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Mercat de Mercats

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Last day in Barcelona, we were in for a pleasant surprise – start of market of markets festival  in front of Barcelona Cathedral and Santa Caterina market. Some of the well known catalan chefs had set up food stalls along with dozens of local producers and market stalls.

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January 2, 2014 at 4:26 am

Gaudi’s homes, the one to gawk at

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Casa Milà, is popularly known as ‘La Pedrera’. Apparently because during Gaudi’s construction, the building looked like a quarry i.e., pedrera and the name stuck. Two aspects of interest at La Pedrera are a well put together Gaudi museum in the attic space and the stunning rooftop. There is also an apartment on display decked up in the bourgeois style of early 20th century.

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December 28, 2013 at 8:23 am

La Biblioteca Gourmande, a lazy catalan lunch

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Fried eggplant appetizer with cumin and honey

It has been a few months since we have been back from the Barcelona vacation. Not surprisingly I have been caught up with the  business of life. However, I am still clinging to a few things from Barcelona. In particular, I have been on a quest to perfect gin martini. Thanks to my local alcohol purveyor, K&L wines, getting hold of a good bottle of gin is not that difficult. My last bottle was Faultline and the current one is Citadelle. Both excellent but the martini is still missing the romance of L’Ascensor. Husband says I need some grey hair before I can arrive at the perfect martini and perhaps he is right.
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December 28, 2013 at 8:10 am

La Tieta, a very local pub

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Biker on a break with a bottle of beer and crisps

We wound up here looking for Quimet y Quimet which was closed in spite of the promise of being open. That is perhaps the one and only irritating thing about Barcelona, the websites of businesses and reality are hardly ever in sync including train time tables. At least for restaurants, it is worthwhile to call and check, something we learnt to do after a few mishaps.

We would never know how good QyQ is but we were awfully glad that we ended up at La Tieta. This is a modern bodega as opposed to a traditional one like Quimet (not to be confused with QyQ). We don’t know any Spanish or Catalan and the proprietress didn’t know any English but we managed an order of beer, a tin of razor clams, Galician ham with potatoes, and foie gras over breadcrumbs marinated in sausage juices.

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October 23, 2013 at 7:56 pm

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Paella by the sea

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Paella is not quite the Barcelona thing. Our personal food advisor from Aborigens had steered clear of paella suggestions in Barcelona. However, sea food is so brilliant there that not eating sea food paella would have felt like a gap in the trip.  And give a Bengali a break, how can I say no to fish and rice, my dietary staple! We managed to coax a few recommendations out of our sidecar tour guide and picked one among them, Can Majó by the sea.

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October 23, 2013 at 7:29 pm

Dos cafés y chocolate caliente

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Interior of Lilipep

I am not sure why good coffee is hard to find in Barcelona. Ditto for chocolate. Perhaps the Cava is so cheap, seafood so exceptional and cheese so plentiful that people never get around to the coffee and chocolate part of the day.
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October 22, 2013 at 7:46 pm

Santa Maria Del Mar Church in El Born

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After lunching at CalPep, we headed to Santa Maria Del Mar Church in El Born which is only  a block away. Built in the traditional style of gothic churches around 1300s, this one burnt for 10 days during the Spanish Civil War in 1936. It was never restored to its original interior design resulting in a very bare and spacious feel inside, a visit to MNAC’s gothic collection and Barcelona Cathedral can be used for typical gothic church reference. This lightness inside is in complete contrast to the outside, where nearby buildings seem to encroach the church space causing a claustrophobic sensation.

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October 22, 2013 at 6:40 pm