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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 :)))

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