Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Barcelona recap: food glorious food

Having heard that mediocre food was abound in Barcelona, I threw myself into working out the best places to dine at during our stay. Boy, did my research pay off!

We had our first cava of the trip (and some ridiculous chocolate creme with olive oil) at Tapaç24:

The fancy meal of the trip was at Cinc Sentits (less molecular gastronomy, more modern Catalan):

Basque-style pinotxos were fun to eat, especially when you had toothpicks at the end of the meal to freshen up with (kidding! your bill is determined by the number of toothpicks - none were harmed during this meal!):

I had SO much of the yummiest cava at El Xampanyet:

A good cocktail was surprisingly hard to find in Barcelona so we were thrilled that the bartender at Gimlet was the real deal:

The Xurros and spanish hot chocolate at La Granja on Chocolate Row in the Barri Gotic were a match made in heaven:

Beach-side arroces (aka paella) at Kaiku:

The best tomato bread (Pa Amb Tomaquet) and favourite midnight tapas spot of the trip - Paco Meralgo:

We bought way too much chocolate at Escriba:

At Caelum, we snacked on small cakes and preserves that were previously made exclusively by nuns: 
 
 
No nuns in the basement! 

We braved the queue for the infrequently open Cal Pep for seafood tapas and left the ordering to Señor Pep:


Notable mentions: Buenas Migas for daily lattes; Teresa Carles for vegetarian alternatives when one is a bit tired of jamon; La Vinya Del Senyor for a relaxing glass of wine post-sightseeing; and Boadas for basic cocktails but in a sexy old-school setting.

12 comments:

  1. Loving this food recap. It all looks so amazing. Thanks for answering previous question! I soon realized after I posted, that the main language was Catalan and there's just no way I'm learning that, anyway. I hear it's a cross between Spanish and French? Either way, thank you again!

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    1. Thanks Jillian! Yup Catalan is a cross between the French and Spanish. I don't know either so that made no difference! Happy planning - if you need any help with Barcelona do let me know!

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  2. Of all the places I've traveled and food I've eaten, my favorite has by far been the pintxos of Basque country in Spain. Serious, serious food. My boyfriend and I always daydream about going back to Spain, despite the fact that we've both been there before. It's such an amazing place!

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    1. It's been a few weeks and I still can't stop thinking about how amazing our trip was. It's unlikely we will return so soon though.. we will have to make do with looking for decent pintxos in the city

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  3. Oh my gosh, this all looks soo yummy! Especially the chocolate creme with olive oil...I love anything with chocolate, haha. Lucky girl!

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    1. It was such a bizarre combo Kavita - definitely an acquired taste! I ended up eating most of it which suited me just fine :)

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  4. looks delicious!xx

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    1. Thanks Alina - they all tasted much better than they looked!

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  5. Oh man this post makes me both hungry and envious! What a wonderful recap and what a memorable trip it must have been!

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    1. Thanks Jess - I am suffering holiday withdrawal. My only consolation is that we have a beach holiday booked for April!

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  6. you're killing me! SO. HUNGY.

    (i'm your new blog follower, by the way!)

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    1. You are awesome Danielle! Thanks for following and please keep reading!

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