Unbelievably delicious! My husband and I were in southern France and in the Barcelona area for a two and a half week vacation. Our British friend came over from Newcastle, England to visit us in Barcelona and she suggested we take a day trip to Ripoll. We visited the lovely cathedral, and then we took a walk to the plaza to look for a restaurant for lunch. There were three or four other restaurants on the plaza. We chose La Taverneta because it seemed charming. We seated ourselves outside, but the friendly waiter suggested we change our table because the sun would soon be directly over us. That was the first thing that impressed us. We ordered from the 11 or 12 Euro daily menu. We were in for such a wonderful, delicious, fresh surprise! I ordered the melon soup---fabulously delicious: cool, mildly sweet, with lovely ham. I was really impressed. My friend had the pasta appetizer which was also extremely delicious. My husband had the very cool and refreshing salad. I ordered the special local sausage though I was unsure it would be the right choice. The waiter told me it was great. It was fantastic, fantastic, fantastic!!!! Clearly homemade with care and love. I wish I could find such a delicious sausage here in the U.S. My husband ordered the chicken---it had apples and cinnamon, which he was also skeptical about. It was also out of this world. Such a different combination and an unexpected harmony of flavors. I am sorry to say I can't remember what my friend ordered, but I know that she enjoyed it greatly. For desert we had a kind of flan (which I don't usually enjoy) but it seemed to be made with some kind of liquor that made it one of the most spectacular deserts I have ever had. The cathedral in Ripoll is very beautiful, but if I ever returned to Ripoll (and I hope with all my heart I will), it will be for another meal at LaTaverneta. I was so impressed with the meal that I immediately bought a cookbook on Catalan cuisine so I could try to replicate this meal at home.
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