I’m a beginner…an excited, fumbling one. I’m savouring Spain and sharing Spain as I tweet (tweat) Instagram and put delicious bits and bytes on Facebook and WordPress. I’m even writing this column on this big fat phone which I bought a couple of days before landing in Barcelona.
So here I am in Barcelona, the city of culture, knowledge, creativity and innovation, the capital of Catalonia, where Spanish genius has been nurtured over centuries…be it Gaudi or Dali or Picasso or Ferran Adria.
300 EL BORN
It is only in Catalonia that even the war which they lost (in 1714) is celebrated by Michelin starred chef Jordi val in his restaurant “300 el born” with typical Catalan dishes, which I enjoy as much as meeting him.
BAR BRUTAL CAN CISA
I went straight from the airport to the hot, happening, new bar Brutal Can Cisa in the old city, not only are amazing Catalan Tapas served but also only “natural wines”.
Perfection marks the three Michelin starred Carme Rustadilla’s masterpieces. The 62 year young Carme weaves magic in her seafront restaurant. Each dish is a work of art and artistry and our three hour long meal is a memorable parade of 23 courses. Bliss.
At “Tickets” the El bulli – Adria brothers, vibrant and fun tapas bar with a twist (and what a twist) wizardry and skill results in quivering spheres which implode with olive flavour, artichoke ravioli, the world’s first gourmet beer and more. It’s a treat to meet Silvia Albert Adria.
At the Adria brothers Peruvian-Japanese fusion “Pakta” I am blown away by the ceviches and sushi withPeruvian overtones
BODEGA 1900, a vermouth bar is a nostalgic return to the good old days and honest, simple flavours of anchovies, potato chips and rustic dishes delight.
A visit to the hallowed home of chocolate since 1906 and I can’t stop eating the rich, dark chocolates and the bakeries signature velevetty cream encased crisp “Cremadata” and hot chocolate.
A pop into the city’s oldest fruit and vegetable market BOQUERIA, completing the ritual of the grilled green onion dipped in Salbitaxada with Chef David Romero of Barcelona’s oldest legendary hotel; The Majestic and dinner on the communal table of Garrega’s family eatery complete my short, hectic stay here. Next stop?The “Worlds best restaurant” “El Celler can de Roca” and it is a part of CatalonIa. Viva Catalonia!
PS Looking forward to receiving your advice, how-tos and tips on Twitter and Instagram @rashmiudaysingh
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