Feedback - Barcelona, June 2012
After filling my Google map with lots of tasty places to visit based on reading these boards, organisational fatigue set in fast. Paper would have been a better way of recording places that would have been good to either pop into or attempt advance arrangements. Sharing an iPad and having to sign in/ out of Google each time meant that having this information electronically only was a frustrating experience. I usually use paper, so am treating this as a demonstration of why that is my default.
A lot of ice cream was eaten, very quickly as it melted so fast. There are many many ice cream places that aren't the Carte D'Or or Nestle ones, my only rule was to avoid anything that looked "too shiny" and everything we had was very tasty. The only problem (if you were having more than one flavour at a time) was choosing flavours that worked well together. I am addicted to the smell of waffles, and should have kept it at that distance, because the waffle I succumbed to as I walked around the Olympic port was chewy and disappointing.
Most enjoyable things:
El Vaso De Oro - their beers were good and a welcome change from Estrella. The morcilla/ black pudding was excellent, as were the peppers with lovely flaky salt. Thought I ordered tripe but got dried tuna with almonds, which we ate anyway. Definitely an improvement on several years ago when I accidentally ordered the hairiest pork scratchings on the planet at a random bar.
La Cereveteca - enjoyed a range of beers here. They do some basic tapas, but its mainly about the drink.
Segons Mercat de la Barceloneta - after trying to return to El Vaso De Oro and deciding no more people could be squished into the bar, we wandered around the little streets and stopped at this place. We had more black pudding (but this time with rice), tasty asparagus with romanesco sauce, delicious patatas bravas, their McBurger and artichokes with shavings of foie.
Mosquito - we got there on a Sunday just as they opened (which was lucky as I'd dragged grouchy, mosquito bitten BF there the long way from the hotel that we'd just checked out of). Restorative dim sum was had, other people's piles of food were admired, tasty dark Catalan beer was drunk. They have a good selection of bottled and draft beers. Definitely more of an eating place, at least on a Sunday afternoon, than a drinking place.
Sitting in the courtyard of the Maritime Museum with a coffee. Lovely quiet place especially if you've had a bit too much of relentless crowds of people.
Smashing the airbag bread (with jamon) at Xiringuito Escriba. Was overwhelmed by the saltiness of the paella but the delicious, delicate dessert saved the day.
The little blue cheese with tomato jam on bread that appear at various of the tapas bars. They were my favourite!
BF realising much too late in the day that the reservation he had made, and confirmed, for Cinq Sentis was actually for lunch. He has vowed to forward me all necessary correspondance in future to avoid this type of mistake.
Great report! We will be in Barcelona for our 15th anniversary from 7/10 - 7/15 (after a 5-day adventure in the Canary Islands) and I'm definitely bringing a printout of your report with us. I actually happened upon Mosquito via another blog yesterday and thought it sounded good - I'm glad to have a CHer's perspective.