Saturday, October 26, 2013
Heard from several that this was a good place to eat or the best ramen in Barcelona so after the Barcelona/Spain futbol game (BCN won 2-1, oh yeah), I waltzed over to Ramen-ya Hiro, C/Girona 164, 08037. There was already a line of 12 and growing when I got there about 15min to 8pm. They open for dinner at 8pm. We waited and when the lights turned on highlighting the exterior signage, we were all welcomed in. They had Jurassic 5 playing over the sound system. I ate at the counter with a gorgeous young couple, who not only turned out to be regulars but actually had me try some of their order. WHAT? It was so cool. Hiro's crew was awesome and the menu is a simple solid ramen menu mixed with some fancy homegrown accents. I ordered the Shoyu Ramen with Chasu and a mugi-cha. Hiro spoke to me in Japanese and I was actually able to communicate with him in my broken Japanese. He seemed amused at my culinary enthusiasm. The ramen was awesome; hot, salty, all the flavors freshly complimenting each other, excellent noodles and that chasu was tender and extremely tasty. I could tell the couple next to me was amused at the voracity and sounds of my ramen eating technique. Learned that in Osaka. Finished it with a dry bowl!!! Judges? 10-10-10. The couple next to me recommended the mochi for dessert. How could I resist? When it came, I was underwhelmed. It was just one mochi in a dish. Huh? But when I took the first bite....WOW!!!! What the hell is this? It was amazing. Well, it turns out this is the one dessert on the menu they make everything from scratch. The mochi, totally fresh and so soft, the inside is filled with a sweet cream with hints of fruits. Mann, that was good. I'm going to try to go again before I leave for home. What a find!
Several folks recommended I find a bar and watch the game. This is sort of a big deal, Barcelona VS Spain, although it's early in the season. So I went to Teruel and ordered a beer. Beer on tap for only 1.5 Euros. That's pretty good, I thought. The game was amazing! It was so fun when a great play was made by BCN, when Spain almost made a field goal, and of course when BCN scored. The game ended with BCN winning 2-1. I loved the unison reactions. Felt great to experience this.
Friday, October 25, 2013
Thursday, October 24, 2013
Across the street from La Familia Sagrada (Antoni Gaudi's masterpiece that's still under construction) is O'Grove, a small cafe, where I ordered my third Cafe Cortada, a yummy and sweet coffee. I'm getting accustomed to sitting outside and sipping coffee from a tiny little ceramic cup, location: Mallorca, 408, Barcelona, CT 08013
Wednesday, October 23, 2013
I found the joy of Hip Hop in BCN today. Montana Cafe, Comerc 4, 08003, Barcelona. had eyed it the other day and on my way from the Picasso Museum, realized i was near it again. I stopped by for some coffee. The store/gallery has been there since the mid 90's but the cafe opened four years ago. It's a multi-dimensional collection of four spaces/ storefronts. The cafe, a restaurant, a store and a gallery. Very impressive. I love the format, the representation and the coffee. I've used their fabulous spray cans before, great colors, a bit pricey, nice tips. Reminds my of Man One's former store Crewest back in LA. There's a Montana shop on Sunset in Echo Park/Silverlake. 10-25-13 Went again this time for an early dinner. A salad with Bao (a thin cured beef), duck confit with potatoes and raspberry sauce. Finished it off with a melon. My my my...delicious.
Tuesday, October 22, 2013
Bidasoa is located at Carrer d'En Serra, 21, 08002 Barcelona. Authentica y Fabuloso! So when you go to a big city like Barcelona, it's not too crazy that you'll meet people from LA as well, right? Tonight, curator Montse Romani invited me to dinner with her friends from the US, university professors; Z Seedyk and Rachel Mayeri from Harvey Mudd College in Claremont and Gabriel Popescu from Indiana University South Bend. Five foodies, hungry and ready for an experience, the perfect preface to a great book! We had escargot, fried prawns, local Catalan red wine, sausage in gravy with fresh baguette, tiny fried fish with lemon, broiled cod with clams, the house salad, stewed vegetables and amazing desserts; chocolate over bread pudding and glazed pineapple. A good time was had by all. Amazing rich and authentic food representing the soul of Catalan, even the chef took a group shot with us. Lastly, we closed the place!
Monday, October 21, 2013
The other night, I was out with curator, Montse Romani and we passed by this one place and she said that it was a great place for sandwiches so naturally it was on my list this week. Betlem is located at Girona 70 08009. Their website is www.betlem.com. The advertise that they've been around since 1892. That's when Gaudi was pluggin away on his projects. Wow. I ordered the Catalonia Sausage Sandwich which is a hot sandwich. The bread was toasty and crisp but not anywhere near hard. The sausage was deliciously unique, not rich but mellow with a bit a spice. I also ordered the tapas, Steak Tartar, which the server said was their most popular. This was mix of a ground steak mixed into a raw like patty with herbs and breading. A medium serving is sculpted onto thin crunchy crackers. The OJ was fresh squeezed. About $30, this was a little expensive for lunch but extremely satisfying experience.