A special restaurant

A special restaurant

Listen to Jo talking about a very special restaurant she visited recently.

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Interviewer: Hi, Jo.

Jo: Hello.

Interviewer: Thank you for talking to me today. What would you like to talk about?

Jo: So, I'm going to tell you about my recent visit to, erm, a very well-known restaurant and a very special restaurant.

Interviewer: OK – great.

Jo: It's called El Celler de Can Roca and it's in Girona in Spain and, erm, it often comes in the, like, top two or three restaurants in the world.

Interviewer: Wow!

Jo: And I went last week. And, well, the first thing that was exciting for us was to even get a table 'cause, erm, we booked a year ago and we had to go, you have to go, 'cause you can book a year in advance, so you have to go online at one minute to midnight a year before you think you could go and keep refreshing, refreshing the page until places become available and just go immediately and get the table. So, we were really excited to have the table and we were kind of nervous on Friday because we waited a whole year, so expectations were really high. And it was also, by chance, boiling hot in Girona and it was in the middle of a heatwave. It was 44 degrees.

Interviewer: Oh my goodness.

Jo: So, we were just waiting in our hotel room, couldn't go outside 'cause it was too hot, erm, kind of wondering what this dinner was going to be like, er, and getting all dressed up. So, yeah, we went and, well, the place is beautiful, all … I thought it would be quite, erm, it didn't really feel formal though. The staff were all really friendly and they showed us inside the kitchen first. And it's amazing 'cause no one is stressed in the kitchen – or they did a good job of pretending that they weren't. And they were making amazing things that looked like Charlie and the Chocolate Factory for adults – little olive trees with amazing, like, erm, er, olive kind of confections hanging from them. And, yeah, the whole thing was amazing – a once-in-a-lifetime experience of lots of different courses of tiny, beautiful, surprising things, erm …

Interviewer: What was the best dish that you had?

Jo: It was all amazing but I think the best thing for me was one of the desserts. I had a sheep-themed pudding …

Interviewer: Wow!

Jo: So, it was all, erm – So, it was like a woolly sheep. It was like candy floss, like, made with, erm, like, sort of white sugar like you have at the fair. Erm, and that was supposed to represent the wool, and the sound of the spoon on the bowl made the sound of the bell on the sheep in the field. And then separately I had this thing to smell that smelled of wool. So I was, like, eating this sheep wool and smelling the smell of wool at the same time which, it sounds really weird, but it was actually delicious.

Interviewer: Sounds incredible!

Jo: It really was! It really was amazing.

Interviewer: Wow. Thank you for telling us about it.

Jo: It's a pleasure.


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Submitted by AAA fortune on Wed, 19/06/2024 - 05:08


Yes, I often go to the chinese resturant named Tom Yam Kaung with my family. It makes garther all family members and spend special time. 

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Submitted by Mohamad Ali 2000 on Thu, 06/06/2024 - 20:24


I do not like junk food!

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Submitted by wavila2015 on Fri, 10/05/2024 - 15:38



I recommend a restaurant in Chicago: 
Gene & Georgetti, it is exquisite.

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Submitted by grazispaz on Mon, 19/02/2024 - 03:34


i don't usually go for restaurants, but i would really apreciate if can try some italian restaurante someday in my life!

Submitted by ThomasHyde on Sun, 04/02/2024 - 04:41


McDonald's is my favorite fast-food restaurant.I always go there to eat my meal while I am alone.

Submitted by talachan on Wed, 20/12/2023 - 08:33


Thanks for the Audio lesson, that is my first try listening lesson about the restaurant in Girona in Spain it was really interesting.

Submitted by logistic_flow on Sat, 16/12/2023 - 00:48


i don't have a favourite restaurant, i really like eat in food truck though

Submitted by SvetlanaSveta on Mon, 11/12/2023 - 14:18


I enjoy to go to the restaurants and eat a tasty dish with interesting presentation. When I'm travelling I also like to go to local restaurants, when eat only local people without tourists. Sometimes this places are more cheaper and I can learn a little about the local culture.

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Submitted by noura-elkhwanky on Wed, 06/12/2023 - 22:58


Honestly l keen to go for having lunch once a week with my family it makes me refresh . Trying something new enhance our lives and get us ability to continue. Additionally I like trying the traditional food from deferent places . My kids always want to eat fast food however i always try take them to restaurants raise healthy and deferent meals that they usually eat .

Submitted by Sihrock on Fri, 13/10/2023 - 20:26


Yes, I often go to restaurants. I find it really fun because I can enhance my cooking skills by trying to replicate the dishes from the restaurant.
I don't have a favorite one, but when I want a safe choice, I go for Italian food.