“We are enslaved by speed and have all succumbed to the same insidious virus: Fast Life, which disrupts our habits, pervades the privacy of our homes and forces us to eat Fast Foods … To be worthy of the name, Homo Sapiens should rid himself of speed before it reduces him to a species in danger of extinction … A firm defense of quiet material pleasure is the only way to oppose the universal folly of Fast Life … Our defense should begin at the table with Slow Food. Let us rediscover the flavors and savors of regional cooking and banish the degrading effects of Fast Food.” (Excerpts from the Slow Food Manifesto)
If you agree with the culinary part of the Slow Food manifesto, I strongly recommend to you visiting restaurant El Fort, a superb restaurant in the medieval village of Ullastret (Baix Empordà, Catalonia, Spain). And even if you do not agree at all with the Slow Food principles, go to El Fort as well. Lola Puig, the restaurant’s head chef, and her crew, “cook with their heart” (“cuinem amb el cor”, left picture), and you will notice it.
This charming restaurant is partner of the Slow Food Movement. Hence, most of the products they use are organic. And they only get those products from neighboring farms or from Empordanian fishermen (I have no idea how you call people from l’Empordà in English, sorry). Even they make their own bread with organic flour and yeast. Be aware that this little corner of Europe produces some of the healthiest, most savory and delicious food of planet Earth.
Come on. You can have your lunch or dinner “al fresco” (photo above) or in its cozy interior (photos below)
The menu comes in the form of a romantic letter, within its envelope. Perhaps you’ll be a little lost in translation; it’s not a bad idea to ask the kind waiters for some advice …
Here below you have a glorious example of an unforgettable meal at El Fort of Ullastret: Some starters, crispy canellone with fresh ecological veggies, traditional black rice (rice, cooked with squid ink), the fisherman’s catch of the day wish seasonal vegetables, local lamb (slow-cooked & milk) and “recuit de drap” and “crujiente de crema catalana” as dessert (please, do not ask me to translate into English these desserts, simply I cannot)
El Fort of Ullastret is also a nice petite hotel. Their contact data are:
Hotel Restaurant El Fort
C/Presó 2, 17114 Ullastret
Tel: (34) 972 757 773
Final word: El Fort’s crew recommended to me a mysterious red wine called “Demontre”. They told me it was made the traditional way (the producers really made this wine by stomping their feet in baskets with grapes) in a lost farm. It wasn’t expensive at all. It was an amazing red wine and I wanted to investigate a little more about it.
In my next post I am travelling to the misty and legendary land (tradition states that the Holy Grail is hidden somewhere in these mountains) where this strange wine is made: Sant Climent de Sescebes, very close to the Alberes mountains (Pyrenees), in l’Alt Empordà.
By the way, “Demontre” in Spanish means “Devil”.
Here below you have a bottle of “Demontre” …
Good-bye. I’m going to the mountains.
- Ullastret: Archeology & cheese (covetotop.wordpress.com)
- Little gems from the Middle Ages (covetotop.wordpress.com)