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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.
Churros are those crunchy simple sweet treats made from flour, water and salt that simply taste delicious. Now, much has been said about the churro when you look at it’s origin. Mexicans, will refer to it as their donut, whilst other countries claim it as their own. Regardless of what country it comes from, it is a naughty and tasty treat that shouldn’t be passed up whilst in Barcelona.
Upon entering Llamber Taberna Gastronómica, a new restaurant on Carrer Fusin, you know that you are somewhere special. The break out area with tables and stools, ideal for a quick bite or just for drinks, is adjacent to the window that looks out on to the soon to be finished market. The space is much larger in reality, with it’s high ceilings, exposed brick walls. It was in fact a former fruit and vegetables warehouse and some of the original features have been preserved in the interior design. This includes the old doors that would’ve led to the large fridges and then there are shutters just above where the open plan kitchen takes center stage in the restaurant.
If you are in Barcelona for Christmas and are curious to know what you can expect to eat during this season, we have taken the time to give you the mini low-down on what you can expect to see on your plate. Christmas Eve is when it all begins with many families serving a feast to kickstart festivities. In Catalalunya the dinner normally begins with Escudella i Carn d-Olla, a slow cooked, one pot stew with meat and vegetables. Escudella means bowl and refers to the soup that is eaten with large pasta shells that look similar to snail shells galets, the meat from the soup is served afterwards as another dish.
If you love natural products or are penchant to an olive, a visit to Olive Delicatessen del Mediterraneo is a must. Noted, it is a mouthful to say, but this little gem that sells the Mediterranean’s staple olive in all different products is located between El Born and La Barceloneta with high quality offerings. Stock include edible and beauty products, take for example the olive based vinagarettes and then there is of course the selection of olive oils, jams and other treats.
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.
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.
Food enthusiasts will be happy to hear about Chef Ferran Adrià ‘s planned Nikkei cuisine restaurant – set to be located adjacent to Tickets in the popular Parallel district of Barcelona city. In an interview with Peruvian newspaper El Comercio, Adrià said he planned to “put Peru on the map” with his brother Albert and given his previous success we are very excited about this next venture. Nikkei food is a fusion of Japanese and Peruvian food and makes an exciting project for Adriá as it combines two of his great culinary interests and will give him more creative freedom.
Bar Cañete is a busy tapas restaurant located right off Las Ramblas on Carrer de la Unió. It offers more than the usual tortilla and pan con tomate, this place is simple yet elegant with the waiting staff more than happy to talk you through the menu and attend to your needs. It isn’t recommended for those that have a nervous disposition about being in imitate spaces, as your elbows basically meet your neighbors but that is all part of the fun.
After a serious overdose in Japanese we decided to tap back in to some much needed Vietnamese at Bun Bo and it didn’t fail to get my tastebuds racing. They do an incredible menu del día at just a fraction of the normal price between 13.00 and 16.30, where you can tuck in to three courses and a drink. Bun Bo Vietnam offers succulent dishes, tasty noodle soups and delicious entrees. They now have a new establishment in Raval, but the original restaurant in the glorious Gothic quarter still proves popular.
The last week has seen a series of reports regarding the soaring weather temperatures across Spain. It is then no surprise to see the rise of “heladerias” open for the summer and making money at a crazy rate. Ice-cream brings back those lovely childhood memories, that urge to choose your favorite flavors and take a seat in the park or beach disconnected from the rest of the world.