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Barcelona cheap eats: 3 outdoor patios for tapas

Barcelona cheap eats: 3 outdoor patios for tapas

Now that spring is in full swing, it’s time to start thinking about outdoor activities around Barcelona. From strolling down buzzing Las Ramblas with tourists and locals alike to exploring Gaudi’s Park Guell or wandering El Born, one of the most exciting neighborhoods in the city, warm weather brings the whole city out onto the » Read more

Craft beer in Barcelona: Breweries, festivals, bars and where to stay

Craft beer in Barcelona: Breweries, festivals, bars and where to stay

Spring is here and powdery-pink blossoms hang heavy from trees in Barcelona’s parks. Although it won’t be swimming weather (by local standards anyway) until May, March and April bring sunnier skies, warmer nights, shorter sleeves and, most importantly, beer. Yes, beer. The Barcelona Beer Festival, now in its third year, will be held for three » Read more

5 tasty alternatives to tapas in Barcelona

5 tasty alternatives to tapas in Barcelona

Granted, you’ll probably want to dine on Spanish or Catalan food most of the time you’re in Barcelona because, well, it’s absolutely delicious. But, if you do get a little tired of tapas (yes, it can happen), then keep these restaurants with international foods in mind. Nice Spice I sampled many Indian restaurants in the » Read more

The Mediterranean Diet: Eat these 10 foods in Barcelona

The Mediterranean Diet: Eat these 10 foods in Barcelona

We’ve all heard about the health benefits of the Mediterranean Diet, but do people in Barcelona actually eat this way? The answer is yes, on average. Here are a few foods that make up the daily diet of most people in Mediterranean Catalonia, which should be on your list of edibles to sample: 1. Ham » Read more

18 tips for eating like a local in Barcelona

18 tips for eating like a local in Barcelona

Yogurt is not for breakfast. Omelets are for dinner. Espresso after meals. Napkins not in your lap… These, and many other customs, have been part of my Spain dining education over the past eight years. I’m still not an expert, but these are a few tips on how to eat like a local when in » Read more

Four foods to fall for this autumn in Barcelona

Four foods to fall for this autumn in Barcelona

As the weather shifts, restaurants and markets in Barcelona change their menus and displays, offering the best of seasonal fall foods. Here are four to look for this year. Wine The grape harvest depends on the region, and usually the further south you go the earlier the harvest is. In Penedès, a wine producing region » Read more

Chow down at Barcelona’s Mercat de Mercats food festival October 18-20, 2013

Chow down at Barcelona’s Mercat de Mercats food festival October 18-20, 2013

Recently, I had visitors from the United States staying with me in Barcelona. Two of them had gluten-free diets, and were also not able to eat tomatoes, ham, dairy, peppers and almost all meat except fish and chicken. I spent quite a bit of time fretting over what the heck these friends would eat. Turns » Read more

Cheap Eats for the Summertime in Barcelona

Cheap Eats for the Summertime in Barcelona

I mentioned in a previous post that I am trying to lose weight, which means eating less ice cream and going to the gym. Luckily for me, I’ve got nature and the season on my side. Barcelona in the summer is hot. And humid. And though this year has been colder than others, it’s 86°F » Read more

Barcelona Wine Bars: 3 picks from a self-confessed “wino”

Barcelona Wine Bars: 3 picks from a self-confessed “wino”

When I meet someone new in Barcelona, I prepare myself for the “Three Questions”: Them: “How long have you lived here?” Me: “Almost 8 years.” Them: “Do you like it?” Me: “Yes.” Them: “Why did you move to Barcelona?” Depending on my mood, I give some long-winded story about adventure and heartbreak, blah, blah, blah, » Read more

8 tasty and cheapo meals in Barcelona (with mouth-watering photos)

8 tasty and cheapo meals in Barcelona (with mouth-watering photos)

What’s for breakfast, lunch and dinner in Barcelona? (Not to mention tapas…) While we’ve gone on and on in other posts about recommended cheap eats, great lunch spots, and tips for saving on dining in Barcelona, sometimes a picture or two says it all. Here’s some photo inspiration of tasty bites and spots to dine » Read more

Barcelona Brews: Three bars serving great beer

Barcelona Brews: Three bars serving great beer

Wine consumption in Spain is at a low. So what are people drinking, if not a full bodied vino tinto? The answer is beer, mostly, and also gin and other spirits. For many moons three main beer labels dominated the Barcelona market: Estrella, Moritz and San Miguel. But now microbrews and import beers are moving » Read more

Barcelona’s Best Street Food

Barcelona’s Best Street Food

Whether you’re seeing the sights or out late experiencing Barcelona’s “fiesta” offerings, street food can come in handy. Street food in Barcelona is not so much stalls or food wagons as it is minute restaurants selling take-away, the idea being that you grab your slice of pizza and head to the nearest bench. Real street » Read more

Barcelona: Best burgers and diners in town

Barcelona: Best burgers and diners in town

By Regina W. Bryan in Barcelona— Vintage clothes, cupcakes, brunch and now burgers. These trends have swept over Barcelona leaving people well-fed and questionably clothed. Unlike vintage, which doesn’t get me going, burger shacks are a welcomed addition to the Barcelona food scene. Here are a few top diners for a double with cheese. Betty » Read more

Barcelona: Best hot chocolate, coffee and tea on cold days

Barcelona: Best hot chocolate, coffee and tea on cold days

By Regina W Bryan in Barcelona— Yesterday over dinner I asked my sweetie if he remembered the last time it rained in Barcelona. We both tried to remember. It’s been weeks. While the sun is shining and there’s not a cloud in the sky, mornings are crisp and chilly and it feels like winter. On » Read more

Barcelona Cheap Eats: 4 local dishes worth trying

Barcelona Cheap Eats: 4 local dishes worth trying

By Regina W Bryan in Barcelona— Spanish food and wine is as diverse as the many regions that make up the Iberian Peninsula. Here I narrow in on a few must-eats in Barcelona, Catalunya, Spain! 1. Tapas You can’t come to Spain and not have tapas, which are like appetizers. In some parts of the » Read more

Barcelona: 4 divine ice cream shops in Barcelona

Barcelona: 4 divine ice cream shops in Barcelona

By Regina W Bryan in Barcelona— One of the top five reasons I live in Barcelona is the weather. I’m from the Pacific NW in the United States, which is lovely when the clouds lift. Sick of the rain, I wanted to be in the sunshine which motivated me to move to Costa Rica, Guatemala » Read more

Barcelona: Best bakeries for delicious cheap eats

Barcelona: Best bakeries for delicious cheap eats

By Regina W. Bryan in Barcelona— Bakeries are a tasty way to save big in Barcelona. There are SO many bakeries in this town that it’s hard to walk two blocks without running into one selling flaky croissants, baguettes, chocolate napolitanas, and large loaves of pa de payés, a Catalan farmers’ bread. Bakery sandwiches Bakeries » Read more

Barcelona: Local cheeses worth nibbling

Barcelona: Local cheeses worth nibbling

By Regina W Bryan in Barcelona— When I first came to Spain over five years ago I didn’t know much about cheese. I remember my first trip to the Spanish market to buy some cheese slices to make a sandwich and being overwhelmed when the Cheese Man asked, “What do you want?” I had no » Read more

Barcelona: 7 affordable non-Spanish restaurants

Barcelona: 7 affordable non-Spanish restaurants

By Regina W Bryan in Barcelona— As much as I love Rioja wine, Manchego cheeses, golden olive oil and paella, there comes a time when one tires of Spanish food and wants a bit of curry or guacamole in life. Barcelona’s non-Spanish/Catalan foods scene improves each year (I’ve seen a big change in the five » Read more

Barcelona: The best Catalan wines for the holidays

Barcelona: The best Catalan wines for the holidays

By Regina W. Bryan in Barcelona— Cheers! The holidays are here, and in Barcelona this means about six serious celebrations, beginning tonight, December 24. This is quickly followed by Christmas Day, Sant Esteve (December 26), New Year’s Eve, New Year’s Day and King’s Day (January 6), all of which are celebrated with the same gluttonous » Read more

Barcelona: 3 amazing dessert spots in the city

Barcelona: 3 amazing dessert spots in the city

By Regina Winkle-Bryan in Barcelona— When I moved to Barcelona five years ago, I thought yogurt was a breakfast food. Oh how wrong I was! It took some time, and I was not an easy convert, but I now eat yogurt (Greek yogurt if possible, with honey) for dessert. Other favored local desserts include Crema » Read more

Barcelona eats: Where to grab breakfast and brunch

Barcelona eats: Where to grab breakfast and brunch

By Regina W. Bryan in Barcelona—I have lived in Barcelona for five years, so visitors sometimes ask me, ‘What do you miss most about the United States?’ I never have to think long about this. Three words sum it up: family, salad dressing, breakfast. Breakfast in Barcelona is coffee with milk. You can add in » Read more

Barcelona: Beach-side bars in La Barceloneta

Barcelona: Beach-side bars in La Barceloneta

As of the San Juan parties held on June 23, 2010, it was officially summertime in Barcelona. From now until October, sidewalks, plazas and patios will be full of folks sipping cava, wine and refreshing claras under sun umbrellas. For most of the year, the Barcelones and tourists visiting the city block out the fact » Read more

Barcelona: 5 bars in Barcelona not to be missed

Barcelona: 5 bars in Barcelona not to be missed

I am not the first to make the cheap pun “BARcelona,” nor will I be the last. The city is filled with pubs, bars, bodegas (wine bars), cocktail joints, and cozy corners to “get your drink on.” The good people of Barcelona like to drink, which does not necessarily mean they like to get drunk. » Read more

Barcelona: Vegetarian restaurants and healthy eating options

Barcelona: Vegetarian restaurants and healthy eating options

At first glance, it may not seem like healthy options abound in Barcelona. The endless ham, the white bread and chocolate croissants, the fried and breaded tapas… and all of it, as one of my friends from North America put it, is “swimming in olive oil.” Fair enough. But remember that this is also the » Read more