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Tennis – the Barcelona Open

Another year, tennis and spring in Barcelona

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Waiting for Godó

It’s not Wimbledon, but the Comte de Godó Cup, part of the ATP Masters World Tour, drawing to a close in Barcelona this weekend with its final on Sunday, provides some first-class tennis entertainment if you’re in the city this time of

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year. It is played at the Reial Club de Tennis Barcelona, the oldest tennis club in Spain (founded in 1899) and the cup was instituted 60 years ago this year.

With Rafa Nadal – probably Spain’s most internationally renowned sporting figure outside soccer – ploughing his way back up the ATP rankings on his local turf to pick up his 8th Barcelona title this time round if successful tomorrow, and other top seeded players competing for the title between Monte Carlo and the Grand Slam competitions at Roland Garros and Wimbledon, the yearly event is a great opportunity to catch up on…

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Settling Into Barcelona, Spain

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Dos Palillos Restaurant

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Again, I searched for the top 10 restaurants in Barcelona. This time, though I decided to only tackle a few. Reasons: I am trying to maintain my weight while enjoying fresh baked bread (why can’t I have it in America???), and handmade gelato. And also, I have been receiving recommendations and strangely enough those restaurants did not make it to the top 10. Being me, I value my friends suggestion more than TimeOut so I reserved the places for other places like Abac, Tickets, Comerc 24, etc.

Nevertheless, I took the walk to Dos Palillos for a try. And I am so so so glad I made it. I will take my little sister – Bella here when she comes (if she decides to move those fingers to book tickets…). So a little bit of background on the chef, I know I usually don’t share these facts, but I got…

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Eating vegetarian in Barcelona

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On first impressions one might be inclined to think that Barcelona (or all of Spain, even) is unfriendly to someone who avoids eating animal products. Whilst there are indeed legs of ham as far as the eye can see, the city actually has a lot of plant-friendly eating options. I arrived in Barcelona with a fairly long list of vegetarian restaurants I wanted to try, but truthfully we didn’t really feel the need to seek them out all that often. Tapas was our friend, and whilst a lot of tapas dishes do include meat, there are plenty of great non-meat options available at most restaurants. We enjoyed some amazing vegetable paella at a tapas bar off Passeig de Gràcia, and ate more grilled padrón peppers and patatas bravas than one would think possible. Pan con tomate and escalavida were also among my personal favourites.

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Pepito Barcelona

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Spain has always been one of the top places in the world when it comes to food. I confess that over these 2 years I’ve never tried so much different food and tasted so much wine. In Barcelona, I visited a wide range of restaurants, from small and cheap locals to prestigious locations renown worldwide. But recently, a new restaurant caught my attention: Pepito.

With a prestigious location between Rambla Cataluña and Paseo de Gracia, Pepito specializes (evidently) in Pepitos. This classic meal turns into a gourmet dish with ingredients such as Brie cheese, foie and pimientos de padrón (the typical green Galician peppers with a salty touch).

The menu holds a variety of plates such as salads exquisitely finished, meats, tartar, cod with honey and gourmet tapas. As well, many D.O. from Spain are available for you to choose and marry your meal to boost each flavor.

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Tapa de l’any, Sitges

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This Sunday (November 3th), in the Melia Hotel’s Auditorium, will take place the event “La Tapa de l’Any de Catalunya 2013” organized by El Gremio de Hostelería de Sitges and Estrella Damm.

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In the contest, 18 tapas will be prepared by 18 chefs. If you go there this Sunday, you can enjoy the competition and have the option to taste one of the finalist tapas +  an Estrella beer. Price: 3€. You can see how to go to the hotel and buy tickets here.

This event is complementary to the Tapa’s route in Sitges ( October 29th -November 10th). Different bars and restaurants in Sitges will sponsor one of the finalist tapas. So, you can taste them walking around this beautiful town. See the offer here.

On the other hand, Monday will be dedicated to the professional sector, with presentations of first-order chefs: Albert Marimon, Xavier Franco, Josean Merino, Nandu…

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In Barcelona, Art Ain’t Cheap

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For the price of admission to Antoni Gaudi’s legendary La Sagrada Familia, you can buy yourself a decent sit-down three-course lunch, reserve a bed in any number of top-rated hostels, or go to any number of art-house cinemas and buy a ticket for you and friend, plus have money leftover for snacks. What I’m getting at is that it’s damn expensive to enter a building still at least a decade away from completion. Although I have mostly approached this trip with the mindset of “I might never come back here again,” I feel that Barcelona is a city I could visit time after time without exhausting myself. So entering La Sagrada Familia will just have to wait–but luckily there are a host of other incredible places around the city to see art, most of them much cheaper, if not free.

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Mercer Hotel, Barcelona, Spain

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The Mercer Hotel in Barcelona is a five star hotel located in an historical building and it incorporates part of the Roman walls of the ancient city of Barcino, some of which date back to the 1st century A.D. They have an outdoor pool and can offer in-room massages. Lovely place to stay in beautiful Barcelona!

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Restaurants in Barcelona, Spain 2013, Part 2

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Restaurant Xaloc

Xaloc (Carrer de la Palla 13) in the Barri Gotic was closest to fine dining even though it was  a Tapas bar. It became our favorite dinnerplace in Barcelona. It  was situated in the middle of the beautiful old town and It looked very tempting from outside. There were big windows, so you could see all the Iberian hams hanging at the wall and a very nice wine bar area.

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Because we had eaten Tapa´s in the afternoon, we were not so hungry so we skipped the entrees. Our main courses were Entrecote de Buey (13€) and Salmon Plancha (11€). Those portions were delicious!

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Entercotee was done very well. It didn´t look anything special but taste  and quality of the meat was excellent.

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The salmon with asparagus was delicious with a creme tasted with lime.

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Cerveceria Catalana

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A typical tapas restaurants in Eixample, close to Plaza Catalunya. This is one of my two favorites tapas place of Barcelona.

A great battle has been going on between Cerveceria Catalana and Ciutat Comtal with my friends of Barcelona, but I have to say, both are amazingly good.

I have to recommend the mini hamburguesa, my favorite ever. A mini bun with fresh steak and caramelized onions. I would go to Barcelona only for that…  Nevertheless I have also to recommend some montaditos (a typical tapa dish – a small sandwich topped with either meat or fish). The montadito de ternera and montadito de salmon, with the traditional spanish pan con tomate will make you happy!

For lunch or dinner between 20 and 25 € (including cerveza* or clara*) depending on how hungry you are…

Tapas | Night & day | A la barra | Couple & friends…

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