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Reliving Delicious Food Memories: A Treasured Story from Florence

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One of my most treasured food memories is of a family vacation to Italy when I was a teenager. We spent a week in Florence, and every meal we had was a revelation. But the one that stands out most in... Read more

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Eating and Drinking in Barcelona - My Picks Submitted by: jarae
Barcelona Spain

Boadas Cocktails – What grabbed my attention about this bar is that it is the oldest cocktail bar in Barcelona, dating back to the 1930’s. It does not any get more authentic and Spanish than this. The bar is cozy, intimate, with a touch of class. The bartenders wear tuxedos and make martins with a certain flair that I have never seen before. It was such a treat to find such a place. I only wish there was one of them in my neighborhood. If you go, try the cocktail of the day. More than likely you’ve never heard of it and you may not be familiar with the ingredients. Tapas 24 – All the reviews said it was delicious, and it was. We had to wait about an hour to get in. I about gave up, but I am glad I waited it out. Try whatever looks good to you, because it will be good. The atmosphere is little crowded and little loud, but also fun and lively. Quimet & Quimet – this wonderful treasure we stumbled across by chance, and what a wonderful chance it was. I used Foursquare to see what was nearby, and this came up as a top choice. You will have to belly up to the bar and rub elbows with your neighbors, as you eat your tapas. No one seems to really care that we’re squished into the bar, because we are all just enjoying the wonderful tapas. One of the best tapas we had was the montadito (a small, open-faced sandwich) of smoked salmon with Greek yogurt and truffle honey. It doesn’t seem like the ingredients go together, but it is the perfect balance of sweet and savory. If you are a foodie then you know Ferran and Albert Adria or El Bulli. Since El Bulli closed, the brothers opened Tickets and 41 Degrees. 41 resembled El Bulli, with a couple of items that were on the El Bulli menu, but had a cocktail focus. 41 has since closed, but Albert is working on a revamped 41 Degrees called Enigma. When is Barcelona make a reservation at one of Adria brother’s restaurant. It is an eating experience that cannot be missed! They are Spain!


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