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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.
Seeing as today is officially the day of love we caught up with wedding planner Clare Doane from Barcelona Wedding to find out the team’s favorite things to do and see amongst other recommendations. Many people go ahead with weddings in Barcelona and just outside the city for it’s incredible gastronomy, scenic locations, stunning venues and climate. As Clare and her team work hard on ensuring that all details are arranged in order to create the best weddings possible for their clients it only makes sense that we pick their brains and discover their Barcelona.
A calçot is a large green vegetable that belongs to the onion family, it looks somewhat like a leek and is not to be messed with during the Spring season here in Catalunya. Typically eaten with a romesco sauce (olive oil, hazel nuts, pine nuts, nora peppers, roasted garlic and roasted tomatoes), they are simply delicious – if you love your veg of course.
Those that live in the city know just how much of an exciting technology hub Barcelona is. Not only is the city home to sun, sea and sand, it is also a leading place when it comes to technological innovation and start-ups. It is then no wonder that the Mobile World Congress, the world’s largest exhibition hosts it’s feria here, from the 25th to the 28th February. With many people in possession of a smartphone and mobile ownership having room to grow in even emerging countries, it is fair to say that this event is extremely significant and will not disappoint. This week the BBC reported about the first Firefox mobile, this is one trend that will continue to surge.
Next month sees the return of one of the world’s largest tradeshows, Cosmobelleza, due to take place on the 2,3 and 4 February. This 2013 edition is expected to be brimming with beauty, hair and other products, seminars, workshops, giveaways and more. Grupo Cosmobelleza is aimed at the professional hair and beauty market, extending it’s services to publications such as Tocado, for hairdressing; Vida Estética-Les Nouvelles Esthétiques, for aesthetics; Revista Cosmobelleza. They are at the forefront of industry news, which is why this international event remains ever so popular.
Fancy yourself as a good cook? Would love to entertain and get paid? Or perhaps you just love to eat out and meet different people. If so, we think you will be impressed with culinary concept EatWith, a dining experience that allows people to connect with the locals. So how does it work? Well it is all rather simple, you can either sign up to be a host and entertain your guests with your cooking skills or simply register as a guest, where you can select whose place you would like to eat in. Full information such as, menu, languages spoken and price are included so that you select which profiles suit your preferred taste.
Tucked away in the Gothic Quarter of Barcelona you will find a hidden gem that reveals an impressive history. Upon entering the room which, is just down the tiny side street of Carrer Paradís, you almost question if you are in the wrong location. it isn’t until you take the stairs down to the right and gaze up, that you see the incredible columns that are more than 2000 years old. The well preserved 1st and 2nd century Corninthian Roman columns mark a great deal of history and remain near Plaça Jaume, a location that was once the heart of Roman Barcelona.
Happy New Year! 2013 is the year of change, that year when things are going to really happen, the year when we say…time for change. As repetitiveness as this may sound, we must admit that it is the same promises we make each year. If you are one of those people that want to take better care of your body, we know just the place to help you achieve that very resolution.
The New York Times Magazine is the Sunday supplement, famed for it’s photography particularly with regards to fashion and style. You can see the new promo video for The New York Times Magazine Photographs exhibition—currently on view in Barcelona’s Palau Robert below. At this exhibition, you see the sheer effort visible over the past fifteen years in shaping what is now one of the most iconic and noted magazine’s for photography. Photo Editor and curator, Kathy Ryan, provides a behind-the-scenes look at the collaborative, creative processes that have made the magazine a leading entity in visual storytelling.
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.