- Iberian ham croquettes
- Crystalized leek with peanut romesco souce
- Tuna tataki with creamy avocado and seaweed salt
- Octopus “a la llauna” with carved potato
- Cheek veal with caramelized red onion
- The dessert… Oh the dessert…! Catalan cream foam on lemon ice cream and French toast with yogurt ice cream. Delicious.
They gave us birth, they educated us, they dressed us, they fed us, they consoled us when we hurt ourselves, they laughed with us, they taught us to value what we have, they care about our happiness, because they want a future for us… Being a mother is a job 24/7, unpaid and, we, grown-up children, do we thank them enough?
May 6th is Mother’s Day and we offer you a series of plans in Barcelona so, at least during this day, you can show her the great love you have for her.
The proposal below is a full-day planning and to make this plan we have asked the mothers we know. Although they all agree that the best gift your sons can give them is not material, but spend quality time with them. Take note.
As it is described on Wikipedia, “Holy Week is the annual Christian commemoration of the Passion, Death and Resurrection of Jesus of Nazareth.”
Due to the Holy Week, which in Spain is celebrated from March 25th to April 1st this year, schools stop, children have vacations and many of the parents do not waste the opportunity to make a family trip, escaping the daily routine.
Did you know that Barcelona is the city with the greatest number of Michelin stars in Spain? And that 6 of the 31 stars are on Paseo de Gracia?
From March 8th to 18th, 12 of the most exclusive restaurants on Paseo de Gracia will offer tasting menus with a price between €45 and €50, a cost that at first sight may seem expensive, but which cost is not to high when it comes to “haute cuisine”.
Barcelona offers a multitude of alternatives to vegetarians and vegans
In fact, it is increasingly common to find vegetarian restaurants and/or vegans which are aware that their products, especially fruits and vegetables, are zero km, being more fresh and organic. This trend is also called “Slow food“, which is born in counterpart to fast food, with the following advantages:
1. Ecological: The international transport of food has a high environmental impact, the pollution caused by the fuel, the need for packaging …
2. Economic: It supports small and medium producers, who are unable to fight with the low prices that large corporations sell. It strengthens the local economy by generating employment.
3. Social: Consumers are more concerned about what they consume and aware that there are healthier and better alternatives at a local level.
We have made a selection of our favorite vegetarian restaurants, but keep in mind that there is a huge offer all around the city.
The good feeling and the positive energy after the aromatic massage and thermal route at Urban Spa 1850 are maximal
How do people practice the constant attention of the present time, better known as mindfulness philosophy?
Last Tuesday I was enjoying so much the massage I was having at the Spa Urbano 1850, that the only thing that went through my mind during the last (I guess 10 minutes) was “Please do not finish, will she continue on the legs”. I tried to apply the mantra sat nam, to control breathing and thoughts and, although I was plenty of joy, my head only thought: “do not end, how good it is!”
The octopus with the parmentier we tested at MonDoré, a fantastic brewery in Sant Antoni, is one of the best we have ever had in recent months
MonDoré brewery is focused to all types of public, both for families with children looking for simple dishes such as pizzas or cocas, as well as business people looking for something more refined dishes. The menu contains from croquettes and patatas bravas, to more sophisticated dishes like the above-mentioned octopus or the syrupy with meat sauce cooked at low temperature.
As far as drinks are concerned, MonDoré offers up to 30 varieties of beer. In fact, it has its own craft beer, with 30% of hops that gives you the bitterness and a touch of honey and grapefruit. They make cocktails with or without alcohol and traditional sangria or with cava.
Our experience was very positive at this brewery. First we tried their beer and we were amazed, since neither of us are very fans of the craft beer in general, but we liked it a lot this one.
When they started to bring the dishes they put us a white garnacha wine, fruity and volatile, without much persistence in the mouth, but with a good acidity.
Our dinner consisted of:
The guests of The Urban Suites have a walk, from our tourist apartments in Barcelona to MonDoré, of only 10 minutes.
Address: Floridablanca 3
Telephone: +34 934 260 456
Would you like to enjoy a brunch in Sant Antoni at a reasonable price? Then go to Argot BCN
If there is something that characterizes to Argot BCN is its sandwiches, as Argot is not the typical place to go to eat a Spanish ham sandwich or the traditional “bikini” (Catalan sandwich with sweet ham and cheese). No. It’s a place to go to enjoy every bite you give to the sandwich you choose, because they have been delicately caring of that for you to feel the flavors of each of the ingredients.
Ocho BCN Gastrobar – Romantic restaurant in Sant Antoni
Last week we went to have dinner at the Ocho Bcn Gastrobar and enjoyed a romantic dinner served with great affection by Fabianna.
The atmosphere was very cozy and intimate, accompanied by images projected in black and white of different silent films and jazz music in a perfect volume to listen to the companion and speak without having to raise the voice.
Can Miserias: traditional Catalan cuisine with fresh and local products since 1921
Few restaurants in Barcelona can boast of having opened doors for almost a century and keep offering quality product with excellent service. Arrive to Can Miserias is to enter to the Barcelona of the past, is to be attended by Jose, the meter that has served for more than 46 years the tables of this historic restaurant. Someone who serves the diners with passion and affection, who loves his work, who goes to the market every morning to get the best product: fresh, local and close.
Many of our guests come from Arab cultures and ask for halal restaurants in Barcelona
For this reason, we have encouraged ourselves to write this post, because more than once we asked them: what is halal?
The word “Halal” in Arabic means lawful and its application to gastronomy describes those foods and beverages that in Muslim culture are allowed to eat and accepted by Islamic law.
According to halal food authority, “since pork is forbidden, halal slaughtering must not be done where pigs are slaughtered or in the vicinity of pigs slaughtering area. There are a few more edicts and rules that have to be followed in the interest of animal welfare. For example, animal has to be fed as normal and given water prior to slaughter, one animal must not see the other being slaughtered, knife should be four times the size of the neck and razor sharp, and as far as possible the slaughterer and the animal should face the Qibla or Mecca and the animal must not be suffering from any ailments or any lacerations.”
Then we leave our selection of halal restaurants in Barcelona: