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4 Sep

Snukyss artisanal ice cream Barcelona

In Summer I treat myself to ice cream quite a lot – it is the season after all – and must confess to being quite the snob about quality, texture and flavour. So discovering a new ice cream parlour  that not only meets my strict criteria, but surpasses them, has been one of the highlights of this Summer for me.

Snukyss artisanal ice cream Barcelona

Come, let me take you there. It’s not far, for just down the road from the Macba, on Carrer Ferlandina 37 we find snukyss, where you can get proprietor Miguel to serve you a cone stuffed with one (or more) of the delicious flavours for a simple gelato

Snukyss artisanal ice cream Barcelona

… or you can ask his wife Donatella (originally from Sicily) to make one of their to-die-for fusion ice creams by blending them right there, in front of you very own eyes, on the slab of marble behind the counter, and serve it to you in a cup.  You could try the Banoffee mix, or the Tiramisù perhaps? Or one of their fruit mixes, yumm!

Snukyss artisanal ice cream Barcelona

Whichever ice cream you choose, whether it be a fusion delight or a simple cone with a cream flavour or a zingy fruit sorbet (their mango and passion fruit ice creams are incredible!), you will want to come back for more!

Snukyss artisanal ice cream Barcelona

So, what are you waiting for? Head on over right now – it’s always the right time for an ice cream or milk shake, if you are a gelato lover!

Snukyss is open from Tuesday – Sundays: 1pm – midnight. Check out their Facebook page for news and updates, as well as funny images of their clients.

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Café Cometa

18 Jun
Café Cometa Carrer Parlament, 20 Barcelona

Cometa – Carrer Parlament 20

On a sunny corner in the Sant Antoni neighborhood, Café Cometa has been going strong for over 6 months now, so it was high time I showed you this lovely place.

Cometa is a bright space with clean lines, sturdy, simple furniture and lots of plants, as well as touches of colour, among which aqua and red play an important role.

Café Cometa Carrer Parlament, 20 Barcelona

Bench seating

But that is just the (rather lovely) decor. What’s important is what comes out from behind their bar, in the way of yummie pastries, delicious and freshly made juices, the good coffee and their tasty lunch menus

Café Cometa Carrer Parlament, 20 Barcelona

Bar belles

Cometa is obviously a place you must visit when around the Sant Antoni area. Whether you take place at the bar on one of the sensational stools, or have a seat at one of the window tables, or cozy up on the bench beneath the many artful prints, you’re going to enjoy the time you spend here. But hey, don’t take my word for it, check out the rest of the images and find out for yourself the next time you’re in the neighborhood!

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Ramona

9 May

What do you think of when you see this teapot, coat rack and books? What kind of place does that suggest? Well, let me give you a hint: it’s where customers are treated like family, and it’s called Ramona.

At Ramona you can also get some fizz in your vermouth, the walls are decorated with quirky artworks and the WC is truly, officially unisex.

Curious? Then head to Carrer Roger de Flor 262 and find out what Ramona has to offer for breakfast, lunch or dinner, both inside, in it’s cosy cafe, and outside on its terrace.

Good coffee, the traditional Spanish way; delicious flautas for a savoury bite in the morning; tapas, hot and cold, and yummie dishes of the day. Just check their blackboards for inspiration.

Dishes (heavy on Catalan influences) are prepared in a tiny kitchen by Ramona‘s friendly cook, and brought to you with a smile or saucy comment by Cristina or Angela, the joint proprietors.

Ramona opened just a few weeks ago, and already customers are on a first-name basis with these friendly chicks. That’s the kind of place Ramona is. A great addition to this corner of Barcelona’s Eixample, and bound to be a success, thanks to their finger-licking food delights.

Ramona is open every day of the week, so get off the beaten track and check them out. For more info, and updates, have a look at their Facebook page, here. Bon apetit!

Barcelona Reykjavik

1 May
Buying bread at Barcelona Reykjavik

Cute counter

During the warmer months (hopefully here soon!) I often awake to the delicious yeasty smell of bread being baked, and the ‘culprit’ is the organic bakery behind my home: Barcelona Reykjavik.

Established quite a few years ago, Barcelona Reykjavik has been at the forefront in Barcelona of a return to producing bread (and delicious pastries) which is made the traditional way: by hand, using purely natural and organic ingredients and baked in the old fashioned way. No wonder it smells and tastes so good!

Buying bread at Barcelona Reykjavik

Jams and jellies

Barcelona Reykjavik spoils us daily with delicious and wholesome breads as well as sweet and savory pastries which are all baked on site, in the space behind the shop, a glimpse of which can be seen through the window behind the pastry counter.

Additionally, you can find eggs, fruit juices and milk at Barcelona Reykjavik. All organic of course!  But the stars here are the delicious breads and to die for pastries, and more often than not, you’ll find trays or bowls on the counter with little tasty bits you can try, and which will no doubt tempt you to buy more than you had intended!

Buying bread at Barcelona Reykjavik

Counter view

Looks good, doesn’t it?

There are three outlets around Barcelona, in Born, Gràcia and Raval (which is the shop I am showing you) so make sure to pop in if you’re in town. Barcelona Reykjavik is open every day of the week from 10.30 am. For more info, check their website and their Facebook page.

Buying bread at Barcelona Reykjavik

Carrer Doctor Dou 12

The Supper Club

29 Apr
Culinary delights and wine pairings at The Supper Club in Barcelona

Gorgeous setting

Happy Monday! I hope you had a wonderful weekend! I’m happy to share images of a delightful dinner that I attended last Saturday:  the 2nd edition of  The Supper Club, a pop-up restaurant that is hosted semi-regularly and features different chefs from around the world.

Culinary delights and wine pairings at The Supper Club in Barcelona

Gorgeous setting :: 2

The chosen venue for this edition of The Supper Club was an atelier close to the sea at Palo Alto studios, where a gorgeous setting was created by Tara Penke and Marianne Krauss and photographer Jordi Bernadó‘s stunning images were used as backdrop.

Culinary delights and wine pairings at The Supper Club in Barcelona

Jordi Bernadó’s stunning photos as backdrop

Culinary delights and wine pairings at The Supper Club in Barcelona

Yummie antipasti

With products that are sourced locally, The Supper Club created a 6-course meal with wine pairings celebrating delicious food in an unusual venue.

Culinary delights and wine pairings at The Supper Club in Barcelona

Atelier by day, dining room by night

Culinary delights and wine pairings at The Supper Club in Barcelona

Chef Johann Wald at the oyster table

On this occasion chef Johann Wald was the guest chef who, alongside chef Jaime Riesco (who owns Picnic Restaurant), created the culinary delights that we were served at The Supper Club last Saturday.

Culinary delights and wine pairings at The Supper Club in Barcelona

The magic begins…

Culinary delights and wine pairings at The Supper Club in Barcelona

Behind the scenes

While behind the scenes everything was being brought in readiness and hostess Tara Penke did some final checks of the gorgeous setting, the lights were dimmed and guests started arriving…

Culinary delights and wine pairings at The Supper Club in Barcelona

Hostess Tara Penke’s final check

Culinary delights and wine pairings at The Supper Club in Barcelona

The venue: Palo Alto

Oysters with 3 different sauces, Bloody Mary shots, antipasti, a delicious seafood soup in a sourdough bread bowl, succulent veal wrapped in filo pastry and a delicious, palate cleansing blood orange sorbet with a pipette of gin were followed by cocktails and great musical mixes spun by DJ Fortuito.

Culinary delights and wine pairings at The Supper Club in Barcelona

Chef Johann Wald

Culinary delights and wine pairings at The Supper Club in Barcelona

The magic begins… :: 2

The Supper Club created a wonderful, relaxed and chummy atmosphere conducive to happy wining and dining and was wrapped up with post dinner grooves on an impromptu dance floor.

Culinary delights and wine pairings at The Supper Club in Barcelona

Happy wining and dining

Want to have a fabulous evening at The Supper Club? Then check out their website and Facebook page for details, updates and the latest news on the next edition…

Culinary delights and wine pairings at The Supper Club in Barcelona

The Supper Club

Doughnut, anyone?

19 Mar

Aaaah I am having trouble getting up this morning! How much easier would it be if I was tempted out of bed by one of the delicious handmade doughnuts from Lukumas? They are the most delicious donuts you have ever tasted. Really! Handmade, in-house, right there at the delightful cafe found on Carrer Torrent de l’Olla 169, in Gràcia. So… doughnut, anyone?

Tasty doughnuts in a tasteful cafe. Lukumas is decorated simply but beautifully, designed by Petros, the (very charming and cute, yes ladies, he is cute!) owner, who bakes the doughnuts freshly every day, using a family recipe from his native Salonica.

While you enjoy your delicious doughnut (with or without hole, or filling, or icing) at Lukumas, you can check out the art on the walls (currently: lovely illustrations by Sonia Pulido) or maybe join in on one of the craft classes that are held here regularly.

Whatever you do, do stop by if you’re in the area and pop in. You won’t regret it, I assure you. For more information and opening hours, check out the Lukumas Facebook page. For those of you who’d like to see a bit more (and who understand Spanish – que sé que sois muchos!) here is a video about Lukumas:

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And now it’s time for breakfast… Doughnut, anyone?

New on the block: Caravelle

9 Oct copyright: Lisette van de Graaf
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Calm space

Minimalist with a friendly service, good tunes in the background, wi-fi service and food that is to die for (everything is so very yummie!), on Carrer Pintor Fortuny 31 Australian chef  Zim has opened my new favourite hangout. New on the block: Caravelle.

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Fresh flower

Fresh flowers grace every table – a delightful touch that you don’t often see these days, yet which makes such a nice difference.

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Handy stools

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Sturdy furniture

Sturdy, practical furniture (the chairs remind me of my school days) and white walls that are almost completely bare (save for a few mirrors and the specials board) keep the ambience simple and allow for the delicious dishes to take centre stage at Caravelle.

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The succulent post I’d promised…

24 Sep copyright: Lisette van de Graaf
copyright: Lisette van de Graaf

Rambla del Raval 43

Last week I promised you a succulent post, and here it is! A little later than usual – but it is a public holiday today, so sleeping in is allowed, right? Anyway, today we’re going to get some delicious food at a new star on the restaurant firmament in el Raval:  Suculent.

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Take away crisps

Located on Rambla del Raval, Suculent has a terrace on its doorstep, and also on the central part of the rambla, as well as a take-away window from which they sell delicious crisps, spiced, herbed up, and fried to perfection. But there’s more, much more, so let’s go inside…

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Two in One

4 Jul copyright: Lisette van de Graaf
copyright: Lisette van de Graaf

Carrer Peu de la Creu 25

In a city where, due to the current economy (among others), many shops are closing their doors and being replaced by the high street giants of our global world, it is very refreshing to see new, and different businesses open their doors. Today I have one such venture to share with you, a two in one shop, located on Carrer Peu de la Creu 25.

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Vintage and more

The two are Grey Street and Satan’s Coffee Corner. The one is the lovely shop space they have found on this leafy street not far from the MACBA. Don’t miss the slideshow (and more info) after the page break!

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Mama’s Cafe

14 Jun copyright: Lisette van de Graaf
copyright: Lisette van de Graaf

Mama’s Cafe

Yesterday I had lunch at a lovely cafe that opened recently in Gràcia. A cosy place called Mama’s Cafe, which is located on Carrer Torrijos 26. Decorated with great taste, using both rustic and minimalist elements, it offers food all day long and is such a pleasant place to hang out that I felt very much at home, and almost didn’t want to leave!

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Al fresco

Check out the slideshow for more images of this lovely cafe, and please pay attention to the lighting, which I am completely smitten with (and will use as inspiration for my home)…

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