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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 Parallel is the underground neighborhood that was once the go to place for sheer entertainment and marvels. Xavier Alberti and Eduard Molner attempt to rescue the cultural locality that sent tremors in what was the polite society during 1894-1939 with a curation of Parallel’s theatrical, political and sexual world during the exhibition, aptly named “El Paral•lel, 1894-1939, Barcelona and the Spectacle of Modernity”.
Les Topettes is the brain child of couple Lucia and Oriol who were both attracted to the world of design and personal care products. The store offers environmentally friendly perfumes, soaps, creams, candles and toiletries with a hint of exclusivity. High quality is a key theme within the store, from the store front itself and it’s incredible tiled flooring emphasizes that you are in a special space.
Now it is not hard to notice that there has been somewhat of an influx in bakeries offering more than just a magdalena, we have already blogged about the infamous Cup&Cake and then there is Lolita Bakery amongst others here in the city. There has equally been a rise in baking at home with more people taking an interest and taking classes, offered by those such as Diary of a Cake Maker. So if like us, you have a sweet tooth and don’t mind getting elbow deep in harina (flour), you may want to visit the BCN&Cake event taking place this weekend at Fira Barcelona.
There is nothing like a visit to the museum to make you realize just how much talent one individual encompassed, in what was somewhat limited times. This is what can be seen from the multifaceted and talented Italian artist Giambattista Piranesi (Venice, 1720 – Rome, 1778) - who was an architect, etcher, and designer. Obra Social La Caixa Foundation presents The Arts of Piranesi an exhibition that brings extensive works such as engravings and sketchings from the artist.
If you love great service, a varied menu and being located in the up and coming Ravel neighborhood new venture Caravelle is a must. Set up by Australian chef Zim Sutton and wife Poppy Da Costa, this cafe/restaurant is a perfect spot for brunch with friends and family. The menu changes every day adding a nice element of surprise and is also open from breakfast right through to dinner. Breakfast choices range from baked eggs to hot ricotta pancakes with bananas and chocolate sauce to childhood favorite jam on toast.
On the 22nd of November the third edition of the Barcelona Shopping night 2012 takes place. Working late? Or perhaps you have a dinner reservation…not to worry because the event is from 8pm till 1am! The bustling boulevard that is Passeig de Gracia is the place to be during this night with live DJs, giveaways and more and the overall theme for this year’s festivities is fairytales such as Cinderella, Hansel and Gretal, and Goldilocks.
British designer Stella McCartney is now on one of Barcelona’s most important shopping boulevards, Passeig de Gràcia. This week proved to be a successful one for McCartney, who was awarded an award for Best International Designer by Telva in Madrid just a few days ago. The store was officially inaugurated last night and caused somewhat of a frenzy – well it is not everyday that such a prestigious designer is hanging out in a store in Barcelona.
If you follow us on Facebook, you may have noticed that we have somewhat of a sweet tooth. So we decided to get to know Helen Vass, a Scottish baker (who has been baking since the age of ten) based here in Barcelona who offers cooking classes in both Spanish and English. She is the infamous character behind popular food websites The Diary of a Cake Maker, a must when you are in need of a good cake recipe and for inspiration. Read the interview below to find out her favorite haunts.
Whilst many will tell romantic tales of idyllic christmas markets in places such as Prague and Berlin, Barcelona hosts the Fira de Santa Llucía fair – the charming Christmas market which initially started in 1786, that has now expanded to encompass over 300 stalls selling an array of handcrafted Catalan gifts and decorations. The majority of the stalls sell Christmas trees, decorations and mistletoe in addition to Catalan folk traditions such as the cago tio, which is a log with a smiley face and then there is the caganer, which are sculpture of people (now iconic and celebrities) squatting with the trousers down excreting and literally giving back to the earth.
We recently had the pleasure of lunching at New York loft concept restaurant Loft212. Located on Calle Valencia 212 just near Enric Granados, it’s prime location can’t be faulted. Expect friendly and down to earth staff and owner Alberto Longan mingling and speaking to his diners. White brick walls, low lit setting and comfy distressed leader sofas set the scene at this new restaurant. The food here has been carefully sourced from farms north of Catalunya such as Valle de Cardener, making sure that the quality isn’t overlooked and that good produce is selected.