Calçots, a catalan gastronomic tradition!

Calçots Catalunya Gastronomy

The calçotada season has already begun! Today we want to explain you why this phenomenon  attracts crowds of people every year.  Are you ready to discover it?

What is a Calçot and a Calçotada?

Calçots are a tradition of  catalan gastronomy that runs from January to April and brings together family and friends around a table to enjoy a winter barbecue. It is a grilled large and white onion which external side is scorched but the internal one is tender. The region of Valls, in Tarragona, is known as the capital of the calçot. Calçotades have been celebrated in Valls for more than hundred years since the end of the 19th century. From 1995 granted the denomination of quality ‘Calçot de Valls’. The geographical area of this denomination includes the regions of Alt Camp, Baix Camp, Tarragonés and Baix Penedés.

Although, calçot is the protagonist, there is no calçotada without romesco sauce, a sauce prepared mainly with almonds, hazelnuts, tomatoes, garlic, oil and salt.

Romesco Sauce

How to eat calçots

The funniest part is to eat calçots. Hands are used instead of cutlery! Take the “calçot” from the top with one hand and with the other hand take it by the root to remove the scorched part. Finally, dip the “calçot” with the sauce and it is ready to be eaten. We recommend you to use the apron not to get dirty but if it happens do not worry!  It’s part of the party!

How to eat calçots

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But it´s not yet finished. After calçots, you will enjoy a barbecue with artichokes, white beans and potatoes and afterwards catalan cream as dessert. And of course… bread with tomato and cava can not miss!

If you are in Barcelona, ou get the chance to participate in a traditional calçotadadon’t miss it! 😉

June is the month of the terraces in Barcelona!

Hot summer arrives in June, long hours of sun, blue sky and the desire to visit the terraces of Barcelona.

We all know, June is the month of the terraces! For this reason, at the Hotel Negresco Princess we decorate our fantastic terrace in the center of Barcelona so that all our clients can enjoy a refreshing baht in the wonderful infinity pool and enjoy the Barcelona sunset handing a cocktail. Fancy, right?

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A week full of music and activities to forget the routine and live 100% the arrival of summer is waiting for us. Are you ready?

One more year, coinciding with the “Setmana de les Terrasses 2018”  organized by the Gremi d’Hotels de Barcelona, the Negresco Princess Hotel starts with the summer nights with a tight agenda that will keep you entertained and without leaving #LaTerrazzaNegresco.

DJ Mr. Mahestyk

Thursday 31st:  20 – 23h

Saturday 9:  20 – 23h

DJ Raquel Leah

Friday 01st: 20 – 23h

Friday 08th: 20 – 23h

Friday 15h: 20 – 23h

Friday 22nd: 20 – 23h

Friday 29tn: 20 – 23h

DJ Parker-T

Saturday 02nd: 20 – 23h

Thursday 14th: 20 – 23h

Terraces week: Happy noise

Thursday 07th: 19.30 – 21.30h

Live music: Happy noise

Saturday 16th: 20 – 22h

Saurday 30th: 20 – 22h

DJ Doza

Thursday 21st: 20 – 23h

Live music: Mrs. Glow

Saturday 23th: 20 – 22h

DJ Gonzo

Thursday 28th: 20 – 23h

Every Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 8pm. at 11pm,  you have free access to listen to the coolest live music in the city by groups like “The Happy Noise” with a proposal based on musical themes of the 80s and 90s, but in the style of jazz, swing and the ragtime, and also recreating the aesthetics of those times with an attractive staging that you will love or “Mrs. Glow “, with its new concept of young and very energetic music band full of soul, funk, r’n’b and pop from the 70s to the present.

In addition, Mr. Majestyk, Raquel Leah, Doza, Dj Gonzo or Parker-T are the dj’s that will entertain these fantastic sunsets, so you only have to worry about choosing if you prefer to listen to their trepidating rhythms or be the king of the dance floor.  What’s your choice?

But first a recommendation… if you want to start the summer in a good way, on Thursday, June 7, come to the fun party we have prepared with the best barber in Barcelona, Vicenç Moretó , moving the scissors to the rhythm of swing, ragtime and live jazz by the band The Happy Noise.  The most hipster night and the best cocktail wait for you in #LaTerrazzaNegresco. And to start the weekend, come to the pool terrace of The Gym Bar at the Barcelona Princess Hotel where there will be a Funk, Rock and Soul concert performed live by a eleven musicians band.

Don´t miss it !!

In the Restaurant Negresco we are in season

We are in the middle of autumn, something that can be very interesting when you consider the delicious foods that arrive with this season of the year.

In the Hotel Negresco Princess we adapt to this change in the year, adding the best menus, which have seasonal products and are prepared by our great chef Jon.

comida de temporada

comida de temporada

Some of the main foods of the season that you can find in our seasonal menus at the Negresco Restaurant or during the breakfast buffet, are the following:

  • Mushrooms
  • Chestnuts
  • Salmon- Sweet potatoes
  • Artichokes
  • Figs and pomegranates
  • Tangerines
  • Seasonal boar
  • Duck

These are some of the seasonal products that you can find, but the list is very extensive.

In these months of the year you can make a change in your diet and enjoy again these products that are only available during certain dates of the year, and that in autumn are in their best state.

In the Negresco Restaurant we offer a great variety of combinations to please all tastes “even the most demanding”.

Si quieres darle un placer otoñal a tu paladar tan solo tienes que pasar por nuestro restaurante en el centro de Barcelona, nuestros magníficos menús semanales harán que te alegres de la llegada del invierno.

Grand final of the Inter-Hotel Games 2017

Throughout this last month of October and the beginning of November, the Inter-Hotel Games 2017 was held, a solidarity Olympiad with a set of sports in which 27 hotels of Barcelona participated.

During this time the companions of both urban hotels in Barcelona of the Princess Hotels & Resorts chain, have participated in several matches of indoor soccer, paddle, tennis, bowling and special gymkhanas.

Now we come to the end of these games and this year, on November 12 the finals of some sports were held, along with a final challenge, a 5-kilometer race in which the speed of the athletes will be shown.

This year, at the Hotel Barcelona Princess and the Hotel Negresco Princess we have joined this event for the first time and five members of our staff will participate in the final race to have fun and if possible achieve some of the first positions.

Inter Hotel Games - Hotel Barcelona Princess & Hotel Negresco Princess

Inter Hotel Games – Hotel Barcelona Princess & Hotel Negresco Princess

In addition to the race, other sports were also held, among which the final matches of paddle, indoor football and basketball.

To make a final celebration of the #iHotelGamesBCN, there will be a banquet for all participants and attendees, to put an end to this exciting solidarity challenge between the main hotels in the city of Barcelona.

All funds raised from the beginning to the end of the Inter-Hotel Games 2017 will go to Nutrició sense fronteres foundation, an organization that brings food to the most disadvantaged places. 20,000 euros will be donated to the ONG (NSF) for the project “BCN Comparteix el Menjar” (BCN Share the meal).

We look forward to the next solidarity Olympiad #iHotelGamesBCN.