The Night of Sant Joan in Barcelona 2014

When the Night of Sant Joan comes to Barcelona the city converts into a huge celebration with fireworks and fun. Is the famous Verbena or Revetlla de Sant Joan as they call it in Catalan. The celebration actually has started a couple of days ago, you can hear like people are exploding firecrackers preparing for the great night of 23 to 24 of June. It seems that the night of 23 to 24 is the longest one and for Catalans it means that the summer officially has started.

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This celebration is suitable for all ages, the kids have fun exploding firecrackers, and teens go out this their friends and the oldest one used to neighborhood’s open-air dance.

According to this tradition the night of Sant Joan is perfect to stay with your family and friends. The most of neighborhoods of Barcelona take an advantage to organize an open-air dance in the streets or small squares of Barcelona, or even at the beach of Barceloneta. At the open-air dance you will have a lot of fun, dancing and eating a famous Coca de Sant Joan.

There are many types of coca, but the original is made with cream and candied fruits. Then there is another typical coca called “coca de llardons” as we call it in Barcelona. And the last tip:  do not forget to eat it with a glass of cava.

There is a saying in Catalonia that says “Who lights a bonfire at night of Sant Joan will not be burn all year long” maybe it’s true or false, but we assure you that this is the best day to do it. Fire is the most important symbol of this cerebration, represents purity; they say if you burn something in the bonfire of Sant Joan it purifies your soul and sins. So it is not surprising that this party is also known as the Night of the Witches, as it has a pagan origin. On the other hand, we find that “You have to bathe in Sant Joan night and you’ll be healthy during all the year.” So go to celebrate the festival at Barcelonena beach close its famous open-air dance and just 10 minutes walk from hotel Duquesa de Cardona!

Meet Barcelona’s gastronomy festival “Tast a la Rambla”

If you are staying in Barcelona this weekend don’t miss a new event what will transform the main street of Barcelona La Rambla in a gastronomic avenue. Only three days 12-15 of June you have an opportunity to meet 42 restaurants in one place. More over some of them have a Michelin stars what makes it even more attractive.

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 As we commented before, there will be 42 restaurants, among them:

Signature cuisine: Saüc ( by Xavier Franco), Fonda España (by Núria Borràs and Albert Antín), Dos Palillos ( by Albert Raurich), Tickets (by  Albert Adrià), Taverna del Clínic (by Toni Simoes),etc.

Traditional cuisine: Suculent ( Carles Abellán), Petit Comitè ( Nandu Jubany) , Casa Paloma ( Jordi Gotor), La Cuina del D.O ( Pere Moreno)

Tapas: L`Eggs ( Paco Pérez), Bodega 1900 ( Pedro Asensio) , Mont Bar ( Ivan Castro) , El Filete Ruso ( Enric Milla)

Pastisseries: Canal ( Xavier Canal), Oriol Balaguer ( Orieol Balaguer), Baixas ( Núria Baixas), Bubó ( Carles Mampel).

To try some of them, you should buy a ticket in one of 20 ticket offices situated right at La Rambla. One tapas have a cost of 4,50€, if you buy 4 tapas it will cost 16 euros and a beer for 2€.

Go and try the best of Barcelona!

 

Best Arabian restaurants in Barcelona

As you probably may know Barcelona is one of that cities where you can find all kind of gastronomy easily. We’ve mostly talked about Mediterranean food, what is a typical here, but we would like show you more options. So today we’re going to talk about a very special but so tasty Arabian gastronomy. Arab cuisine is the set of cuisines belonging to Arab countries, including all the countries of the Arabian Peninsula and countries of North Africa. The Arab cuisine is a mix of Mediterranean cuisine with some Indian gastronomic characteristics, especially in the use of spices. Arab cuisine is a rich combination of diverse cultures intermingled by a common language, where is incorporated exotic Lebanese cuisine, the rigor and simplicity of the Maghreb and exogenous elements such as spices of India and Iran. And all those magical flavors you can find in Barcelona as well.

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 Abou Khalil – probably the best representative of the Arab culinary in Barcelona. The restaurant with a typical Lebanese cuisine that was born in 1983 and after 30 year this place still keeps its best traditions. During these years the restaurant has adapted to the taste of Spanish people as well, especially those who doesn’t like raw garlic or too much lemon. Once you at Abou Khalil, it’s recommendable to start with mazza, a set of dishes as a starter. Hummus (chickpea puree), bitigam (mashed eggplant), kibbi (beef croquette), falafel (vegetable), taboule (meat and parsley salad served on a lettuce leaf, like a pita bread) and may be some treats more. So, if you already want to try it, make a note: C/ Santaló, 88

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 The Blai Street is becoming one of the main arteries of Poble Sec neighborhood where you also can find a wide range of dining establishments. La Fibula gives an Arabic touch to the street and the area. You could have a dinner at this classic tearoom with Andalusian décor or just have a cup of their quirky selection of teas and try tipical sweets. C/Blai, 46 – don’t miss it!

New exhibition openings in Barcelona

It’s not a secret Barcelona has a great variety of museums, galleries and art spaces. And it’s been a long time we didn’t mention this kind of activities. For those who tread on the art galleries and museums during the week, especially on Thursday, fans of the openings and challengers of collectors. These are the latest exhibitions to add up to the artistic agenda of Barcelona. Make a note!

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 Faces & Places

Mitter – the design studio based in Barcelona is known for its colors and fonts and close collaboration with each of the brands and companies they work with. They invite you to visit this exhibition dedicated to the graphic arts and design.

Love & Dead

It’s a trip to the land of death, sensuality and ephemeral made by illustrator Conrad Roset. The walls of Vinçon gallery-shop have served for the new exhibition of this artist who after a figurative stage decomposed bodies, constructed from colored spots.

 

Silence shapes

Italian photographer Filippo Minelli lands in Barcelona, to be exact in a famous Loewe Gallery. Smoke bombs like those used in demonstrations and political protests are one of the Minelli’s tools; the photographer uses unusual colors and romantic landscapes for these bursts of color infused with violence and silence.

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