The snail and sausage stew here brought to notice the regularity with which Snail as Art occurs in this part of the world. We use 'snail' loosely here - the spiral design is found, of course, in both land and sea creature.
Gaudí, who imagined Casa Batló as a Julesvernesque underwater lair, added mollusks and winkles and all manner of seafood as motifs. He continued the theme on sidewalk tiles lining the entire length of the Passeig de Gracia, a very long boulevard, and in the narrow winding staircases of the spiralling Sagrada Familia Cathedral towers where an elevator takes you up, but only your feet take you down, down, and down for what seems like an ice age.
Another traditional Catalán dish is a stew of snails and rabbit. And the fishmonger stocks several kinds of conches and such for purchase on a regular basis.
Apparently there is something to location after all....on the Mediterranean Sea for instance. Makes one wonder why the flagship foodstuff of Manhattan is The Slice. Anything to do with the Hudson River d'ya think?
On a sentimental note, we're on our way out of Barcelona and would like to give a round of applause to the myriad cafés for offering a Menu del Día, the makers of Estrella Damm for being so obliging with their brew, and the Coconut Man at the beach for bringing us such a nice snack while we sizzled in the sun.
Perhaps next time Ferrán Adria would be so kind as to allow us into the hallowed El Bullí where we can bathe in orange essence out of popped balloons and have beets five ways. Mid-October is the time to email in your reservation request for 2007...Buena Suerte.