Foodie in Barcelona http://foodieinbarcelona.com Curious about food, culture and what people put in their mouth Thu, 21 Feb 2019 06:17:24 +0000 en-GB hourly 1 78431162 Casa Rafols, Spanish, El Born http://foodieinbarcelona.com/casa-rafols-spanish-el-born/ http://foodieinbarcelona.com/casa-rafols-spanish-el-born/#respond Thu, 21 Feb 2019 06:17:15 +0000 http://foodieinbarcelona.com/?p=11501 Read ‘Casa Rafols, Spanish, El Born’ on the Foodie in Barcelona website.

It started with sangria, a plucky polka dotted brand that people found accessible and fun. Then they opened a small restaurant, lined the shelves with their bottles and wrote out the menu on mirrors and tiles. Now, they’ve gone bigger. Significantly bigger. An enormous space over two floors, with one entrance on Ronda St Pere...

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Quatre Coses, Classic Catalan & Cake, Eixample http://foodieinbarcelona.com/quatre-coses-classic-catalan-cake-eixample/ http://foodieinbarcelona.com/quatre-coses-classic-catalan-cake-eixample/#respond Thu, 14 Feb 2019 06:02:25 +0000 http://foodieinbarcelona.com/?p=11758 Read ‘Quatre Coses, Classic Catalan & Cake, Eixample’ on the Foodie in Barcelona website.

Oriol Balaguer is as close to pastry royalty as we have in these parts. He and his wife, Marta Ramas, have 6 pastry boutiques in Barcelona. Shops where detailed cakes are lined up like soldiers in thick glassed vitrines. Quatre Coses is a new concept for them. A restaurant principally but also a place to...

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Honest Greens, Flexitarian, Eixample http://foodieinbarcelona.com/honest-greens-flexitarian-eixample/ http://foodieinbarcelona.com/honest-greens-flexitarian-eixample/#comments Wed, 06 Feb 2019 06:36:29 +0000 http://foodieinbarcelona.com/?p=11802 Read ‘Honest Greens, Flexitarian, Eixample’ on the Foodie in Barcelona website.

Honest Greens has opened in Barcelona in the heart of the city on the busy Rambla Catalunya. The fifth Honest Greens (the first four are in Madrid) to be opened by Final Table contestant, Benjamin Bensoussan who prior to opening worked at Mugaritz and El Celler de Can Roca. It’s a no brainer really opening-...

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Kobuta i Mes / Ramen / Sants http://foodieinbarcelona.com/kobuta-i-mes-ramen-sants/ http://foodieinbarcelona.com/kobuta-i-mes-ramen-sants/#comments Thu, 31 Jan 2019 05:30:09 +0000 http://foodieinbarcelona.com/?p=11782 Read ‘Kobuta i Mes / Ramen / Sants’ on the Foodie in Barcelona website.

I’m in an unknown part of town, my lunch date has just canceled on me after realizing that it would take her 80 minutes to get to the restaurant. I’m strolling around the adjacent streets killing time until 13:30 when Kobuta opens. Not much to see: shuttered storefronts that look like they haven’t had anyone...

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Media Manga, Haute Tapas, Eixample http://foodieinbarcelona.com/media-manga-haute-tapas-eixample/ http://foodieinbarcelona.com/media-manga-haute-tapas-eixample/#comments Thu, 24 Jan 2019 05:30:05 +0000 http://foodieinbarcelona.com/?p=11756 Read ‘Media Manga, Haute Tapas, Eixample’ on the Foodie in Barcelona website.

If you loved Mont Bar, you are going to love Meda Manga. In fact, you might not even be able to tell them apart. As I could not. Placing my hand on the door to open it, then hesitating and tipping my head back to make sure I wasn’t walking into Mont Bar. I’m having...

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El Puestu, Small Plates & Wine, Fort Pienc http://foodieinbarcelona.com/el-puestu-small-plates-wine-fort-pienc/ http://foodieinbarcelona.com/el-puestu-small-plates-wine-fort-pienc/#comments Thu, 17 Jan 2019 05:53:42 +0000 http://foodieinbarcelona.com/?p=11475 Read ‘El Puestu, Small Plates & Wine, Fort Pienc’ on the Foodie in Barcelona website.

A wander through the streets off to the right of the Arc de Triomf is guaranteed to be interesting. Each street seems to have its own Chinese grocer, Chinese restaurants are many as are the Chinese spas (and/or houses of corporal pleasure). I recently tried one out – the former not the latter. My feet were...

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Three Marks Coffee, Eixample http://foodieinbarcelona.com/three-marks-coffee-eixample/ http://foodieinbarcelona.com/three-marks-coffee-eixample/#respond Thu, 10 Jan 2019 06:19:30 +0000 http://foodieinbarcelona.com/?p=11704 Read ‘Three Marks Coffee, Eixample’ on the Foodie in Barcelona website.

Three Marks Coffee. So-called because the place is owned by three men, all of whom are named Mark. There is local Mark, from Barcelona; Northern Italian Mark & Southern Italian Mark. I meet two, both have their trouser legs rolled up. One sports a red wolly hat which nicely plays off the small red trays...

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Chi Nanit, Shanghai Cuisine, Gràcia http://foodieinbarcelona.com/chi-nanit-shanghai-cuisine-gracia/ http://foodieinbarcelona.com/chi-nanit-shanghai-cuisine-gracia/#comments Wed, 02 Jan 2019 19:52:42 +0000 http://foodieinbarcelona.com/?p=11681 Read ‘Chi Nanit, Shanghai Cuisine, Gràcia’ on the Foodie in Barcelona website.

There used to be a restaurant called Nanit off the Passeig de Gracia on Balmes. It was a loud semi-basement space with a woman who made dumplings in the window facing the street. It wasn’t cheap but it was Chinese food just off the Passeig de Gracia with excellent dumplings. It closed suddenly with no forwarding...

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Syra, Craft Coffee Takeaway, Gràcia http://foodieinbarcelona.com/syra-craft-coffee-gracia/ http://foodieinbarcelona.com/syra-craft-coffee-gracia/#respond Thu, 27 Dec 2018 09:08:25 +0000 http://foodieinbarcelona.com/?p=11624 Read ‘Syra, Craft Coffee Takeaway, Gràcia’ on the Foodie in Barcelona website.

I like the lightening bolt logo. The superhero implication it carries. As if a coffee from Syra will equip me via transference with a super power. It’s not far from the truth. Caffeine is a legal zing said to combat everything from diabetes to cirrhosis to stupidity. Syra has new digs. A side street off...

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My Best Eats of 2018 – Barcelona http://foodieinbarcelona.com/my-best-eats-of-2018-barcelona/ http://foodieinbarcelona.com/my-best-eats-of-2018-barcelona/#comments Fri, 21 Dec 2018 10:28:53 +0000 http://foodieinbarcelona.com/?p=11647 Read ‘My Best Eats of 2018 – Barcelona’ on the Foodie in Barcelona website.

As another year of eating in Barcelona draws to an end, I wanted to share with you my highlights of the year. A theme that I picked up on was the gastro restaurant. A category that I often found to be missing. The original (0pened in 2017), featured on the Sheila Dillon BBC Food program...

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La Cava Cakery, Cupcakes, P. Sant Joan http://foodieinbarcelona.com/la-cava-cakery-cupcakes-p-sant-joan/ http://foodieinbarcelona.com/la-cava-cakery-cupcakes-p-sant-joan/#comments Thu, 20 Dec 2018 06:01:02 +0000 http://foodieinbarcelona.com/?p=11631 Read ‘La Cava Cakery, Cupcakes, P. Sant Joan’ on the Foodie in Barcelona website.

I met Aisling at the BWN women’s networking morning. (Tracy Montana of Swiit artisanal gelato was giving a talk about her shop.) Chatting afterward she told me of her plan to open a cupcake shop. La Cava Cakery opened one year later with a prominent pink indoor neon sign asking “Cupcakes Baby?!” The shop has...

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Chivous, Street Food, El Raval http://foodieinbarcelona.com/chivous-street-food-el-raval/ http://foodieinbarcelona.com/chivous-street-food-el-raval/#respond Thu, 13 Dec 2018 06:21:10 +0000 http://foodieinbarcelona.com/?p=11614 Read ‘Chivous, Street Food, El Raval’ on the Foodie in Barcelona website.

It’s not often I find myself craving this kind of food. Sweet, soft bread with salty fillings. Fries cut into wedges and topped with unnaturally coloured cheese and a confetti of crispy bacon bits… Full of all the things that are unfashionable to eat right now. And how many awful versions of this idea have...

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Nomad Everyday, Coffee, El Raval http://foodieinbarcelona.com/nomad-everyday-coffee-el-raval/ http://foodieinbarcelona.com/nomad-everyday-coffee-el-raval/#respond Tue, 04 Dec 2018 17:16:32 +0000 http://foodieinbarcelona.com/?p=11600 Read ‘Nomad Everyday, Coffee, El Raval’ on the Foodie in Barcelona website.

Arabs dislike dogs. Dislike is probably too mild a word. They think they are dirty and can not abide them in the home. When I was about 5 and after incessantly imploring my father (a Jordanian) about getting a dog. He finally acquiesced. I came home to find a…goat. “This isn’t a dog, this is...

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Gula Bar, Cool Tapas, Gràcia http://foodieinbarcelona.com/gula-bar-cool-tapas-gracia/ http://foodieinbarcelona.com/gula-bar-cool-tapas-gracia/#respond Thu, 29 Nov 2018 06:36:05 +0000 http://foodieinbarcelona.com/?p=11589 Read ‘Gula Bar, Cool Tapas, Gràcia’ on the Foodie in Barcelona website.

From the much loved Santa Gula up the road comes Gula Bar. Definitely a second sibling. Lots of concrete. The seats are bar height mostly, perching half the restaurant’s customers so they can look into the kitchen. Which is open and manned by young chefs in black t-shirts that state boldly: “we know how to...

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Direkte Boqueria, Market Fusion, El Raval http://foodieinbarcelona.com/direkte-boqueria-market-fusion-el-raval/ http://foodieinbarcelona.com/direkte-boqueria-market-fusion-el-raval/#comments Thu, 22 Nov 2018 05:56:06 +0000 http://foodieinbarcelona.com/?p=11573 Read ‘Direkte Boqueria, Market Fusion, El Raval’ on the Foodie in Barcelona website.

Go. Just go. This kind of food never happens here. What kind is that? Small. 8 seats. Giving it all. I mean going at it and catching you unawares, not for one dish, not two but in continued quick succession. 7 dishes + 2 desserts if you are going for the Direkte Menu (42€) or...

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