Taverna Hoffman: Catalan cuisine with a creative touch

Taverna Hoffman: Catalan cuisine with a creative touch

Gastronomy is a big part of the experience when travelling to a new city, Catalan cuisine is a Mediterranean cuisine with a special focus on the quality of products and Extra virign olive oil is the star of every dish.Taverna Hoffman offerts a traditional cuisine and the quality of the product is there with no doubt, Hoffman is a famous brand in Barcelona, they have different restaurants and a cooking school.The make their own bread, desserts coming from the Hoffman bakery, it is the perfect place to enjoy a traditional meal with all the details and quality it deserves.We have been only once, but after having an amazing dinner we will be back for sure. what we did is to share the starters among all the table and then each of us took a main dish individually. I recommend you to save some s…

Tapas week in Barcelona by Estrella Damm

Tapas week in Barcelona by Estrella Damm

The perfect excuse to discover Barcelona's gastronomy through the tapa + beer offer, for only 2,50 euros you get a tapa at each restaurant that has the offer and a Estrella Damm beer. There are more than 100 tapas in this tapas in Barcelona offer, every year there is an edition and in 2016 is from 19th to 29th May.Each bar and restaurant has a different tapa in its offer, you can see them in a map and also with all details of the tapa they offer in their guide that you can print or you can download the gastronosfera mobile app with all the details to locate the tapas and the bars.We had to take advantage of this offer, it is the perfect timing now that summer is starting to sit down in a terrace and have a drink with a nice tapa and not spend too much money.It is important to check out th…

Parking pizza, a new concept pizza bar

Parking pizza, a new concept pizza bar

Parking pizza is a new pizza bar opened in Barcelona, it is an informal place, shared tables, cardboard stools that open up and you can place your belongings inside to have all your things in the same place.They have a short menu of choices, starters that are between 6 and 9 euros, salads for 8 euros and the pizzas start at 10 euros up to 15 euros per pizza the most expensive one. If you go there, pizza is the king, so don't order something else as a main dish, being there I saw tables ordering only salads or a starter, it is a pitty as their incredible product is the pizza with no doubt.We ordered burrata as a starter and I have to say that the quality was very good, a creamy fresh burrata, very tasty. Starters from what we could taste are of very good quality and there is thought put in…

Gilda healthy tapas restaurant in Barcelona

Gilda healthy tapas restaurant in Barcelona

La Gilda, is a healthy tapas restaurant that is located right in front the Girona cinema and in front of Ramen Yahiro -a very popular ramen restaurant-, you can see the queue every single day and this is how we discovered Gilda. We were queuing for Ramen Yahiro before they opened, but in the first batch we didn't manage to get in so we had to wait another 45min to 1 hour and we went for an alternative as we were very hungry.Gilda is right in front in the opposite sidewalk, it is a little bar but you can see from the outside that is promising, with nice decoration and a healthy menu of tapas and cured meats and cheeses available. Marta, the owner has studied enology and you can see that in the wines offered, you can take a glass or a bottle, and there are plenty of Catalan wines. They have…

Frankie's frankfurts gourmet in Barcelona

Frankie's frankfurts gourmet in Barcelona

I bet you thought that after gourmet burgers, brunch and gyn and tonics there was nothing else coming in the food trend in Barcelona, but I am sorry to tell you that there is much more. My discovery has been gourmet frankfurts at Frankie's, as you read it, no more frankfurts with ketchup and mustard there is a wide variety of options to choose from and ok, you can still have the classic but risk it to one of the most innovative frankfurts.They have the classic ones as mentioned but with quality frankfurts and good bread, they have guacamole and mango frankfurts and even with prawns. All this frankfurt art comes from Guillem Corral, a student of Martin Berasategui, quality is served.The place opened few months ago at the beginning of the year 2016 and in no time they managed to get a name …

Four cats Picasso Restaurant, where he used to hangout

Four cats Picasso Restaurant, where he used to hangout

The four cats restaurant is a must if you are into Picasso's and art, is where the intellectuals and artists of the time used to gather, for Picasso it was one of his refuges of inspiration in the city and he even had an exhibition there.Els quatre gats, is the original name in Catalan for the four cats and it was a beer cabaret bar opened in 1897 in a modernist building and until 1903 remained active being one of the main points of gathering for Modernism.The 4 gats restaurant is inside Casa Martí, a modernist house designed by Puig i Cadafalch, a gathering place for Barcelona's most bohemian atmosphere in the XX century. This very same place has been chosen by Woody Allen to film one of his movies, Vicky, Cristina, Barcelona, and actually takes place one of the main scenes in the film…

The best paella in Barcelona

The best paella in Barcelona

Find the best paella in Barcelona it is a difficult objective, you will see paellas all around but a good one is not as easy to find. The more touristy a place is the more paella keywords you will see in their menu but this is no quality guarantee.La Barceloneta is the neighborhood in town that gathers the best paellas, since historically it was a fishermen area so there are plenty of restaurants by the sea. You can smell the fish from the sidewalk. What is the perfect PaellaWe need to start mentioning that there are different kinds of paellas and cooked rices in Spain. Paellas can be made with fish, seafood or meat and even a mix of meat and fish too. The paella is a dry meal, but if you sea soupy paella is called: arroz caldoso in Spanish. The paella is actually typical from Valencia, b…

Restaurants in Barcelona by el Bulli chefs

Restaurants in Barcelona by el Bulli chefs

El Bulli restaurant by Ferran Adrià was a three star restaurant owned by Ferran Adrià located in Cala Montjoi in Roses, Costa Brava. The restaurant had the highest guia michelin score, with three stars was considered 5 times the best restaurant of thr world in the prestigious publication "The restaurant Magazine".Now the Bulli is closed, but all their chefs are around the territory and some of them with their own business still giving delicious food. If you want to taste delicious food with el Bulli chefs you still have time, each of them has evolved with their own styleRestaurant Disfrutar en BarcelonaDisfrutar, which literally means enjoy, is the new project of Oriol, Eduard and Mateu, the three of them with El Bulli DNA. The restaurant has already a name in Barcelona. They have two me…

Best Tapas in Barcelona

Best Tapas in Barcelona

Would you like to have some great tapas in Barcelona and you don't know where...Here we have the answer for you. Tapas in Barcelona is a very tricky thing, most tourist might go to this typical places in the city center, but they are very expensive and in general they are not the good tapas that you look for. One of the stars of every menu is bravas, this spicy potatoes famous all around Spain, but in Barcelona they have a special all i oli sauce in most of the places. If you are into bravas, you can't miss our guide of best bravas in Barcelona. Recommended places for tapas in Barcelona Bar Tomàs: Sarrià Between 10-20 euros Major de Sarrià street, 49 This little bar in Sarrià area it is well known in Barcelona as they are known to have the best Bravas in Barcelona. I can assure you tha…

Top restaurant in Barcelona El Nacional

Top restaurant in Barcelona El Nacional

The Nacional is a top restaurant in Barcelona offering a gastronomic experience with an innovative concept, a multi-zone culinary space, it has 4 different areas and each of them has its unique characteristics and type of cuisine and products. 4 areas, with restaurants and bars: a meat restaurant, a tapas and fish restaurant called la Taperia, a Fish restaurant that is la Llotja and a fast deli restaurant. The bar spaces are specialized in oysters, cocktails, beers and preserves and wine and cured meats. El Nacional is located on Passeig de Gracia and has a capacity for 700 people so you can imagine how big it is. The open space and the structure fo the building create a comfortable atmosphere. The building is part of Barcelona's history, it was a witness of the industrial revolution an…

Maka Maka Beach Burger in Barcelona. Best ones in town?

Maka Maka Beach Burger in Barcelona. Best ones in town?

I have to start saying that I am not a big fan of burgers, and neither this fast food places where you get a greasy burger with loads of things on the top. I liked though gourmet burgers, I have my own guide of Barcelona gourmet burgers those that you can truly taste the beef. We went to have dinner to Maka Maka Beach Burger, we were around 10 people and had dinner in the terrace, chilly and nice weather in Barcelona until October so you have plenty of time to enjoy terraces. I had a Jamaican Holiday burger, as I am not a big fan of burgers I took a chicken breast marinated with species with mango and yoghurt sauce. And I have to say it was amazing, the mix of flavours of the mango and the species. My partner had a hamburger called Topless with cheese, lettuce, tomato and onion on the to…

Brunch and cake: healthy and tasty options

Brunch and cake: healthy and tasty options

Brunch, I love brunch and if it is Mediterranean style even better, having brunch in Barcelona it's the best! I have showed you already my brunch favorites in Barcelonabut I missed one I really enjoy: Brunch and Cake. The last day we went was the beginning of our holidays, the best way to celebrate it with a shared hummus, a mango and chicken salad and my partner had scrambled eggs with ham. And a lovely smoothie to accompany this delish meal. One of the advantages is that the kitchen is always opened, so in case you wonder you can stop any time and have your sweet or savory bites at any time. Brunch and cake food They have a wide range of options from sweet pastries, banana cakes, carrot cakes and red velvets to discover to sandwiches, eggs, soups and cured meats. They also have di…

Chenji, the authentic chinese restaurant in Barcelona

Chenji, the authentic chinese restaurant in Barcelona

I like chinese food but sometimes I am bored of ordering the same everywhere and somehow I am sure most of the things are not even typical Chinese. This happened to me in Thailandthat I was so used to Barcelona Thai food that had nothing to do with real Thai food. Thai food is amazing but spicy as hell!! And in Barcelona it is very mild in general. A friend talked about the real Chinese restaurant in Barcelona so I had to go find out for myself how it was. Chenji is a restaurant near Arc del Triomf, the Chinatown in Barcelona. Do not expect a Chinatown as the one in NYC or London, it is more an area in the city were the chinese community settled but there are no chinese streets with typical shops. The restaurant looks like a normal chinese restaurant and it is cheap as chips, nothin…

A princess lunch at Restaurant Regulador at Hotel Bagués 5*

A princess lunch at Restaurant Regulador at Hotel Bagu…

You know I love restaurants, no secret and of course, good ones. We had a special ocasion to celebrate: my birthday and it was the first time in three years we were not travelling on that date so I picked a restaurant in Barcelona for the celebration. My choice was Restaurant Regulador at Hotel Bagués, , it is the restaurant of the 5* Hotel Bagues from Derby Hotels, we took a discount opportunity at el tenedor.es and we had a 50% discount on the total bill. We ordered: red tuna tartar, it was delicious, I am a real fan of red tuna and this one was one of the best ones I tried. Elsa's and Fred is on the top of my list too on red tuna. I had a duck risotto with boletus and veggies, it was very tasty and creamy, I hate thick risottos, the creamy texture is really my thing. Roger had fresh …

My favorite veggie restaurant in Barcelona: Teresa Carles

My favorite veggie restaurant in Barcelona: Teresa Car…

Rarely for some young people I love veggies and fruits and I am becoming more and more an organic foods and tofu lover. I have been to different vegetarian restaurants in Barcelona but none worth mentioning until I bumped into Teresa Carles. Teresa Carles restaurant would be included in the concept of healthy restaurant, now in Barcelona is very trendy all the veggie food, and superfoods such as chia, veggie milks and kale is the star of every green restaurant. Bbut before the green boom, the restaurant was already there serving good quality of food at a reasonable price. Teresa, the chef in charge comes from Algerri, a town in the pyrynees, and her family were peasants, so she has a strong connection with the land and healthy foods. Teresa Carles vegetarian food Amazing vegetarian restau…

La Rita restaurant in Barcelona: mediterranean cuisine

La Rita restaurant in Barcelona: mediterranean cuisine

Barcelona is a great city for restaurants!! Mediterranean cuisine is amazing, lots of choices all over the city. I love going out for dinner in Barna, that's why I decided to do so last Friday and I went to La Rita Restaurant. La Rita is a great Restaurant in the city center in Barcelona, they offer market cuisine at a good price, you can have typical Catalan dishes, made with Mediterranean products. The price per person is around 20-25 euros for a good dinner with a starter, main dish and dessert. Wines are very good too, Spanish wines with a reasonable price no more than 14 euros a bottle. My favorite dishes here are: bravas with chistorra, cod with allioli and chicken with red curry. I love that they have daily suggestions apart from the menu as usual, so you will find new options ever…

Miu: japanese restaurant in Barcelona

Miu: japanese restaurant in Barcelona

It has been a long time since I went to a Japanese restaurant. My favorite Japanese restaurant for sushi in Barcelona is with no doubt:  Kynoto restaurant but japanese cuisine is not only sushi but a lot more than that. Miu restaurant, is a restaurant of Andilana group, and I am already a big fan of their hotels and restaurants in the city, they all share good value for money, quality of the food, cosy spaces and designed. The first thing that surprised is that the restaurant is underground, I loved the decoration made by the designer Lázaro Rosa-Violán, it is a combination of Japanese and Western styles. My favorite color is blue and if everything is blueish you have my attention. I liked the detail of the wine glasses with the restaurant name on it. We ordered some starters: tuna tar…

Bernie’s Diner Grill: American slow food in Barcelona

Bernie’s Diner Grill: American slow food in Barcelona

Bernie's Diner Grill is an authentic American diner in Barcelona with a retro appeareance, in the Born area in the city center. I am not a huge fan of fast food to be honest, and sometimes there is the feeling that American cuisine is only fast food, but you just need to pick the right place and right foods really. The first impression of the place is amazing, the decoration is incredible you feel transported to the 50's, a jukebox in every table, Marilyn and Elvis posters around. The restaurant has a 50's decoration, tables with and white and red sofas, very nice! They offer service at night until 2am, a real American diner in Barcelona, even in the opening times. Bernie's Diner Grill food Bernie's burger If there is an American dish that is famous all…

Brunch places in Barcelona: discover them!

Brunch places in Barcelona: discover them!

Brunch, is this meal done instead of breakfast and lunch, perfect for Sundays, when you get up late and you don't want to eat too much because you need to have lunch but neither too little as you need a proper breakfast. This is when brunch is handy, so let's do something in the middle and have these mixed meal that can be sweet or/and salty, all together, the perfect mix. In Barcelona has become so popular that has become one of the must dos on the weekend. We always get used to the good things so brunch is an add on to catalan culture, although before everyone called it brunch we already had our catalan version of it called: esmorzars de forquilla, literally translated as fork breakfast, as you needed a fork to eat it, which means actually a full dish of something far beyond toasties,…

W Barcelona and Eclipse Bar: chic cocktails

W Barcelona and Eclipse Bar: chic cocktails

W Barcelona is a new icon in the skyline of Barcelona, I remember all the opinions and discussions that opened this toppic but I think in the end we have all accepted as part of the city and it is a symbol as well. I first visited W Barcelona when going to visit a friend who was staying there but it was not until weeks ago that I went to their Eclipse Bar at the weekend. I booked for three and we were on a list to enter the Eclipse Bar. The Bar is in the last floor where you can see all Barcelona, although is a bit tiny it is beautiful to see the city up there. Eclipse has two rooms divided by a corridor and in each of them different music is played. We enjoyed some cocktails, the price per cocktail goes from 10 to 14 euros approximately, it is not the cheapest ever but for a special …

Minerva restaurant in Barcelona: gourmet & romantic

Minerva restaurant in Barcelona: gourmet & romantic

La Minerva was one of these restaurants some friends talked about and we never had the chance to go to. I saw it in the golden days in Restalo.es, where there was a 50% of discount for Minerva, so there I was booking a table for two. The restaurant is in a tiny street very narrow, when you enter the restaurant it has a cosy atmosphere, low light, very romantic. The staff was incredibly nice with us, they were very thoughtful at all times. We started the dinner with a mouth warm up as they called it, it was a tiny starter of cheese rolled with ham that helped give the meal started, nice touch. We ordered home made raviolis stuffed with apple and cheese with mushrooms and as a main dish we had fillet steak with home made onion rings and french fries and monkfish with cheese sauce and wild r…

Elsa y Fred: my new favorite, best red tuna tartar ever

Elsa y Fred: my new favorite, best red tuna tartar ever

You know how much I love food and try out new restaurants. This time was a girls nights and we wanted great food and a nice environment so we tried Elsa y Fred restaurant down town in Barcelona. The restaurant has a beautiful design and decoration, vintage style. The staff was very nice and helpful all the way, being our first time we were not very sure of quantity of food to order so our waitress helped to know how much did we need. Food: delicious It is a gourmet restaurant kind of delish food with this touch of hight cuisine, quality ingredients combined with lovely sauces and flavors. We started with our red tartar tuna with cream cheese and toasties, delish we loved it and it didn't lasted for a long time, it is a must if you go there! We also shared a salad with brie with toasted ma…

Best Gourmet Burgers in Barcelona: try them all!

Best Gourmet Burgers in Barcelona: try them all!

Burgers, bacon, cheese, onion and french fries what a perfect plan for a dinner, but burgers do change a lot from one place to another one, I don't like any burgers I do like Gourmet burgers. Barcelona has copied all the cool stuff from NYC, gin and tonics, cupcakes and of course gourmet burger restaurants are not exception. What is a gourmet burger? A burger with style, quality products, very far from fast food is a pleasure for foodies. My two favorite places in Barcelona are: La Burg A new discovered place of 2013 and I love it, amazing bravas, on the top of my private selection of the best bravas in Barcelona and also great burgers with quality ingredients and amazing combinations for all tastes. 4 choices of salad, 4 extra garnishments -french fries, bravas, papas arrugás and nacho…

Inout hostel: 90% of its workers with disabilities!

Inout hostel: 90% of its workers with disabilities!

Inout hostel is a bed and breakfast located in Barcelona in a natural environment in the woods. Oh yes Barcelona has woods and beautiful green areas, this is one of them. The hostel has a sports court, swimming pool and in the middle of green natural environment just 15min with the train from Barcelona city centre. What makes this hostel special is people, their 90% of their staff has disabilities, primarily mental. That is an amazing project, when I heard of it I was eager to go and see how all their daily operation was. Their staff is amazing, they were very nice with us at all times and I believe that everyone has the same rights and deserves the same opportunities. It is a great project that employs people with disabilities showing them and also society that yes, we can.…

Arola’s night at Hotel Arts: live music and good tapas

Arola’s night at Hotel Arts: live music and good tapas

. Hotel Arts, a 5 star hotels that is very well known in the city, I have always walked by but I actually had never been on the inside, now I can say that I have. The location is amazing right in front of the sea and has splendid views on the top floor and terrace 360º of all Barcelona, check it out! We went to Hotel Arts to try out Arola's night, a proposal of good tapas with magnificent views and live music. The hotel is pure luxury and detail, one thing that surprised me were the floral arrangements, they are changed once a week so every week the hotel looks completely different with kind of flowers and color. We had the chance to try out the Arola's nights in Sergi's Arola restaurant in the hotel Arts. Sergi Arola is a disciple of Ferran Adrià and Pierre Gagnaire, his cuisine h…

Cafe La Federal: NYC Brunch in Barcelona

Cafe La Federal: NYC Brunch in Barcelona

Brunch, brunch, brunch it has always been called in Catalonia "un esmorzar de forquilla", which means a breakfast with a fork, that means you are eating something more consistent than a bowl of cereal. In Catalonia, we have been doing that for ages but Mediterranean style. Now with the introduction of brunch as it is in America, lots of places have appeared and prepare the typical brunch with eggs florentine or eggs Benedict with toasts, garnishments and cocktails as well. You can check out the amazing brunch we had at Hotel Barceló Raval. But today I want to talk about the brunch we had at Café Federal that is located in Sant Antoni's area. Sant Antoni is an area of Barcelona that has become very famous, as great bars and restaurants have opened the doors. La Federal is one of them, gr…

Kynoto: best sushi in Barcelona

Kynoto: best sushi in Barcelona

We were looking for somewhere to eat Japanese food and I remembered a recommendation from Blog de Barcelona, a restaurant called Kynoto specialized in sushi. Great atmosphere, very romantic not a lot of light, only 7 tables in the upper floor and then downstairs there is a counter where you can sit in the stools. The food We ordered Japanese empanadillas and chicken brochettes for starters and then as a main dish we ordered 2 vieras nigiris and a roll with prawns. We were amazed on how good it was, my boyfriend does not like blue fish and he said in the end he would give it a try next time in Kynoto as vieiras and prawn rolls were so good. We paired up this great dinner with a white wine, a Verdejo. There is currently a 15% discount if you book a table through Restalo.es (13/02/2013),…

Best thai restaurant in Barcelona: Thai Gardens

Best thai restaurant in Barcelona: Thai Gardens

The Thai gardens in Barcelona is an amazing thai restaurant with a romantic atmosphere. It is one of my favorites, great food and you feel as if you were in Thailand during your meal. Everything is decoration and detail in everything, wooden furniture, fresh flowers, little light, the staff is well dressed in an oriental way. The Thai Gardens is located in Passeig de Gràcia, in a luxury location the restaurant could not be less, it is a kind of luxury restaurant, I remember the first time I got in I thought I was going to be ripped off. But don't worry, it is a top end restaurant but with a mid-range price (25-40 euros per pax), the decoration is amazing. At the entrance you can find a gong, a chill out area with colourful sofás a golden budas around they will welcome you with a vow and…

The Best Bravas in Barcelona

The Best Bravas in Barcelona

Bravas is my favorite tapa ever. I love them, and so I am always looking for new places to discover and keep my record of best places for bravas up to date. So far, I have some favorites in Barcelona that I will show you. I like the kind of bravas that have a spicy flavor but with a base sauce of all i oli or garlic mayonnaise. I don't like the tomato sauce in bravas or ketchup kind. So you will see what I mean when you see the photographs. Bravas are so special and is the unique tapa that you can find everywhere, each bar has bravas, because it is done with simple ingredients: fried potatoes -sort of, they normally boil them first, and then fried-, for the allioli sauce they use garlic, oil and an egg yolk. The spicy sauce is really the personal touch of the place, that is why I dont lik…

Barceló Raval a chic brunch in Barcelona

Barceló Raval a chic brunch in Barcelona

Barceló Raval a hotel right in the Rambla del Raval, the main street in Ravalarea in the city centre. The Hotel Barceló Raval stands out in this area, is a lovely building and trendy interior designed hotel, shows the landmark that the hotel is as part of the new Raval area that has been transformed in a modern and artistic area. Is a perfect hotel to stay if you want to be in the city center but also in a good area full of restaurants and night life. I had the opportunity to know the B-Lounge and their brunch that is served from 12h to 16h. The first thing that surprised me was the decoration and design, very cool, welcoming and warm, it is always a good start. Brunch...yummy..I had never went for a brunch as such, I mean you might have a brunch at home without noticing but another t…

Dans le Noir: having dinner in the dark with blind waiters

Dans le Noir: having dinner in the dark with blind wai…

Have you ever eaten in the dark? When I say in the dark I mean with no light at all, absolutely no chance to see a thing. Possibly not, unless you have stopped paying your electricity bills at some point. Dans le noir, is a restaurant in Barcelona with a different concept, they offer you lunch and dinner in the dark and you are being served by blind waiters and waitresses. Blind people are the only ones who can see in the dark, they live in darkness so they know their way around without needing any light. That is why they are the perfect guides in this experience, they serve your meals and joke about what they are seeing. Your waiters and waitresses are blind, they guide you in the dark and serve your meal, and help you all the way through this experience. It is amazing how you lose tra…

Ca L'Ignasi, great quality of food near Rupit

Ca L'Ignasi, great quality of food near Rupit

I went on a day trip to Rupit and we went to have lunch to a little town called Cantonigròs to a restaurant called Ca L'Ignasi. The restaurant is in a beautiful house made of stone in Carrer Major, num. 4 in the main street. You can choose to have your meal indoors or outdoors as they also have a nice garden outside with some tables, so it is a good choice if you can enjoy good weather when you go. The restaurant is owned by Laia who is in charge of the restaurant and Ignasi who is the cook. Ignasi has years of experience in the kitchen and passion to what he does, you can tell in every single bite. They have a great variety of dishes, and there are always new things to discover but with one thing in common, the traditional Catalan cuisine with this modern touch. Always looking for the b…

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