotada includes the calcots and a platter of fire-roasted meats, Catalan white beans, crème Catalan, plus local red and sparkling white wine. At Cal Ganxo all of this is consumed in a centuries-old farmhouse, surrounded by locals indulging their passion, and there's just nothing else like it.
If you know anything about wine, particularly Spanish wine, then you know about cava. This is the classic Catalan beverage, a sparkling white that is produced in the Penedes area just outside Barcelona, centred around the town of Sant Sadurni d'Anoia. There are plenty of classic, traditional cava producers to visit in Sant Sadurni d'Anoia – a 45-minute drive west from Capri by Fraser Barcelona – including Codorniu, Gramona, and Freixenet. However, wine aficionados will know that cava is not the true pinnacle of Catalan sparkling wine – for that, you need to visit the cellar door at Recaredo.
And it really is. Call into Recaredo, situated in the centre of Sant Sadurni d'Anoia, and you can take a two-hour tour of the facility and taste four different wines from the Recaredo cellar to appreciate just how good this wine is. Later, settle in for a long lunch in this charming Catalan town. The wine produced here is called "Corpinnat," an emerging category that was created for high-end wine-makers to move past the cava label and differentiate their product as a better quality of Catalan sparkling wine.
Seafood, Vilassar de Mar
When you think about gourmet seafood, the absolute finest shellfish, tuna, anchovies and more, you probably don't think about the tinned variety. But it's time to reconsider that notion. The truth is, some of the world's finest seafood comes from a can. Its best clams, mussels, anchovies, and sardines – in Spain, this produce is taken fresh from the water and then sealed in tins to allow the flavours to intensify and improve. The end product is sensational.