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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.

Lip-smackingly good!

Mosquito

14/09/2011

Mosquito – for all your DIM SUM needs

Sometimes it can be a chore to find good quality, authentic oriental food in the city that isn’t a 500 capacity, all-you-can-eat, Chinese-Argentinian-Japanese-Catalan buffet/grill hotchpotch. There are some fine Japanese restaurants, but when it comes to authentic Chinese or Vietnamese, where’s the homemade dim sum when you need it? Where’s a classically nourishing, clear Asian broth – the soul food lauded by scientists and mothers the world over, not to mention hung-over twenty somethings? continue reading

the real thing

13/09/2011

La Tomaquera – real Catalan cuisine

“If you don’t like it, it’s your own fault”, however you look at it, La Tomaquera is “special”. There’s no telephone, they don’t accept reservations and if you ask to see the wine list, the waiter will march off chuckling to himself, later returning with a carafe of house wine – you’ll drink what they drink. And that’s after he’s served the locals at the table next to you first, even though they arrived ten minutes later. 
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Tahiti in Spain

12/09/2011

Tahiti – bringing a tiki touch to Barcelona

Despite a generally gloomy outlook for the Spanish economy, the last several months have seen a swell in Barcelona’s cocktail culture, perhaps as a way to drown our sorrows or – more optimistically – as a clink of the glass towards a brighter future.

Until recently, cocktails had been reserved for more chic areas of the city, where some of the most famous cocteleros (or cocktail waiters) offer up their experimental creations for a discerning crowd.
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penedes

10/05/2011

Sipping in Penedès

Whether you are content to sip fine wines in an elegant environment within Barcelona or would rather go for a full stomping ruta de vino in the hills beyond, Catalunya is certainly not off the world-class map when it comes to turning grape-growing into wine-tasting.

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barcelta

05/02/2011

Tapas the way the locals like it – Bar Celta

Tucked between the Gothic Quarter and the seafront, Bar Celta is famous for its lip-smackingly good Galician Tapas.

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monvinic

19/12/2010

Swish, swill and swallow. Monvínic Wine Centre

If you love wine, Monvinic will be your Eden. This macro-universe dedicated to the fruit of the vine opened in July 2008, following 5 years in the making and is in the words of its founders “…an international benchmark as a centre for the dissemination of wine.”

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setas5-verkleind

16/10/2010

Becoming a Boletaire

Ask your average urbanite if they know where to find some mushrooms and they’ll direct you to their personal travel agent for the trip of a lifetime. Ask a local in Barcelona and they’ll check the nearest location of recent rainfall and pinpoint a field on a map. Hunting for wild mushrooms (setas in Spanish, bolets in Catalan) is de rigeur for Catalans in autumn. continue reading

yesdelivery1

12/02/2010

Yes! At last a multicultural food delivery service in BCN!

Yes Delivery is Barcelona’s first multiple-choice home delivery service and I for one, am overjoyed at the prospect of click, buzz and scoff!

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chocolate

24/02/2009

Attention all chocoholics

I would highly recommend that you do not read the following article. It could lead you far from the path of the righteous and through the swinging doors of various cocoa laden, sugar dusted boutiques that sprinkle the streets of Barcelona. If you wish to remain unstained and untainted, kindly click on close and go quietly and humbly back to your celery sticks and cottage cheese…. Now.

 

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sushi

10/02/2009

Sushi: tapas à la Japones

From healthy fast food alternative to respected culinary art form, sushi has spread like wild fire since it first appeared at a street stall in Tokyo in 1824.


The Barcelonese certainly didn’t need much steering when the first sushi bar opened here in the early 1970s. Spaniards traditionally favour bite-sized morsels, convivial eating and the ready availability of that essential ingredient, fresh fish. So what could be better than a cosmopolitan port town? Barcelona and sushi soon saw each other as the perfect catch.
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