• Posted by Califia Suntree on December 2nd, 2006, 5:10 PM

    well, i’m back on the pacific. adios mediterranean…but i wanted to compile a little list of my favorite tasty locations that i visited … in case any of yous ever decide to up and visit that great nation. you should! aside from excellent food tourism, barcelona is beautiful and friendly and special. (and if you do go and want to study some spanish, go here.) in no particular order, my favorite …

    * chocolate croissant: the excellent patisseria serra (gran via de les corts catalanes & rocafort). also recommend their chocolates and cookies.
    * cafe con leche: at nelson’s (at the west entrace of the glorious mercado de la abaceria, in gracia), you will get kindly service from a man with a bushy grey mustache who i came to think of as “nelson.” you can also buy good quality coffee beans from “nelson.”
    * gelato: in the plaça del revolucio. (see my post below. also, the genius gelato ladies have a blog!)
    * catalan specialties: with its huge outdoor barbecue, charming farm house, and tasty tasty escalivada, bolets, meats, etc. etc., i vote can rimblas the best. the pine-y rustic location (near canyamars, in the maresme region) and ponies out back all add to the experience…
    * restaurant patio: the only structures on the magestic cap de creus (a tiny peninsula that is spain’s easternmost point) are a little white lighthouse and an ancient, crumbling inn & restaurant. it’s owned by a british guy and a spaniard who owns a couple middle eastern restaurants, so their curries are supposed to be quite good. but, you could be eating sawdust at this place, and you wouldn’t notice. the view of the mediterranean, spread at your feet, is the main attraction. food’s good, though. go at night (before 9) for a drink and watch the lighthouse do its thing.
    * sandwich: catalunyan mini-chain viena offers a very affordable (around 6 euros) jabugo ham flauta that has been crowned the best sandwich in the world. iberico’s coming to the states in 2008, but i doubt you’ll be able to get a sandwich like this for 7 bucks! their barcelona location may be the only reason to visit the ramblas.
    * lunch-after-dali: if you manage the long trip to figueres to see the dali museum (not my favorite; gala’s castle, however, is a marvel), go to the nearby le bon vivant afterward for lunch (st. domenec, 11). nicest guy in the world, and really good, cheap catalan food.
    * croquetas: i know, i know–there are countless croqueta joints all over madrid, but i was told on very good authority that the ham-and-bechamel galician-style ones at melos (calle ave maria, near the lavapies barrio) are the best. i don’t argue with experts. start a night of tapas-scarfing with a bowl of galician vino blanco, a plate of croquetas, and some pimientos de patron alongside.

    buen provecho!

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