Dreaming of Barcelona

Oooooh Barcelona. What can I say about this beautiful city? Amazing food, picturesque alleyways, great shopping, stunning architecture. The smell of jamon lingers about. Have you ever had jamon? Real jamon? I’m going to answer that question for you… no. Picture this: an old man slowly slices a piece of paper thin jamon off of a leg with a knife so big it looks like a machete. They slice it so thin you can see through it. It’s shiny and salty and so pork-like you’ll lose your mind. I ate so much jamon I though I was going to turn into a pig. There’s so many great things to see and do while in Barcelona. We stayed in an adorable apartment in the gothic quarter, walking distance to the famous “Las Ramblas” street. There an amazing market on Las Ramblas street called “El Bouqueria”. There’s absolutely everything you could ever want. Delicious fresh juices, beautiful produce, entire stations of jamon, and creepy goats heads. I told you… everything you could want! Throughout all the alleyways you’ll find gems of restaurants. One of my favorites was a special restaurant called “El Quatre Gats” or called the four cats. This restaurant is famous for all the famous people that have eaten there. Gaudi the famous architect use to frequent here, along with Picasso. Yes, Picasso. The food is amazing. A special treat for sure! We made the mistake of going around 8pm. Let me tell you.. it was dead. We had a long dinner and it just started getting crowded around 11 or 12. It’s such a culture shock having dinner over there so late… but at the same time it’s so romantic. Having a long dinner of tapas outside while drinking a pitcher of fresh sangria. There’s nothing like it. Too bad I was there with two girls. Oh well, it happens. One day we were walking around the Barcelona beach and from there we were walking back to our apartment when some friend we met took us to the most amazing restaurant ever. It’s a very small restaurant but by far the best food of the entire time. It was called “El Atril”. We had about 5 pitchers of white cava sangria and almost everything on the menu. We had everything from prawns to kangaroo ( YES! Kangaroo. I felt guilty till I ate it. Delicious.) to jamon (duh), to smoked salmon, to chorizo baked in honey. It was all unreal. I never wanted to leave! If you ever get the chance to go to Barcelona it’s a must go. One of my favorite places in the world. Literally…

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