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And then they were two. Monica and Eva. We are Toldot Barcelona. We come from very different backgrounds,different corners of the globe, but our journey has intertwined through food. Toldot means chronicle in Hebrew, and what we wish to do is bring food, histories and heritage, different chronicles, to the table. Monica, from Mexico City, was raised in a Syrian Jewish family. Eva, from Melbourne Australia, Askenazi Polish heritage and Irish roots. Food has always been part our lives. Coincidentally, the oldest and greatest moments of our lives have been in the kitchen or around a food table. Maybe this is why we like each other so much. Toldot Barcelona is a common project where we wish to explore and promote Jewish culture and heritage through food. The Jewish culinary legacy is so vast and diverse, and the question hovers, ‘What is Jewish Food’? With the three of us, we cover a great part, from Middle East, to Easter Europe, from Ashkenazi to Sepharadic (think: peirogi meets kippe). It´s a richness that is intertwined not only with the places where we are born, the families that we came from, but also this incredible culture we now call home. The experience we offer is not only culinary, but historic- the space where we are located is the oldest inhabited house in the city. Casa Adret stands in what was once the heart of Jewish Quarter. This significant location is highlighted through stunning design, its architects carefully crafted a structure that has become a symbol of the new face of the old Call. Entering it’s walls is a shortcut to the Middle Ages, an opportunity so rare and special, even for locals. So, basically what we love to do is cook, eat, feed mouths, meet people, listen to their stories and share ours. We believe that worlds can come closer by eating at the same table and sharing flavors. We hope we can share this exceptional experience with you, and to be taken to another world.
Monica: Mom, art therapist and so many other things. Eva: musician, english teacher and nature lover.
Probably the two of us don´t have any guilty pleasures, we enjoy all pleasures in our lives openly!
Ils parlent de leur expérience chez Monica & Eva
This was my second time at Casa Toldot with Monica and Eva; I had wanted to bring my husband here ever since my first meal with them. This time was just as special. We had a welcome cocktail on the rooftop with beautiful views, and then made our way to the main dining area where good smells were wafting in from the kitchen. As this was a meal for Rosh Shashana (the Jewish New Year) there were symbolic elements to the meal, and the president of Mozaika (the Jewish Culture Org.) help to lead in a few prayers to bless the food. It was not religious, but a cultural meal--as many of the guests were not Jewish--the experience was open to all. The first round of food was delicious and more than enough! I am vegan, so Monica made sure I had delicious options as well. I was stuffed after the first course, and then they brought out the second course! Everyone raved about the meal and I really enjoy in the conversations we all shared--both hosts and guests. Looking forward to another meal here again soon!
The night was absolutely perfect! The location was incredible in the Barcelona Gòtic center in a private residence from the Middle Ages. The food was outstanding, freshly homemade challah, delicious gefilte and many more wonderful delicacies that more than satisfied our curious gourmet palate. The company was really interesting and the hosts were not only really warm and fun but they also brought in a wealth of knowledge and personal experiences and memories that made us feel like we were dining amongst savvy family members at all times. Overall an absolute gem, terrific experience that I would absolutely without a doubt very highly recommend!!
We had the most fabulous dinner hosted by Monica and Eva! They were the perfect hosts and we thoroughly enjoyed our dinner. Standing on the rooftop of a century-old building we learned the history of the Jewish Quarter. Each dish was prepared with careful thought and more delicious than the next. Most dishes were from old family recipes. We enjoyed meeting both Monica and Eva and spending time with hem. They made us feel like old friends.