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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.
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. His earlier work in the 1960s was very much a part of a new concept where artists focussed more on immersing themselves and capturing the surrounding of their objects. He juxtaposes images that work in poetic relationship to one another, which Eddy refers to as connections of structure “echoing ecosystems” which anchor and join the panels together.
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. We recently wrote about Idò DO Balear, where you can buy succulent types from the Balearic islands and they are also popular during the calçotada season.
If you follow us on Facebook, you will see that we quite like our Sundays. They 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.
Let’s be honest, we don’t all like salads. Even the ones that do, often desire something a little creative every so often when selecting a healthy vegetarian option eating out. Believe it or not, even some of the team prefer to have an option rather than meat from time to time. More and more places are offering tasty salads with interesting ingredients and creative tapas. Here we have selected a few places that offer alternative vegetarian options other than your usual onion and goat cheese tart.
For those visiting Barcelona for the first time, you may not know that in Spain the tradition of the ‘Three Kings’ is in some cases more important than Christmas Day itself. Particularly for the children who have been patiently waiting throughout the Christmas period for the ‘Three Kings’ to arrive and bear gifts. On the evening of 5 January the streets are busy with parades throughout Barcelona, with overly excited children and tired parents waiting for the kings to hand out sweets and greet everyone.