Friends from Oxford have just stayed with us for eight nights and, although I have had a break from writing over that period, we have been enjoying Mallorca’s gastronomy as much as ever. Of all the people who come to stay with us, Duncan and Kristina’s gastronomic tastes are the closest to our own and we make a point of taking them to places we enjoy – because we know they will too. Dinner by the sea […]
The Boss and I recently celebrated our anniversary and marked the occasion with a stay at the rurally located Son Brull Hotel & Spa, near Pollensa in the north of Mallorca. It was the third time we had stayed here, and each stay has been off-season. One day we will get to swim in their large outdoor pool and relax afterwards on the surrounding terraces with a long cold drink, wearing one of the Son Brull straw hats they […]
Last night we were among the many tapas fans at the latest Peccata Minuta event, organised by Chefs(in) in Palma de Mallorca. The format was slightly different to their previous events, in that it was necessary to reserve places in advance and possible to buy tickets before the night. That was a shrewd move, which made the process of getting into the venue quick and easy – and must have made it a lot easier for the chefs involved to plan […]
Gourmet goodies, a world of wines, and a cornucopia of kitchen paraphernalia, are all available in Palma de Mallorca - if you know where to look.
Visitors to Mallorca (and those of us lucky enough to live here) have a new event to enjoy this coming weekend (October, 11th and 12th), combining both contemporary art and wine (and some food). Arte & Vino CCA is the first of what will be an annual fair at CCA Andratx – one of the largest contemporary art centres on Mallorca. The venue has a superb cloistered courtyard, where the following Mallorcan wineries will have stands, presenting […]
Its name apparently means ‘vineyard by the sea’ and this couldn’t be more appropriate for the beautiful coastal village of Banyalbufar, on the northwest of Mallorca. Wine was made from grapes grown here from the time the Moors occupied the island, until the dreaded phylloxera plague devastated the island’s wine industry in the late 19th century. Today wine production on Mallorca and in the village of Banyalbufar is thriving. The wine made at the latter’s bodegas is from the malvasia grape […]
Healthy vines lead to healthier wines. That’s not just rhetoric for the Mallorcan winemaker Bàrbara Mesquida Mora – whose wines are the result of vineyards made healthy through biodynamic cultivation. Celler Mesquida Mora is a relatively new winery (started in 2012), but Bàrbara brought a barrelful of experience to her own project – having run her family’s winery with her brother Jaume for some years. It was during that time that the siblings discovered the benefits of […]
If you want to discover Mallorcan wines, a visit to the Fira del Vi, held in the Cloisters of Santo Domingo in Pollensa, is a must. This annual spring event usually takes place two weeks after Easter, and brings together around half of the island’s 70-or-so bodegas, whose wines are available for tasting by the fair’s visitors – who include wine professionals as well as those who just love drinking the stuff. The Fira del Vi was first held […]
Foodies will find plenty to enjoy on Mallorca, including fairs – firas – dedicated to specific types of food or drink. Cuttlefish Fair On Sunday we headed to Puerto Alcúdia for the annual Fira de la Sípia – the cuttlefish fair – which was combined with an exhibition of all-things-nautical. As much as The Boss and I would probably love to spend time drifting around the Med in a gleaming white boat, it isn’t going […]
If you're visiting Mallorca, be sure to try a 'coca'. Find out more about it here.