Can Jubany - Chef Jose Chesa - Chef Nandu Jubany - Chris Angelus

Can Jubany – Day 3 of Barcelona with Portland Food Adventures


Our third day of the Barcelona international tour with Portland Food Adventures took us out into the countryside to the Michelin-starred restaurant where our guide Chef Jose Chesa (of Portland’s Ataula) worked before coming to the USA.

Can Jubany is a glorious example of slow food and not only locally-sourced but mostly grown right on the property. Chef Nandu Jubany is an international star of slow food and farm-to-table cuisine, with modernist touches.

We started our visit with a tour of the kitchen garden, farmhouse and chicken coops.  Jose translated as Chef Francesc Arumi described how they rotate the crops continuously to provide the ingredients for the dishes. It was very impressive. The restaurant itself is in a restored country house.

Garden at Can Jubany with Francesc Arumí
Garden at Can Jubany with Francesc Arumí
Can Jubany Greenhouse
Can Jubany Greenhouse
Can Jubany Chickens
Can Jubany Chickens
Can Jubany Black African Chickens
Can Jubany Black African Chickens
Can Jubany - Jose Chesa and Chef Francesc Arumí
Can Jubany – Jose Chesa and Chef Francesc Arumí

While I could have visited this marvelous place on my own, it was priceless to get a tour from an insider. We also got a tour through the kitchen to see our first appetizer assembled.

Can Jubany Kitchen
Can Jubany Kitchen

The dining areas of Can Jubany looked peaceful compared with the noisy industrial settings for most Portland restaurants. We had a separate room for our group with a tastefully set table.  Each course was paired with wine.

Rosanna, Chef Jose Chesa and Chris Angelus at Can Jubany
Rosanna, Chef Jose Chesa and Chris Angelus at Can Jubany
Can Jubany - Sausages and bacon cracker
Can Jubany – Sausages and bacon cracker
Can Jubany  Vegetables in "soil" with bleu cheese rocks
Can Jubany Vegetables in “soil” with bleu cheese rocks

These first two appetizers had definite modernist twists.

Can Jubany - pumpkin gnocchi in parmesan broth with bread
Can Jubany – pumpkin gnocchi in parmesan broth with bread

I love pumpkin gnocchi. The service was perfect, as you would expect at a Michelin-starred restaurant.

Can Jubany - foie gras with salad and fruit on cracker
Can Jubany – foie gras with salad and fruit on cracker

It seems we always had to have some foie gras.

Can Jubany - cod, green apple, honey, celery
Can Jubany – cod, green apple, honey, celery

This lovely caterpillar appears on the Can Jubany web site, too.

Can Jubany - Pork belly, mushroom, egg
Can Jubany – Pork belly, mushroom, egg

That’s what the chickens were up to out in the coop.

Can Jubany - Paella with sea cucumber
Can Jubany – Paella with sea cucumber

The Spanish classic dish, with unusual seafood.

Can Jubany - Hake with vinaigrette
Can Jubany – Hake with vinaigrette
Can Jubany - young lamb, potato puree, vegetables, mushroom
Can Jubany – young lamb, potato puree, vegetables, mushroom
Can Jubany - Cheese
Can Jubany – Cheese

And now we got a flood of desserts

Can Jubany - Dessert
Can Jubany – Dessert
Can Jubany - Dessert
Can Jubany – Dessert
Can Jubany - Dessert
Can Jubany – Dessert
Can Jubany - Dessert
Can Jubany – Dessert
Can Jubany - Dessert
Can Jubany – Dessert
Can Jubany - Chef Jose Chesa
Can Jubany – Chef Jose Chesa

Quote of the day from Jose, “Modern is good, but if you go too far you miss the point.”

Can Jubany - Wendy
Can Jubany – Wendy

I’m pretty happy still by the end of the meal.

Can Jubany - Box of Delights
Can Jubany – Box of Delights
Can Jubany - Candy
Can Jubany – Candy
Nandu Jubany - Jose Chesa - young man - Anna Orte
Nandu Jubany – Jose Chesa – son – Anna Orte

Anna says Nandu married her for her stomach size.

Wendy at Can Jubany
Wendy at Can Jubany

Many of us considered this day to be the highlight of the trip, it was wonderful.

But with the bus ride too and from, I got in almost no walking. I had to make up at least 30 minutes of exercise on the exercise bike in our hotel to make my Apple Watch meet that daily goal. But it was one of the few days in the past year I didn’t get 10,000 steps on my Fitbit.

This was good as some of our group had blisters from the walking the previous day. And we all far made up the missed steps the next day, in which I logged over 31,000 steps, as much as a half marathon.

Next: Big Big Day of Eating and Walking and meeting culinary superstar Christian Escribà