Perfect Days

Margaux’s Perfect Day in Barcelona ...

I could spend my entire life just wandering around the coloured streets of Gràcia, so if I had to choose where to spend 24h, it would definitely be there. I’m an early bird and woul [...]

Day to Day

Check out the Gaudí and Modernisme Free To ...

I have been living in Barcelona all my life, so I know the city like the palm of my hand: from the best cafés and cheap traditional restaurants to the most underrated city attractions, [...]

Food & Drink

WSET Wine Courses in Barcelona from Rack and Return ...

I never really drank a lot of wine before coming to Barcelona. But since being here it seems rude not to. And Catalonia, I have learnt, has some of the best wines in the world when it c [...]

Out & About

A Kids & Family Walking Tour of the Gothic Quarte ...

There are many walking tours in Barcelona. But I didn't know of any that had a specific tour for children. After all, what did American actor and writer W.C. Fields say, "never work wit [...]
2011 14/07

The Best Barcelona Bodegas

This is what Google Maps is great for. Creating your own map with points of interest relating to a specific topic and place. This map was created by a friend of mine who is partial to the odd glass of vino. It highlights what he considers to be the best Barcelona bodegas. Or the ones he has come across so far at any rate.

Barcelona Bodegas

The Best Bodegas in Barcelona (via the medium of Google Maps)

So what is a bodega?

In Spanish the word ‘bodega’ means cellar. But in Spanish-speaking countries it is often used to describe a winery, wine cellar, wine shop, bar or even a small convenience store. Read the rest of this article…

2011 08/07

Cala del Vermut – Vermouth in Barcelona

So what is vermouth?

“Vermouth (pronounced ‘ver-məθ [UK] or /vərˈmuːθ/ [US]) is a fortified wine flavored with various dry ingredients. The word “vermouth” comes from the German word wermut for wormwood that has been used as an ingredient in the drink over its history. The modern versions of the beverage were first produced around the late 18th and early 19th centuries in Italy and France. Vermouth was consumed as a medicinal libation until the latter 19th century when it became an important ingredient in many of the first, classic cocktails, such as the martini.” Wikipedia

Cala del Vermut

Cala del Vermut, c/ Magdalenes, 6

Now my knowledge of vermouth is limited to say the least. I always associated it with the Italian red vermouth, Martini Rosso. A foul drink as I remember. A drink from a different era. A drink my parents drunk at dinner parties. I’d tasted it, but generally it was to be avoided. Maybe in the odd cocktail, but on its own, no thank you.

And then I moved to Barcelona and was taken to my very first ‘vermut’ bar, Cala del Vermut, where they serve their own label, Catalan brewed, Spanish vermouth on tap. It comes in a tall straight glass, with ice and a green olive. It was fantastic. I loved it. The perfect apéritif. And at €2 it is an absolute bargain. Read the rest of this article…

2011 30/06

The Best Goddamn French Macarons I’ve Ever Eaten!

Green Tea French Macaron

Green Tea French Macaron

I’m quite partial to a cake, especially carrot cake. And I make a very good apple, date and walnut cake that may well be the death of me. That’s if the walnut and sour cherry chocolate brownies don’t get me first.

So bribe me with anything cake-like and there’s a good chance I’ll do pretty much anything for you. Except ironing. I hate ironing. But a blog post? No problem. I have absolutely no blogging morals whatsoever when it comes to cake.

So, here goes… Read the rest of this article…

2011 23/06

L’Ou com Balla (The Dancing Egg)

The Dancing Egg (L’Ou com Balla)

The Dancing Egg (L’Ou com Balla)

Today is the Feast of Corpus Christi, a Western Catholic tradition. Catholics (and a few other religions) celebrate this day with processions through the streets of towns and cities around the world.

But something that seems to be unique to Barcelona (or certainly Catalonia) is the tradition of L’Ou com Balla (the Dancing Egg).

There are many stories as to its origins. Some say it’s a metaphor for the cycle of life or simply that it was an amusement for the nobles as the processions went by (which I much prefer). But it does seem to have been going on for a rather long time. Since the sixteenth century! That’s quite a few eggs!

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2011 25/05

Barcelona Comedy: Tom Stade – Last Show of the Season

Comedy in Spain: Tom Stade

Tom Stade

UPDATE: Venue Change
Now at La Fira, c/ Provenca, 171

I first wrote about the Giggling Guiri back in March. I’d just been to see Howard Marks and had seen Steve Hughes previous to that. Well shortly it’s their last show of the season and if you haven’t been to one of their Barcelona comedy events then I urge you to do so.

Tom Stade is in town for their season-ending show and by all accounts he is worth seeing. And apparently the girls like him though I can’t see it myself.

TOM STADE: nominated for Best Headliner in the Chortle Awards 2011, people in the UK have finally woken up to this pearl of Canadian comedy who has come and settled amongst them. A comic who likes to do things a little different has won over the British hearts with his brilliant and unique takes on their culture. We catch him on what was supposed to be the end of a total sellout 40 date UK tour which has now been extended into the Autumn with another 30 dates added to meet public demand. The kind of touring reserved only for the very hottest acts in comedy. Sizzling!!”

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2011 21/05

Memoro Project: The Bank of Memories

Memoro Project

The Memoro Project website

Sometimes old people are annoying. Sometimes young people are too. But generally old people are bloody interesting. They have lived through things that luckily for me I can only try and imagine. They have stories of experiences that I could sit and listen to for hours. And often a world view that is just plain enlightening. So much personal history to cherish and retell.

Well luckily for us that’s what Memoro Project is trying to do. The ‘Bank of Memories’ is a non-profit project set up in Italy in 2007.

“…dedicated to collecting and divulgating short video recordings of spontaneous interviews with people born before 1940.”

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2011 12/05

After Tea Barcelona – The Happy Market

This article is about the After Tea Barcelona market in May 2011. You can still read what Rouge had to say about why she started the market below. But for information on recent events check out the After Tea Facebook page.

I first heard about After Tea only yesterday from Colin the Chiropractor. He likes to share the love. He had some fliers in his practice, right next to my cards in fact. After Tea no. 6 is this very Saturday 14thMay. I spoke to the organiser, Rouge Francesca Zambito, to get an idea of what to expect.

What is ‘After Tea’?

“With this project we want to reinvent street markets by creating an authentic party. We don’t only want to offer a place where you can sell goods, but a space where you can share your ideas and enjoy a pleasant afternoon surrounded by people with genuine ideas.” Read the rest of this article…

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