Tuesday, March 26, 2013
Agroboutique restaurant highlights local produce
We had some success at the second nursery we visited, where we found some lovely, unblemished clay pots. Even better, at one end of the giant nursery we spotted two very friendly donkeys and in the long run next to them a very social Vietnamese pot bellied pig that had a huge stuffed toy lamb to keep him company and a soccer ball to play with. He was quite beautiful with his funny tusks and wrinkled face. I haven't seen a pot bellied pig for many years, not since one of our Newfoundland dogs made friends with one that used to go for walks on a leash. The little menagerie would have been very happy if we had some food with us. Next time.
On the way home we stopped to pick up some local produce at the Agroboutique in Villajuiga. As well as having huge barrels of local wine that you can sample, they have a shop filled with products from the Emporda, which is always good when you have visitors coming soon. I bought some fresh garlic, foie gras, figs in juice to serve with fresh cheese, biscotti and a couple of home-made fig bars that are good to eat anytime.
Recently, they have opened a restaurant with a few tables, and offer a set menu featuring their products. Since we weren't sure what some of the things on the menu were, one of the ladies took us around the shop and showed us. Of course this motivated us to stay for lunch.
A plate of local cookies was the dessert course, wafers, biscotti, and some other biscuits spicy and crunchy. Along with this there was a dessert wine in a bottle with a spout -- to drink you must tip the spout towards your mouth and pour. My first try wasn't too successful. You have to master not having the wine roll down your chin on to your clothes. My third try was the best. The trick is to put your head right back and pour. Next time I have to coordinate moving my head upright and removing the bottle at the same time. It was fun though.
I like that the Agroboutique is running this restaurant. I first noticed the menu one day, when they were serving wild boar. And on a sunnier day we could have dined outside.