Spain: 21/52

Last week we jetted off to Barcelona to spend a week visiting all things Gaudí, attending to the Primavera music festival, and eating our weight in tapas.

Instead of focusing on one dish, in the tradition of Spanish Tapas, we’re presenting here some of our favorites from the trip!

Quimet y Quimet: Crowded, lively, delicious, and cheap! This place is standing room only, and you basically have to yell your order at the people behind the counter, who may or may not hear you. E took the lead here and ordered us tapas of baby squid, artichokes, salmon and foie gras. E really got to test her high school spanish skills… DOS CERVEZAS POR FAVOR!!!

Elsa y Fred: A super quaint “Gastropub” that has a coffeeshop vibe and serves creative and delicious food! We loved the atmosphere and wish we had time to go back for seconds. Pictured below is the Grilled Octopus with pureed Jerusalem Arthichokes and watercress.

Santa Rita Experience: S sort of randomly booked us here before our trip based on TripAdvisor reviews. Nestled away in a quieter part of town in a nondescript office building complex, is Chef Bonilla’s apartment, which doubles as a “supper club” he hosts a few times a week. 8 unique, delicious courses and wine pairings for 65€ is an absolutely steal! Pictured below is tuna with almond puree and olives.


bubo: A pastry shop near our Airbnb in the Born neighborhood that had one of the flakiest, tastiest chocolate croissants we’ve ever tried (the chunks on top are candied hazelnuts). Glad this place doesn’t exist in Brooklyn, because S would be 20 pounds heavier.

Picnic: We came here for brunch on our last day, craving savory and sweet, and they delivered. We had tapas-style quinoa croquettes and pancakes with strawberries and creme fraiche. Made us wonder why brunch tapas isn’t a thing in the US!

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