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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.
Alaparra in the Poblenou district, has only been open a few months and is already leaving quite an impression when it comes to wine – in a city like Barcelona, that is saying something. Spread over two floors it offers over 250 varieties of wine, with a particular focus on local Catalan labels. Almost half of the wines can be tasted and the majority are affordable, priced between 4 to 10 euros.
Barcelona seems to be filled with plenty of independent and small gallery spaces in every nook the city seems to have. Plom gallery is one of the latest additions to the others that reside on Carrer Sèneca in the Gràcia neighbourhood, with a focus on introducing art to children. They sell original and limited edition paintings, and some impressive colourful illustrations.
La Manual Alpargatera is a cross between an espadrille archive and a shoe shop and is located in Barrio Gótico. Pamphlets in worldwide languages translate the history of this charming monumental little store that opened just after the Spanish Civil War, in the 1940’s. Sure it is known amongst locals, but nowadays informed travellers frequent this store to top up on cotton covered shoes ladened with a rope or rubber sole, to add to their summer wardrobe.
Exhibition ‘La estética del dolor’ opens today at La Tache Gallery, gathering works from Berlin-based artist Vermibus. Diverse materials and advertising posters are intermixed – taken from his most recent project Dissolving Europe, to create a different perspective on society as it is today and highlighting the manipulation of advertising.
Eggs – we all know they are full of protein, are a key ingredient when it comes to a cooked breakfast and can be cooked in lots of different methods. Chicken eggs are the most popular, however you will find small gourmet quail eggs used in tapas dishes. It is interesting then, that Barcelona is now home to the first eggs restaurant L’Eggs, which is dedicated to a variety of dishes but mostly consisting of this dairy product. Why is it making a buzz? Well chef Paco Perez, famous for his avant-garde cooking style, is behind the concept.
Sorry to remind you all, but Valentine’s day is this week Friday. We know, we know – red roses and boxes of chocolate overhaul but if you fancy doing something different, check out LACONTRA Centre de Creació i Difusió d’Art opens its new exhibition ‘Gross Raw Love’ (Amor Bruto).
Tomorrow sees the opening of new exhibition ´A master of American Hyperrealism: Don Eddy´ at the European Museum of Modern Art (MEAM). Don Eddy is an American painter that is famous for his photorealist work, he is considered to be a maestro of hyperrealism itself among his peers.
Girona is a beautiful medieval town that charmingly connects the old quarters and new town. Many visit this part of Catalonia for it’s luscious green scapes where one can easily go cycling or hiking through the countryside. It is also a classic pitstop for those that intend to spend some time in the Costa Brava region to relax on sandy beaches and bask in the sun. It is also a fair medium if you wish to visit the Dalí museum in Figueres, a recommended trip whilst in Barcelona.
When walking around in Barcelona it isn’t hard to miss the surge of frankfurt places and hamburger joints (hamburgueserías) in the city. The average sausage place may not have had an ounce of cool factor when compared to its competitors but perhaps that is changing because people tend to be partial for a sizzling sausage too.
Sundays for us consist of lazing around with a book in bed, going for brunch in one of many fabulous places in the city and long strolls in the winter sun. But if you really want to make the most of your weekend you can do so at Zero Club, which had their inauguration just last week.