Lunching in Sitges

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Being a Sitges local since 2006 has given me the opportunity to learn where to find the best places to eat in Sitges. During the winter months the traditional Catalan food is perfect from the rustic Escudella (a hearty soup) or Cordero (lamb), but I still love a nice piece of grilled meat. I tend to be more of a traditional ‘foodie’, however there’s something in Sitges for everyone, right up to avant-guard dishes in modern restaurants here in town.

At the top of my list Komokieras (how you want it in spanish), with their extensive wine list and amazing grill, I’ve never left unhappy nor hungry. If you want to go for classic catalan cuisine I suggest Bon Estar, their menu del dia (menu of the day) is very affordable and is always packed with locals (a good sign). For big appetites check out Big Al’s Diner which loves their extra large portions but if you want to watch your waistline I suggest you stick to the fresh fish from either Cal Pinxo or Mare Nostrum – they’re both amazing eateries and really warm, friendly staff. Sticking with the fish theme, if sushi is more your style Sitthai is a sure hit but call ahead as they’re normally quite busy during the weekend. Finally if your stomach is calling for italian, Pura Vida is THE BEST in Sitges, I always take guests there and Mateo the owner is one of a kind!

Well, there you have it, a quick rundown for the best restaurants in Sitges … for now!

 

 

Sitges Tapa Tapa event 2014 – Sitges Apartment Blog

If you’re an amante of food and want to enjoy an afternoon/evening trying tapas around Sitges, then look for further. Starting from April 3rd – 13th, for just 2.50 you can enjoy over 33 different types of tapas and a small beer (Estrella Damm) around the Sitges.

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Entry is free and you can enter to win dinner in a michelin star restaurant or 1/3 weekends in a hotel in Sitges. Meaning the more establishments you try, the better chance you have of winning. The 33 restaurants/bars are jockeying to win the prestigious ‘Tapa of the year’ award.

 

For full info check out their Facebook page here

Here’s the route of good food and even better times:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here’s also the map to get you around town – good ‘tapa’ing’

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Jazz night at Greys Sitges

If you’re in town this Friday the 21st Greys Sitges at 2000h (Calle Paseo de la Ribera 2 – below the Sitges Church) will be putting on their first live Jazz night with great cocktails from their star Bartender Adriano, along with a dinner menu that goes nicely along with the band: Los tres Juanetes del Apocadixie(Joan: clarinet; Johnny: Guitar;  Joan: Double bass)

Si estas en Sitges este Viernes, Greys Sitges a las 2000h (Calle Paseo de la Ribera 2 – Abajo la Inglesia de Sitges ) van hacer su primero noche de Jazz en directo con buenos cocteles de su estrella camerero Adriano y tambien un menu de noche que acompane bien el grupo: Los tres Juanetes del Apocadixie(Joan: clarinet; Johnny: Guitar;  Joan: Double bass)

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Los tres Juanetes del Apocadixie

 

Ticket + Menu: 20eur

Ticket + Cocktails: 10eur

The band is well-known in Catalunya and has a huge following in the Jazz world.

El grupo esta bien conocido en Cataluyna y tienen muchos seguidores en el mundo de Jazz.

Greys Sitges has said that their Jazz Nights will be held monthly, along with Sunday afternoons to enjoy their tasty weekend menu.

Grey Sitges ha dicho que sus noches de Jazz seran cada mes y tambien cada domingo para disfrutar su menu de fin de semana.

For more info check out their event guide on their Facebook page

Para mas info mira su muro de Facebook (enlace arriba)

For ticket info/Reservations please contact: +34 931 42 73 69/+34 670 307 510

 

 

This weekend marks the end of Malvasia week in Sitges

El Malvasia is a naturally sweet wine that is native to Sitges and the local area. Over the past week local restaurants/bar in Sitges are promoting the local goods.

Normally the wine is still but can also be made to be either dry, or fizzy, and is normal consumed for celebrations or xatonades (Xato is a local style of salad).

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If you notice around Sitges this week you will see a brand from a pine street in the window or doors of establishments which for hundreds of years meant that this years wine is now available. The local wine is made in the Hospital San Joan Baptista (in Poble Sec), and with the support of Sitges Mayor (Miquel Forns), the president of Gremi Hosteleria (Joan Anton Matas), and Josep Pascual (Director of the Sant Joan Baptista Foundation) have made a great local Sitges event.

For a list of the restaurants participating check out the Sitges Actui website

Malvasia

I’ve found a small explanation about Malvasia because it’s always better to have a little knowledge of the things one enjoys (coutresy of slowfoodfoundation.com).

Sitges Malvasia is a true rarity: even if it is included in the 84 internationally recognized varieties of Malvasia, only a few hectares of this production survive.
Legend has it that almogávares (mercenary soldiers from the end of the 13th century who were particularly skilled in guerrilla warfare against the Saracens) brought Malvasia to the Garraf while supporting the Byzantine emperor.
The present survival of this vine can be attributed to the farsightedness of Catalan diplomat Manuel Llopis de Casades (born 1885 in Barcelona, died 1935 in Sofia). Last heir of the Llopis lineage, one of the most ancient in Sitges (dating back to the 16th century), Manuel Llopis de Casades left a will one month before dying which handed over possession and management of all his properties in the Sitges territory to the Hospital de Saint Juan Bautista de Sitges (a religious charitable institution) on the condition that they continue production of Sitges Malvasia from the Llopis vines. This provision has ensured that 2.5 hectares of Sitges Malvasia still exist today, though they are now embedded between more recently erected houses and buildings from the unrestrained development of the town.
The chalky soil, marine breeze and protection offered by the mountains all contribute to a unique microclimate which is ill-suited to most common grapevine pathogens.
Sitges Malvasia has very distinctive deep-cut leaves, long and flexible vine shoots and small, elongated grapes which are allowed to overripe.
The grapes are harvested between the end of September and the beginning of October. The young oenologist Josep Pascual supervises the production. All those who collaborate in this small production do so virtually gratis.
The resulting wine is a strong sweet passito which acquired the Denominación d’Origen Penedès in 1991.

 

- Our favourite Italian restaurant in Sitges –

Now in Sitges, there’s quite a few italian restaurants, but last week I was blown away by the great meal my friends and I had in Pura Vida (calle Espalter num 8). If you don’t know where calle Espalter is, it’s in front of the Sitges Sauna ;)

The menu has something for everyone, but as in Rome “eat pasta & pizza”, which came out nice and quick for our huge appetites. Inside the restaurant you can enjoy football on the big screen, or use up-stairs for parties, etc. The outside terrace is great for summertime when you can people-watch the passing trade, or just enjoy those warm Sitges summer nights.

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The pizza was great with its flat crust style, and the pasta was just as good (I tried the wild boar)! We split two pizza’s to start, which was a good idea as the pizza’s only took a couple of minutes. Everyone was stuffed, with great food, and good times.

Check out Pura Vidas official website here or their Facebook page

 

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