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Your Perfect weekend in Barcelona

April 10th, 2008

Our Hotel The Claris Paseo de Gracia was really the reference for luxury hotels in the center of Barcelona. The Claris provides a splendid location with a short walking distance to Paseo de Gracia, to Plaza Catalunya or to Avenida Diagonal

We had a great Gourmet dinner in “Palau de la Musica Catalana” unique in Barcelona not only for its extraordinary and exquisite gastronomical options, but also for its excellent location, considered to be one of modernism’s main exponents. Its new creative cuisine, based on Catalan-French products is combined with present gastronomical tendencies and distinctive product elaboration. It offers delicious culinary creations within a magnificent atmosphere.

What’s about a gastronomy walking tour in Barcelona – the individual way to discover the city?
Our tour started at La Boqueria, in the heart of La Rambla, one of Barcelona’s most interesting spot and the most visited market in Europe. It is a place where you can enjoy a lively, vibrant atmosphere in surroundings where the cries of the stallholders and the daily bustle intermingle. It is arguably one of the best places to get to know the character of the people of Barcelona, where making a purchase is not just a mere financial transaction but goes much further into the sphere of human relations.

Ever experienced the Modernist Sweet Barcelona?
La Pedrera our first stop today - It is one of the main Gaudi residential buildings and one of the most imaginative houses in architecture history. La Pedrea is more a sculpture than a building.

For a sweet stop-over we have chosen Casa Amatller - the perfect starting point for chocolate lovers to explore the city. This building with its stepped gable (more reminiscent of northern Europe than Spain) is Puig i Cadafalch’s most elaborate creation. The facade is largely influenced by religious Catalan Gothic (especially the window surrounds on the lower floors) but the architect has added some playful touches. The facade is covered in ceramic tiles with a slight metallic sheen.

The absolute Highlight on our short break was the dinner at Espai Sucre, where everything, including the concept, is unique.
Espai Sucre means “sugar space,” and the house logo is an ant. It’s a dessert restaurant and the assemblage of some of their more baroque desserts could, translated into stone and tile, be Modernisme masterpieces.
Cold tea soup with spiced-tea ice cream and surrounded by puréed and minced tropical fruits and fine-chopped macadamia nuts is the relatively simple opener.
By the third dessert, you are up to peppered milk with a yellow citrus cream, slivered Granny Smith apples, toffee, and a few spicy arugula leaves. The fifth and most high-flown construction is a tea cream (flavored with smoky lapsang souchong), a black sesame wafer, a pool of unsweetened yogurt, a coffee-and-chocolate cake, sweet grapes, and a scoop of chocolate ice cream. Espai Sucre was opened in 2001 by Jordi Butron and during the day the restaurant operates as a cooking school, devoted to the perfection of the dessert chef’s art.

Barcelona – definitely a must for all of you!!!!

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