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Sip Your Way Through Cava Country

June 6, 2016


Sip Your Way through Cava Country by AnneLise Sorensen Note: This is an updated version of my article that originally published in New York Magazine. Cava Country Spain’s famous bubbly has a reputation as a pauper’s champagne. But a wave of high-quality small-batch wineries just west of Barcelona is changing that. The Penedès region, just […]

El Bulli del Barrio: Adrià Brothers at “Tickets”

November 7, 2013


El Bulli del Barrio (originally published in Gourmet Live) by AnneLise Sorensen A circus master, in top hat and coat, greets me at the entrance. He parts the velvet rope with a solemn nod. Inside, a film reel unspools on its side, a cotton candy machine sits on the counter, and a dancer Rockette-kicks on […]

Fruits, Nuts & Bulls’ Tails: La Boqueria in Barcelona

February 23, 2013


Fruits, Nuts & Bull’s Tails: La Boqueria in Barcelona by AnneLise Sorensen As they say in Barcelona, if you can’t find it in La Boqueria, you can’t find it anywhere. Barcelona’s largest food market rises over Las Ramblas, its Modernista cast-iron entrance giving way to a gaping hall of parades (stalls). The smell is dense […]

Catalan Espardenyes: A Sole with Soul

October 7, 2012


Catalan Espardenyes: A Sole with Soul by AnneLise Sorensen SPAIN These days, it’s sangria, not sex, that draws customers to Barcelona’s Carrer Avinyó. In the early 1900s, the prostitutes of Avinyó – dark eyes flashing invitation from behind velvet curtains – supposedly inspired Picasso to paint his cubist work, Les Demoiselles d’Avignon. The brothels have […]

Adios El Bulli

May 17, 2011


Adios El Bulli by AnneLise Sorensen Why would the most famous chef in the world close his restaurant at the height of its popularity? The answer to that explains who chef Ferran Adrià is. Adrià’s restaurant El Bulli, in the Catalan town of Roses in the Costa Brava, is shutting down in July. I visited […]

W Hotel: Masterpiece or “inglorious beer belly”?

November 28, 2010


W Hotel: Masterpiece or “inglorious beer belly”? by AnneLise Sorensen We just can’t resist starting out with this playful jab: The marketing wizards at the W Hotels have been busy. Check out the W Barcelona website, where the registered trademarks fly fast and furious: There’s Bliss®, Whatever/Whenever®, WET® pool, SWEAT® Fitness Center, and PAW – […]

Barcelona’s Casa Camper: A Hotel With “Sole”

November 1, 2010


by AnneLise Sorensen The bohemian-chic Camper, Spain’s best-known brand of footwear, knows how to make great shoes. It turns out they’re also good at hotels. The Mallorcan shoe company eschewed the normal route of diversifying into, say, handbags or watches because, as co-founder Miguel Fluxá puts it, “Food and shelter, like shoes, are a basic […]