I was recently in Spain for one of the most fun-filled weddings I have ever attended. I was thrilled to be able to celebrate with our friends and the fact that it was across the pond and the wanderluster in me got to scratch the travel itch, was an awesome bonus. Our friends, Erin and Pat met and fell in love while living in Barcelona and wanted to have their friends and family come celebrate their union, where it all began.
The wedding ceremony was at a gorgeous villa the couple rented, where the family also stayed, in the adorable, sea-side town of Sitges. Only about a 30 minute train ride from Barcelona. Everyone attending the wedding was invited to relax and hang-out at the villa so they had time to get to know one another.
Erin and Pat own and run a fabulous catering company in Charleston, SC (Check out Gourmet Bay Catering ) so naturally it was a foodie’s dream wedding to attend. Pat (a fabulous chef) was incredible, even making the Welcome Dinner meal for 36 guests, the night before their wedding. Everything was delicious, fresh and perfectly presented. It was a casual dinner, which was a great way for everyone to mingle and get to know one another. It was one of the most fabulous groups of people I have ever had the pleasure to party, or rather fiesta with.
In an effort to make the wedding as ‘local’ as possible, we decided to browse the nearby flower shops to buy the freshest, prettiest white flowers. I put together this bridal bouquet for Erin, which was sweetly adorned with the handkerchief of her Grandmother, who could not make the trip. We used tulips, calla lilies, roses and waxflower buds.
I quite enjoyed window shopping throughout the town. Some very affordable and delicious treats were found. I was surprised at how far our dollars went in Sitges.
Spicy Octopus and Shaved Jamon on Farmer’s bread
The octopus was so deliciously tender and flavorful. The menu read spicy but it was more mild than I had expected. It was well seasoned and perfectly cooked. Some people shy away from octopus because they think it will be chewy or rubbery, but if it is prepared properly it is mild and smoothly textured.
Coffee at the Santa Maria became a regular stop for us on our strolls around town.
Fresh from the sea, Paella.
I enjoyed more than a few of the Estrella beers which were available at every restaurant. If you haven’t had the chance to try it, you don’t have to venture to Spain. You can find it in a lot of beer and wine shops, or even some supermarkets Sates side.
Calamari is popular, so we tried it more than once. I love being in a seaside town and being able to dine on the most local and fresh seafood.
Our last night’s dinner in Barcelona was amazing. One of the best meals, ever. I mean ever. I don’t know if it was because we were that hungry, or if it was the free-flowing beer and wine- but it was delicious! We ordered family style and enjoyed filet, white beans with garlic and sauteed mushrooms. Everything was cooked to perfection.
Overall, I had an amazing trip. I only wish we could have spent a couple extra days in Spain. I hadn’t been since I was 18 so it was a totally different experience this time around. I will most definitely be back, I just won’t wait more than a decade to do it!