Barcelona, the modernist city
Our city has a huge importance in the modernism architecture thanks to Antoni Gaudí. His most well-known buildings are Casa Batlló, Sagrada Familia and Casa Milà itself. However, Sant Pau complex, designed by Lluís Domènech i Montaner, is another amazing modernist work. From Food Lovers Company, we recommend you visit it as it is not so crowded. Moreover, it is easy to visit almost all modernist works with the modernist route, which includes 120 works.
In this post, we are going to give you some highlights on Casa Milà and explain you our experience in Cafè de la Pedrera, which is inside it.
Discover a hidden spot of Catalonia
Catalonia is full of culture and food with a variety of landscapes. From Barcelona is easy to reach every hidden spot of Catalonia and visit them as it is on the middle, by the coast.
In this special post, we are going to introduce you to a northern region; talk about a little village, Santa Pau, and its traditional product named “fesols”.
First of all, why is this post so special? Well, it is special because Santa Pau is the village of Sandra, our collaborator. So, in this post, she is going to talk about it in first person with the love she has for her village and food.
Santa Pau, a jewel between volcanoes
Santa Pau is a little village in La Garrotxa, a region located just an hour and a half from Barcelona. It is surrounded by volcanoes, mountains, fields and a nice forest.
This medieval village itself is very beautiful, highlighting the Major square; with unequal arches and arcades that release a lot of personality, next to the castle. Santa Maria’s church is also placed in this square.
For me, the best part of my village are the narrow streets that start from the Major square. They have a lot of charm and they end on an arcade from where you can appreciate the sea between the mountains.
Walking around these streets during the day or the night changes the feeling they transmit. Even though I love it in both situations, my favorite one is during the night; for the orange lights and because no one is outside, so it is like you have the whole village for you.
Looking for the best foodie experience in Barcelona
My friends know me very well, so they invited me for my birthday to a brunch in Mandarin Oriental, the great and beautiful hotel in Barcelona. Thanks girls!
I knew the hotel and Banker’s Bar, where I enjoyed good cocktails; but I had never visited BistrEau from Ángel León.
BistrEau is located in the heart of the hotel, it is a quiet place that invites you to have nice talks on a Sunday without rush.
What you can’t miss around Barcelona
Mardi Gras, or as we call it, Carnival, is approaching! Next weekend, this celebration will take place all around the world. Spain and Barcelona aren’t exceptions, so this is the last call to get your costumes ready.
In this post, we will give you some insights about Mardi Gras in and around Barcelona; which Mardi Gras celebrations are a must see and what you can’t miss.
Mardi Gras in Barcelona
Barcelona’s Mardi Gras has different celebrations depending on the district, but all of them have two events in common that we love, as they are related to food. First of all, a contest of Spanish omelets takes place. Each participant cooks an omelet with different ingredients and decorations but always with the shape of a Spanish omelet. These contests are always coming about the exact same day of Mardi Gras, this year on Thursday, 23rd of February.
Secondly, Mardi Gras arrives to every market of the city. The market sellers run a contest of the best costumes they wear and the best decorated stall. Everybody can go to the market places and vote for the best ones. It is a very nice celebration as everybody is dressed up, there is music around and a lot of festivity.
We will talk in this post about Spanish cheese, an essential ingredient on our Mediterranean gastronomic culture! But first, why is it so important?
There are more than 100 different types of Spanish cheese, 28 of them ranked between the best 66 cheeses of the whole world, by the World Cheese Awards 2016. Among the different types, 28 also have protected designation of origin (P.D.O.), a geographical indication to promote and protect names based on the quality of the agricultural products. Furthermore, the most popular and known abroad Spanish cheese is the Manchego cheese.
It is a pleasure for us to show you in our tour different types of Spanish cheese, accurately selected from different regions of the country. Having different characteristics, the selection of cheeses give us an idea of the country’s cheese culture. Culture that is combined with the wine culture, as those cheeses are always served with a good red wine in our Barcelona food tour.
Nuria’s experience at Espai Kru
I have a friend with whom I maintain an almost virtual relationship, as in fact most of the relationships have become today, simply because our lives are too full of activities, work and commitments.
But from time to time we move to another dimension: reality. Our meeting up is always also a gastronomic experience.
As gastronomy is my passion and finally an area I manage professionally I always choose the restaurant (thank you Antonio for trusting me) and, on this occasion, it was the Espai Kru.
First and foremost the fact that this restaurant is linked (not only physically) to the seafood restaurant Rias de Galicia, puts you in a very interesting conceptual and emotional context. On the one hand I rejoiced in the almost childlike enthusiasm that I always experience when I hear “seafood”, on the other hand the seafood restaurants work with a product to which a proposal of contemporary elaboration adds an indisputable interest.
Since my first impression was visual, and focused on the large wooden table located in front of the kitchen, I felt that it was the heart of the space. How wonderful it must be to meet here if you are part of a large group. A very appealing possibility indeed.
It seems as if the design of the space started from there.
Arume means aroma in Galician, the language of Galicia, one of the most appreciated regions of Spain in terms of gastronomy.
This small restaurant is located in the ancient part of the city. In El Raval, calle Botella number 13 – a place with history, where Manuel Vázquez Montalbán (a great writer from Barcelona) was born.
From the moment you walk in, you perceive the singularity of the place. A bar crowded with people waiting for their tables next to where the dishes come from the kitchen. While waiting you can have a look at the delights coming and going, but if you are hungry, this can definitely be pure torture.
The overall tone of the place is warm, informal and intimate.
The Galician product is the foundation of the menu, although Catalan cuisine is also present. The tradition is in the recipe, but the dishes blend with modernity very successfully.
The chef is Manuel Nuñez, Galician born in Sada, trained in Galicia and with extensive experience in different restaurants (Casa Solla, Hotel Neri …).
Among other dishes, we tried the Crispy Galician octopus with paprika, potato foam and codium (seaweed), which you really have to try!
Christmas is a time for trying traditional sweets like polvorones (an almond shortbread) candied fruits (peaches, apricots and apples) or finally delicious nougat bars named turrones. Today we talk about the nougat.
Spain is recognized as a second producer of almonds worldwide and as a country with one of the highest rates of its’ consumption as well. Since 16th century Spain had been producing many vareties of confectionery based on almonds: sugared almonds, marzipan, almond cakes, shortbreads and nougat bars (turrones).
The nougat stems from south of Spain, where almonds and honey (main ingredients of turrones) had beed brought and rooted by Arabic settlers. An interesting fact is that name turrón may derive from a Latin word torrere (to toast) or an Arabic turun (a dessert). Continue reading
Barcelona is one of the most frequently visited places in Spain. You will find here more than 3 thousand hotels. Today, we chose only 5 hotels in Barcelona to show you the best perpective of this magical and vibrant city! Let’s check it out.
1. Yurbban Hotel
“Yurbban was created in Barcelona with the desire to unite the concepts of urban tourism and the essence of what is true, local and authentic. A vintage-style hotel with modern touches designed so you can enjoy your stay in the heart of the city in the calmest, most comfortable setting.”
Do you want to visit the most authentic stores in the city? Follow our recommendations. We chose 5 places with amazing histories and respect for tradition.
1. Mercado Gotico, Avinguda de la Catedral, 6
The first step is Mercado Gothico. The market stalls are fulfilled with antiques and second hand articles. You will find here beautiful old ceramics, dolls, silver and other precious trinkets. The market is open all year on Thursdays, except for August.