ok, so while living in nyc i got to be friends with Wiley and the guys at WD50, who occasionally host chefs from El Bulli and would cook Catalan classics for us.
reading Coleman Andrew's "Catalan Cuisine" and the Ortega's "1080 Recipes" just made it worse for me, i'm now completely obsessed with Catalan food!
1. are there any worthwhile Spanish (or even better Catalan) restaurants in the city? i'll drive some ways from the westside for something amazing.
2. sources for ingredients and cookware, specifically a cassola? i've heard whispers that there is a retail outpost of the La Espanola company somewhere, is that the only (and best) place?
much thanks as i'm driving the SO crazy!