Travel Eats: Mas Rabell, Penedès, Spain

January 23, 2011 at 9:12 pm 4 comments

Ensaladade Tomate del Huerto (organic tomato salad)

I’ve started going through travel photos recently as a diversion to the grey winter days. Tomatoes have never looked more beautiful to me than they did in this salad, which was served on a hot July day as part of our lunch at the Torres family’s Mas Rabell restaurant in the Penedès wine region of Spain (about an hour south of Barcelona).

The produce was grown in an on-site organic vegetable garden and all of the food was seasonal, local and impeccably fresh. Seasonal and local have a completely different meaning and taste in Mediterranean countries. Vegetables like tomatoes, artichokes and olives come with rich flavours and an abundance we rarely experience in North America, and the olive oil is truly a wonder. We brought some back with us, but it just doesn’t taste the same as it did when the weather was hot and you could see groves of olive and almond trees dotting the landscape.

Everything we ate at Mas Rabell tasted like something from a beautiful dream. Along with the tomato salad was fresh bread with extra virgin olive oil, a cod fish main course, a cheese course, apple pie and, of course, delicious Torres wines: Santa Digna Sauvignon Blanc (2009); Ibericos (2007); Mas La Plana (2006), sweet Moscatel Floralis and the Torres 20 brandy.

Pescado con timbale de cebolla y patata (fish with onion and potato timbale)

Quesos Catalanes (local cheese from the Catalonia region)

Pastel de Manzana (apple pie)

Moscatel Floralis (a dessert wine)

The garden at Mas Rabell where they grow tomatoes, fresh herbs and other produce for the restaurant kitchen.

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4 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Ron  |  January 23, 2011 at 10:31 pm

    Pictures look wonderful. Write-up is a travelogue. Together, they’re ready to be published. Better get in touch with the Globe! Seriously!! 🙂

  • 2. Laurel  |  January 24, 2011 at 12:10 am

    Makes me want to get on a plane to Span right now! Great photos. Whenever I take food pictures everything always looks dark and ugly. Yours look light and lovely.

  • 3. Siem reap  |  February 2, 2011 at 1:53 am

    The well-travelled individual is much more likely to accept situations which may cause major changes in their lives, as well as have a much broader concept of the world as a whole.

  • 4. First tomato « Nest and Sparkle  |  August 19, 2011 at 9:09 am

    […] a home-grown theme. Arugula, basil, chives, and parsley from my garden, olive oil carted back from Spain and sea salt that was a gift from my husband. Such specialness, and […]

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