Archive | August 2012

2 Days in Barcelona! Day2

DAY 2

We began the day with simple breakfast again and we would like to have our lunch at Cal Pep;

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Unfortunately, It wasn’t open on August:( , as many good and famous eateries do one month shut-down on July and August in Barcelona. So we tried another good option in the same small square next to the Cal Pep; lonja de tapas. Open air eatery is located in Pla del Palau, in relatively tranquil square of El Born.

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And than we ordered our wine from Rueda region; 2011 Ramon Bilbao Verdejo Monte Blanco

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It has intense fruit aromas of pineapple, peach with lifting acidity and mineral edges. Some residual sugar balancing with acidity. Ending was gently peppery.

And the Food;

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Grilled pepper from Padon, Cod Croquets, Tomato and Olive oil bread.

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Wonderful creamy and juicy grilled Foie Gras on Ginger Bread

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Tender cooked Calamari

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Ended with Coulant of chocolate with virgin oil and maldon salt, was fantastic!

After visiting Casa Batlló on Passeig de Gràcia and Miro Museum in Montjuïc, we went to Lavinia in order to complete our wine shopping. And than to the Hotel up to Dinner at Restaurante El Velódromo at the north end of the Eixample area.

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Quite interesting tapas Bar
-that gives service for 21 hours a day,
-The Chef is Carles Abellán graduated from El Bulli,
-Building is in Art-Deco style, quite spacey and mainly decorated with pistachio color,
-No reservation policy excepting Business Lunches,
-Far from Touristic spots, so “La Gente” is mainly local, mixing with curious foreign food lovers,
-Wine list is not extensive but satisfactory with good selection of bottles and well-priced,

So that we could order a wonderful Red Rioja without thinking much;

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Deep purple-colored, black fruit and ripe plum, polished tannin, complex with smoky and earthy edges, deep and subtle but not heavy, good length that we enjoyed a lot.

And the food we tasted;

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– Red pepper dumping with tuna,
– Warm Bellota ham,
– Anchovy with sardines,
– Slice of waxed big fish eggs,
– Foie gras,
– Ham Croquets,
– Grilled Padon peppers

were delicious and the service was perfectly attentive.

Than we went to famous cocktail bar near to the Restaurant, Dry Martini;

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– Crowd is mainly international, enjoying their drinks and the ambiance,

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While the counter was indicating 1.022.707 martini prepared by the Bar, it was 2:30am time to leave, early for Barcelona, late for us??? No lo se :)))

2 Days in Barcelona! Day 1…

Day 1

We had simple breakfast with a croissant and a coffee that we need to have good appetite for lunch at La Boqueria. We had a long walk from our Hotel to El Gotic in refreshing weather which is surprising in August. And Than we came to La Boqueria, the most lively open air food market of Barcelona is not only feast for stomachs but also for eyes;

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Variety of foods can be seen and tasted in Tapas Bars in it, so we tried seafood Bar that the foods are prepared in front of your bar;

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No reservation but you need to make your name written by bar staff than in five minutes they call or shout your name and you get your place at the bar. We ordered “Copa de Cavas” which were in invigorating quality.

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Mix vegetable plate

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Clams with garlic and parsley

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Mix seafood plate

Foods were perfectly prepared from the freshest ingredients. The bill was fair for quite big plates, total 35€ for three people including Cavas.

Than we had another walk to El Born and we stopped at Bubó for dessert;

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Our choises

Time to buy some Spanish wines:))), Vila Viniteca .

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They have good selection of Spanish and international wines. But we were only interested in Spanish ones. Exciting wines can be found there, such as;

Emilio Moro, Malleolus de Valderramiro 2006 from Ribera del Duero,
Artadi Pagos Viejos 2004 from Rioja

And Of Course Sherries;

Hidalgo Manzanilla Pasada Pastrana,
La Bota Fino 27, Manzanilla 32 …

After shopping we deserved to have some rest at our hotel up to the late Dinner at Bar Mut.

Bar Mut is located on Calle Pau Claris, 192 ( corner of Avinguda Diagonal ), far from crowded areas. It has cozy decoration with wooden rustical bar, relaxing with high ceeling and wide windows, they have also table to “compartir” where we seated.

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They have tapas menu that changes every day according to available fresh ingredients and wine menu has by the glass option. And our first glasses were from Rioja;

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A robust style of Rioja is complex and deep with Black cherry, blackberry, tobacco, bacon, leather, licorice and spice, high alcohol is balanced with intense fruit and medium acidity.

And we ordered from daily tapas menu;

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Clams

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Local Mushroom

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Steak Tartare

Food were delicious, but Steak Tartare was one of the best I have ever had that French can jealous!

Our second glass was Artadi;

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Was relatively simple than the fist glass, probably It should be the first glass.
Dessert was very creative and surprising;

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Yogurt icecream with tomato and basil sauce. It has very little sugar and creamy texture lifting with soft lactic acid of yogurt. Wine pairing for the wonderful dessert was;

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If it’s possible I could go there everyday for Yogurt icecream!

To be continue with Day 2 !!!