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Enjoy Flamenco Flair With Your Tapas at Walnut Creek’s Telefèric Barcelona

Apr 11, 2017 09:25AM ● By Fran Miller

Never ones to sit on their laurels, the folks at Walnut Creek’s Telefèric Barcelona continue to up their ante. Opened just more than a year ago to much acclaim, Telefèric keeps it fresh with constant innovation –  with both the menu and the atmosphere. Owner Xavi Padrosa keeps a close watch on the pulse of Walnut Creek’s cuisine culture, and strives to give the customers just what they want. And right now, what they want is some song and dance, for which Padrosa’s answer is, naturally, Flamenco Night.

Every Monday evening from 6pm until 8:30pm, Telefèric’s main dining room becomes center stage for a dramatic and colorful authentic Flamenco show featuring world-class dancers and musicians from Caminos Flamencos. This San Francisco based non-profit’s mission is to enrich and educate the community by presenting innovative contemporary and traditional works which reflect the "nuevo flamenco" movement in Spain today. Artistic Director Yaelisa has spent much of her life living and performing in Spain, presenting her choreography there and in the U.S. Each Monday, Yaelisa is accompanied by students from her company, as well as her husband, noted guitarist Jason "El Rubio" McGuire who has become synonymous with flamenco despite his Irish/American heritage. Jason has shared the stage with some of the top flamenco artists in the world as well as other legendary performers like Carlos Santana, Savion Glover and Wynton Marsalis to name a few.

Pinxto Cart
Arroz De Langosta

These Monday performances are free, and are the perfect accompaniment to your authentic Spanish meal. At dinner, and throughout the show, the Pinxtos cart continues to roll, featuring ever-changing bite-sized snacks typical of Northern Spain, such as Truffled Deviled Egg; Ahi Tuna; and Iberian Ham. Enjoy the 2014 “Best Tapa in Barcelona” award winner: Ma Premiere Foie with Caramelized Foie Gras, Roasted Apple Mousse, Caramelized Onion and Cherry Jam. The newest addition to the menu, Arroz de Langosta, features bomba rice, lobster, scallops and clams. As usual, all ingredients are authentically Spanish; nearly 75% of Telefèric’s fare is imported from Spain.

Telefèric is also quickly becoming the Bay Area’s ‘go-to’ for Spanish wines, of which they carry a large assortment of both common and hard to find varietals. Allow amiable general manager Albert to select pairings for you. His knowledge is vast, and his enthusiasm is infectious. And if Sangria is your thing – you are at the right place. Three substantial versions are offered – each more delicious and picturesque than the next. You might want to book subsequent visits in order to sample each!

Sangria Barceloneta

Telefèric Barcelona, 1500 Mt. Diablo Blvd. Walnut Creek. (925) 300-3826

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