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It can all be a little overwhelming, the city may not be huge but the culture, activities, events, eateries etc. is vast. So we have taken it upon ourselves to amalgamate our local 12 years experience in the city via our blog. Whether you are planning on coming over for the festivals, want to find out vegan eats or general insider information, we will keep you in the loop.
El día de los muertos, Mexican style
“For an inhabitant of New York, Paris or London, death is a word that is never spoken, because it burns the lips. The Mexican however is on good terms with her, sleeps with her, courts her; she is one of his favourite playthings and his most lasting love.”
Octavio Paz. The solitary labyrinth, 1961
The Mexican pursuit of death in all its cadaverous glory makes El Día de los muertos a colourful occasion and something that Barcelona (with its large Mexican and Latin American population) has been keen to get involved with in recent years. Here is a brief guide to the city’s finest Mexican offerings this Halloween.
The Day of the dead with live Mexicans at Cosmo galería
Opening on 28th October, a rather cryptically titled exhibition, Día de Muertos, will showcase the finest new artistic discoveries in the way of skulls, bones, flesh and flouro-folk art. As a testament to the nation’s obsession with death, this Collective Exhibition of Live Mexicans will be looking death squarely in the eye, and (hopefully) surviving until 27th November. The inauguration begins at 20:00, with complementary Mexican beer on tap. See you at the bar.
C/Enric Granados 3
Tel: 934 53 70 07
See our previous Cosmo blog here
Pan de muerto at Tlaxcal Taquería
Anytime between 31st October and 2nd November, make your way to Tlaxcal Taquería (taco restaurant) in the Borne district to enjoy a freshly baked Pan de Muerto (death bread), a delicately flavoured anise and orange blossom pastry. It is decorated with circular plaits to represent the cycle of life and death and adorned with teardrops to illustrate the sadness of lost loved ones.
A relatively new addition to the Mexican food scene here, Tlaxcal has gained critical acclaim with its homely yet perfectly contemporary Mexican cuisine. Whether you are a seasoned aficionado or a total principante to Mexican gastro-mania, once you have discovered the universal pleasures of a soft, floury tortilla stuffed with tender pork, topped generously with fresh salsa verde and an oozing pile of melting cheese, it will have you returning to the same restaurant for your fix time and time again. And another phenomena of good Mexican cuisine is the hospitality – wherever you are in the world, you will always feel at home.
Tel: 932 684 134
[...] brought a host of vibrant Mexican-themed events to Barcelona in recent years, from enjoying fresh Pan de Muertos and tacos at Tlaxcal restaurant , to a Día de los muertos themed exhibition by Mexican artists at Cosmo. Some say that our [...]
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