Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Catalunya Nourishment

The art of simple living is no longer the notion of hippy ideologists, rather, a social phenomenon that we bow too. We live in exciting times; a place where we are confronted by the challenge to run (and win) the race, or, to focus on simple treasures, open yourself to the energy and the vibrancy of life.

Catalunya (NE Spain) is one of Spain’s most exciting, energetic autonomies. A creativity buzzes throughout the region. Catalunya embodies a wild charm, a passion and an area of the world truly in love with life. It has produced some of the most interesting and inventive architecture - Gaudí's colorful and widely excessive structures - art - Picasso, Miró, Dali - and food...Ferran Adrià.

elBulli is a pilgrimage site. Overlooking the Cala Monjoi bay, in Roses on the Costa Brava, the restaurant opens its doors from April until September (only) and reservations are accepted on one single day in October of the previous year. The restaurant accommodates only 8,000 diners a season but gets hit with more than two million requests.

To understand why this amazing restaurant drives food harder than anywhere else in the world, its important to understand the synthesis of elBulli cuisine... we've cut it down to a top few points that summaries the fusion of food and life below...

1. Cooking is a language through which all the following properties may be expressed: harmony, creativity, happiness, beauty, poetry, complexity, magic, humour, provocation and culture.

9. The information given off by a dish is enjoyed through the senses; it is also enjoyed and interpreted by reflection.

12. Creation involves teamwork.

18. There are two main paths towards attaining harmony of products and flavours: through memory, or through new combinations.

19. A culinary language is being created which is becoming more and more ordered, that on some occasions establishes a relationship with the world and language of art.

23. Knowledge and/or collaboration with experts from different fields (gastronomic culture, history, industrial design, etc.,) is essential for progress in cooking.

Niguiri de navajas con spray de jengibre (Razor-shell Clam Sushi with Ginger Spray)

Sopa de letras (Alphabet Soup)

Piruleta de chocolate blanco y candy de limón y café (Lollipop of White Chocolate, Lemon and Coffee)

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