Archive for the ‘Catalan’ Category


Posted on July 3rd, 2010 by by Theresa

Horchata saves the day

Mm, horchata. Thick, creamy, ice-cold. You either love it or loathe it. There are no half measures. Made by crushing the life out of tiger nuts (chufas) and mixing with sugar and water, you’ll find it at any good heladería swimming around in a glass tank next to the lemon granizado (sort of slush-puppy).  I […]

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Posted on May 23rd, 2010 by by Valerie

Room to swing a catalan

Have you noticed how popular cats are in Catalan? ‘Quatre gats’ is the expression of choice to mean ‘only a few people’. It should be uttered with a dismissive gesture: ‘Bah! Només són quatre gats.’ Of course, Els Quatre Gats is a really famous Modernista coffee house and restaurant in Barcelona where Picasso and other […]


Posted on February 19th, 2010 by by Valerie

I always said the Catalans had a way with vegetables

Browsing Catalan idioms the other day in search of the quirky, the bizarre, the downright weird – well, the bloggable –  I came upon a list of food-related ones and – oh, how could I have forgotten:  s’ha acabat el bròquil. The broccoli has finished.    Which means – said  in a voice that brooks no […]

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