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Spanish Wine and the 99 cent Wine Box: the Local Verdict

Spanish Wine and the 99 cent Wine Box: the Local Verdict

Spanish wines, and especially Catalunyan wines, are wonderful – and affordable. Go to the wine section of El Corte Inglés or specialised wine shops such as Vila Viniteca and Lavinia and you can buy a decent quaffer for around five euros, a nice drop for...
The Dish: Afternoon Chocolate Delight

The Dish: Afternoon Chocolate Delight

One of our most memorable dining experiences last year was a degustation meal at Cinc Sentits, the restaurant of Michelin-starred chef Jordi Artal, a Catalan-Canadian chef residing in Barcelona. Not only is Jordi one of Spain finest culinary talents, he has achieved success without formal...
Barcelona’s Shutter Art and Garage Door Graffiti

Barcelona’s Shutter Art and Garage Door Graffiti

Stroll the Barrio Gótico (Gothic Quarter) during the afternoon siesta or late at night when the shops are shut, or amble around Ribera-El Born, Raval and Gracia when the bars are closed, and you’ll notice Barcelona’s shutter art and garage door graffiti – vibrantly painted...
Weekend Eggs: the Barcelona Edition

Weekend Eggs: the Barcelona Edition

Weekend eggs in Barcelona? Well, the fact is that most people don’t eat eggs for breakfast here, and there is no particular egg dish or ‘signature’ Barcelona breakfast eggs as there is in other cities. But what people do eat here, from breakfast till dinner...
Gins and Cocktails in Barcelona

Gins and Cocktails in Barcelona

After learning that the much-hyped Inopia Classic Bar, owned by superstar chef Ferran Adrià’s brother, was closed for a private function earlier this week, we went across the road to what we thought was just an average neighbourhood bar in what is a fairly nondescript...
Barcelona’s Charming Old Shop Fronts

Barcelona’s Charming Old Shop Fronts

In Barcelona, like Rome and Paris, the antique façades of the shops and cafés are just as easy on the eye as the goodies inside. These are some of my favourites that I’ve spotted over the last 10 days. They’re in El Born and the...
Price Check: a Barcelona Shopping List

Price Check: a Barcelona Shopping List

Barcelona boasts some brilliant fresh food markets, including the famous (although now very touristy) La Boqueria on Las Ramblas, Santa Caterina in El Born, Barceloneta in the neighbourhood of the same name, and Mercat de la Liberta in Gracia, the barrio where we’re staying. There...
Our Home Away From Home In Barcelona

Our Home Away From Home In Barcelona

Given this buzzy city’s blend of old and new, our home away from home in Barcelona fits the bill perfectly. The apartment is chic, spare and contemporary inside, while the splendid three-storey residence, built in the 19th century, is heritage listed due to it being the...
DIY Sherry Tasting

DIY Sherry Tasting

In our last post we lamented the fact that Jerez’s lovely wine bodegas do not offer proper informative, horizontal tastings of their sherry and brandy products – not even the famous Gonzalez Byass Bodega, home of Tio Pepe. Somewhat frustrated, we decided to do our...