Welcome to my first post outside of Canada! Hola from Barcelona (and yes, that is the extent of my Spanish) Please bear with me as this is evolving into a food and travel blog over the next little while
I treated myself to a little European Vacation (a la Chevy Chase, but without the wife, the kids and the stationwagon since I don´t any of those yet). First stop is Barcelona and since I flew in on a Saturday evening, it seemed fitting to take in a Flamenco show at Tarantos and it did not disappoint. Two dancers, one singer, one sax, one guitar and one percussionist took the whole room on a journey. I understood not one single word, but in listening to the music accompanied by the dancing, the words didn´t matter, I for one was happy to construct the story in my head and tap away.
This morning, I got up early and attempted to beat the line up at the Sagrada Familia, Gaudi´s unfinished vision yet incredible as it stands now. The audioguide says it hopes to be completed within 20 years, hmmm, it´ll be cutting it close with that one I think! The detail and thought put into this buidling rivals the Sistine Chapel and the Duomo in Florence. If I remember correctly, once it´s completed, it will be the one of the largest, if not largest Church in Europe.
And this is a food blog, right…so I have to mention food. I got my wish, I ate and paid by the toothpick tonight! I went to Sagardi´s, a pintxo bar which is a tappas bar, but you pay by the toothpick. It is the ultimate honor system, the food is all on the bar in front of you and with your plate, you pick whatever you want and you save your toothpicks to pay at the end.
I obviously had more than 3 toothpicks, but a little sampling of what I had or at least what I think I had. No set menu, changes daily and back to the whole language thing again…At 12 o´clock, a delicious meat-potato filled crockette stuffed in a red pepper. At 3 o´clock, another red pepper but stuffed with a creamy hummus and topped with caviar, very good! And lastly at 9 o´clock, the OMG call of the evening…some type of soft sweet cheese (almost like Cream Cheese on steroids topped with an anchovy and garnished with a mounatin of freshly grated parmesan cheese!
That´s my first 24 hours in a nutshell, I had paella by the water too, pretty good stuff! Tomorrow is the Mercat de la Boqueteria and a walk through Park Guell, another Gaudi legend.
Happy Easter to all and to my family and other celebrating Passover, enjoy the taste of bread soon, I as you can see have been enjoying it already!