Barcelona, Day 1

What made us decide to return to Spain after only two years, you ask?  An unbeatable airfare (less than $300) thanks to a brief glitch on AA’s website and a passion for food fueled by a desire to return to the culinary mecca of San Sebastian (a fact lost on us the last time we were there).  This was our first food trip and, fortunately, one that didn’t disappoint!

After a long and not very restive red-eye flight, Adam and I landed in Barcelona and made our way over to our hotel, a nice bed and breakfast near Placa Espanya.  After a quick nap, we set out in search of lunch–unfortunately, the tapas restaurant I wanted to go to was closed, so we walked around Poble Sec until we found a restaurant with a respectable looking lunch crowd.  I ordered off their prix-fixe lunch menu which was ok (I’ve been fated thus far to never have excellent paella in Spain) and Adam smartly ordered an entree that came with duck, mashed potatoes, and caramelized onions.  His mashed potatoes were made with basil and were delicious!

After lunch, we hopped on the Metro and headed north to two malls I had gone to the last time we were in Spain.  Unfortunately, the shopping wasn’t as good as it was the last time and we took the Metro to L’Eixample, the neighborhood we had stayed in during our last trip.  We checked out an Egyptian museum and walked around the neighborhood for a bit before stopping off here for some tapas.

Their tapas were rather lackluster so we walked over to a tapas restaurant the B&B owner had recommended only to discover when we were seated that they shared the exact same menu.  The tapas we ordered were a little better at least and we shared some cava sangria.

Building in L'Eixample

Iberian ham and wild mushrooms


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