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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 […]

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 […]

Spain’s Paradors: Positively Medieval

October 2, 2012


Spain’s Paradors: Positively Medieval by AnneLise Sorensen SPAIN Getting lost in Galicia’s Parador de Compostela is entirely possible – but you won’t mind if you do. This is medieval Spain in all its gold-flecked grandeur – a saunter from the Last Supper-style dining hall takes you padding down carpeted hallways lined with tapestries and stern-faced […]

Banderas & Almodóvar: The Skin I Live In

October 29, 2011


The Skin I Live In by AnneLise Sorensen There’s an unspoken rule about celebrities in New York City: When you see them, you ignore them. Or at most, you acknowledge them with a certain bored disdain. That didn’t happen last week with Antonio Banderas. We were invited, along with a group of NY journalists, to […]

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 […]

Eat with the Fishes in Valencia, Spain

January 3, 2011


Eat with the Fishes in Valencia by AnneLise Sorensen The Valencia region is called “El Levante” after the rising sun – this is the part of Spain that wakes up first. Paella originated here, and a juicy orange is named after Valencia. But these days, it’s the experimental seafood and revisionist rice dishes that are […]

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 – […]