Be captured by the Spanish lifestyle including its nightlife and flamenco. You can hear the harsh foot stomping, castanet rattling, hand clapping and passionate guitar sound while walking through small streets. Spaniards believe the best times of all are shared with friends and family over a great bottle of wine or pitcher of sangria and delicious regional food that you can taste in one of the many tapas bars, sidewalk cafés or taverns. The food is one of the highest qualities that can be found in Europe. Spain has become a world leader in gastronomy.
World Leader in Gastronomy
Meet Jeff Koehler* your host of the night and have dinner in one of the only places in Barcelona that serves genuine and truly good paella. Your host will be an award-winning food writer, cookbook author, and longtime Barcelona resident. He has written for Food & Wine, Gourmet, Saveur, NPR.org, Virtuoso Life, the Washington Post, and Los Angeles Times. Over a long, unrushed meal in a place unknown to tourists, Jeff Koehler will explain to you in detail the keys and history of paella, its role in Spanish culture, and his tricks for preparing it.
*Jeff’s latest book Spain: Recipes and Traditions, was selected by the New York Times as one of the best twelve cookbooks of 2013 and Entertainment Weekly as one of the top ten.
Hotel Arts, Barcelona
Designed by the distinguished architect Bruce Graham of Skidmore, Owings and Merrill and built to coincide with the Olympic Games in 1992, this luxury hotel is a landmark on the Barceloneta boardwalk. Each of the Hotel Arts’ 483 guestrooms offers everything you could need for a restful, relaxing stay. Luxurious bedding. Generously sized bathrooms. State-of-the-art entertainment systems. And all topped off by the greatest show in town: spectacular views of the city and the sea.
Ribera del Duero Wine Region
You will discover this area with a Madrileño that has made Ribera del Duero her second home. She will introduce you to locals and you will enjoy learning the local lifestyle. We believe that the magic of travel lies mostly in creating long lasting memories after connecting with locals and learning their way of living. This will be a unique lifestyle visit to the Ribera del Duero.
Cooking Lesson and Lunch at Chef Pilar Latorre
Chef Pilar Latorre will welcome you in a beautiful masia located in the Ampurdan region. She was born in Barcelona and is known in the Spanish culinary circles for her Mediterranean cuisine, but also for her French and Asian specialties. She has studied at the prestigious Cordon Bleu in Paris as well as in Barcelona, Zurich, Bali and other Asian locations. Her extensive relationships with the top Spanish Chefs and her visits to the kitchens of Ferran Adrià and Juan Marí Arzak, the top stars, has given her first-hand knowledge of the many secrets of the European cooking avant-garde. The lunch will consist of four courses, including appetizer, first course, main meat course and a dessert. A Spanish cava (sparkling wine a la mode Champagnoise) and wine will accompany the meal.
Penedes Wine Region with Top Spanish Sommelier
Born in Barcelona in 1981, Ferrán* studied viticulture and oenology at Mercè Rossell School and followed his sommelier courses in Wine & Spirits Education Trust in London. He started as a waiter and today is the sommelier at one of Spain’s top-notch restaurants. Let Ferrán bring you through an extraordinary journey through Penedes Wine Region.
*Ferrán Centelles, with 13 years Sommelier at El Bulli, named as the best sommelier in Spain by 2006 Ruinart Price and won the Gastronomy National Award in 2011. Moreover he is also the Co-owner of Outlook Wine (Renowned Barcelona wine school) and Founder of Wine is Social.
Can Vendrell Modernist Cellar, Celler Pardas or Raventos & Blanc
Wines from the Penedès region are produced from traditional grape varieties, but also with others that have been introduced in recent years. They are mainly young wines with excellent bouquet. The whites are generally very fruity and crisp. The reds are full-bodied, aromatic, with intense colour. Special mention should be made of cava, a naturally-produced sparkling wine. It has an unmistakable flavour. Enjoy an unforgettable private visit to Top Spanish Cellars – Can Vendrell Modernist Cellar, Celler Pardas and Raventos & Blanc.